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BC Foundation Safety & Rescue Course

kayak - Up to 6 people


This one-day course is for anyone starting out in paddlesport who wishes to learn the basics of staying safe, as well as being a pre-requisite for the British Canoeingpaddlesport instructor award.

Training will take place on the Woodmill lake and you’ll use a wide variety of paddle sport craft and equipment as you work through a range of scenarios. You’ll cover a broad foundation of issues which may affect your safety and learn rescue techniques including options from the bank and boat.

Please Note:

During the COVID-19 outbreak, we are offering COVID Secure activities to the public.

To ensure that we can provide a safe environment for all participants and our staff, we are implementing the following procedures;

  1. We ask that you not attend if your child, or anyone in the household, are showing symptoms of COVID-19.
  2. We will coordinate all activities so your children will join your group straight away after sign in.
  3. We will ask all children to wash their hands upon arrival, in between activity sessions and prior to eating.
  4. We will offer activities that do not require high physical support / physical contact.
  5. We will be deep cleaning twice daily as a minimum standard.


Candidates wishing to attend Foundation Safety and Rescue Training must meet the following requirements:

  1. Able to swim in normal paddling clothing suitable for the prevailing conditions
  2. Boat-based candidates must also hold the 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
  3. Bank-based participants accessing the course are not required to hold a Personal Performance Award. However, they should be prepared to fully participate in all relevant aspects of the course

A first aid certificate is not a pre-requisite. However holding a first aid certificate is strongly recommended for all paddlers.


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

Candidates will learn:

  1. Skills which will enable them to ensure the safety of themselves and others
  2. 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


Full refund if cancelled 21 days prior to the commencement date

If cancelling a booking more than 21 days prior to the activity commencement date, alternative dates, course credit or a refund can be offered. For some cancellations an administration fee may be charged. Cancellations within 21 days are charged at the full rate and non-refundable.

Cancellation of any booking must be made in writing. For cancellations with less than 48 hours’ notice, please contact the venue direct by telephone. Please familiarise yourself with our full booking Terms and Conditions by clicking here.

If the conditions on the day aren’t ideal but the activity is still taking place, refunds & rescheduling will only be provided under special circumstances. We look forward to seeing you at your sessions. If you have any questions in the meantime, please get in touch with a member of the team.

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£100 per person

Fri, 5th Nov
09:00 - 17:00 · 5 spaces left


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