First Aid and Safeguarding

First Aid

British Canoeing Awarding Body believes that First Aid is an essential skill for all Paddlesport Instructors, Coaches and Leaders and that they have a responsibility to maintain a current First Aid award to ensure they can look after paddlers in their care.

In October 2013, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) stopped approving First Aid training, qualifications and First Aid training organisations. This means that it is the customer’s duty to ensure that the course content and training provider selected for the purposes of First Aid training is appropriate for their specific needs.

The BCAB First Aid Policy supports Instructors, Coaches and Leaders to select an appropriate First Aid course.

  First Aid Policy (698.7 KiB, 9,468 hits)


British Canoeing Awarding Body is committed to safeguarding in paddlesport. We seek to promote the welfare of all individuals taking part in the sport.

We strive to ensure that everyone can enjoy canoeing in a safe environment where they are protected from any form of poor practice, abuse and neglect.

We aim to ensure the creation of safe environments that promote learning and development, whilst providing protection and support to children and adults from all forms of abuse.

Safeguarding Training

British Canoeing Awarding Body seeks to ensure that anyone who is in regular contact with children and young people, through paid or voluntary roles within the sport, have completed the minimum safeguarding training requirements for their role.

It is also the responsibility of an employer or deployer to ensure their staff or volunteers have been appropriately vetted prior to being deployed in their role.

  Safeguarding Training Policy For Coaches and Leaders (545.2 KiB, 3,107 hits)

Safeguarding refresher training is available and applicable to Instructors, Coaches, Leaders, Club Welfare Officers and others who have a role working with children or adults at risk, who are required to maintain the currency of their safeguarding training every 3 years.

Please note that the safeguarding refresher course does not meet the requirements of initial safeguarding training.

The eLearning is made up of a core activity, a social media activity and a quiz. It can be purchased for a cost of £10.

If you have a concern

We are committed to investigate all reported safeguarding concerns or allegations.  If you know of a safeguarding concern or allegation, do not keep it to yourself – always report your concern.

Whether it has been disclosed to you by someone else, something you have witnessed or something that has been worrying you – report it.

Upon receipt of an allegation, we will implement a standardised process to ensure it is handled appropriately, risk is assessed and corrective action taken (where required).

Click the link below to find details on Safeguarding contacts: