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BC White Water safety and rescue (WWSR)

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Do you paddle on moving water? Do you want the skills to stay out of trouble? Want to know what to do if either you or others get into trouble on the river?

Then the White Water Safety and Rescue (WWSR) Training is for you!

Your course will support you to consider safe practices, provide practical solutions to common issues and appropriate responses to incidents,

providing peace of mind when venturing out onto the rivers.


First of all, this award is all about keeping safe on white water rivers. So, whether you are paddling with friends or using the training course as preparation for a Leadership qualification, this practical course is packed with safe, practical solutions.

It doesn’t matter about your age or whether you Kayak, Stand Up Paddleboard, Canoe or Sit on Top, this course provides appropriate skills for both safety and rescue on rivers.
If you needed any more convincing, the course is completely based around training, raising awareness with no assessment.

Structured to support you, our experienced tutors will ensure you have plenty of time practising, as well as understanding how you can develop skills and experience after the course.
The course will cover many subjects; here is an outline of what you will explore during your course:

  • You will develop an understanding of safety principles and protocols;
  • You will explore and practice different ways to provide a rescue from a bank;
  • The tutors will support you in practising personal rescue skills;
  • You will develop techniques to rescue swimmers from the water;
  • Our tutors will share with you top tips to recover both craft and paddles;
  • You will know how to prioritise and structure rescues;
  • You will explore solutions to appropriate methods of paddling rivers;

There will be opportunities to develop and progress your own paddling skills and meet like-minded people during the course.

Many of our course candidates develop long lasting friendships, connections and contacts.

You can read the Course Guide here.

There is no need to register for this training course, by using the ‘find a course’ function you can book straight onto the 10-hour course.

However, to get the best from your course you need to feel comfortable swimming in and around grade 2 water and be able to independently paddle your craft.

Holding the White Water Award would put you in a position to fully engage and enjoy your course.


  • Moving water experience
  • Ability to swim
  • Over 16 years old


  • Paddling gear and safety equipment
  • Group dynamics
  • Safe and aggressive swimming / self rescue
  • Shout, reach and throw bag rescues
  • Use of a harness
  • Attaching to anchors, belays and simple vector pulls
  • Live bait rescue techniques
  • Kit retrieval
  • Kayak and canoe safe paddling workshops

Course Dates

Course Options


Book Course

25/11/2023 - 26/11/2023

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Course Dates

Course Options


Book Course

13/12/2023 - 14/12/2023


Current Courses


BC Advanced white water safety and rescue (2023-11-27 /£230)

BC Advanced white water safety and rescue (2023-12-02 /£230)

BC Advanced white water safety and rescue (2023-12-13 /£230)

BC white water safety and rescue (2023-11-25 /£200)

BC white water safety and rescue (2023-12-13 /£)

Coach Education

BC Core coach training (2023-10-02 /£230)

White Water

BC White Water Kayak Coach Assessment (2023-11-03 /£240)

BC White Water Kayak Coach training (2023-12-04 /£230)

Personal Development

Intro river skills kayak (2023-12-02 /£200)

White Water Kayak Award (2023-11-09 /£200)


BC Advanced canoe white water leader assessment (2023-11-15 /£250)

BC Advanced Open Canoe Open Water Leader Assessment (2023-11-14 /£250)

BC advanced white water kayak leader training (2023-11-18 /£230)

BC Canoe White Water Leader Training (2023-11-21 /£230)

BC white water kayak leader assessment (2023-11-17 /£240)

BC white water kayak leader training (2023-11-21 /£240)

White Water Kayak Leader Development Week (2023-12-11 /£450)