The National Coach Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) Level 1 Whitewater Coaching Course is an introductory course for beginner coaches. It provides the expertise to coach at school, club and State level. This is the most important area for the development of any sport.
It aims to develop practical coaching knowledge and skills for the beginner coach.
When assessment criteria is completed, a coach will be a nationally recognised NCAS Level 1 Whitewater Coach.
Level One Whitewater Coaches are qualified to coach Slalom or Wildwater Racing on flatwater and Whitewater.
To obtain the accreditation, candidates must fulfil the assessment requirements, attend a two day Level One Course incorporating General Principles of Coaching and Sport Specific Coaching, maintain a coaching diary for a minimum of twelve weeks and be assessed by a Level 2 accredited canoe coach.
Completed the NCAS Level 1 Coaching Principles Course
Have competed at a minimum of 6 Slalom or Wildwater races or
Be able to apply complex whitewater kayaking or canoeing skills or have achieved a ACAS Whitewater Skills Award
Signed Coaches Code of Conduct
Current Senior First Aid Certificate or equivalent and CPR certificate
Current AC coach registration
The candidate must provide the course coordinator with evidence of complex whitewater canoeing or kayaking skills and racing experience before the commencement of the course.
No previous coaching experience is required.
Candidates must obtain a recognised first aid qualification before being eligible for Level 1 Accreditation. This can be obtained post course.
Role of the coach
Physical Conditioning and the Athlete
Drugs in Sport
Teaching Sport Skills
Basic Paddling Skills
Coaching Aids and Resources
Introduction to moving water
Each candidate must display competence in each unit of assessment criteria. Following is a list of assessment methods.
Maintain a Coaching Diary for 12 weeks
Copy of Qualifications (not already submitted)
Pen and notebook
Paddling equipment /coaching gear to go on the water
If you should require further details about the NCAS Level 1 Coaching Course please contact your State Association.
Kayak Stroke Kinetics  [More Info]
A video by Richard Fox and Mike Druce outlining correct skills and technique for slalom. Available in PAL (Australia) and NTSC (USA).
Respect the Project  [More Info]
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Slalom Canoe Coaching - Level 1  [More Info]
A video for coaches wanting to develop their own style of teaching paddlers how to slalom canoe. Includes gate sequences, staggers, the fear factor, upstream gates and putting it all together. Available in PAL (Australia) and NTSC (USA) versions.
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