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 awards and development opportunities are outlined below.

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


2021 Competition & Performance Coach Symposium – ONLINE

The CRNZ Performance and Competition Coach Symposium is an opportunity to connect the New Zealand paddling coaching community to explore key insights for effective preparation of competitive paddlers. We are also encouraging coaches from other sports, both as a contribution to the wider NZ coaching community and to create an opportunity for cross-sport learning.

Due to the ongoing impact of Covid, this has been adapted to allow for online delivery.

Symposium weekend 1 – 27th & 28th November 2021 (9am- 12:30pm)
Symposium weekend 2 – Date TBC

Course outline and programme

To register, please complete the following form

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 (covid-dependent):

15/16 January- Nelson 
22/23 January- Auckland
29/30 January- Christchurch

Click here to register to attend one of these workshops or to show 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 K1 paddling. The workshops will cover the physics and biomechanical principles that make up K1 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.

Course outline

 Upcoming Workshops: There are no upcoming workshops

To register your interest for a workshop in your club/region, please complete this form

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