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British Canoeing Safety Training

British Canoeing Safety Training

British Canoeing Safety Training

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BC have a range of Safety courses designed to meet the needs of all paddlers and coaches, form those starting out on sheltered water all the way through to those paddling operating in advanced environments. All are of interest, value and appropriate for paddlers wishing to gain more experience and familiarity in the specific environments in which they paddle.

Safety awards are also appropriate required learning and pre-requisites for some BC Coaching and Leadership qualifications.

The BCU candidate fee (including certification) for Safety Awards is £5 for BCU members or £10 for non-members. Course fees are set by the course provider directly.

Foundation Safety and Rescue Training

This course is designed for all paddlers irrespective of craft. The objective is to teach simple and safe skills that can be applied appropriately across a variety of paddlesport craft including kayaks and canoes.  These skills will then form the basis of all safety and rescue training throughout the BCU Scheme.

The course aims to provide the student with the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely in a sheltered water environment and to be able to deal with common emergencies.

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Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning

The aim of this course is to give the student the tools to enable them to plan and navigate effectively on coastal journeys in moderate sea conditions.  These will include understanding forcasts, sourcing and interpreting tidal, pilotage and chart information as well as some simple on the water navigation techniques.

This course is designed for those paddlers carrying out coastal journeys including islands up to 2 nautical miles offshore in areas of tidal movement up to 2 knots and winds of up to force 4 and is suitable for those seeking their 4 star award sea.

By the end of the course each student should have planned at least 2 coastal journeys that they can take home as references for further trip planning.  Students should also be aware of the range of resources they require to plan trips in the coastal environment.

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Open Water Navigation and Tidal Planning

The aim of this course is to give the student the tools to enable them to plan and navigate effectively on open water journeys in advanced sea conditions. It should increase the knowledge and awareness of the paddler and therefore improve their seamanship.  This course is designed for those paddlers carrying out open water journeys including islands over 2 nautical miles offshore in areas of strong tidal movement of 3+ knots and/or including winds of up to force 5.

By the end of the course each student should have planned at least 2 coastal journeys that they can take home as references for further trip planning.  Students should also be aware of the range of resources they require to plan trips in the coastal environment

The course is designed to complement the areas covered in the Advanced Leader training.

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Advanced Surf Safety and Rescue

This course aims to provide the participant with advanced rescue skills and techniques required to surf safely and to be able to assert a variety of surf rescue techniques in a variety of moderate to advanced surf environments.

This course is suitable for those seeking their Advanced Leader Surf award or wanting to learn the principals of safe advanced surfing and rescue techniques.

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White Water Safety and Rescue Training

The WWS&R training course is designed for all paddlers operating in a moderate to advanced white water environment in either kayak or canoe. In addition, the training is required for those seeking their Leader (white water or open canoe) award.

The objective is to provide the underpinning knowledge and teach simple and safe practical skills that can be applied appropriately. By it’s nature the course is very ‘hands on’ and should not usually contain much classroom work. Any theory should be short riverside sessions, the duration of which will be naturally limited.

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Advanced White Water Safety and Rescue Training

This course aims to provide underpinning knowledge and teach safe practical skils that can be applied in grade 3-4 whitewater.  The course will, in the main, be delivered as part of a journey on grade 3-4 whitewater.  The equipment and resources used will therefore be limited to those normally available to a paddler journeying in this environment.  The course is based around the needs of the whitewater kayaker.

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