Course Aims:
Skilfully delivered by centre owner Paul Bull, UKCC Level 3 Coach, this Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT) course will equip you with the key safety and rescue skills to deal with common emergencies, and forms the backbone for all safety and rescue training throughout the BCU scheme. By the end of the course you will have the knowledge to ensure the safety of yourself and others, and to equip you with the basic rescue skills to help anyone in difficulty.

It is highly recommended that all paddlers and bank based helpers attend this training course. It is also a pre-requisite for the UKCC Level 1 Coaching Award to attend, so if you're thinking of entering the coaching scheme then this is a must for you.

The course will be run over 1 day.

Candidates should be over 14 years of age. Candidates should also hold the BCU 2 Star Award or be of that ability. The course contains a fair amount of swimming, so candidates should be confident in the water.

Course Price:
£65 per person (excluding any BCU registration fees)

Equipment required:

  • Suitable craft for the course (such as Kayak, Open Canoe, Sit on Top etc), which can be hired if required.
  • Dry suit or wetsuit that will keep you warm throughout the day.
  • Dry land clothing suitable for outdoor use.
  • Food and warm drink
If you have any of the following please bring them along:
  • Throw line
  • Towline or tow system
  • A rescue knife
  • Whistle
  • A 5m piece of tape sling and karabiner

Course Contents:

  • General Theory and planning
  • Safety and Rescue protocols
  • Bank based rescues
  • Boat based rescues
  • Scenarios

BCU certification fees:
If you would like the BCU certificate then there is an additional charge payable directly to the BCU of £5 for members and £10 for non members.


If you normally carry other kit on the river, not listed above, please bring it along for the group to discuss.

All of the equipment above can be purchased or hired from us but please let me know in advance so I can bring the right amount of equipment.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07859 829421.

Activity Dates, Availability and Booking:
Click on the activity dates below for more details, availability and details of how to book your place. Additional activities are run by arrangement. Please contact us for more information or to arrange an additional date.


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