The British Canoeing Foundation Safety and Rescue Training course is the first step on the safety and rescue ladder and is intended for all paddlers, instructors, and volunteers. The aim is to be proficient in rescuing a range of craft (kayak, canoe, SUP), irrespective of discipline. It is available in either bank-based or boat-based options.

The training provides key skills needed to operate safely and deal with a range of common emergencies in a sheltered water environment. These skills then form the foundations for safety and rescue throughout the British Canoeing Awarding Body awards.

Information

Season

All year round

Duration

1 day

Group Size

4-6

Restrictions

Minimum age: 18

Aim

To teach the key safety and rescue techniques for flat or sheltered water.

Who is it for?

This qualification is a prerequisite for anyone wishing to attend the Paddlesport Instructor Award course.

Prerequisites

You must have some kayak / canoe experience to attend this course.

Swimming - Able to swim in normal paddling clothing suitable for the prevailing conditions.

Boat-based candidates - must also hold the current Explore Kayaking Award, 2 Star Award or be of equivalent ability due to the paddling environment and the boat control required to complete the course.

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.

First Aid - a certificate is not required, however we highly recommend this for all paddlers and it will be required for those taking Instructor/Leader assessments.

Course Syllabus

Please follow this link to download the syllabus from the British Canoeing website.

Assessments

Attendance of this course will not necessarily get you up to the required standard to pass as everyone progresses at a different pace. If you are successful, certificate fees are included in the course cost. Those unsuccessful will be given an action plan to gain the required experience to pass the award.

 

Groups

Group Booking Discounts:

£85pp (Group size 4)
£80pp (Group size 5)
£75pp (Group size 6)

Please note that all group bookings will be available for others to book, unless booking for a minimum of 6 people.

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Locations

Run from our base in Sussex visiting various river in Sussex and Kent

Equipment

Equipment supplied

All kayaking and safety equipment is supplied including:

  • Kayak
  • Paddle
  • Buoyancy aid

Equipment needed

For all kayaking courses you must have extra warm clothes and waterproofs, we will provide you with a full kit list upon booking.

  • Full change of clothes to go kayaking in, including footwear, and underwear.
  • Clothing should be suitable for the time of year*
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers (to wear on the water)
  • Extra jumper
  • Warm hat / sun hat
  • Gloves
  • Towel
  • Snacks / water
  • Medication / Tablets / Inhaler etc.

The above list is just a guide and appropriate clothing for the time of year should be worn. We highly recommend you have a dry bag for all your kit on the water and to put your wet clothing in at the end of the day.

*Clothing should comprise of several layers to trap the warmth. Please do not wear denim as it restricts movement, is cold when wet and is slow to dry. You must wear footwear whilst kayaking (old trainers, plimsolls) please don’t wear sandals. Wetsuits are not required as they only work when they are wet; if you wish to bring a wetsuit we still recommend you have a warm top.

Equipment shop

Take a look at our online shop for any equipment you might want for your outdoor adventures. We stock a variety of equipment and can give expert advice if you have any queries. Choose to collect your order on a course (free of charge) and your instructor will have it ready and waiting for you when you arrive.