Coaching Level 4

Level :
  Level 4 Coaching Award
   Course Duration :
 Five Whole Day

Aim: This award is for those who wish to facilitate, organise and deliver training and assessment for Four Star Award:

  1. River, or
  2. Sea and Open Water

And to train and assess Level One, Two and Three Coaches. It is assumed that such candidates will be generally knowledgeable of more than one aspect of paddle sport. 

Environment:

  • Endorsed as “River” coaches: should be trained and assessed on whitewater up to Grade III
  • Endorsed as “Sea and Open Water” coaches: should be trained and assessed on water where it is possible to be at least 2 km from the nearest land and in waves of at least 0.5 m in height in wind strengths of up to Force 5.

Type of Craft:

N/A

 

Pre-Entry Requirements :

  1. Attained Five Star Award either “River” or “Sea and Open Water”
  2. Attained Level 3 Coaching Award
  3. Hold a recognised current First Aid certification

 

Trainer / Assessor:

 Level 5 Coach

 

Course Content

  • Training to deliver all necessary skills and theory for Four Star Award, either for “River” or “Sea and Open Water”
  • Further training in coaching processes
  • Further training in Coach trainer-training and assessment skills
  • Training group management and leadership for
    • either (a) Journeys on graded rivers up to Grade III
    • or (b) Journeys on the sea or open water where it possible to be at least 2 km from the nearest land and encounter waves of at least 0.5 m in height in wind strengths up to Force

Pre-assessment Personal Targets

  • Work as a trainee Level 4 Coach under the guidance of a designated Level 4 Coach Mentor in delivery of Four Star Award Training Course and assessment
  • Meet log book experience requirements, including a minimum ofRecognised current First Aid certification
    • (a) 200 hours (40 days) relevant coaching experience which includes at least 20 days of planning, organising and leading journeys on graded water for “River” designation or on water here it is possible to be at least 2 km from land and encounter waves of at least 0.5 m in height and in wind strengths up to Force 5 for “Sea and Open Water: designation
    • (b) Assist in the delivery of at least 2 Level 3 Coach Training Courses and 2 Level 3 Coach Assessments. Such final log book entry to be endorsed by the course trainer/assessor as “competent to proceed to Level 4 Coach Assessment” and signed.

Assessment

  • Meet requirements of a three days assessment course, to include
    • The demonstration of group management and leadership in conducting a journey in the specific environment of the award
    • The use of appropriate coaching to teach skills specific to the environment of the award
    • Sound understanding of coaching processes and group dynamics
    • Oral tests of a wide range of paddle sport related topics and log book entries

Note

  • To gain the full award, the candidate must:

    • Attend a Level 4 Coach Training Course
    • Fulfill other course requirements
    • Complete a satisfactory assessment