Foundation Safety and Rescue Training

By Sandy Johnston • April 6th, 2017

We will be running two courses this year and these will be free to club members (apart from certificate fee) for the volunteers who are attending as rescue kayakers at the Great Scottish Swim on Saturday 26 August 2017. Otherwise the fee for club members for this course is £30.


This course is the British Canoe Union Safety course that all other safety courses are built on and is often a prerequisite for future development.

The two Courses will be taking place on Loch Lomond on Sunday 9 July 2017 and Sunday 13 August 2017.

There are only six places available on each course. This small class size allows easy learning and skills practice.

This course is designed for all paddlers irrespective of craft. The objective is to teach simple and safe skills that can be applied appropriately across a variety of paddlesport craft including kayaks and canoes.  These skills will then form the basis of all safety and rescue training throughout the BCU Scheme.

The course aims to provide the student with the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely in a sheltered water environment and to be able to deal with common emergencies.

The course content is as follows:

1. General theory and planning a. Safety b. Rescue protocols

2. Bank-based rescues a. Coach a swimmer to shore b. Rescue a swimmer with a rigid aid c. Rescue a swimmer using a throw line

3. Boat-based rescues a. Rescue a swimmer from the water b. Rescue a capsized paddler using a deep water rescue c. Rescue an unconscious or entrapped paddler from their boat d. Use of towlines e. Self-rescue f. All-in rescue

4. Scenarios

This is a get wet course. A certificate is provided and this course will make you a safer paddler!


R. Tay 03.05.09


In preparation for the course you can have a look at

There are a number of FSRT videos which will provide an idea of what we will be covering on the course.


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