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Engage Watersports Ltd

Taplow Lake, Taplow



01628 671131

British Canoeing Core Coach Training – Course Details


Date and Time

Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd March

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th June

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd August


Duration: 2 days

Start time: 09:00

Finish time: 18:00



The course will be based at Taplow Lake but may also use the Jubilee River which is a few minutes’ walk from the lake. There is parking at the lake or Taplow railway station is 15 min’s walk away (3/4 mile)



British Canoeing membership is the only pre-requisite for attendance at this course. Candidates should however be familiar with basic skills in their chosen craft/discipline (the what to coach) and are recommended to complete the British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor eLearning module which covers the expected prior knowledge of how to coach.


Through a practical based programme you will explore different approaches to coaching, understanding and enabling learning, and some core coaching skills. You will be supported in evolving your personal coaching development plan to enable you to take your learning into practice after the course. Please refer to the British Canoeing Coach Award Course Guide for further information.


Course Programme

The course runs from 09:00-18:00 each day. Please help yourself and your fellow candidates by arriving promptly for each session. Please aim to be at Engage Watersports at 08:45 on the first day. 

Bank Based Coaches

Bank-based coaches will be welcomed at this course however if you wish to work exclusively from the bank during the course you must advise this at the time of booking, so we can ensure the availability of participants to act as students for the practical water-based activities.


Personal Clothing and Equipment

Please bring personal clothing and equipment suitable for going afloat or working from the bank appropriate to the weather conditions forecast for each day of the course. This should include water/wind proof outerwear and a hat. Please also bring personal paddling/coaching equipment, including a buoyancy aid if you have this.

If you wish to bring your own boat and paddle(s) great, but this is not absolutely necessary as we will be using a variety of craft from the Engage Watersports fleet during the course. Engage Watersports can also provide spare clothing/equipment for those that may require it i.e. wetsuits, buoyancy aids and windproof tops but please let us know in advance if you do require any item.


Other Facilities

Please note we have a reasonably priced café on site that provides hot and cold food and refreshments, if you prefer to bring a packed lunch then that’s fine but we would ask that this is consumed away from the café area if it is busy. A water bottle/hydration system to take afloat/use at the bank side is recommended.


Course Fee


Core Coach Training - £199


£379 when also booking Sheltered Water 



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Course Director - Darren Joy

Your course director will be Darren Joy, a British Canoeing Licenced Course Provider. A full time British Canoeing Level 5 Coach the highest award possible for Coaching.

The twenty years of experience under his boat started from white water and competeing for Great Britain in surf kayaks. Darren has spent many summers in Europe and USA learning the rivers, Coaching and guiding groups in white water,surf and sea kayak or canoe Darren is happy in all environments and this shows in his Coaching, training and assessments.