Incident Avoidance


Whether paddling as a group member or a leader or solo preparing for what ‘might’ happen will enable you to both enjoy your time on the water more and avoid incidents.

During the 2 day course, you will learn the following:

What constitutes an incident; Different types of decision making and their application; Selecting a suitable rescue for the scenario; Selecting a suitable towing strategy; What equipment to carry, why and where; How to deal with a variety of incidents.


Before the start of the course, we will send out a  Decision Making Exercise (DMX) for you to complete to start to put things into context within a developing incident. This will be reviewed on the course. A theoretical look at DM processes and their application within sea kayaking incidents will allow participants to develop their own decision making.

There are few prerequisites for this course, this is to enable all paddlers to become safer when on the water. Being able to rescue and be rescued would be a benefit. Being comfortable on, and in, the water will make the course more enjoyable and having a wetsuit or drysuit will allow you to spend more time in the learning zone.

This course will be offered at two different levels – one for Paddle Canada Level 2 skills / BCU 3 star and the other at a more advanced level. You do not need any qualifications to attend, these levels are to help you decide the course best suited to you.



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