All the skills you need delivered in a way you can use. The Foundations Safety and Rescue  Training Course delivers the training all aspiring kayakers need.

The Foundations Safety and Rescue Training  class, held in sheltered water, will introduce you to a wide range of deep-water rescue techniques for solo and group paddlers. Fundamentally, this course is designed for paddlers and coaches irrespective of their chosen craft. The objective is to teach simple and safe skills that can be applied appropriately. We aim to provide the participant with the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely and to be able to deal with common emergencies. The Foundations Safety and Rescue Training is scheduled a couple of times during the summer and fall.

These skills  form the basis of all safety and rescue training throughout the BCU Scheme.

The award has two purposes:

1) To provide the paddler, boat based or bank based coach with the necessary skills to enable them to ensure the safety of themselves and/or others having difficulty

2) To provide the paddler, boat based or bank based coach with the appropriate rescue skills to be used to help themselves and/or others having difficulty You will also learn:

  • General theory & planning
  • Bank based rescues
  • Coaching a swimmer to shore and use of a throw line
  • Boat based rescues of swimmer, capsized paddler, or unconscious victim entrapped in boat
  • Use of towlines
  • Self rescues
  • All in rescues
  • Scenarios


If you are un-able to bring the items listed below please let us know as we can provide them if needed. We typically provide immersion wear in the form of either a neoprene wetsuit or nylon drysuit with latex gasket seals and neoprene boots.

Only in the hottest summer months do we run courses without some form of immersion wear. The water is cold year round so you will need to bring layers to wear under the suits provided.

  • Sunglasses with retention device (i.e. Croakies, Chums, etc)
  • NO COTTON Synthetic top and bottom layers (thermal underwear, heavier wt. for cooler weather)
  • Nylon shorts and/or swimsuit for warmer days
  • Hiking style wool or synthetic socks
  • Water bottle
  • LUNCH small enough to pack into the boats
  • Towel and change of clothes for ride home

Optional Gear:

  • Water proof camera
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • River shoes or booties
  • Tow belt
  • Rescue gear
  • Spare Paddle
  • Bilge Pump