Safety Resources

The following resources have been created to support you in the development of your safety skills. The list below is a great starting point, check out the Digital Library for more specific resources.

  Why we paddle and the decisions we make (8.8 MiB, 199 hits)

  Using Throwlines in a Sheltered Water Environment (24.1 MiB, 784 hits)

  Inland Open Water Safety and Rescue Course Support Resource (9.4 MiB, 190 hits)

  Safety and Rescue in a Sheltered Water Environment Support Resource (32.6 MiB, 502 hits)

  White Water Hazards and Features (26.3 MiB, 331 hits)

  Introduction to White Water Safety (15.4 MiB, 221 hits)

  White Water Safety and Rescue Support Resource (17.0 MiB, 301 hits)

Rescue Videos

The videos within this section is not exhaustive but a selection of options paddlers can use.

Sheltered Water Bank-Based Rescues

Sheltered Water Open Canoe Rescues

Sheltered Water Kayak Rescues

Sheltered Water Mixed Craft Rescues

Sheltered Water SUP Rescues

Racing Craft Rescues

Coaching from the bank guidance

  Bank based coaching from a bike (129.8 KiB, 191 hits)

  Coaching Freestyle from the bank (8.2 MiB, 157 hits)

  Ten top tips to consider when supervising pool sessions (4.6 MiB, 334 hits)

  Coaching from the bank in Slalom (11.9 MiB, 170 hits)

  Coaching from the Beach (4.3 MiB, 155 hits)

  Top tips for coaching white water from the bank (6.9 MiB, 247 hits)

  Coaching Canoe Polo from the Bank (2.7 MiB, 208 hits)

  Top tips for bank based coaching wild water racing (3.4 MiB, 130 hits)

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Paddlesport Safety and Rescue Course

This course was launched on the 4th January and 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 sheltered water environment.

The course content focuses on rescuing from the paddlers specific craft and covers equipment, safety frameworks, as well as a range of rescues such as contact and towing rescues, self-rescues and deep water rescues.

Find out more about this course!


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Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor

This course was launched on the 4th January and aims to support Instructors running SUP taster/starter sessions and short journeys in very sheltered water environments.

The 2 day course helps to prepare candidates for their first SUP instructing role, ensuring they are ‘primed and ready’ to deliver safe and enjoyable sessions for people new to paddleboarding, within the safety management systems of clubs, centres or other organisations.

Find out more about this course!


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Inclusive Language eLearning

This eLearning was launched on the 11th January and will cover the importance of using inclusive language and the impact it can have on those around you.

This module provides an understanding of key terms, definitions and examples of inclusive language; supports learners on how to identify and tackle inappropriate or exclusive language such as banter and microaggressions; and how to challenge it when it happens.

Find out more!


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International Webinars

We have held several International webinars throughout the year the first being Paddling in France which was on 15th February 2023, this was then followed by the United States of America on 15th March 2023 we then had Nepal, Norway and the latest one Austria which was on 21st June 2023. 

If any resources were used in the webinar you can now find them on the BCAB Digital Library along with the recording of the webinars. Unfortunately Paddling in Norway wasn\’t recorded so that wont be on the Digital Library.


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Manual Handling eLearning

This eLearning was launched on the 31st January and will cover different types of manual handling, how we can consider and manage risk and shows the steps we can take when manual handling to better protect our bodies. 

Throughout paddlesport, there are many occasions when we are lifting, carrying and moving craft, as well as performing rescues.  It’s essential we reflect on current practice and consider whether we are putting ourselves and others in potential danger of damaging joints and muscles, particularly when moving or lifting equipment or people.

Find out more!