We are currently in lockdown therefore unfortunately we cannot run sessions at the moment, however we are taking bookings for Easter onwards, subject to government restrictions. If we are still in lockdown by then we will arrange to reschedule to a later date or offer a refund for your booking. 

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 and Rescue (WWS&R) 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 matters not 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 & Rescue 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.

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



March 27th-28th 2021

April 24th-25th 2021


To book online use the course scheduler below choosing day one of the course from the calendar. e.g. March 27th (will book you in for 27th and 28th).