19th November 2022

ResuscitationHolding an 8 hour first aid qualification is a requirement for BCU Coaches level 1 and 2 and for Paddlesport Instructor. We recommend that all canoeists should hold at least an 8 hour qualification, such as the British Canoeing Level 1 Aquatic First Aid.

British Canoeing Aquatic First Aid Level 1

This award is intended to address the First Aid incidents most likely to arise during the majority of canoeing situations and includes:

  • Resuscitation
  • Drowning and cold water immersion
  • Effects of heat and cold
  • Wounds and major bleeding
  • Shock



 Assessment will be on-going during the course, rather than by final examination.

Minimum age - 14 years.
Cost (L1 only): £50 (£30 for members of BADCC)
The course lasts 8 hours and will be run on a single day.

For more information or to book onto this course contact Janella Mansell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Unfortunately British Canoeing has discontinued the Aquatic First Aid Level 2 course