British Canoeing – Foundation Safety and Rescue (FSRT).

Foundation safety and rescue training (FSRT) for paddlers on flat sheltered water

Training for this British Canoeing award will provide you the fundamentals to keep yourself and others safe on the water. You’ll learn a range of rescues and techniques in a variety of craft. You will get the chance to use different types of equipment and discuss the ideas behind planning a safe journey for you and your friends. This course is a great confidence booster and a pre-requisite if you are thinking of becoming a paddle sports coach.

You should be at or near British Canoeing two star standard (you do not have to have the 2 star or equivalent award). The FSRT course is not a paddling course so don’t expect to learn to paddle; it is a course providing you with basic skills in:lifeguarding, risk assessing and on the water rescues.

We supply all the safety equipment you’ll need but you will need to provide your own clothing for on-water activities.

Course length: 1 days
Minimum Age 18 years on first day of course.

Target Audience:

Anybody who ventures on to lakes, canals and other inland (sheltered) waters using canoes, kayaks, SUPs etc. It is a pre-requisite for anybody wishing to become a UKCC level 1 canoe and kayak coach.

Performing basic water rescue for kayaker / canoeists etc on sheltered UK water. Level 1 coach and above.

Course content includes:

  • Hazard identification & risk assessment
  • Planning a journey
  • Equipment
  • Rescues 1 – bank-based rescues, shouting, reaching and throw-rescues
  • Rescues 2 – boat based rescues
  • Boat-based rescues include:

  • Rescuing a swimmer from the water
  • Deep water rescues for a capsized paddler
  • Rescues of a trapped or unconscious paddler
  • Use of towlines
  • Self rescue


British Canoeing – Foundation Safety and Rescue Training

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