National Canoe Lifeguarding Weekend 2018

Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd September

Upton Warren Outdoor Education Centre

The Lifeguard committee is hosting the inaugural National Canoe Lifeguarding Weekend on the 1st & 2nd September at Upton Warren Outdoor Education Centre, Worcester.

This event is open to all, both British Canoeing members and non-members.

Events, Workshops & Timetable

The following events and workshops will be taking place over the course of the weekend. Each day will be split into two sessions (morning and afternoon) which attendees are invited to book onto. Click on the title of any of the workshops for further details about each one.

Saturday 1st September

Morning Session
  • Assistant & Canoe Lifeguard Training (formal training/sign-off)
  • Canoe Lifeguard Skills Workshop
  • Aquatic First AidSwim Event Safety Award (continued in afternoon session)
Afternoon Session
  • Assistant & Canoe Lifeguard Training (formal training/sign-off)
  • Canoe Lifeguard Skills Workshop
  • Aquatic First Aid
  • Swim Event Safety Award (continued from morning session AND revalidation)

Sunday 2nd September

Morning Session
  • Canoe Lifeguard Skills Workshop
  • Assistant & Canoe Lifeguard Assessments
  • SESA Trainer Orientation
Afternoon Session
  • Canoe Lifeguard Skills Workshop (continued from morning session)
  • Assistant & Canoe Lifeguard Assessments (continued from morning session)
  • SESA Trainer Orientation (continued from morning session)

Coach Updates

Some of the courses on offer over the weekend are automatically recognised as British Canoeing Coach Updates – please check the list here. Others may well be, but will require coaches to complete a self-assessment form for consideration by the coaching department. This form can be found here.

Saturday Evening and Social BBQ

Join us for an evening BBQ and drinks, BC lifeguards will provide the BBQ and you guys provide the fun. Please let BC lifeguards know if you have any special dietary requirements.


Bunk house accommodation is available at the venue, on a first-come, first-served basis. Camping is also available. Accommodation is included free of charge when attending any of the courses or workshops being held over the weekend, but must be booked in advance.


The weekend is being run and funded largely by the Lifeguards Committee. A £15 contribution is being asked for from attendees for the weekend. Some certificated courses do also attract additional certification fees which are advised on the information for each course.

As part of the online booking process, you will be able to pay the £15 online via PayPal. If you are a member of an affiliated Lifeguard unit/club, you may select the ‘Club Payment’ option and the National Committee will make arrangements to collect this money directly from your club.

For those only attending the SESA trainer Orientation Day and do not require accommodation in the bunk house (or camping space) no charge will be applied. To enable you to book your space on the workshop, please proceed through the online booking form and select Club Payment as the payment method and then enter the code ‘STO’ when prompted.

Booking is essential

We really do require all those attending to book online in advance, to ensure we can organise the weekend in an efficient manner. Spaces for each session are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

SESA Trainer Orientation

This session is aimed at BC coaches that hold a valid SESA award that are looking to become a SESA trainer or SESA trainers looking to gain Tutor status, we will cover the Swim Event Safety Award and the key delivery points. It will be a workshop style showing different ways of running the course. After this day it is envisaged candidates will be able to head strait to an assessment. Please contact info.bculifeguards.org.uk to discuss further before booking on to this day.