CRNZ recognises the need to have great coaches delivering a high standard of coaching across the whole system and the importance of coaches in promoting access to safe and enjoyable paddling experiences.

We recommend new coaches complete the two Try-Learn-Explore Coach education workshops to commence their coaching journey. Please contact your local club or our Participation Lead Danika at for more information.

A range of coaching resources are available online at the YouTube channel here:

The CRNZ Coach Development Framework is designed to enable coaches at all levels to access resources and development opportunities to continuously enhance their knowledge, skills and understanding, so that paddlers at all levels, whether beginner, high performance or recreational, are able to enjoy positive paddling experiences and achieve their individual aspirations.

This framework aligns coaches with specific paddling communities, from beginner level paddlers all the way up through the pathway to high performance paddlers.

Formal development and coaching awards/qualifications ensure that all CRNZ coaches have an understanding of the key areas of focus in their paddling community and can work safely and competently with paddlers at a given level.

To download the full PDF on CRNZ Coach Development click here.

To keep up to date and receive emails about upcoming coach development opportunities please create a user profile on the Paddler Portal (you do not need to be a CRNZ member to register) and select ‘Opt in to receiving emails’. You can update this status at any time from your profile once logged in.

For more information please contact Aaron Osborne:

CRNZ Coach Development Workshops

Try Learn Explore Coach Workshop

The Try Learn Explore Coach Workshop is aimed at developing the knowledge, skills, confidence and experience to provide safe and enjoyable experiences for beginner level kayakers and coach  the CRNZ Try Learn Explore paddling programme.

This 2 day workshop includes both classroom and on-water sessions and should provide participants with information and skills around how to effectively coach Try, Learn and Explore sessions, how to create a safe environment and teach basic paddling fundamentals and practice simple rescue techniques.

Attending this workshop is required to earn the Try Learn Explore Coach Award, which qualifies a coach to lead and deliver the TLE programs.

Upcoming Workshops

Click on the course above for more info and to register.
Contact Danika if you wish to have a TLE Coach Workshop in your region/club.

Principles of Technique Workshop

These technical workshops are aimed at coaches who want to further develop their technical understanding of K1 paddling.

The workshops will cover the physics and biomechanical principles that make up paddling technique. The workshops are interactive and offers opportunities to network, reflect and give/receive feedback. This is an open workshop and we would encourage any coaches working with athletes from canoe sprint, marathon, ocean ski, surf lifesaving, multisport to attend.

Upcoming Workshops- There are no upcoming workshops

Sign up or Register your interest to attend a Principles of Technique Workshop in your region

PaddleAble Disability Inclusion Education

CRNZ in collaboration with Halberg Foundation have developed the PaddleAble Disability Inclusion Education. 

This workshop (made up of 2 parts) has been developed to provide information, insights and ideas that will assist coaches, clubs and paddling providers to understand, engage and empower disabled paddlers to ensure they have positive paddling experiences.  The workshop is for anyone involved or interested in developing more disability inclusive paddling environments. It is suitable if you are already coaching, volunteering, supporting participants with disabilities or are wanting to develop a more supportive disability inclusive club/paddling provider environment. 

Upcoming Workshops

Contact Aaron if you wish to hold a PaddleAble practical workshop in your region/club.

CRNZ Coach Awards

Try Learn Explore Coach
The Try Learn Explore Coach Award recognises coaches who have the achieved the skills and experience required to lead the Try Learn Explore participant programs. These coaches will have demonstrated they possess the knowledge and ability to safely and effectively deliver Try Learn Explore as a lead coach.

Try Learn Explore coaches understand the needs of participants who are new to paddling (both children and adults) and are able to develop a supportive and inclusive environment while keeping fun, play and enjoyment at the heart of the participant experience. TLE coaches are able to promote positive and safe sporting experiences while teaching fundamental paddle skills.

Find out more about becoming a Try Learn Explore Coach

Development Coach

There is no formal CRNZ Development Coach Award yet- this is in development.

Development coaches should understand the motivations of their participants and foster a supportive and inclusive environment. They must be able to establish effective relationships and have a sound understanding of the fundamentals of technique, program design and athlete development. These coaches must recognise that paddlers have different ambitions and needs and must be able to motivate and support participants to pursue their own goals.

Competition Coach

There is no formal CRNZ Competition Coach Award yet- this is in development.

Competition coaches are highly skilled in athlete development and monitoring. They should have a strong understanding of technique, physical and physiological development. Coaches should have a needs based and holistic approach to coaching. Coaches will have engaged in higher learning and are focused on a smaller number of athletes performing at a higher level.

Performance/High Performance Coach

There is no Formal CRNZ Performance/High Performance Coach Award.

CRNZ will offer opportunities for targeted coaches to develop their coaching at a higher level. This may involve: Immersion, Shadowing, observation, internships, on the job coaching or inclusion into the following programs: CRNZ Performance Development Coach program, HPSNZ PM Scholarships or HPSNZ Coach Accelerator Program. Coaches at this level or aspiring to coach Performance/HP athletes should have clear and updated Individual Development Plans and be communicating with CRNZ regarding their development.