This course is for all paddlers and coaches that operate in on a flat water environment, regardless of their craft (kayak, canoe, sea kayak, sit-on-top). It aims to provide the participants with the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely and to be able to deal with common problems and emergencies. Self Rescues will be practiced for river kayak, sea kayak and open canoe as well as a variety of techniques rescuing others.
The certificate is one of the prerequisites along with the BCU 2 star certificate to enter the coaching programme at Level 1.
We run our introductory courses from our base in Bönigen on the beautiful Lake Brienz. Other locations can also be organised depending on demand, so just let us know if you have other places in mind.
The course day starts at 9.15am and ends at 4.15pm. Should you have any further requests or require additional information please feel free to contact us.
Some paddling experience / completion of a beginner course and some further consolidation.
Experienced coach, small group ratios, top quality equipment including neoprenes and jackets
Swimming wear, a quick drying t-shirt for under the wetsuit, sunglasses, sunhat, sun cream, footwear to be worn in the water (crocs for example), change of clothes, drinks and snacks, packed lunch
Please note that our courses and tours run in all weather that is safe for us to paddle in. Often the weather is better than predicted and part of the charm of our sport is experiencing nature with all its faces and even on a rainy day, the views and atmosphere can be beautiful and dramatic. We pride ourselves on having top quality equipment, including Palm longjohn wetsuits and high end paddle jackets to ensure you’re warm and happy whatever the weather. If conditions are unsafe to paddle in we will notify with as much notice as we can.
Please note that bookings are subject to our terms and conditions and cancellation policy. We recommend that you have an insurance policy to cover the course costs in case of illness or medical problems.
Meeting point: Bönigen See bus stop
or otherwise by arrangement
Please get in touch if you’re interested in attending this course.
Our current availability can be seen through the “book now” button. If you can’t find your dates, please write and we’ll do what we can to fit you in.