I understand your point, but I have a different view. I see coaching as about passing on knowledge to others, while leadership is about ensuring that everybody has a safe and enjoyable paddle, and is a personal skill.ron-t wrote:the BCU stole the 4 star and the 5 star awards and turned them into coaching awards - although the BCU tried to pretend that they weren`t coaching awards, they were leadership awards
At the higher levels, in sea kayaking, coaches do have to be able to lead, but some coaches are bank based and only coach. Being pedantic, both are about being competent, not necessarily having been taught; learning styles differ.Allan Olesen wrote:A coach has been taught how to coach and lead.
A leader has only been taught how to lead
I know four possible reasonsRichJ wrote:1) Why gain very expensive qualifications ?
(a) To be seen to be competent to take formal responsibility for others in a commercial context
(b) To be seen to be competent to take formal responsibility for others in a voluntary (club) context
(c) To give confidence to other members of a peer group (that you may be new to) that you're competent
(d) A personal challenge and an incentive to develop your own skills
I think BC schemes are heavily weighted towards (a)