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.

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.

Further details of the  development opportunities and coach award are outlined below.

To download the full PDF on CRNZ Coach Development click here
For more information please contact Aaron Osborne:


Coach Development Workshops/Seminars

  • 18th May, 7.30-8.30pm – Supporting Athlete Identity- Dom Vettise (Clinical and Sport Psychologist)
  • 1st June 2022, 7.30-8.30pm – Purposeful Planning  – Graeme Robson
  • 5th July 2022, 7.30-8.30pm- Challenging Conversations presented by Rowing NZ- Brendan Spilane
  • 12th July 2022, 7.30-8.30pm– Basics of Periodization – Macro to micro cycles- Mathew Mildenhall 
  • 16th August, 7.30-8.30pm- Introduction to Sports Psychology for coaches –  presented and brought to you by Cycling NZ, Warwick Wood
  • 6th September, 7.30-8.30pm- Concussion: Everyone’s responsibility – presented and brought to you by Cycling NZ, Natalie Hardaker
  • 15th September, 7.30-8.30pm- Training Session Design – A physiological perspective – Mathew Mildenhall
  • 27th September, 7.30-8.30pm- Coach Mental Well-Being presented and brought to you by Cycling NZ- Rod Corbin
  • 1st November , 7.30-8.30pm- RED-S (Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport) presented and brought to you by Cycling NZ- Katie Schofield & Georgia Williams (athlete)
  • 15th November, 7.30-8.30pm- Understanding and Supporting the Mental Health of Athletes- Dom Vettise
  • 13th December, 7.30-8.30pm- Training Monitoring- Mathew Mildenhall

These are all online workshops.
For further information or to attend any of these coach development opportunities,
please click here
Coaches of any level or sporting background are welcome.

Casual Coach Connections

These opportunities are for coaches who are working with any level of athlete and who want to connect, learn and share their knowledge with other coaches.

The casual coach connections will be run online, bi monthly and on every second Tuesday from 7.30-8.30pm:
  • 14th June
  • 9th August
  • 13th September
  • 11th October
  • 8th November

The aim of these connections is to be led by coaches, where coaches can discuss and learn from each other around a topic of their choosing. Coaches may present an idea, a topic, podcast book and seek feedback/input, ask for advice on a topic they are less familiar with, share an innovative idea/approach they have found successful, or present on a change made based on learnings from an earlier workshop.

For further information or to attend any of these coach development opportunities, please click here
Coaches of any level or sporting background are welcome.

Try Learn Explore Coach Workshops

The Try Learn Explore Coach Workshop is aimed at developing the skills, confidence and experience required by coaches to provide beginner level paddlers with safe and positive paddling experiences. This workshop is a prerequisite to achieving the Try Learn Explore Coach Award, which qualifies a coach to lead delivery the TLE programs.

The 2-day practical course 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 learn simple rescue techniques and practices.

Course outline

Upcoming workshops:

  • 26/27 November- Eastern Bay of Plenty Kayak Club, Whakatane

Click here to register to attend one of these workshops or to register your interest in having a TLE coach workshop for your club/region.

For further information, contact Danika Mowlem, CRNZ Participation Lead. 

Technique Development Workshops

These technical workshops are aimed at coaches who want to further develop their technical understanding of kayak paddling. The workshops will cover the physics and biomechanical principles that make up kayak 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 and multisport to attend.

 Upcoming Workshops: 

  • 6th August- Cambridge
  • 17th September – Wanaka
  • 18th September – Dunedin
  • 24th September – Christchurch
  • 5th November – Online via Zoom

Register here if you wish to attend one of these workshops

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 coach the Try Learn Explore participant programs (beginner level paddlers). These coaches will have demonstrated they possess the knowledge and ability to safely and effectively deliver Try Learn Explore as a lead coach.

TLE 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.

Learn more about becoming a Try Learn Explore Coach


Development Coach

Development coaches should understand the motivations of their participants and in particular foster a supportive and inclusive environment. They must be able to establish effective relationship 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