Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan Coaching Disciplines


Coaching paddlesports is a rewarding and fun way to teach children, youth and adults new skills and a love of being on the water.

All coaches must register as a coach with Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan to take part in sanctioned competitions and courses. 

Becoming a Coach

Anyone can become a coach; all that is needed is an interest in coaching and a willingness to learn how to coach.  The National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) has training for all levels – from FUNdamentals to international competition.

Host a course in your community by contacting
Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan.

Coach Requirements


All coaches and instructors at Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan member clubs must be registered with Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan as a coach. Additionally the following requirements for coaches, instructors and clubs must be adhered to.

Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan Coach and Instructor Requirements

  • Criminal Record Checks
    • CKS is currently redeveloping its process for Criminal Record Checks. It is advised in the meantime that coaches over the age of 19 years old provide a criminal record check in confidence to their program coordinator before the start of season.
  • NCCP Certification
    • Coaches/instructors must be certified under the National Coaching Certification Program where programming is available.
  • Code of Conduct

Club Requirements

  • ALL clubs must operate their programs under the direction of a certified coach or instructor.
  • Individuals employed by member clubs as a coach/instructor must be identified in the member database as a ‘coach’.
  • Clubs must pay WCB for their registered and paid coaches.

Program Specific Requirements

  • Summer Camps
    • Staff who are PAID and delivering summer camp programs at CKS clubs must have completed:
      • NCCP Community Initiation Coaching (CanoeKids) Course
      • Making Ethical Decisions evaluation
  • Club Head Coach
    • It is recommended that Head Coaches at member clubs have a minimum certification as an Entry Level Competitive Coach or equivalent.
  • Sask Games
    • Head Coaches must have completed (at minimum):
      • Entry Level Competitive Coach certification
      • Making Ethical Decisions evaluation.
    • Assistant Coaches must have completed (at minimum):
      • Coaching for Community Sport (CanoeKids) Course
        Making Ethical Decisions evaluation.
  • National Sprint Championships
    • All Head Coaches representing sprint clubs at National Championships MUST have a minimum of Entry Level Competitive Coaching Certification.
    • All war canoe captains must be War Canoe Entry Level Competitive Coach certified.
  • Canada Games
    • All coaches must be at minimum Competitive Development certified.

Host a course in your community by contacting
Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan.

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