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Safety & Navigation Courses

British Canoeing offer a range of safety and navigation courses for anyone wishing to learn the skills that ensure you and your fellow paddlers are safer out on the water.

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Overview

These Safety Training courses can be completed by anyone wishing to learn the skills that ensure you and your fellow paddlers are safer out on the water. Whether you’re a coach, leader or paddler, staying safe on the water is fundamental to enjoying the sport.

Our safety courses are prerequisites for many of British Canoeing’s leadership and coaching awards. 

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Foundation Safety and Rescue Training

This training course is intended for all paddlers, coaches and volunteers irrespective of craft or discipline choice, and is available in either bank-based or boat-based option.

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White Water Safety and Rescue Training

The White Water Safety and Rescue Training is designed for all paddlers operating in white water environment, either in a kayak or canoe.

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Advanced White Water Safety and Rescue Training

The Advanced White Water Safety and Rescue Training course is specifically designed around the needs of white water paddlers.

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Advanced Surf Safety and Rescue Training

Advanced Surf Safety and Rescue Training is aimed at surf paddlers operating in moderate to advanced water environments.

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Overview

The navigation and tidal planning courses detailed below offer an opportunity for paddlers to develop fundamental skills for planning and undertaking journeys in the sea environment.

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Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning

This Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning course is designed for paddlers carrying out coastal journeys including islands up to 2 nautical miles offshore in areas of tidal movement up to up to 2 knots and winds of up to force 4.

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Open Water Navigation and Tidal Planning

Open Water Navigation and Tidal Planning training is designed for 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.

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