Expectations and Standards

Expectations of an ADAPT Coach

The ADAPT Certifications cover the fundamental principles, methods and aspects of coaching a movement activity. We treat coaching as just as intricate and sophisticated a discipline as parkour itself, and encourage all coaches to adopt and utilise a growth mindset that enables them to continually learn and improve as a coach and as a practitioner.

An ADAPT Coach approaches coaching with the same diligence as he or she approaches parkour training itself. We strive to posses the physical and technical competence required to demonstrate and lead parkour training sessions, as well as the knowledge of coaching science, methodology and communication to help others progress in the discipline. Emotional intelligence underpins all good coaching and communication skills are central to the ADAPT approach.

We consider it vital for coaches to understand supplementary areas of practice such as the importance of good nutrition as essential support for sustained training, mobility and flexibility, strength development, adequate rest and active recovery cycles and so on.

The ADAPT Coach must display self-discipline and a desire for self-improvement at all times, must practise regularly and demonstrate individual strength of character. It is not enough to be able only to showcase good movement skills and be physically strong. The candidate must also be a capable and committed teacher; approachable and helpful to all who wish to learn; polite, courteous and attentive to the students at all times.


In summary, an ADAPT Coach is expected to have sound knowledge of

Parkour technique

Physical conditioning exercises

Coaching and communication skills

How to warm-up and cool-down before and after training

Basic anatomy and physiology

What constitutes a healthy diet

Injury prevention and management

First Aid

ADAPT Session Standards

All coaches must adhere to and fulfil the ADAPT standards when running any session. Any class must be geared towards the students, and as engaging and enjoyable for the students as possible. Classes should be student-centred, which means after necessary demonstration by the coach the students are then encouraged to practise the exercise as often as is required for their optimal benefit. The minimum ADAPT session standards are laid out here:

Session Structure

Each session should consist of a warm-up, a cool-down, and adequate training content for the level of experience of the participants. Health and safety guidelines must be always adhered to, and the session should be of appropriate length while maintaining a good learning rhythm and teaching best practice at all times. All students must be included in the exercises.

Class Management

At all times the coach must maintain control over the running of the class and never delegate control to an unauthorised individual. In the event of a persistently disruptive student within the class, that student should be asked to stop participating in the class.

Teaching Ratio

ADAPT sessions run at a ratio of 1 coach to 8 students maximum in an outside environment, and 1 to 15 in an indoors environment that utilises equipment and safety materials.

Risk-Benefit Assessments

Coaches must carry out risk-benefit assessments prior to every new course of sessions and must maintain a constant level of dynamic risk management during the session.

Child Protection

Coaches must understand and implement all measures outlined in the ADAPT Programme’s Child Protection Policy. This includes possessing a valid DBS or police records check, obtaining parental consent if necessary, and providing for adequate substance monitoring.