British Canoeing Paddlesport Safety and Rescue

The Paddlesport Safety and Rescue course is here to provide you with simple strategies and safe skills that can provide the tools to solve common paddling problems that happen in a sheltered water environment. This course is open to all paddlers, replaces the FSRT and is a pre-requisite to Paddlesport Instructor Award.

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1 Day

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This award is all about keeping safe on your craft in sheltered water venues, this includes canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. This practical course is packed with safe practical solutions to common paddling problems which happen in a sheltered water environment. It doesn’t matter if you have limited paddling experience, this course supports your knowledge and raises your awareness of your personal safety.

Who is this aimed at

If you want to be able to deal with common problems on flat water, this one-day course is for you. This course is a pre-requisite for the Paddlesport Instructor Award.


This one-day course aims to provide paddlers with key safety and rescue skills needed to stay safe whilst paddling on flat water. The course is designed for all paddlers irrespective of craft. The course content focuses on rescuing from your preferred craft and covers equipment, safety frameworks, as well as a range of rescues including contact and towing rescues, self-rescues, and deep-water rescues.


This is a practical course where we’ll be on and in the water for the day so be prepared for a hands-on immersive experience! We’ll look at the clothing and equipment we use and how to apply a framework to structure our sessions keeping us and our peers safe. We’ll explore a variety of rescue techniques including towing, self-rescues, and deep-water rescues.

Experience Required

You’ll need to be a confident flat-water paddler in order to fully participate in this course. You should also be happy swimming in a flat-water environment.

How should I prepare?

Make sure you have competency paddling on flat water in your chosen craft.

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