Small Craft Safety Canoe and Kayak

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American Red Cross Small Craft Safety Canoe & Kayaking.

How to recognize, prevent and respond to small craft emergencies.
Skills and Knowledge needed for self-rescue and to assist others (basic water rescue)
Information on small craft trip planning, supervision and emergency preparation.

This American Red Cross Small Craft Safety program is delivered as a blended learning program. Students will complete a required online portion of the program prior to attending the in-person class time.

Some of the benefits of the blended learning delivery method include the following:

  • Equivalent to the traditional in-person courses
  • Online courses are completed prior to in-person training, maximizing time for in-water skills
  • Helps ensure consistent delivery of curriculum to all participants
  • Promotes an understanding of core concepts, reinforced by instructor and skills practice
  • Final written exams for each module are completed online

Certification Requirements:

  • Attend and participate in all class sessions
  • Demonstrate completion of all online lessons
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities
  • Complete written exams, correctly answering at least 80 percent of the questions in each exam

Certificate Issued and Validity Period:

Basic-level certificates are valid for 3 years.

Upon successful completion of the Small Craft Safety course, participants receive an American Red Cross certificate for Small Craft Safety with the applicable type of craft.

American Red Cross Lifeguarding Manual available in e‐book and print formats:

  • print format is available for purchase at American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety manual (StayWell Stock No. 651300)


  • Be at least 16 years of age on or before the last day of the instructor course.
  • Successfully complete the precourse session.


Class Schedule:     To view class schedule click here!