Safety & Rescue Skills

The British Canoeing Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT) course comprises an eight hour programme designed to provide paddlers and coaches with simple safe skills that can be applied appropriately when operating in a sheltered water environment.

The training has two purposes: to provide participants with simple protocols and skills to help ensure the safety of themselves and others and to provide appropriate rescue skills and techniques to help themselves or others in difficulty.

The course is designed for paddlers and bank-based coaches irrespective of craft. The training explores the similarities and differences of rescuing canoes and kayaks, racing and touring boats, closed and open cockpit craft, inflatables, sit on tops and stand up paddleboards.

The course does not include a formal assessment however all participants are expected to participate fully in all appropriate elements of the training. A certificate of attendance is available subsequent to successful completion of the course.

Successful completion of the FSRT course meets the safety training pre-requisite for those wishing to attend a British Canoeing Level 1 Coach qualification course.


  • Due to the level of boat control required, paddlers need to hold the British Canoeing 2 Star performance award or be of that ability.
  • Be able to swim in normal paddling/coaching clothing suitable for the prevailing conditions.
  • Be a minimum of 14 years of age.

Personal clothing and equipment

Please bring personal clothing and equipment suitable for going afloat or working from the bank appropriate to the weather conditions forecast for the day of the course. This should include water/wind proof outerwear and a hat. Please also bring personal paddling/coaching equipment, including a buoyancy aid, towline or tow system, throwline, whistle and knife if you have these.

If you are able to bring your own boat and paddle(s) great, but this is not absolutely necessary as a variety of craft will be available to participants during the course.

Please also bring your British Canoeing membership card (or evidence of home nation membership) if you have one together with cash or a cheque (payable to British Canoeing) for the certification fee of £5 (£10 non-members).

Course dates

Dates and venues by arrangement


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