Membership : Star
Tests : Canoe
Safety Test : Coach
Who can join the WCA?
who lives in
can register as a member of WCA? If
you live in
you should contact BCU,
Adbolton Lane, West
NG2 5AS. Tel: 01159
821100. website: www.bcu.org.uk email:
can I join WCA?
You can send for a membership form, you can pay by credit or debit card
over the 'phone, or you can send a cheque for the appropriate amount giving your
name, address, 'phone number and email address to the WCA office.
I register my family as a group?
WCA does not offer a group membership for families.
However if one adult is registered as an individual member, then his /
her partner and / or children can register as
individual 'family' members at a reduced rate per person.
much does it cost?
Current membership fees are shown below.
If you intend to take coaching qualifications or to compete, then you
must have one of the 'Comprehensive' memberships.
If you are a recreational padder, then you can join as a 'Basic' member.
Youth (under 18)
Family (per person)
Introductory Youth membership
is Introductory Youth membership?
Under-18s who are registering with WCA for the first time, can take
advantage of a reduced membership fee of £6.00.
At the end of their first year, if they wish to renew, they must register
under one of the other categories.
are the current star test fees?
For 1 and 2 star test, the fee is £3.00.
For 3, 4 and 5 star tests, the fee is £6.00 for members of WCA / BCU /
SCA / CANI and £12.00 for non-members.
can I find the star test syllabus?
The syllabus can be found on BCU website:
It is in the Coaching section under Personal Performance awards.
is the current canoe safety test fee?
£6.00 for members of WCA / BCU / SCA / CANI and £12.00 for non-members
UPDATE / REVALIDATION OF QUALIFICATIONS
is update and revalidation?
Who needs to update?
do I up date?
What happens if I donít update?
is update and revalidation?
The world is changingÖ..if you have any practical
qualifications, no matter what theyíre in, Be it plumbing, welding, medicine,
coaching, knitting (not sure about this last one!), you will at some point need
to revalidate them. In order to
revalidate your awards you will need to show that you are up to date with
current best practice. This is known as ďupdatingĒ.
In many areas this has to be done annually, in others every two years,
but within paddlesport coaching itís every
needs to update?
Everybody with a coaching qualification from Level 1 to Level 5 needs to
show that they have updated their knowledge to current best practice every three
do I up date?
There are lots and lots of ways. Let me try to
explain a few:
for a new coaching qualification at the same level but in a different
discipline. As the provider of any training has to be fully conversant
with current best practice they can update you as part of a training course.
assessed for a new coaching qualification at the same level but in a different
discipline. An assessor will be looking for current best practice so if
you pass youíve shown that youíre up to date; if you donít pass the
assessor will be able to tell you where you fell short and thus they can
trained or assessed for a coaching award thatís at a higher level
than your current award. Updates you in the same way as 1+2.
trained or assessed for a WCA 5 star award. As the 5 star syllabus
covers leadership, and safety this will update you coaching awards.
a WCA update event. These are held within the threes WCA regions Ė North,
South-East and South-West and are organised by your Regional Coaching
If you attend any course that fits in to the
description above you will be revalidated
automatically on the WCA computer. This
happens when the course provider submits the paperwork and Pat updates our
records. Your new date for
revalidation will be shown on your membership card when you renew membership.
these are not the only ways to revalidate!
It is also possible to show that you have updated your knowledge and thus
want to have your qualifications revalidated by means of a SELF
ASSESSMENT FORM. This form is available from the WCA office or you can
download it from the BCU website. (www.bcu.org.uk)
On this form you have to show (with evidence) that
you have updated in 3 key areas.
These 3 key areas are:
Ė Health and safety, child protection, risk assessment etc
might you provide this evidence?
Ė If you have attended any workshop or series of workshops, a training
course or similar event thatís focus was coaching or an aspect of coaching
e.g. assessing, observation skills, use of video, nutrition, stretching and
warming up etc This may even have been as part of a larger qualification
such as an A level, HND or Degree. As
coaching is generic these workshops do not have to be paddlesport related
but they can be.
Ė In this area you need to show that you have undergone further PRACTICAL
training in water safety. As a
level 2 you might choose to retake your Canoe Safety Test or attend a Palm
River Safety Initiative event. Above Level 2 you might attend a White Water
Safety and Rescue course, or an SRT course.
You might do a Bronze medallion, Beach Lifeguard award, in-house
training in the use of a swimming pool, attend a sea symposium workshop that
looks at rescue in over-falls etc. As
long as the workshop shares current best practice with regard to an aspect
of water safety it does not even have to relate directly to your
The Background to
Ė This area is not as difficult as you might at first think.
Does your club review its risk assessments?
If you were involved then that will do.
Have you attended a HSE meeting at work that looked at safe lifting
and carrying? Again this is all
relevant. Do you attend your
local Coaching Panel meetings
because this is where the elements in the background and developments in the
pipeline are discussed? Other
areas that you might cover outside of canoeing but are directly related Ė
child protection, negligence and the law, disability and inclusive
strategies; all of these serve as the background
to our coaching.
The best way to fill in the self assessment form is not at the end of 3 years
but to have one in your logbook and fill it in as and when you fulfil the
requirements. When itís full send
it in and start again. This way
updating is a continuous on-going activity, not a hoop to jump through every 3
happens if I donít update?
First of all let's clear up any worries - if you
donít update, you do remain insured and you donít lose your
coaching awards. However, you
wonít be able to do any work for the WCA/BCU, ie assess for star tests, or
other awards if you have assessor grades. Your sessions may not be as good as
they could be and your paddlers may be being hindered by being trained using
outdated techniques. Finally you may
also find it hard to defend yourself against any charge of negligence if you
canít show that your coaching was and is current best practice.
hope this has answered all of your questions, if not give me a bell or drop me a
line Iím here to help!