British Canoeing Course Breakdown

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Here you will find a brief breakdown of the British canoeing courses and structures that our club follows.

New Personal Performance Awards

Other awards

FSRT – (Foundation Safety and Rescue Test)
This course is designed for paddlers and coaches irrespective of their chosen craft, or as may be the case for coaches, as either a boat based or bank based coach. The objective is to teach simple and safe skills that can be applied appropriately. This course aims to provide the participant with the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely and to be able to deal with common emergencies. These skills will then form the basis of all safety and rescue training throughout the BCU Scheme. The award has two purposes: to provide the necessary skills to enable individuals to ensure the safety of themselves and others. To provide the appropriate rescue skills to individuals that can be used to help themselves and/or others in difficulty. This course takes place in sheltered water with calm conditions; it will typically take place over a day and include at least 6 hours teaching time.

WWSR – (White Water Safety and Recue)
This course is designed for all white-water paddlers including canoe and kayak paddlers. The idea of WWSR is to teach simple and safe skills that can be applied appropriately in white water conditions. The course aims to improve individuals’ awareness of safety skills in the river environment whilst teaching personal survival skills. These skills include basic throw line rescue techniques, basic rescue protocols that prioritise the safety of the individual above all others and it also introduces the clean rope principal. It also aims to provide understanding for the need for structure in an emergency situations. By it’s nature the course is very ‘hands on’, the training will take place over two days and include a minimum of 10 hours teaching time.