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BC FSRT - Foundation Safety and Rescue Training

This training course is intended for all paddlers, coaches and volunteers irrespective of craft or discipline choice, and is available in either bank-based or boat-based option.

It provides training on key skills needed to operate safely and deal with common emergencies in a sheltered water environment. These skills then form the foundations for safety and rescue throughout British Canoeing awards.

Learning Outcomes

The objective of this training course is to teach simple and safe skills that can provide the tools to problem solve simple common paddling scenarios in flat/sheltered water regardless of the craft.

Candidates will learn:

  • Skills which will enable them to ensure the safety of themselves and others
  • Appropriate rescue skills which can be used to help themselves and/or others in difficulty

For more information on the content covered please read the Syllabus.

Course Structure

The Foundation Safety and Rescue Training course is delivered over one day

This practical course take place in calm, sheltered waters such as our lake at Sneyd Water Activities Centre either as bank-based or boat-based course.

Pre Requisites

Candidates wishing to attend Foundation Safety and Rescue Training must be 14 years or over and meet the following requirements:

  • Able to swim in normal paddling clothing suitable for the prevailing conditions
  • Boat-based candidates must also
    • Hold the current 2 Star Award or be of equivalent ability due to the paddling environment and the boat control required to complete the course
  • Bank-based participants accessing the course are not required to hold the British Canoeing 2 Star Award. However, they should be prepared to fully participate in all relevant aspects of the course

A first aid certificate is not a pre-requisite. However holding a first aid certificate is strongly recommended for all paddlers.


Attendance Certificates are issued to successful candidates by British Canoeing, subject to the following Certification fees:

  • £5 for members
  • £10 for non-members

British Canoeing

Upcoming Course Dates

There are currently no course dates scheduled however please contact us to express an interest in this course.

We are able to put courses on to suit your dates for groups of 4 or more


Foundation Safety and Rescue Training Syllabus 

Foundation Safety and Rescue Training Course Notes

Walsall Outdoor Pursuits

Aldridge Airport Outdoor Centre, Off Bosty Lane, Walsall. WS9 0QQ

01922 744637 | outdoorpursuits@walsall.gov.uk

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