chapter  5
Coaching in adventure education
ByJane Lomax
Pages 21

Adventure education is a subset of experiential education. Experiential education has loose boundaries but tends to be ‘learning by doing’ and ‘learning by doing with reflection’. Consequently, adventure education literature, with the focus on the ‘experience’, has avoided the use of the term ‘coaching’ due to the perceptions of coaching being about performance and winning medals. However, modern perceptions of coaching are somewhat different and this chapter seeks to explore how coaching skills can be applied to adventure education. Whilst adventure educators can learn from coaching research and practice, coaches can also learn from adventure and experiential education because of the focus on the participant and learning from experience. Many recent developments within coach education across a number of sports have put the ‘athlete’ firmly at the centre of the experience (Kidman, 2005).