Sea Kayak Safety Rescue Course

The British Canoeing Sea Kayak Safety & Rescue Course is designed to teach the key skills for sea kayaking in both sheltered and moderate sea conditions. Learn to deal with common problems at sea, towing, self-rescues, equipment damage or failure. 

 This course contains theory and practical sessions and is run from our training centre in Brighton Marina. In order to fully participate in the course participants must have the equivalent experience to the British Canoeing Sea Kayak Award.



1 day

Group Size



Minimum age: 18 Max weight: 18 stone (115kg).


To teach the key safety and rescue techniques sea kayaking on sheltered or moderate sea conditions.

Who is it for?

Anyone participating in sea kayaking and learn invaluable safety and rescue skills.


  • Sea Kayak 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.
  • First Aid 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.


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.


In the event of poor sea conditions the Paddlesport Safety and Rescue course will take place on the shelter water within Brighton Marina.


Run from our training centre in Brighton Marina


Equipment supplied

Kayaking and safety equipment is supplied including:

  • 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.


You will require your own Sea Kayak - these can be hired from us for £25 for the day (pre-booking essential) as these are not kept at our centre.


  • 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.