Adventure Sports Mentoring
Adventure sports mentoring can be a powerful tool in your coaching or performance development. Consider whether:
You participate in or coach outdoor adventure sport(s) but feel there is something holding you back?
You are you struggling to identify what that is? Or that something is missing?
You have wished for someone to discuss your sporting performance with (a ‘trusted guide”) or have someone help you make sense of your thoughts, concerns, and feelings (a ‘critical friend’), then having adventure sports mentoring may be beneficial to you.
Activity Level Challenging5/8
Group Size Small Group1
Adventure Sports Mentoring is rarely accessible to people in large populations, let alone remote communities.
Having completed the Scottish Canoe Association’s mentor training programme before Christmas 2019, I am keen to start 2020 with a few new mentees and help local people develop, achieve more and coach more.
I have spent over 35 years coaching paddlesports and working in the outdoor adventure industry. I miss the long-term interaction and development that coaching and lecturing brought and now have the opportunity to once again pick up on the developmental aspects of adventure sports through mentoring.
Many recreational sportspeople never have a singular coach to work with long-term. Even fewer participants get to have a mentor.
So what is mentoring?
Mentoring is different from coaching yet sits alongside it. It is like having a ‘critical friend’ to talk to; crucially it is about you. Oprah Winfrey once described a mentor as someone who will help you see the hope inside yourself.
A coach should be skilled and experienced enough in your specific sport to develop you. In coaching the outcome may easily be definable, e.g. “I want to be able to…” and the coach will then offer several strategies and progressions to achieve this drawing upon their experiences in the sport. The concept of ‘telling’ a learner what to do has, thankfully, long been passed and we are seeing modern, ‘student-led’ coaching strategies coming through very rapidly. These are still focussed very much on performance and singular disciplines.
A mentor could come from any background and bring different insights gained over many years in many fields and will ask many questions – far more than a coach would. Mentoring does not necessarily have to take place whilst participating in sport. For example, a private conversation over coffee can remove anxiety potentially associated with actual performance or environmental factors.
In mentoring, the outcome will probably be unknown and the path to achieving it unclear.
For 2020 I am offering a few local people the opportunity to be mentored for twelve months for free.
It will be totally confidential and take place on a one-to-one basis. I’ll be aiming for six sessions of around an hour (or more if appropriate) during 2020. It will also be free to local people.
As my training was funded by the SCA, ideally I’d be looking for paddlers to work with; preferably ones looking to be multi-discipline (open canoe, sea kayak, white water). Ideally, you would be looking to progress your coaching as well as personal performance.
If you are local and not a paddler but are involved in outdoor adventure sports, then get in touch as I am keen to help people in our remote community. You’ll need to already be performing in your sport(s) and ideally have an issue or barrier to your development already in mind.
All requests for adventure sports mentoring will be looked at to see if there is a match between your aspirations and my experiences, our personalities, your expectations, etc. Where it looks likely that a potential match exists, I will contact you to arrange an informal meeting to discuss mentoring and you.
- One year opportunity
- Six 1:1 sessions
- Complete confidentiality
- Personal challenge
- Possibility of unlocking your potential
- Activity specific coaching or teaching