British Canoeing Whitewater Safety and Rescue Course

This 2 day course is great fun and ideal for those who are proposing to paddle white water on a regular basis in any boat, canoe, kayak or even SUP. You will be going through various throwline techniques and spend quite a lot of the time in the water, so a drysuit or wetsuit is a must. Day two will be more scenario based and you will get the chance to lead a group as a guide and your first aid skills will be put to the test too. The two day course is excellent fun and a sense of achievement is guaranteed.

This training is required for anyone seeking to advance to a 4 Star Leader award.

The objective is:


  • To improve individuals awareness of safety skills in the river environment
  • To teach personal survival skills
  • To teach basic throw line rescue techniques
  • To understand the need for structure in an emergency situation
  • To outline basic rescue protocols that prioritise the safety of the individual above all others
  • To introduce and develop the ‘clean rope’ principle

Pre-requisits: Due to the paddling environment and the boat control required, each candidate must be:

  • Confident in their ability to paddle on Grade 2 water
  • Be confident in swimming in normal canoe clothing suitable for a moving water environment
  • A first aid certificate is not a pre-requisite; however the holding of a first aid certificate is strongly recommended for all paddlers
  • Be of a minimum age of 16 years
  • As a BC Course – up to date BC membership is required

Equipment: Although we can provide canoes / kayaks and paddles if required, the following is a list of recommended equipment required for the participant in this course to have.

  • White Water Buoyancy Aid
  • Dry Kit – either dry trousers and top or dry suit – a wetsuit can be worn with cags over the top but bear in mind you will be in the water for 80% of the course and a lot of people have had to quit the course due to inappropriate dress and getting too cold.
  • Decent footwear for the conditions
  • Warm Base Layers
  • Lunch and Warm Flask
  • A sling or length of tape 3-5mtr long
  • A throwline 15mtr min
  • 1 Screw gate karabiner and one snap gate
  • River Knife
  • Towel and Warm Clothes for after

2 Day Course

  • Location – River Usk
  • Excellent bunkhouse accommodation is available for £20pp per night
  • Only £150pp for a 2 Day Course & Certificate!

Activity Information Facts:

  • Minimum Age – 14 Years Old
  • Fitness Level – Moderate
  • Cost - £150 PP
  • Difficulty – Moderate
  • Start time – 9am
  • Duration – 2 Days
  • Location - River Usk, Brecon, Wales

What we provide:

  • Boats (Canoes or Kayaks)
  • Paddles
  • Spray decks
  • Wet Suits (If requested) 
  • Buoyancy Aids
  • Helmets

Cost: £150.00 pp Includes VAT

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