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Getting the most from your paddling course!

At Plas y Brenin we have learnt , over the last 50 years, that selecting the correct course is essential. Choosing the course can be crucial to the success of your time with us. These notes are aimed to help you select the appropriate level of a course for you so you can enjoy the course and learn the skills you want to learn. There are three elements that combine to ensure that you getting the most from your course:

Choosing the Right Course

Be honest about your own kayaking ability and paddling experiencePrior to attending the course you will want to select a suitable course. Pre requisites are highlighted for each course and reflect both the content of the course and the kind of places you will go. They are carefully considered and have both a safety and learning significance. It is vital that you are honest with yourself about your experience and aspirations. We know that people learnt best when they are in a suitable environment. If people are at their limit, both physically and/or mentally it becomes a matter of survival and no learning takes place!
As a rule; when selecting between two different levels of course select the lower level, our coaches are able to develop your skill is comfortable environments because of the way they are trained and the low student to staff ratios we offer. While many of our courses have a high teaching element some of our guided courses have a different focus namely millage.

Improving Your Fitness

Having selected a course the next step is to ensure you are fit and well. All of our courses assume a certain level of fitness. As a general rule, the fitter you are the more you will get out of your course. Our winter courses are particularly demanding and consequently require higher levels of fitness. We can accommodate varying degrees of fitness within our programme but we do reserve the right to curtail participation or in (rare) extreme cases we may ask you to withdraw from activities if we feel your lack of fitness is causing excessive difficulties for you or other course members.

Attending The Course

Be honest about your own kayaking ability and paddling experienceHaving selected the correct course you should learn loads and have a great time, it’s now important not to waste all that time and effort. Our courses are not designed to follow straight on from each other, i.e. having finished an intro course does not set you up for an intermediate course the next week! We know that learning a skill means it becoming ‘second nature’ so it can be used ‘under pressure’. For this reason, before the next course you need to consolidate your own skills by going paddling, reinforce the skills you’ve learnt, stay fit and flexible in preparation for the next bit of coaching. If you’ve been unable to consolidate your skills consider the same course again, courses are never the same and the coach will work with you depending on what you need.

If you have a question about any of our paddling courses e-mail us on info@pyb.co.uk or call on 01690 720214 and we'll be happy to talk things through with you.

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