This is a one day training course, to equip you with the essential safety and rescue skills appropriate for flat water paddling.
This course is for you if: You have some basic paddling skills (approx. 2 star/explore) and would like to learn how to be safer out on the water, especially if you are likely to be looking after others. The minimum age for this course is 14. If you are looking to become a paddle sports instructor, you must have completed a paddle sport safety and rescue course first course.
The course is completely based around training and raising awareness, with no assessment. Structured to support you, our experienced tutors will ensure you have plenty of time practising, as well as understanding how you can develop skills and experience after the course.
It will cover the 6 modules below:
- Clothing and Equipment
- Safety frameworks
- Contact and Towing rescues
- Deep water rescues
- Reflection and development
9.30am to 5.30pm (Day course)
This course is held at Leam Boat Centre.
What to Wear and Bring:
You should have all your usual paddling equipment, including any safety/rescue kit you usually carry. If you would like to use a centre boat please get in touch in advance. The day will include fairly long periods of wet work, so be prepared for the prevailing temperatures!
We will be practicing rescues in a variety of boats so bring your usual boat, but you’ll get a chance to try others.
British Canoeing suggests a kit list of:
Rescue gear eg throwline
Tow system e.g. Sling
If you don’t have certain items of the above, please don’t feel you have to rush out and buy them, as we have plenty of spares, and you will hopefully gain some insight as to what you need and what’s best for you as part of the course.
Please bring a packed lunch with you (or you can buy some from the town nearby). Drinks and snacks are available for purchase at the boat centre.
Chose your date above, and go to the checkout to buy your course. Please let us know the names of participants by using the delivery comments box at the checkout. You will receive a confirmation e-mail from us. If you have any specific needs or questions that you would like to discuss before the course starts, please give us a call.