Foundation Safety and Rescue Training

Foundation Safety and Rescue. A group in different crafts on the water whilst a tutor gives information from the bank.

The British Canoeing Awarding Body Foundation Safety and Rescue Training course is intended for all paddlers, coaches and volunteers, irrespective of craft or discipline choice, and is available in either bank-based or boat-based options.

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

Foundation Safety and Rescue Training Overview

Minimum age

14 years


8 hours


  • Able to swim in normal paddling clothing suitable for the prevailing conditions

Boat-based candidates must also:

  • Hold the current 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 the 2 Star Award. However, they should be prepared to fully participate in all relevant aspects of the course.

A First Aid certificate is not a prerequisite. However, holding a First Aid certificate is strongly recommended for all paddlers.

Finding a Foundation Safety and Rescue Training Course

To find a course in your area, contact your Delivery Centre by clicking the relevant logo at the bottom of this page

Course Documents

To view the associated documents with this course, click here.

Core Skills Covered

The objective of this Training course is to teach simple and safe skills that can provide the tools to problem solve simple common paddling scenarios in flat/sheltered water regardless of the craft.

Candidates will learn:

  • Skills which will enable them to ensure the safety of themselves and others
  • Appropriate rescue skills which can be used to help themselves and/or others in difficulty

For more information on the content covered, please read the Syllabus.


Attendance certificates are issued to successful candidates by their Delivery Centre following a recommendation from the course provider.