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British Canoeing FSRT Course

  • 2021 Dates: TBC
  • Duration: 10 am - 3 pm

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FSRT Course in the WaterThe British Canoeing Awarding Body Foundation Safety and Rescue 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 options.

Our coaching is tailored to the participant's needs and based on over 180 years of combined coaching experience. The British Canoeing Personal Performance Awards are in place to ensure participants learn the correct techniques and syllabus for the 'Discover' qualification. Learn how to choose and effectively use the equipment, whilst developing an understanding of the factors which affect your paddling; giving you the confidence to progress to making your own choices with the next step Explore Award.


The day will start at 10.00 am and finish at 3.00 pm based at our Bedford Training Facility. No special equipment or clothing is required, comfortable clothing such as gym wear, shorts and t-shirt or wetsuit is perfect, along with a pair of water shoes, or old trainers.

  • Please note dates may change at Canoe Trail's discretion.
  • Suitable for those 18yrs old and over (Young people aged 21 and under must be accompanied by an adult, who is also booked onto the session)

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  • Able to swim in normal paddling clothing suitable for the prevailing conditions

Boat-based candidates must also:

  • Hold the current Paddle Explore Award, 2 Star Award or be of equivalent ability due to the paddling environment and the boat control required to complete the course

Bank-based participants accessing the course are not required to hold a Personal Perdormance Award. However, they should be prepared to fully participate in all relevant aspects of the course.

A First Aid certificate is not a prerequisite. However, holding a First Aid certificate is strongly recommended for all paddlers.

The New Personal Performance Awards “Paddle Awards”

British Canoeing’s new Paddle Awards are a pathway to becoming a competent paddler from Novice to Intermediate and then onwards to more advanced water and techniques. The syllabus allows for a personalized journey to develop core skills to feel confident and safe on sheltered water in a kayak or canoe or stand up paddleboard.

Whether you simply want to mess around on the water or tackle a charity challenge or embrace a big adventure then Canoe Trail can help with professional coaching and development of autonomous skills. There really is something for everyone with so many different facets and disciplines to the world of paddlesport with racing, touring, SUP’s, freestyle, expeditions, sea kayaking, open canoeing, polo, and many more. Within the Canoe Trail team, we have years of experience at racing, expeditions, and general paddling in all craft, SUP, kayak, and canoe.

The awards take place on sheltered water on our local river, The River Great Ouse, 4th longest in Britain with structure coaching in bite-sized chunks. We also offer some awards as part of our expeditions and trips to other locations such as the Yukon River Canoe Expedition, Best of Scotland Canoe Trip, and trips to other locations.


"Fantastic! Having never done anything like this before I wasn't sure what to expect but it was a fantastic way to spend the day and the level of coaching was superb, can't recommend enough!" (Anne)

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Very satisfied with the coaching expertise on offer at Canoe Trail. Learned a lot in one session. Great location, too, well worth driving 40mins to get to for kit & competence. (Andrea)

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