Guidance on Recognition, Equivalence and Transfer of British Canoe Union (BCU) Coaching Awards to Canoeing Ireland Instructor Qualifications

Canoeing Ireland have drawn up a specific Britich Canoe Union to Canoeing Ireland transfer program for BCU Coach Awards.

This document outlines;

  • Guidance on equivalence of awards for employers, clubs and coaches

This document also describes the process by which a member of the British Canoe Union can apply for:

  1. Recognition of BCU Coach Awards by Canoeing Ireland
  2. Registraion to deliver and assess Canoeing Ireland Skills & Safety Awards for recognised BCU Coaches
  3. Apply for an equivalent Canoeing Ireland Instructor Certificate

Guidance on equivalence of BCU Coaching Awards to Canoeing Ireland Instructor Qualifications for Employers, Clubs and Coaches.

Before deploying a BCU Coach ensure that they have the following;

  • Up to date membership of BCU or Canoeing Ireland
  • Up to date first aid qualification
  • Child protection certification
  • Garda Vetting with Canoeing Ireland if working with juniors or vulnerable adults

Equivalence between CI Instructor qualifications and BCU Coaching awards only exist for the qualifications listed below. (Note: All awards are River Kayak, Open Canoe, Sea Kayak and Surf specific.)

BCU Qualification Held Equivalent Canoeing Ireland Qualification
UKCC Level 1 Coach with 3 Star Level 1 Instructor
UKCC Level 2 CoachorOld Level 2 Coach Award Level 2 Instructor
UKCC Level 2 Coach with Moderate Water EndorsementorUKCC Level 3 CoachorOld Level 3 Coach Award Level 3 Instructor
UKCC Level 3 Coach with Advanced Water Endorsement Level 4 Instructor

Note that BCU Coaches must operate under the guidelines of the equivalent Canoeing Ireland Instructor qualification with regard to remit and ratios. The remit for CI Instructors is summarised below:

  • Level 1 Instructors may operate on a ratio of 1:6 on flat water. No journeying is allowed i.e. Instructors must stay within 300 meters of launch site.
  • Level 2 Instructors may operate on a ratio of 1:6 on flat water, they can journey but cannot complete open water crossings.
  • Level 3 Instructors may operate on a ratio of 1:8 on flat water, and 1:6 on Grade II water Canoe and Kayak Instructors or smooth seas & force III winds for Sea Kayak Instructors.
  • Level 4 Instructors may operate on the above ratios as well as operating on a ratio of 1:4 on water above Grade II or smooth seas that is deemed appropriate for the trainees in their care.

This equivalence specifically does not allow BCU Coaches to deliver Canoeing Ireland Skills Award training or assessment or issue Canoeing Ireland skills award certificates.

Recognition of BCU Coach Qualifications by Canoeing Ireland

British Canoe Union Coaches can apply to have their BCU Coaching Awards recognised by Canoeing Ireland by filling out the ‘Recognition of BCU Coaching Awards Application Form’ available under the equivalence tab in the Award Scheme section of the Canoeing Ireland website www.canoe.ie. This will be recognition of area of work (i.e. Specific to river kayak, or Sea Kayak etc.) rather than direct equivalence of coaching qualifications.

BCU Coaches applying for recognition of Coaching Awards must be current and registered Coaches under the BCU scheme.  In order for the recognition process to be completed BCU Coaches must submit the following documents with their application form.  Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant.

  • Fully completed ‘Recognition of BCU Coaching Awards’ Application form (available online on www.canoe.ie)
  • Copy of BCU Coaching Certificate(s)
  • A letter from the BCU stating currency of Coaching Award
  • Copy of a valid first aid certificate recognised by Canoeing Ireland (REC, WFA, ISA)
  • Copy of an Irish Sports Council Approved Child protection or Code of Ethics Course Certificate
  • Fully completed Garda vetting application form

 This recognition will allow registered BCU Coaches to operate on a voluntary or commercial basis with their original BCU Coaching Awards across Ireland.  Note however that BCU Coaches must operate under the guidelines of the equivalent Canoeing Ireland Instructor Qualifications with regard to remit and ratios (see above).  Equivalence between BCU Coach and Canoeing Ireland Instructor qualifications only exist for the qualifications listed above.

Recognised BCU Coaches must maintain annual membership with Canoeing Ireland Training & Development Unit in order for the recognition to remain current.  BCU Coaches who have recognition and registration will be allowed to operate under CI membership and insurance.

Recognition of BCU Coach Awards is valid for 3 years, & a new application for recognition must be submitted after 3 years.

It is the responsibility of the BCU Coach to make themselves familiar with the remit and ratios of their equivalent Canoeing Ireland Instructor Qualification.   Ratios and remit of Canoeing Ireland Instructor Qualifications can be found in the Canoeing Ireland Instructor Syllabi in the Awards Scheme section of the Canoeing Ireland website www.canoe.ie.

BCU Coaches may wish to upskill through the Canoeing Ireland scheme to gain the next Level of Instructorship.  If a BCU coach has made a successful application for recognition of awards the BCU Coaching awards can be used to meet any course pre-requirements which are met by the equivalent instructor award.

This recognition specifically does not allow BCU Coaches to deliver CI skills & safety training or assessment courses or issue CI skills & safety award certificates.

Registraion to deliver and assess Canoeing Ireland Skills & Safety Awards for recognised BCU Coaches

BCU Coaches who have successfully completed the recognition process can apply for registration to deliver and assess Canoeing Ireland Skills & Safety Awards in line with the remit of their equivalent Canoeing Ireland Instructor Qualification by filling out and submit the ‘Registration to deliver and assess Canoeing Ireland Skills & Safety Awards for recognised BCU Coaches’ application form.

Recognised BCU Coaches wishing to deliver or assess Canoeing Ireland Skills & safety Awards must observe and assist in the delivery of training sessions and assessments as detailed in the table below.

Equivalent to Required Experience Log
Observe a course or assessment delivered by a suitably qualified Canoeing Ireland Instructor Assist or Run a course under the supervision of a suitably qualified Canoeing Ireland Instructor
Level 1 Instructor 1 x Level 1 Skills Assessment 1 x Level 1 Skills Assessment
Level 2 Instructor 1 x Level 2 Skills Assessment1 x RSR 1 Course 1 x Level 2 Skills Assessment1 x RSR 1 Course
Level 3 Instructor 1 x Level 2 Skills Assessment1 x Level 3 Skills Assessment1 x RSR 1 Course – River Instructors

1 x RSR 2 Course – River Instructors

1 x Essential Coastal Navigation Courses – Sea Instructors

1 x Level 3 Skills Assessment1 x RSR 1 Course – River Instructors1 x RSR 2 Course – River Instructors

1 x Essential Coastal Navigation Courses – Sea Instructors

Level 4 Instructor 1 x Level 2 Skills Assessment1 x Level 3 Skills Assessment1 x Level 4 Skills Assessment

1 x RSR 1 Course – River Instructors

1 x RSR 2 Course – River Instructors

1 x RSR 3 Course – River Instructors

1 x Essential Coast Navigation Course – Sea Instructors

1 x Advanced Coastal Navigation Course – Sea Instructors

1 x Level 4 Skills Assessment1 x RSR 1 Course – River Instructors1 x RSR 2 Course – River Instructors

1 x RSR 3 Course – River Instructors

1 x Essential Coast Navigation Course – Sea Instructors

1 x Advanced Coastal Navigation Course – Sea Instructors

These sessions must be logged on the ‘Registration to deliver and assess Canoeing Ireland Skills & Safety Awards for recognised BCU Coaches’ application form and be signed off by a suitably qualified Canoeing Ireland Instructor.

BCU Coaches registered to deliver and assess Canoeing Ireland Skills and Safety Awards must maintain annual membership with Canoeing Ireland in order for their registration to remain current.

Registration to deliver and assess Canoeing Ireland Skills and Safety awards is valid on condition that the applicant issues more than 10 Canoeing Ireland Certificates a year.  The applicant must also keep their recognition of BCU awards current, by renewing their application every 3 years.

It is strongly recommended that individuals who are registered to deliver and assess Canoeing Ireland Skills and Safety Awards for more than 3 years apply for an equivalent Canoeing Ireland instructor certificate.

Applying for an equivalent Canoeing Ireland Instructor Certificate

BCU Coaches can make a written application to Canoeing Ireland for a transfer of awards to their equivalent Instructor Qualification and receive the relevant certificate.  Applicants must fulfil the following criteria:

  1. Have successfully completed step one above and whose BCU Coaching awards are recognised by Canoeing Ireland
  2. Have successfully completed step two above to be able to train and assess all of the Skills Awards for their equivalent Instructor Qualification
  3. Have maintained registration with Canoeing Ireland for 3 consecutive years as a recognised BCU Coach.
  4. Make a written application proving activity within the Canoeing Ireland Award Scheme over the previous 3 years e.g. Issuing Canoeing Ireland certificates, assisting with or running official Canoeing Ireland training courses, sitting on Canoeing Ireland Committees, organising Canoeing Ireland sanctioned events etc.
  5. Be resident in Ireland for the previous 2 years and provide proof of such e.g. utility bill, bank statement, official letter

The application for transfer must be made in writing with supporting evidence of the above criteria.  Each application will be judged on a case by case basis by the Training and Development Committee of Canoeing Ireland.

Note: Only Canoeing Ireland Certified Instructors can apply for Instructor Training Panel Membership.  Once qualifications have been transferred the usual criteria for Panel Membership and Tutor Training will apply.