Safety and Rescue Training

The Paddlesport Safety and Rescue Course (PSR) and is designed to provide paddlers with the skills to deal with common problems that might occur when either supervising or teaching activities on sheltered waters.

The course informs paddlers the safe ways to operate and deal with emergencies and paddling issues to either rescue themselves or others in the group and includes elements of maintaining the safety of others whilst rescues are taking place.

Each course is run by qualified coaches and is of about 8 hours duration that includes classroom theory, and water based activity both shore based, within the water and besides the water, with each delegate required to perform rescues as well as being rescued by others. Assessment is undertaken throughout the day with delegates each receiving a private appraisal before the end of the course from the course’s coaches.

Before booking on to the Paddlesport Safety & Rescue Course we ask you to have all your own or access to, personal paddling & safety equipment. You should be able to swim in normal paddle clothing, it is recommended (but not required) that you have a first aid course certificate (we recommend the Rec 1 outdoor first aid qualification) and you must be a minimum of a paddle explore award standard or ability.

The course is suitable for all ages and great for individuals, aspirant Paddlesport Instructors and group leaders wanting to expand their safety practices when on the water. The course content focuses on rescuing from the paddlers specific craft and covers equipment, safety frameworks, as well as a range of rescues including contact and towing rescues, self-rescues and deep water rescues.

Areas covered by the course include clothing and equipment, safety frameworks, contact and towing, self-rescues, deep water rescues and concluding with reflection and future development.

You can present for the Paddlesport Safety & Rescue course in many different craft such as Kayak, Sit on top kayak, Open Canoe, or SUP Board.