There are only six places available for this course. This is the foundation rescue skills course for canoeing and kayaking. All other courses are built on the skills that you learn in this British Canoe Union 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
This is a get wet course. A certificate is provided and this course is a prerequisite for future development, it will also make you a safer paddler!