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By Erik Rasmussen
  • M75 of 2017
    Chelsea Reach - Cremorne Wharf Trial Pits
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    The Great River Race - Saturday 9th September 2017

Safety and Rescue Awards

BCU Qualifications

In 2008, the BCU introduced a range of new and revamped Safety and Rescue courses.

They are also appropriate required learning and pre-requisites for BCU Leadership or Coaching qualifications.

The current courses are as follows:

  • Foundation Safety and Rescue Training
  • White Water Safety and Rescue Training
  • Advance White Water Safety and Rescue Training
  • Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning
  • Open Water Navigation and Tidal Planning
  • Advanced Surf Safety and Rescue

A brief summary of each of the courses follows but more detailed information can be found here.

Foundation Safety and Rescue Training

Fundamentally this course is designed for all paddlers irrespective of craft. The objective is to teach simple and safe skills that can be applied appropriately.

The course aims to provide the student with the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely in a sheltered water environment and to be able to deal with common emergencies.  These skills will then form the basis of all safety and rescue training throughout the BCU Scheme.

White Water Safety and Rescue Training

The WWS&R training course is designed for all paddlers operating in a moderate to advanced white water environment in either kayak or canoe. In addition, the training is required for those seeking their 4 Star (white water or open canoe) Award.

The objective is to provide the underpinning knowledge and teach simple and safe practical skills that can be applied appropriately.  By its nature the course is very ‘hands on’ and should not usually contain much classroom work.   Any theory should be short riverside sessions, the duration of which will be naturally limited.

Advanced White Water Safety and Rescue Training

The Advanced WWS&R training course is designed for all paddlers operating in advanced white water environments. In addition, the training is required for those seeking their 5 Star (white water) Award.

The objective is to provide the underpinning knowledge and teach safe practical skills that can be applied appropriately.

Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning

This course is designed for those paddlers carrying out coastal journeys including islands up to 2 nautical miles offshore in areas of tidal movement up to 2 knots and winds of up to force 4 and is suitable for those seeking their 4 star award sea.

This course is designed to complement the areas covered in the 4 Star Sea Award training.

Please click here to find out which RYA qualifications can be used as alternatives for the BCU Navigation and Tidal Planning Courses.

Open Water Navigation and Tidal Planning

This course is designed for those paddlers carrying out open water journeys including islands over 2 nautical miles offshore in areas of strong tidal movement of 3+ knots and/or including winds of up to force 5 and is suitable for those seeking their 5 Star Sea Award.

The course is designed to complement the areas covered in the 5 Star Sea Award training.

Please click here to find out which RYA qualifications can be used as alternatives for the BCU Navigation and Tidal Planning Courses.

Advanced Surf Safety and Rescue

This course is a one-day training course designed to arm you with the skills required to enable rescues in more advanced surf environments.   It is a stand-alone course with no pre-requisites, but your paddling should be at a BCU 4 Star Surf standard to be able to gain the most benefit from the course.

This is a pre-requisite course for BCU 5 Star Surf Award assessment.  The syllabus is not yet available.

Other Qualifications

VHF Radio Short Range Certificate

The Short Range Certificate is the qualification required by law if you operate a VHF radio fitted with Digital Selective Calling (DSC) on any British vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio.

All new VHF sets are either fitted, or can be interfaced, with DSC allowing calls to specific vessels. If you hold the ‘old’ VHF licence (pre-1999) you need to upgrade your qualification if you purchase new equipment.  For further information refer to the following RYA webpage.