Paddlesports Safety and Rescue Course – British Canoeing

Paddlesports Safety and Rescue Course - British Canoeing

£ 90

Perth, Scotland

Beginner & Intermediate
Lessons & Courses, Certifications
Minimum age: 10
Perth, Scotland
Max. group size: 8
Cancellation: Strict
£ 90

Activity Highlights:

Embark on a journey of safety and skill with our Paddlesports Safety and Rescue Course, accredited by British Canoeing. This course is designed for paddlers seeking to enhance their safety knowledge and rescue skills in a sheltered water environment.

Key Details

  • Duration: 1 day, 9.30am-3.30pm
  • Level: Suitable for paddlers comfortable on the water with some paddling experience
  • British Canoeing Qualification: Paddlesport Safety and Rescue
  • Ages: Open to all aged 10+ with paddling experience
  • Price: £85 per person- **Price**: £85 per person

Key Skills

Participants will learn vital safety and rescue skills, including:

  • Understanding and use of appropriate clothing and equipment.
  • Implementing safety frameworks for paddling.
  • Performing contact and towing rescues.
  • Executing self-rescues and deep-water rescues.

Course Breakdown

The British Canoeing Paddlesports Safety and Rescue Course is a comprehensive 6-hour program designed to enhance your safety skills and rescue capabilities in a sheltered water environment. This course offers the knowledge and hands-on experience needed to handle common paddling issues confidently.

Six Core Modules

Spread over six modules, the course combines both practical and theoretical learning, focusing on key aspects of paddlesport safety. Participants will engage in:

  1. Clothing and Equipment: Understanding the right gear for different paddling conditions.
  2. Safety Frameworks: Learning the protocols and best practices to maintain safety on the water.
  3. Contact and Towing Rescues: Mastering techniques to assist others in various scenarios.
  4. Self-Rescues: Gaining the ability to recover independently if you capsize.
  5. Deep Water Rescues: Developing skills for more challenging rescue situations.
  6. Reflection and Development: Evaluating your skills and planning for ongoing improvement.

Hands-on Experience

A significant part of the course is dedicated to practical training, where you’ll perform various types of rescues under expert guidance. This hands-on approach ensures that you not only understand the techniques theoretically but are also able to apply them effectively in real-life situations.

Course Goals

The course aims to empower you with strategies and skills for staying safe and handling difficulties while paddling. It is suitable for a wide range of paddlers, including those using canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards. The focus is on practical solutions to ensure personal safety, regardless of your age or paddling experience level.

Why This Course?

This course is unique as it emphasises training and awareness without the pressure of formal assessment. Experienced tutors provide ample practice time, ensuring you leave with a solid foundation in safety and rescue techniques. Additionally, the course offers the chance to connect with fellow paddling enthusiasts, fostering a community of safety-conscious paddlers.


The course is held at Willowgate, situated in the heart of Perthshire, near Perth City Centre. Our location provides a serene backdrop on the River Tay, ideal for learning and practicing paddlesport safety.

We will send you the precise meeting point upon booking, but you can view our location on the map at the bottom of this page, and there is more information on how to reach us in the FAQs on this page.


  • Paddlers should be confident on the water, and have good paddling competence – British Canoeing Explore Award or similar are helpful.
  • Comfortable in and on the water with basic control of their craft.
  • Aged 10+.

Why Choose Us?

We prioritise safety and skill in our paddlesport courses. Our experienced tutors provide a supportive and informative environment, ensuring you gain practical solutions and confidence for paddling in sheltered water. This course not only enhances personal safety but also serves as a prerequisite for further paddlesport instruction qualifications. Join us to gain essential skills, meet fellow paddling enthusiasts, and enjoy a day of learning in the stunning surroundings of Scotland’s longest river.

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What's Included:

  • Comprehensive training by experienced instructors.
  • Access to necessary paddling and safety equipment.
  • Course documentation and resources.

What's Not Included:

  • Personal insurance.
  • Water shoes (participants should bring their own, old trainers will do).
  • Towel, swimwear for under a wetsuit, sunscreen.
  • Lunch and drinks.


Car parking available
Changing rooms available
Showers Available

Frequently Asked Questions

The centre is located in the heart of Perthshire, a short distance from Perth City Centre. You can find us on the banks of the River Tay, with signage to guide you in from major routes.

We will send you the precise address and postcode upon booking, but here is a summary to help you plan your visit:

  • By Foot: From Perth City Centre, you have two options:
    • Take the scenic riverside walk from Rodney Gardens, noting it can be muddy in winter or a wildflower path in summer. Be mindful of high tide times, as the path isn’t accessible one hour either side of high tide. This path’s conditions can vary.
    • For a firmer path, cross South Street bridge, turn right onto Dundee Road, and follow the pavement directly to the centre.
  • By Car: Use the postcode provided Sat Nav.
    • From Dundee, take A90, then A85, staying on Dundee Rd and look for brown tourist signs.
    • From Perth, go over South Street bridge, right on Dundee Rd/A85.
    • From Edinburgh, take M90, exit at Junction 11 for A85, and follow the signs.
  • By Bike: A cycle lane is available along Dundee Road, suitable for experienced cyclists. You can also follow the riverside walk, but may need to dismount in places. Secure bike storage is planned for the future
  • By Bus: Perth City Centre has bus stops about a 40-minute walk from our centre. A limited bus service stops at Walnut Grove, a 5-minute walk away, and an electric bus stop is directly outside our centre. Check Google Maps for the latest schedules and stops with the provided postcode.

We monitor the weather closely and will inform you in advance if conditions are unsafe for paddling. We can reschedule your session for a later date if this is the case. However, a bit of rain and a grey sky won’t stop us. We will only reschedule if the conditions are unsafe.

The course is ideal for anyone engaged in paddlesports, including beginners and aspirant instructors, who want to improve their safety and rescue skills.

Key skills include the use of safety equipment, understanding safety frameworks, conducting various rescues (contact, towing, self, and deep-water rescues), and managing clothing and equipment.

The course runs for one full day, typically from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.

You’ll need to bring water shoes (or old trainers), a towel, swimwear for under a wetsuit, sunscreen, and lunch with drinks.

How it works: 

  1. Make a booking.
  2. The centre will accept your booking, usually within an hour or two.
  3. Pay for the booking to confirm it.

If you have specific questions, please put them in the comments section, and the centre will answer before you pay.

If something isn't right or if there are no dates available, then send us a message in the live chat.

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Cancellation Policy


  • You can cancel until 48 hours before your booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 24 hours beforehand and the full amount after 24 hours 


  • You can cancel until 5 days before yoru booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 48 hours beforehand and the full amount after 48 hours 


  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 14 days before their booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 14 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount


  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 30 days before your booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 30 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount
  • You can also receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of paying, if the cancellation occurs at least 14 days before the booking starts