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Event Safety

Event Safety Management

Paddling has a good record in event safety management. British Canoeing has developed a system of event safety management which applies to all events which are insured by British Canoeing. This is to ensure the sport continues to operate at the highest safety levels.

At the heart of this system is training in event safety management and the appointment/nomination of event safety officers.

Event Safety Management Guidance

This guidance sets out in detail what needs to be done by clubs, event organisers, RDT’s and Discipline Committees.

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Please see the Event Safety Management Guidance document below for more information.  

You can also find below a series of frequently asked questions which answer the most common queries.

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Event Safety Training

The below information highlights what to expect when attending an Event Safety Training course.

What is Event Safety Training?

This is a training workshop run by British Canoeing appointed trainer. It follows a syllabus that includes:-

  • Awareness of safety management and duty of care 

  • Guidance and support to mitigate risk using the concept of an ‘event span of control’. 

  • Examination of potential safety issues using scenario planning

  • Process to gain authority to run an event

  • Pre event considerations and planning

  • “On the day” safety considerations

  • Post event actions and event management review

  • Common methods for managing risk
  • Greater appreciation of the need for span of control
  • Develop the use of ‘CALM’ in dynamic risk management

    Event safety training workshops can be found here. Training is organised regionally and is available to all event organisers/safety officers. 

    If you would like one set up in please contact [email protected]


    Monday, 07 February 2022 at 6.00pm. Book your spot by clicking here

    Monday, 6th June 2022 at 6.00pm. Book your spot by clicking here

    Monday, 3rd October 2022 at 6.00pm. Book your spot by clicking here

    Event Safety Officer/s – Roles

    The appointment/nomination of trained Event Safety Officers is a key feature of the Event Safety Management system. All affiliated clubs must ensure that their safety officer is nominated in their Just Go portal. Role descriptions for safety officers in clubs and disciplines can be found below

    Role Descriptions