Collection: Become A Coach

Become A Coach

As of May 1st, 2011 CKC's Code of Safety requires all persons working with on-water participants in the CanoeKayak Canada environment must have, as a minimum, completed Community Coach (Canoe Kids) training. 


To proceed, create your fee coach account at where you can search for multi-sport and sport specific courses offered online and/of in person. 

See Multi-sport Modules Currently Posted at

NOTE: CanoeKids is not in the Competition Stream and only "trained" status is possible, not "certification".

Training vs. Certification

The NCCP model distinguishes between training and certification. Coaches can participate in training opportunities to acquire or refine the skills and knowledge required for a particular coaching context (i.e. Competition-Introduction) as defined by the sport and be considered "trained".

To become "certified" in a coaching context, coaches must be evaluated on their demonstrated ability to perform within that context in areas such as program design, practice planning, performance analysis, program management, ethical coaching, support to participants during training, and support to participants in competition.

Certified coaches enjoy the credibility of the sporting community and of the athletes they coach because they have been observed and evaluated “doing” what is required of them as a competent coach in their sport. They are recognized as meeting or exceeding the high standards embraced by more than 60 national sport organizations in Canada. Fostering confidence at all levels of sport, certification is a benefit shared by parents, athletes, sport organizations, and our communities.

NCCP coaches are described as follows:

  • In Training – when they have completed some of the required training for a context

  • Trained – when they have completed all required training for a context;

  • Certified – when they have completed all evaluation requirements for a context.

    The following table describes the various status’ CanoeKayak Canada coaches and instructors can possess.

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