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
There is no age restriction. Where providers choose to allow participants under the age of 18 to attend the course, appropriate safeguarding measures must be implemented and due attention paid to the enhanced legal responsibilities and potential risks. The safety and welfare of those under the age of 18 is paramount. If providers are unsure of their suitability to allow participants under the age of 18, please do not hesitate to consult British Canoeing.
- Able to swim in normal paddling clothing suitable for the prevailing conditions
Boat-based candidates must also:
- Hold the current 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
Bank-based participants accessing the course are not required to hold a Personal Perdormance 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
To view the associated documents with this course, click here.
Core Skills Covered
The objective of this Training course is to introduce 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.