Safety & Rescue Skills

The British Canoeing Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT) course comprises an eight hour programme for paddlers 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;
  • 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.

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


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

Course ratio 1:6

Sounds what you’re looking for?

To discuss safety and rescue training at your club or centre contact Andy Maxted, tel: 07730 852760 or email:

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