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British Canoeing Student Safety Seminar
(14-15 October 2017)

BCU Student Safety Seminar at Plas y Brenin

It’s time for the 23rd annual British Canoeing Student Safety Seminar. Based at Plas y Brenin in the heart of Snowdonia, the British Canoeing Student Safety Seminar is aimed at:

  • Those who are, or are likely to be student club committee members.
  • Those organising and running club trips.
  • Anyone else who fancies it (but the seminar is not intended for novices).

The main purpose of the event is to help your club to get out paddling more, to reduce the various types of risk that are out there to catch the unaware and to increase the skills and experience levels within your club. And you can bring as many club members as you like.

There will be a lecture in the bar on the Sat evening, followed by what is always a fine session, discussing the issues of the day!

The weekend is primarily a wet one, with Sat morn (and an hour sat evening) covering the brunt of the dull, dry (but really important) stuff!

There will be a lecture in the bar on the Sat evening, followed by what is always a fine session, discussing the issues of the day!

Have a chat with your Student Union, you should be able to persuade them to pay for this! This is the definitive ‘how to do it’!

The cost for this fantastic weekend with all the workshops listed below is only £65 per person
(food and accommodation not included).

Workshops To Choose From

The Law

The Law - a workshop at the BCU Student Safety SeminarQuite a headwrecker this one and ignorance is no defence.
If you've ever wondered about your responsibilities to others when out with your club or organising club activities? Perhaps you're not sure about liability? Then this is the workshop for you, a whistle stop tour on where you stand with all the legal stuff.


transport for club paddling trips at the BCU Student Safety SeminarAlways a tough one, working out how to get where you're going on your next trip plus with everyone's kit and boats. In this short workshop you'll learn how to make organising transport for everyone (and all their kit) a little less stressful, including what you need to drive minibuses, tow trailers and roof rack tips.

Your Club...

your club at the BCU Student Safety SeminarHow can you manage your club to get the most out of it? During this workshop we'll open the discussion to the floor a great chance to discuss issues, ideas and problems.

Trip Planning

Trip planning for your kayaking club at the BCU Student Safety SeminarA crucial workshop that starts to bring everything together – it’s all about club ‘ethos’! Including essential topics such as choosing venues, river grades/choices, the group (and their ability), equipment, transport and how to ensure it all comes together.

Equipment Officers

Kayak equipment - what the role of equipment officer involves at the BCU Student Safety SeminarEverything you need to know for this role, including storing and caring for kit, safety checks, what legislation you need to be aware of and how to put everything into practice.

Committee Responsibilities

committee responsibilities on the BCU student safety seminarAs it says! If you’ve signed up for a job… you’ve got to do it! A quick overview of the committees responsibilities, the various roles and jobs so if your thinking of signing up to offer some help or are already on the committee you can go away from this workshop with a clear idea of what it all involves.

Looking After Novices

looking after novices on the BCU Student Safety SeminarWithout giving yourself all the hassle and leadership stress! A not to be missed workshop on how to keep novices safe but ensure that everyone (including you) has an enjoyable time out paddling, including equipment, planning and leadership essentials.

Expedition Planning

Expedition planning at the BCU Student Safety SeminarA quick rundown of what to cover for those more ambitious trips. Including travel, visas, equipment, budgeting, timescales, insurance, vaccinations and how to bring it all to life.

Safe River Running

Safe river running at the BCU Student Safety SeminarIf you already lead or will be leading club river trips, this is a not to be missed essential workshop on safe river running, including what questions to ask before you head off, communication, line of sight and safety cover.

White Water Safety & Rescue

White Water Safety and Rescue at the BCU Student Safety SeminarIf it all goes wrong, what can you do! A logical, progressional approach to white water safety and rescue, essential skills for any paddler and will turn you into a very useful group member.

Running Pool Sessions

Training smarter on the big climbA great workshop on how to maximise those early freshers pool sessions and how they fit into the ‘bigger’ picture! Including confidence building sessions, introducing foundation paddling skills and how skills developed in the pool can be applied once outside on the water.

Teaching Rolling

Teaching Rolling at the BCU Student Safety SeminarIf you're always being asked to teach your mates to roll then this is the workshop for you. Including where to start, how to break rolling down, building progression into your sessions and loads of handy hints.

Your Rolling

Your rolling at the BCU Student Safety SeminarIf your roll is a little hit or miss then come along to this workshop, you'll get the chance to have your roll analysed and get great feedback on how to improve and refine your technique.

Personal White Water Skills

Personal White Water Skills at the BCU Student Safety SeminarPerfect opportunity to get some fantastic coaching on your white water skills. This workshop is aimed at the novice-intermediate paddler, paddlers will be divided into smaller groups for coaching. Experienced coaches will offer great advice and coaching to help you improve your personal skills.

'Steep Creekin' Skills

Steep Creeking Skills at the BCU Student Safety SeminarThis for the advanced boater who wants to push! Essential skills for advanced boaters planning to go steep creeking, including personal skills, safety and equipment.

An Introduction To Coaching - A Beginners Session

An Introduction to coaching at the BCU Student Safety SeminarA great workshop for those who already coach (or aspire to coach) and want to improve the sessions that they run. The workshop will concentrate on what to include, how to coach and why for that all important first session outside.


The cost for this fantastic weekend with all the workshops listed below is only £65 per person. Please note food and accommodation is not included. Call 01690 720214 if you’d like to book bed and breakfast with us.


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