• White Water Safety and Rescue
  • White Water Safety and Rescue Swim
  • White Water Safety and Rescue Huddle
  • White Water Safety and Rescue Throw bag
  • White Water Safety and Rescue SUP Paddle
  • White Water Safety and Rescue Live Bait

Using a range of simulated scenarios, this training course teaches safe paddling strategies. The majority of the content is delivered with practical sessions supported by short riverside periods covering the theoretical content.

The White Water Safety (WWS) training course is designed for all paddlers operating in a moderate to advanced white water environment on either a SUP, in kayak or canoe. Attendance certificates are issued to successful candidates. 



10-hour minimum teaching time. Set over 2 days.

Minimum age

16+. Under 18's must book with a parent or guardian on the course too. 


  • Confident in your ability to paddle on grade 2 water
  • Confident swimming in normal paddling clothing suitable for a moving water environment

Holding a First Aid certificate is strongly recommended for all paddlers, however a First Aid certificate is not a prerequisite.

This award is all about keeping safe on white water rivers. Whether you are paddling with friends or attending the training course as preparation for a Leadership qualification, this practical course is packed with safe, practical solutions. It doesn't matter which craft you prefer to paddle: be it Kayak, Stand Up Paddleboard, Canoe or Sit on Top, this course provides appropriate skills for both safety and rescue on rivers.

The course is completely based around training, raising awareness with no assessment. Structured to support you, our experienced tutors will ensure you have plenty of time to practise, as well as understand how you can develop skills and experience after the course.


White Water Safety Training Course Outline

  • You will develop an understanding of safety principles and protocols;
  • You will explore and practice different ways to provide a rescue from a bank;
  • The tutors will support you in practising personal rescue skills;
  • You will develop techniques to rescue swimmers from the water;
  • Our tutors will share with you top tips to recover both craft and paddles;
  • You will know how to prioritise and structure rescues;
  • You will explore solutions to appropriate methods of paddling rivers;


You will need to bring your own appropriate equipment for this course, however if this is a problem do get in touch.

Any water fees will be included in the price. 

You must be a member of a Home Nation to take part in this course and receive your certificate. Become a member.

For detailed information on the course content, pre-requisites and structure please head to the British Canoeing resources page


(+ online booking fee)