Sea Kayak Safety and Rescue

The Sea Kayak 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 on the sea, in both sheltered and moderate conditions.

The course is suitable for all paddlers wanting to expand their safety practices on the sea. Suitable craft include sea kayaks, sea specific sit on tops and closed cockpit kayaks.

Sea Kayak Safety and Rescue Overview

Minimum age

Open to all ages


Participants need to either hold the BCAB Sea Kayak Award or equivalent ability to the paddling environment and have the boat control required to participate fully in the course.


7 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 a moderate sea environment.

The Sea Kayak Safety and Rescue course is a 7-hour programme that consists of 8 modules.

  • Sources of information
  • Safety frameworks
  • Contact and towing rescues
  • Self-rescues
  • Deep water rescues
  • Dealing with equipment damage/failure
  • Landing and first aid
  • 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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