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.
The programme is made up with blended learning sessions from interactive workshops to presentations. This approach will help develop a learning environment to challenge, connect with others while still allowing time for you to reflect on your learning. While each presentation relates to an area within our framework it must be understood that we see coaching as an integration between all of the domains. Therefore, we ask you to challenge yourself to see how each area impacts and affects each other.
The coach development program has been developed in a way that will leave you challenged and reflecting on each topic. We believe this will inspire you to be more curious and further your knowledge and experience.
This will be an interactive session and give participants the opportunity to apply their learning from previous workshops using practical case studies and group discussions to help solidify concepts.
The brain interprets the world around use, then drives the way we think, feel and behave. Knowing how the brain develops, and then how it is express through behaviour can better help you to understand your athletes. With a particular focus on the youth brain, this workshop will allow you to think more diversely about how to get the best out of youth. Additionally, it will help you as a coach understand the limits of the youth brain, and why treating them like small adults will not always work, but how you can enhance their resiliency and also the coach-athlete relationship.
Understanding Learning Cycles – with Dom Vettise
Wednesday 16th August, 7.30-8.30pm – Delivered via Zoom
As a coach, creating an environment that enhances learning is optimal for performance. Understanding how different athletes learn, and what shapes learning through easy to understand psychology concepts will allow you to think differently about how you catch, rather than just what you coach. In this workshop you will also be provided with some practical ways to prebrief and debrief athletes that entrenches learning faster, and promotes athlete autonomy.
Mental health is often seen as mutually exclusive to performance. This could not be further from the truth. The current workshop approaches such myths, provides an understanding of the mental health continuum, mental health statistics and risk/ protective factors for athletes and coaches. The basics of mental health literacy are provided which include signs and symptoms of common mental health disorders, barriers to help seeking, and where to get help within New Zealand. Additionally, some practical skills as how to communicate/ approach an athlete (or colleague) who you may suspect is struggling with mental ill health, and help support them at that time of distress.
Basics of Periodization – Macro to micro cycles – with Mathew Mildenhall
Wednesday 22nd November, 7.30-8.30pm- Delivered via Zoom.
In this workshop Mathew will continue the discussion of the physiological demands of sprint kayaking and the application of these to training. During this session Mathew will give an overview of how you can develop a periodized program including macro to micro cycles.
Dom Vettise is a clinical and sport psychologist who works with many top sports teams in New Zealand including recent Tokyo Olympic gold medallists the Black Ferns 7s. He is the sport psychologist for New Zealand Football, Canoe Racing New Zealand and several other individual New Zealand Olympians. Dom has a history working in Forensics and Corrections and currently operates his own private mental health clinic. He is interested in how identity and mental skills shape high performance both in individuals and team environments.
Mathew Mildenhall is a Performance Physiologist and Performance Technique Analyst (MSpEx) working for High Performance Sport NZ.
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.
Click here to register to attend an upcoming workshop or to register your interest in having a TLE coach workshop for your club/region.
For further information, contact Danika Mowlem, CRNZ Participation Lead. email@example.com
CRNZ in collaboration with Halberg Foundation have developed the PaddleAble Disability Inclusion Education.
This workshop 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. It is made up of two parts- part one is delivered online via zoom and part 2 is a practical, in-person session.
The course 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. The workshop is interactive and offers opportunities to network, reflect and give/receive feedback. This is an open workshop and we would encourage anyone working with paddlers from canoe sprint, marathon, ocean ski, surf lifesaving and multisport to attend.
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.
There are no upcoming workshops
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.
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.
Development Coach award coming soon