Swimmer Safety and Rescue

The Swimmer Safety and Rescue course is for paddlers wanting to support swimmers within the framework of a wider safety management system.

The BCAB Swimmer Safety and Rescue course is designed to provide paddlers with the key safety skills and knowledge to work as part of a water safety team where open water swimming is involved. This could include safety cover at an event, supervising swimmers at an aquapark or managed venues that offer open water swimming.

The course is designed for paddlers irrespective of their craft.

Swimmer Safety and Rescue Overview

Minimum age

16 years and over


Participants need to either hold the Personal Performance Award or have the equivalent skill level due to the paddling environment, and the craft control required to complete the course. For example, Sea Kayak Award, Touring Award, Canoe Award or SUP Sheltered Water Award.


7 and a half hours

Course Documents

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Course Content

Throughout the course, paddlers will explore simple strategies and safe skills to provide swimmers safety cover at a managed site or event. All modules are interactive, practical sessions, discussing and using equipment, exploring and practising the knowledge and skills of a paddler providing safety cover.

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

  • The swimming environment
  • Working as part of a team
  • Clothing and equipment
  • Supporting swimmers
  • Stabilising and calling for support
  • Reflection and development


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

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