Athlete Development Programmes

Our programmes facilitate an athlete to search within themselves for the answers and resources they require to be limitless and meet their aspirations. Together we may and often do pioneer new levels of performance, not just for competitive gains, but for mastery of our sport and discovering its untapped potential…


Athlete Development Programme (ADP)

ADP Freestyle Camps Image 1ADP is world leading programme aimed at moving your paddling to another level and fulfilling your potential. It’s all about the difference that makes the difference, and will take your paddling on a journey that looks at Technical, Physical, Psychological and Tactical skills and adds depth of knowledge and new capability. Our role is to guide you to discover what works and feels best for you to ensure ongoing improvement and World Class performance.

The ADP programme is a personalised coaching programme to suit both individual and team requirements, and has assisted many athletes in becoming World Champions. We deliver the ADP programme as a long-term multi-session option or as a World Class Freestyle Camp.

Working closely with world renowned coach Dennis Newton on a one-to-one basis not only helps you get the most from each training sessions, it can also help you steer clear of the training pitfalls such as: injury, overtraining, self-doubt and plateaus in your development.  Dennis will work with you to formulate your own unique training plan that helps track your progress and development. In addition you’ll have regular e-mail and telephone contact with your coach to help you through the journey to competition readiness.

The ADP programme typically provides:

  • Specialist Coaching (grass-roots through to world class).
  • Performance Analysis (including training and competition reviews).
  • Performance conditioning (training advice and activities).
  • Training programme resources including remote coaching (anywhere in the world).
  • Guidance on self-directing your own training.
  • Ensuring you reach optimum readiness for competitions.
  • Maintaining interest in training and competition.

The programme is aimed at people with big goals, those who are either at or seeking to compete at a national or international level. It is tailored specifically to your needs (competitive and otherwise) and provides the key to realising your potential and understanding your training needs.


The ADP is available to all levels of ability; these tailored training plans offer a development pathway from grassroots to world class.

Duration & Price: 

All prices are determined on individual requirements, locations, duration and frequency of coaching. Please contact us to discuss your requirements; we would be more than happy to help you find the best coaching solution for you.


Athlete Support Programme (ASP)

ASP Athlete Image 1ASP is a sponsored version of the ADP programme, which is offered to selected athletes with international potential. ASP status is not based on past competition achievements, but rather, it is intended to allow the athlete to enter into a training and competitive schedule which, by design, will lead to consistent improvement with respect to international results.

Click here to meet the ASP Team Athletes.

What are the goals of the ASP programme?

The program this year has been set out to achieve the following:

  • To assist individuals improving on their personal best in Freestyle and/or Extreme Racing.
  • To assist athletes in gaining selection for national teams.
  • To assist national team athletes gain medals in international competitions.

What can the programme provide me?

Sweetwater Coaching will sponsor athletes through the programme relative to their eligibility level (elite, performance, and development). Coaching resources are allocated based on eligibility level and each athlete’s individual training and performance plan.

What is expected of an Athlete?

ASP athletes are expected to meet the conditions set out in the ASP Carding Standards as well as comply with any coach and athlete mutual agreements. The athlete also commits to participate in a mid-season review of the training and performance plan.

How long does the programme last?

The annual programme cycle is adjusted each year to fit in with the competitive calendar and lasts for one year. The scheme will be awarded for a second consecutive year if performance agreements are achieved. A further two years is then awarded if performance agreements are achieved (during the first 2 years) to complete the programmes 4 year plan.

How do I get involved with the ASP programme?

There are two ways of potentially entering the ASP programme; via application or via partaking in the ADP programme. ASP places are highly contended and limited. Positions are advertised as they arise through our web news and Facebook page.

Further details on the ASP can be found here > ASP Application, Carding Standards & Evaluation (PDF)