FSRT (Foundation Safety and Rescue Training) Course

The British Canoeing Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT) 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.

Please note if a date is unavailable then it is fully booked.*
Date: 30th October 2021
On the FSRT water course
Requirements: Suitable for ages 14+ Anyone under the age of 18 needs to be accompanied by an adult 21 years and over.
Timings: Start 09:00 and finish 17:00 each day
Location: Bedford (details emailed once booked) Price: £80

Canoe Trail offers training on key skills needed to operate safely and deal with common emergencies in a sheltered water environment. These skills form the foundations for safety and rescue throughout the British Canoeing Awarding Body awards.
Canoe Trail is an approved provider of the qualification and has practical experience of rescues from years of experience. Our courses provide access to our professional coaching team and tutors, the very best kit on the market with SilverBirch canoes, Red Paddle Co boards, and a wide range of craft. More than that it is Canoe Trail’s award-winning style making padding accessible with a friendly and welcoming approach keeping it safe, fun, and sharing learning. The FSRT is a prerequisite for the Paddle Sports Instructor (PSI) course and must be completed at least 2 weeks before the PSI course. More than that the FSRT is a great intro to all things safety for paddlers taking to the water providing confidence and skills to deal with a range of scenarios and incidents. You can download and read the Syllabus here: FSRT Syllabus

What's Included?

Craft & Equipment  ✔ Buoyancy Aid  ✔ Dry Bag  ✔

What You Will Need to Bring

Bring comfortable clothing such as gym wear, shorts, a t-shirt or wetsuit, along with a pair of water shoes, or old trainers. Bring a towel and a change of clothes. No special equipment or clothing is required.

Session Objectives

  • FSRT Contents
    The objective of the FSRT course is to introduce simple and safe skills that can
    provide the tools to problem solve simple common paddling scenarios in
    flat/sheltered water in kayak, canoe or SUP.
    Participants will learn:
    - Skills which will enable them to ensure the safety of themselves and
    - Appropriate rescue skills which can be used to help themselves and/or
    others in difficulty

    Foundation Safety and Rescue Training Overview
    Minimum age
    There is no age restriction for the course. Under 18’s can complete coaching and instructor
    qualifications however they can not run their own sessions until over 18.

    8 hours of training time
    Sheltered water, calm conditions.

    - Able to swim in normal paddling clothing suitable for the prevailing conditions
    Boat-based candidates must also:
    - Have paddling skills at 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
    Performance Award.
    A First Aid certificate is not a prerequisite. However, holding a First Aid certificate is strongly
    recommended for all paddlers. A good knowledge of practical issues that paddlers may face.
    Course Documents
    To view the associated documents with this course, click here.
    Canoe Trail can provide access to all equipment required for the course.
    The following is a list of recommended equipment required for the participant in this
    course to have:
    -  Towline OR tow system;
    -  Throwline;
    -  Webbing (sewn or unsewn sling) and large karabiner;
    -  Whistle;
    -  Knife.
    The course aims to allow the participants to experience a range of equipment, and to
    teach/coach the participant in ways to use the equipment as well as improvised
    Syllabus and Course content

    1. General theory and planning
    a. Safety
    b. Rescue protocols (self, team, victim, equipment)
    (Shout, reach, throw, Row, Go)
    2. Bank-based rescues
    a. Coach a swimmer to shore (10m)
    b. Rescue a swimmer with a rigid aid (1m)
    c. Rescue a swimmer using a throw line (10m packed and unpacked)
    3. Boat-based rescues
    a. Rescue a swimmer from the water
    b. Rescue a capsized paddler using a deep water rescue
    c. Rescue an unconscious or entrapped paddler from their boat d. Use of towlines
    e. Self-rescue
    f. All-in rescue
    4. Scenarios
    Dealing with simple paddling incidents involving up to two casualties:
    1. Unconscious casualty in or out of their boat
    2. Injured or unwell, e.g. suffering from hypothermia
    3. In difficulty, e.g. a struggling swimmer or capsized paddler
    4. Broken or lost paddles

    Sheltered water, calm conditions.


Session Notes

  • * If for any reason, dates may need to change at Canoe Trail's discretion. This will be notified in advance.


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