Coaching and Training Courses

We are proud of the quality of our courses. We concentrate on high level specialised coach education, REC first aid and bespoke courses for clubs, centres and colleges, as well as pushing standards on BCU qualifications and award schemes.

We only use staff, venues, equipment and resources that we ourselves rate highly. We work under the philosophy that you only do a Level 1 once, and that it has to be right. We want you to keep coming back to us throughout your paddling career.

Leo Hoare is our Course Director - having successfully gone through the rigorous BCU Quality Assurance/Internal Verification process, Leo is one of very few fully endorsed Directors in the country. Unlike other courses that have not been QA/IV'd ours are all approved with a course number and correctly staffed throughout the duration of the course. We run more BCU/UKCC Level 1s and 2s than anyone else in the country, and can guarantee the standard is consistently excellent. Please take a look at our testimonials to see what others have said, and come and see for yourself.

The Courses

The Getafix First Aid course is a bit different... We run the standard REC 1-day and REC 2-day qualification every month, as well as specialist, REC Advanced and REC Trainers courses and assessments.

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Our feedback is always excellent, especially among people who have done many first aid courses, with REC and other awarding bodies, and who weren't looking forward to another scenario or another 2 days in the classroom. People always learn something new and get a fresh perspective from our coaching-based approach, individually tailored courses and excellent quality feedback. This is made possible by our amazing staff team, with their wealth of experience, both in first aid and the outdoors, here and abroad.

Get the best - do our course and you will come away a better, more confident first aider.

Our training is authorised by Rescue Emergency Care (REC). REC provides a nationally recognised structure of awards, which are also recognised by the British Canoe Union, MLTUK, RYA, BASI, ASSI, BOF, and by most other outdoor National Governing Bodies. It is seen as the course to do in the outdoor industry, and we have been leading the field, 'training the trainers' for years. 

Our REC courses are delivered by HSE (Health and Safety Executive) registered trainers, and incorporate the latest UK and European guidelines. We teach through realistic scenarios and direct experience to make sure you would be confident and competent should a real first aid emergency arise. We do this in some great locations, really making use of our venues, and providing you with fresh challenges and pushing you to learn each time.

Chinese proverb: I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand. 

Speak to us about bespoke REC first aid courses for your club or workplace - we can come to you and give you exactly what you want: paddler-specific, first aid for mountain bikers, skiers, young people, tailor-made first aid for you at very reasonable prices.

Getafix paddlesport coaching courses include kayak and canoe coaching, BCU qualifications featuring star awards, Level 1 and 2 coach awards and more.

BCU Qualification Courses - a dynamic coaching pathway which benefits both recreational and competition coaches and their students, providing them with structure and support as they progress.

Getafix brings you white water safety and rescue training from Rescue 3 International.