May is Coach Development Month

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As lakes and rivers across the country thaw and clubs prepare for summer programs ahead, it’s getting to be that time of year where we celebrate the extraordinary role of coaches in our sport. It’s also a time to recruit new coaches and focus on professional development throughout the entire coach pathway. We have lined up several national activities below and have partnered with Provincial Associations to host a variety of local workshops across Canada.

CanoeKayak Canada is proud to financially support provincial ELCC and CanoeKids workshops, as well as National online webinars and workshops. For a full list of courses offered by partner provinces, click the hyperlinks below.



Nova Scotia


National Workshops:

Register for workshops online through the Locker

PaddleALL Learning Faciliator Training

Saturday, May 9 • Ottawa

Periodization of Psychological Performance

Tuesday, May 12 at 12 p.m. EST  • Online workshop

Dr. Lori Dithurbide, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology, Dalhousie University, Sport Psychology Consultant for CKC.

Similar to periodizing energy system, strength, and technical development, the various mental skills required for an athlete to perform at the highest level also need to be periodized through the year. This workshop will give ideas to coaches as to when to emphasize various mental skill training and development through the year.

ELCC Advanced Gradation Manage a Sport Program Module

Wednesday, May 20, 7–10 p.m. EST • Online workshop

Manage a sport program helps coaches develop competencies in management skills such as planning, scheduling in a U15 program or canoe club, regatta management, EAPs at a regatta, conflict management, tracking athletes, and many other management skills required.

The 4 Stages of Technical Development

Monday, May 25 • 8–10 p.m. EST • Online workshop

This workshop will guide coaches through 4 stages of technical development for both kayak and canoe.  The 4 stages along the progression continuum include technical objectives, technical focuses, developmentally appropriate equipment, and developmental considerations for Learn to Train and Train to Train athletes. This workshop will also be used to train facilitators from across Canada who will deliver this presentation, regionally, and in the club environment. If Provinces or Territories have a coach or technical director interested in becoming a presenter, please forward their names.


We hope you’ll join us in celebrating Coach Development Month by participating in workshops and encouraging coaches at your club to do the same. Your efforts in getting coaches trained and certified go a long way in improving the quality of sport within our clubs and enable Canadian paddlers to reach their full potential.

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I look forward to a great month ahead,

Peter Niedre
Director of Athlete and Coach Development

Coach Development Month – Recruit, Develop, Educate