Surf Kayak Safety and Rescue

The Surf 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 in a moderate surf environment.

The course is suitable for all paddlers wanting to expand their safety practices on moderate surf.

Surf Kayak Safety and Rescue Overview

Minimum age

Open to all ages


Participants need to either hold the BCAB Surf Kayak Award and Paddlesport Safety and Rescue Award or equivalent ability in/on their preferred craft, due to the paddling environment and the boat/ski/board control required to participate fully in the course.


6 and a half 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 surf environment.

The Surf Kayak Safety and Rescue course is a 6 and a half hour programme that consists of 7 modules.

  • Planning
  • Beach management
  • Safety frameworks
  • Surf based rescues
  • Self-rescues
  • Deep water rescues
  • 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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