British Canoeing Lifeguards

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British Canoeing Lifeguards

The British Canoeing Lifeguards are a specialist discipline committee of British Canoeing and are responsible for the management and administration of canoe based lifeguarding.

We aim to provide and develop paddlecraft based water rescue/safety training, qualifications, services and advice on inland and coastal waters

British Canoeing Lifeguards provide lifeguard safety cover for events such as open water swims, triathlons, sea swims, canoe events/races as well as some units providing front line lifeguard cover on busy UK beaches. 

The Lifeguards also provide a range of safety and first aid training awards, Aquatic First Aid Awards, Canoe Safety Tests and Swim Event Safety Awards, and run numerous events and competitions promoting and testing / challenging the safety standards and skills of their members.

BC Lifeguards – Final ACM and Farewell Gathering – Sat 13th April

Further details for the event can be found online here, or by emailing

Statement from British Canoeing & British Canoeing Lifeguards – May 2023

An update, in relation to the on-going training and coaching of Canoe Lifeguarding skills by qualified coaches can be found on the British Canoeing website here.

Changes to British Canoeing Lifeguards Awards

From the 31st March 2022, responsibility for the oversight and management of British Canoeing Lifeguards awards will transfer to Britsh Canoeing Award Body.

This was approved at the ACM in January 2022.

Trainers will be contacted directly by the applicable delivery centre to outline the process going forward.

Further information about this change can be found in the joint communication below.

British Canoeing & British Canoeing Lifeguards – Joint Communication (January 2021)

Aquatic First Aid

Aquatic First Aid award syllabus and trainer resources

Paddlecraft Search Technician Award

New for 2020, find out more about the Paddlecraft Search Technician Award

Courses & Events

Looking for a course or event? Details can be found here

Canoe Lifeguarding

You can find out more about Canoe Lifeguarding including the awards and qualifications available

Swim Event Safety Award (SESA)

Find out more about the SESA award, including syllabus and trainer resources

Contact Us

Our contact details are here if you need to get in touch