BECOME A COACH
The Coach Progression Program
How to become a Foundations Coach:
This one is simple! Each year, we run a Foundations Coach training program. It is 2.5 days long, typically held at a facility at Traver's Reservoir in late May (or candidates can go to any Foundations course across Canada). Our NCCP Learning Facilitators will teach you everything you need to know to start coaching.
The Foundations Coach is considered a community coach. Topics covered include coaching philosophy, communication and safety, developing and implementing safe and effective practice plans, and ethical coaching. You will also learn proper boat driving for towed water sports, and most importantly, how to get new participants up behind the boat!
You need to have your basic First Aid/CPR, and your Pleasure Craft Operators Permit. Watch our events page for dates and registration information, and contact the office to get on the candidates list for our next course.
How to become a Build the Skills Coach:
Build the Skills Coach training courses are held periodically, as needed. At this level, the training becomes discipline specific, splitting into either water ski or wakeboard. The course typically takes 2 days, and is conducted by an NCCP Learning Facilitator at a location determined at the time of planning.
Skills learned include setting the scene, planning & implementing effective practices, fundamental skills, and developing learned skills to mastery. Candidates must also take the NCCP online module 'Make Ethical Decisions' as part of their training.
A Build the Skills Coach is considered an instructor of the sport. The training and expectations are equal to that designation. Therefore, coaches at this level have more requirements to complete. After training is complete, they proceed to coach in their discipline, completing their portfolio in the process. During this time, they prepare for the on-water evaluation. A trained Build the Skills Coach is expected to complete their on-water evaluation within 30 months; when they are ready, they submit a request to the office, and an evaluation is arranged. After the on-water evaluation is complete, the coach is certified.
How to become a Learn to Compete Coach:
For coaches who wish to reach this level, training is generally coordinated by the National Office. Learn to Compete coaches are competitive coaches who can provide advanced skill instruction, skill analysis and competition tactics. They understand athlete development models and cyclical training plans. They tend to work with athletes over the long term to improve performance, often in preparation for provincial, national, and international competitions .
Skills learned include mental preparation, nutrition, technical models, strength training, energy systems, seasonal planning, and preparing for competition.
After training is complete, they proceed to coach in their discipline and complete their portfolio. During this time, they prepare for the on-water evaluation. A trained Learn to Compete Coach is expected to complete their on-water evaluation within 30 months; when they are ready, they submit a request to the office, and an evaluation is arranged. After the on-water evaluation is complete, the coach is certified.
Other Important Info:
If you are just beginning your coaching experience, you can choose to start as either a Foundations coach, or as a Build the Skills course. You are not required to take Foundations first, although for most people it is highly recommended. Your best bet is to call the office prior to registering, to discuss your level of experience and knowledge. We can help you choose the best option for you.
After becoming a certified Build the Skills or Learn to Compete coach, you are required to maintain the certification. This is done by continuing to coach, by continuing your education by taking further NCCP modules and workshops, or by being re-evaluated after 5 years.
Your coach training is recorded and tracked on the database maintained by the Coaching Association of Canada and the NCCP. The database is called The Locker, and contains the full record of all your coach training, from all sports you may be involved in.