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PSRC (Paddlesport Safety and Rescue Course)

17 June at 9:30 am 4:30 pm

This multi-craft course provides the BCAB Award that is the pre-requisite for Paddlesports Instructor (Level 1 Coach) and Paddlesports Leader.

This is a mainly practical training course with no assessment. Your course will support you in keeping yourself and others safe whilst on the water, providing you with the tools and concepts to consider solutions to common issues on the water.

Course Content

Clothing and Equipment

  • Craft overview, safety considerations and features
  • Clothing and equipment worn
  • Additional safety equipment
  • Safety frameworks

Sheltered water environment and weather

  • Safety principles
  • Rescue protocols
  • Calling for help
  • Contact and Towing rescues

Assisting swimmers

  • Towing systems
  • Recovering equipment
  • Self-rescues


  • Assisted self-rescues
  • Deep water rescues

Various craft from preferred craft

  • Techniques for getting swimmer out of the water
  • Multiple rescues
  • Unconscious / unresponsive rescues
  • Entrapped rescues

Reflections from the course

  • Reflections on own learning and areas for development
  • Skills checklists

Find out more on the British Canoeing Awarding Body website: https://britishcanoeingawarding.org.uk/paddlesport-safety-and-rescue/

Do I meet the pre requisites?

Participants need to either hold the Paddle Explore Award or equivalent ability, due to the paddling environment and the craft control required to complete the course.

While the awarding body does not set a lower age limit for this course, we are not licensed to deliver adventure training to under 18s unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Course & certification fees

This course is available at no cost to members of Hampton Canoe Club. Participants will just need to pay a certification fee (goes to Paddle UK) and an access fee (which enables us to use the lake).

The fee for all other participants is includes all costs and fees.

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Andy Cockayne


About me

I enjoy delivering safe experiences in a caring environment and supporting participants to move toward their goals.

With over 25 years’ experience of paddling, leading and coaching, I take great care to understand each individual’s goals and deliver fun days of learning. My off-the-water experience leading teams and running businesses all comes into play, and I enjoy the challenge and variety of delivering high quality outdoor learning.

I’m a Paddle UK (British Canoeing) Level 3 Coach, Safety Tutor and Coach Developer who paddles open canoes, touring ‘K1s’ (racing-style boats), sea kayaks, white water boats and Stand Up Paddleboards.