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BC White Water Safety and Rescue (WWSR)

The British Canoeing White Water Safety and Rescue Training is designed for all paddlers of moving water to gain important rescue skills in both kayak and canoe in the environment.

This course covers safety equipment that a paddler is likely to encounter in the white water environment such as, tape, webbing, karabiners, knives and throwlines; as well as how to use them. The course will also cover what to do in the event of a capsize, as well as how to recover a boat and a swimmer.


The British Canoeing White Water Safety and Rescue Training allows paddlers to gain important rescue skills for a moving water environment.

Our course:

This is a British Canoeing affiliated course so please take a look at the course syllabus that can be found here:

This is a 2-day course which involves performing rescues in both a kayak and a canoe.

We will look in depth at equipment used during rescues such as:

  • Throwline
  • River Knife
  • Karabiners
  • An un-knotted 3 – 5m length of climbers tape webbing.
  • Buoyancy aid with quick release chest harness
  • Whistle

As well as several key concepts for staying safe on white water such as the different ways to approach a rescue including; shouting rescues, reaching rescues, throw-line rescues, boat based rescues, live bait rescues, and what to do if rescuing an entrapped victim.

We will look at how to stay safe while in the water including defensive swimming and how to wade safely in these conditions.

We will look at how to recover equipment while in a dynamic environment.

This is a really fun and engaging course which teaches some important skills in the process. These skills will be applied in a range of 'scenarios' created to put your new skills into practice.


Paddlers must be confident paddling on Grade 2 water as well as confident swimming in a moving water environment; as this course involves rescues, all participants are expected to act as the victim for other attendees at some stage throughout the course.

Please note that while a first aid certificate is not a pre-requisite of this course, British Canoeing strongly recommend that all paddlers hold one.