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British Canoeing

Foundation Safety and Rescue Training

A fun, relaxed way to learn important safety and rescue techniques in a sheltered environment.

On a British Canoeing Foundation Safety and Rescue Training course we will show you quick, simple and effective strategies to deal with the common problems we encounter on flat water.  You will work out how to rescue people from the water in a wide variety of situations. We will make it easy to empty large boats and little boats alike with simple safe solutions.

We guarantee that even the most experienced paddler will take away something new from this course.

Use our range of high quality boats to practice the most up to date rescue techniques. This is definitely the most fun you can have around, on and in the water.

Topics covered on the course include:

  • Safety and rescue protocols.
  • Equipment checks.
  • Simple bank based rescues.
  • Use of throwlines.
  • Towing boats and swimmers.
  • Techniques used to empty a variety of boats including white water kayaks, canoes and sea kayaks.
  • Assisting swimmers back into their boat.
  • Dealing with unconscious kayakers.

This course is a pre-requisite for the British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor course and as such, we normally schedule our FSRT courses to coincide with our Paddlesport Instructor course dates. The FSRT also works extremely well as a standalone rescue course for all who paddle on sheltered or open water.

On most courses students only start swimming in the water during the afternoon, however during the colder months of the year you may want to hire a drysuit for this course. Rest assured that we coaches will spend more time in the water than you.  Our coaches are well aware that many individuals don’t enjoy being upside down in kayaks for a prolonged period. Don’t worry as we are very happy to hang about while you rescue us.


We run a large number of safety and rescue courses each year at a variety of venues. If your club or workplace has a suitable venue to hold a safety and rescue course we would be happy to provide a course at your venue. Please contact us to discuss options.

Course Dates

6 June 2022 (Windermere)
14 September 2022 (Ullswater)

Course fee: £100


There are no specific pre-requisites for this course although we would recommend a paddling ability around the old 2 Star award to get the most from it.


British Canoeing Foundation Safety & Rescue Training Syllabus

How to Recognise the Instinctive Drowning Response

BCU Foundation safety & Rescue Training

BCU Foundation safety & Rescue Training
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