I would agree and related to that, what is "broken" in the current system that the proposed new scheme will address. You can e.g. remove the dual discipline from 2* and remove the leader training from higher * levels without a complete re-design. So what are BC trying to address in the complete redesign and will the proposed scheme achieve that?twopigs wrote: ↑Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:55 amMaybe the FIRST question for a Personal Performance Review should be - What are they for?
For those who get into the coaching route they are pre-requisites that show you have some mastery of the skills you are going to coach. For others?? Maybe for young people they provide some kudos - but for adults??
Phrases like "wider appeal" and "greater involvement" are no more than sound bites and couple be achieved under the current star scheme.
In my own case I would have progressed my training under the star scheme except the 2* dual dicipline requirement meant more than double time and double cost (and I don't need to get the awards so I haven't). Even with the dual discipline 2* requirement I'd probably have done it had there been somewhere local.twopigs wrote: ↑Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:55 am....
To me the idea of making the awards more accessible by having more providers suggests that BC see the awards as a revenue stream ....... Is there any evidence of pent up demand because clubs are either unable to offer the current star awards or because paddlers have to travel to find an assessment centre??
Revising the award scheme is unlikely to make more recreational clubs start offering more courses (so no improved geographical coverage from clubs under the new scheme). Best would be more training centres offering the training - but to achieve that we'd need to know why they are not already offering such training and how the proposed re-design will encourage them to.
I was nearly going to travel 100+ miles each way to a training centre to do my dual discipline 2* this year (£100+), but telephoned the centre early in the year and they had decided to no longer offer BC star courses any more. My impression was that they were not getting enough attendees to make them viable and said they would run a course if I got a big enough group together. So is the re-design going to get the training centre more attendees?
I thing BC need to disclose their analysis as to what exactly is wrong with the star awards and why changes will address the shortcomings. e.g. are they seeking more attendees on training centres or what?