Inland Open Water Safety and Rescue

The Inland Open Water Safety and Rescue course aims to provide paddlers with the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely and be able to deal with common problems in a moderate inland open water environment.

a lady in a canoe, reaching over to rescue a stand up paddleboarder in the water

The course is suitable for all paddlers wanting to expand their safety practices in the moderate inland open water environment. This course can be taken in a range of craft.

Inland Open Water Safety and Rescue Overview

Minimum age

Open to all ages


Participants need to either hold the relevant BCAB Personal Performance Award or equivalent ability in/on their preferred craft due to the paddling environment and the boat/board control required to complete the course. As an example, the Open Water Touring Award or Progressive Canoe Award would be seen as the appropriate level of ability to fully engage on the course.


6 hours

Course Documents

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Course Content

Throughout the course, paddlers will explore simple strategies and safe skills that can provide the tools to solve common paddling issues. All modules are interactive, practical sessions, discussing and using equipment, and exploring possible solutions to common issues in an inland open water environment.

The Inland Open Water Safety and Rescue course is a 6-hour programme that consists of 7 modules.

  • Safety frameworks
  • Clothing and equipment
  • Providing assistance
  • Deep water rescues
  • Self-rescues
  • Rescue scenarios
  • Reflection and skills checklist


Attendance certificates are issued to candidates by their Delivery Centre, following a recommendation from the course tutor.

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