Canoe and Kayak Safety & Rescue Courses

Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT)

The first course in the suite of British Canoeing’s Safety and Rescue Training courses. Aimed at paddlers and coaches who work with both single and mixed craft groups; it is also the only pre-requiste for the Paddlesport Instructor Award and highly recommended for those under taking the Paddlesport Leader Award.

This course looks at equipment and techniques for safeguarding and rescuing yourself and others in both kayak and canoe. Participants must be able to paddle both types of craft to get the most out of this training.

If you are looking at undertaking the Paddlesport Instructor Award, British Canoeing Awarding insist on a gap of 14 days between doing the FSRT course and the Paddlesport Instructor course.

Cost: £70 per person plus certificate fee*

*Certificate Fee: £5 for BC members, £10 non-members

            10% discount for groups of 4 or more.

Canoe Safety Test


This award is administered by the British Canoeing Core of Canoe Lifeguards and is designed to be taken in either kayak or canoe; certificates are annotated accordingly. This award is an ideal one for the paddler who only paddles one type of craft and wishes to be able to look after themselves and others during trips. It is the natural accomplement to the Explore Award to build an “all round paddler”.

The award looks at very similar scenarios to the FSRT but you are only expected to be proficient in your chosen craft. These courses may be run with both kayakers and canoeists

Cost: £65 per person plus certificate fee*

*Certificate Fee: £5 for BC members, £10 non-members

10% discount for groups of 4 or more.

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