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British Canoeing Paddlesport Safety and Rescue Course


The primary focus of this award is to ensure safety while paddling in sheltered water areas, which includes using canoes, kayaks, and stand up paddle boards. Regardless of your age or level of experience, this practical course is designed to equip you with safe and effective solutions for paddling with friends or your club. Additionally, this training program is entirely dedicated to enhancing your awareness and knowledge, without any evaluation or assessment. During the course, you will have ample opportunity to practice and learn how to develop your skills and expertise beyond the program.

Foundation Safety and Rescue Training: Services


Our experienced tutors will guide you through the six-hour course, which comprises six modules:

  • Clothing and Equipment

  • Safety frameworks

  • Contact and Towing rescues

  • Self-rescues

  • Deep water rescues

  • Reflection and development.

All of the skills will be focused in one craft. But don't worry we will give you the knowledge and practice you need to rescue a range of craft.

Foundation Safety and Rescue Training: About

As this is one of the prerequisites to become a qualified Instructor or Coach, we are also externally organising these courses so that it is possible to progress to an instructor/coach level, if you so wish to progress along the coaching pathway. This provides the information and coaching to be able to safely rescue another paddler in many different situations. This is an enjoyable practical course. You must be prepared to get wet for this course.
If you are interest in becoming a coach or an instructor, please visit this link: BC Paddlesport Instructor.

This Course is ideal for any scout leaders, parents and paddlers who are regularly out on the water and want to keep their fellow paddlers safe in case of an emergency. The Paddlesport Safety and Rescue Training will provide you with the necessary knowledge to run safe session for yourself and the paddlers you have out on the water.

Foundation Safety and Rescue Training: About



Boat-based candidates must also hold the Paddle Explore Award, 2 Star Award or be of equivalent ability due to the paddling environment and the boat control required to complete the course.
Able to swim in normal paddling clothing suitable for the prevailing conditions.
Bank-based participants accessing the course are not required to hold a Personal Performance Award. However, they should be prepared to fully participate in all relevant aspects of the course.


Included within the price of this course, you will receive:

  • A British Canoeing PSRC Certificate;

  • Tailored Training and Support.

  • 1 Day of Training

  • Equipment and Craft/Boats

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