The weekend of 6 to 7 April 2019 is turning into a Foundation Safety and Rescue Weekend! Sandy had organised a course for the Saturday 6 April and this filled up so quickly that he has had to organise a further course for the following day. If you are interested in this course to develop your paddling or if you want to re-visit this course before Paddlesport Instructor training then you should contact Sandy sooner than later to obtain a place. sandy.johnston@sky.com

The British Canoeing Foundation Safety & Rescue Training course is the first safety course that most paddlers encounter as it teaches the safety skills that the other courses then build on and develop. You will be shown simple and effective techniques which will allow you to deal with the common problems that you can be confronted with on flat water whether you paddle a kayak, a canoe or a sea kayak. By the end of the course you will be a safer paddler as you will have the skill to be able to rescue others in a wide variety of situations and you will be able to empty a variety of boats in a safe and easy way.

Topics covered on this course include:

  • Safety and rescue protocols.
  • Equipment – what to carry.
  • Simple reaching rescues.
  • Simple throwing rescues.
  • Swimmer tows and rescues.
  • Tows and towlines.
  • Safe boat emptying for kayaks, canoes and sea kayaks.
  • Returning swimmers to boats.
  • Dealing with unconscious kayakers.
  • What happens if we all go in.

This is a β€˜get wet’ course however on most courses, this will be saved until the afternoon so don’t worry about being in and out of the water all day. The coach will probably spend more time in the water than you and will demonstrate all the rescues both as rescuer and also as the pretend casualty.

In preparation for the course you can have a look at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UJJvVWHKOY&list=PLG39ew-O5f_2KmRRuBmeye8KoeGdBCFR-&index=2

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