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River Safety & Rescue Courses

Canoe Sport Coaching has extensive experience delivering first class safety and rescue courses. If you would like us to deliver some bespoke training to your club, group and it is not listed, please get in touch to see what we can do.

British Canoeing – White Water Safety Rescue Training ( WWSRT) 2 Day course

Course Outline:

This 2 day training course will give you the practical skills to look after yourself your group,and your kit, using the latest protocol and practical skills, to ensure safe,effective  rescues or recovery in the moderate water environment. This is a very hands on course, covering both open canoe, kayak and specialist boat rescues if needed. This hands on approach to training will increase your awareness and technical knowledge as you are given the resources to put into practice through realistic, practical practice scenarios.

During the course we will explore:Defensive Swimming – Aggressive Swimming- Rescue Protocols – Teamwork-Shallow water crossings – Reaching rescues – Equipment selection – Safe paddling and leading – Throw-line rescues- Tensioned/ Downstream Diagonals – Foot entrapment’s – Stopper rescues and river hydrology – Rope rescues and mechanical advantage – Gear extraction

Pre-Requisites – The course is conducted on grade 2 -3 water, so candidates must be:

  • Confident in their ability to paddle on grade 2 water.
  • Confident swimming in normal canoe clothing suitable for a moving water environment.
  • A minimum of 16 years of age

Fist Aid : A first aid certificate is not a pre-requisite; however the holding of a  first aid certificate is strongly recommended

The WWSRT course is a pre-requisite for the 4 star leadership assessment.

Duration: 2 Days

Accommodation: Not included.


Individual, less any equipment £160.00

Group rates of 4 to 6 candidates , £600.00 within reasonable traveling distances.



3 -4th March 2018 – South Wales

Please get in touch if,you would like us to run a course for you.

If you have a group (min 4) That would like a bespoke course putting together, please get in touch to see how we can help.


British Canoeing – Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT)

RThis course will 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 in multiple craft types. This is a training course with scenario based practical sessions towards the end of the day. You will require all of your own kit, plus any safety kit you may own (Safety equipment can be provided). This course is a pre-requisite for the UKCC Level 1 coach award and ideal  for all involved with paddle sport, both bank and boat based coaches or parents who regularly supervise/oversee sessions in any discipline.

Duration: 1 day

Accommodation: Optional


Individual cost £85.00

Group rate 4 – 6 candidates £300.00

British Canoeing certification Fee. There is also a candidate British canoeing administration fee payable on completion currently £5 member and £10 non members. Please check with British canoeing if unsure .


11th March 2017 – Saturday Course – Bristol area.

10th  April 2017 – North Wales – full

26th May 2017 – Bristol Area . Pre Level 1 course if needed.

19th June 2017 – Bristol Area , pre Level 1 course running 20-23rd June

14th August 2017 – Bristol Area , pre Level 1 course running 15 -18th August

Dates can be arranged directly with the course provider, please use the contact form and look at the calender for availability.

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White Water Safety and Rescue Training (WWS&RT) Refresher (1 day)

This 1 day refresher course can be used  to bring your skills up to date,  prepare you and your group for a trip abroad on more challenging rivers, or just get you ready and “safety aware” for the coming season. You might also want to utilise some of these valuable core safety skills into any expedition, be it Boat or Land Based Intentionally.

This 1 day course will sharpen your responses and get you thinking about quick effective rescues again. The course can be tailored to suit your requirements, so if its the rope work, mechanical advantage systems or just a general refresher let us know.

The WWS&R training course is designed for all paddlers operating in a moderate to advanced white water environment in either kayak or canoe. The WW Safety & Rescue Course, concentrates on the fundamental skills for safe river running, group management and practical rescue techniques for the grade II/III paddling environment. This course is structured to give candidates maximum hands on, “practical practice”, producing simple effective solutions, to rescue paddlers and their kit.

Duration: 1 days

Accommodation: Optional

Price: £85.00 per individual, or group rate can be agreed with the provider

£295.00 Groups of 4 – 6

Dates: Its best to contact us directly and arrange courses. Please use our booking form and check out the Calender for availability.

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