This course is free to club members (apart from certificate fee) who are volunteering 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 next course will take place on Loch Lomond on Sunday 13 August 2017.

There is only one place left on this course.

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

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