Foundation Safety and Rescue Training

If you enjoy getting out on the water in a canoe, kayak or on a standup paddle board then you are going to want to do it safely.  Whether you are working towards becoming an instructor or paddle for recreation then this course will teach you how to look after yourself and others on the water.  It is an introduction to paddle safety and a prerequisite of the Coaching Scheme as well as a lot of wet, soggy fun!  We can offer this course to individuals, clubs and centres – why not make it a weekend away?  CMC Adventure offers this course run over 2 days to allow plenty of time, to practice and become proficient in the use of these safety and rescue skills.

This is what the British Canoeing website has to say about it.

Foundation Safety and Rescue Training Overview

Minimum age

There is no age restriction. Where providers choose to allow participants under the age of 18 to attend the course, appropriate safeguarding measures must be implemented and due attention paid to the enhanced legal responsibilities and potential risks. The safety and welfare of those under the age of 18 is paramount. If providers are unsure of their suitability to allow participants under the age of 18, please do not hesitate to consult British Canoeing.


8 hours


  • Able to swim in normal paddling clothing suitable for the prevailing conditions

Boat-based candidates must also:

  • Hold the current Paddle Explore Award, 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 a Personal Performance Award. However, they should be prepared to fully participate in all relevant aspects of the course.

A First Aid certificate is not a prerequisite. However, holding a First Aid certificate is strongly recommended for all paddlers.

British Canoeing Awarding Body: Foundation Safety and Rescue Training