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Canoeing Awards and Qualifications

Plas y Brenin is unique as a BCU approved centre. We offer an extensive range of coach education courses with more dates available than any of our competitors. Our coaching team?s collective experience and qualifications are unrivalled in the UK, with more level five and aspirant level five coaches than any other centre. But it is our staff's commitment to, and passion for, paddling that really makes them shine. Each one is dedicated to making sure you develop to the best of your ability both as a paddler and a coach. This successful mix is the reason so many people visit us and keep on visiting, enjoying continuity as they move on through their coaching career. Our influence in the world of UK paddling is highly evident, wherever you paddle in the UK. It is no underestimation to say you will come into direct contact with a Plas y Brenin Coach or a Coach who was trained or assessed here at some time.

Coaching Theory into Practice (Coaching Seminar)

Exploring theory and practice - a constraints-led approach.

Professor David Collins, Dr. Loel Collins, Marianne Davies and Dean (Sid) Sinfield invite you to a one-day coaching seminar...........

Experience Required: An invovlement or interest in coaching adventure sports.

Cost and Duration: £60 (1 Days)

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BCU 'Complete 2 Star' Training and Assessment

The BCU 2 Star is an improvement award that helps paddlers develop fundamental paddlesport skills on flat water in a variety of craft. The emphasis is on gaining a breadth of experience, moving of the...........

Experience Required: experience of paddling two different craft.

Cost and Duration: £440 (5 Days)

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BCU Complete Three Star (Training and Assessment) Canoe

The Three Star award is a big deal these days and although the training can be complete in two days, our coaches feel this can be too intense for many paddlers.This five day programme allows you to co...........

Experience Required: Two Star skills, though the award itself is not a requirement.

Cost and Duration: £470 (5 Days)

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BCU 4 Star Canoe Leaders Award Training

This two day programme provides the minimum training requirements for this award. The course will cover the personal paddling and leadership skills necessary to prepare you for your four star leaders ...........

Experience Required:  Three Star skills.

Cost and Duration: £245 (2 Days)

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BCU 4 Star Leaders Award Preparation - Canoe

We have designed this five day programme to provide and exceed the training requirements for this award. The course will cover the paddling, leadership and safety skills necessary to prepare you for y...........

Experience Required:  Three Star skills.

Cost and Duration: £525 (5 Days)

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BCU 4 Star Leaders Award Assessment - Canoe

A two day assessment course based on the new syllabus. ...........

Experience Required: Four Star Leader Training and relevant safety and rescue trainings.

Cost and Duration: £245 (2 Days)

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BCU 5 Star Award Preparation - Canoe

We have designed this five day programme to provide and exceed the training requirements for this award. The course will cover the paddling, leadership and safety skills necessary to prepare you for y...........

Experience Required: Four Star Skills

Cost and Duration: £525 (5 Days)

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BCU 5 Star Leaders Award Canoe Assessment

A two day assessment course based on the new syllabus...........

Experience Required: Five Star Leader Training and relevant safety and rescue training

Cost and Duration: £245 (2 Days)

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BCU/UKCC Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport

This is the first level course for people wishing to become a paddlesports coach. The course covers all elements of the syllabus. Including the foundation safety and rescue test. On successful comple...........

Experience Required: You will need to hold the new 2 star personal performance award and be able to demonstrate these skills paddling a kayak and solo canoe. A valid first aid certificate is not required but is highly recommended.

PLEASE ENSURE you contact the British Canoe Union (0845 370 9500 www.bcu.org.uk) and complete any pre course administration and paperwork prior to attending the course, and bring all paperwork with you.

Cost and Duration: £520 (5 Days)

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BCU/UKCC Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport Training

This is a 5 day training course for the second level certificate in coaching paddle sport. The course is for people who may be working independently. This is a non- discipline specific course and stud...........

Experience Required: Coach Level 1 Training, New 2 star or old 2 star kayak and 2 star canoe, 3 star in either a single or double bladed discipline.

Cost and Duration: £520 (5 Days)

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BCU/UKCC Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport Assessment

If successful, this one-day assessment leads to certification as a level 2 coach in paddlesports. Candidates must present a completed workbook before assessment and complete the practical components o...........

Experience Required: Hold a valid First Aid certificate, Hold 3 star award in the discipline being assessed.
Be 18 years of age or over, Completed level 2 training, Completed 20 hours of relevant coaching experience, relevant child protection training, assessment tasks in assessment pack and completed Level 2 workbook.

Cost and Duration: £110 (1 Days)

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BCU/UKCC Level 2 Moderate Water Training - Canoe

A 2 day training course that will help you to transfer your Level 2 coaching skills into the moderate water environment. During the course we will develop your technical understanding, 'how to' skills...........

Experience Required: BCU Moderate Water Registration (CR Form), BCU UKCC Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport, BCU 4 Star Leader Award in the appropriate discipline, be 18 Years Old or Older and hold a recognised 8 hr first aid award

Cost and Duration: £205 (2 Days)

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BCU/UKCC Level 2 Moderate Water Assessment - Canoe

A one day assessment course based on the BCU Level 2 endorsement syllabus. Candidates can do their Assessment on the day following training if all the prerequisites are in place prior to training da...........

Experience Required: Level 2 moderate water endorsement training in appropriate discipline, a minimum of 10 logged coaching hours in the sheltered water environment post holding BCU UKCC Level 2, plus a minimum of 20 leading hours in the specific moderate water environment, post holding 4 star. (In open canoe this is divided into 10 hours leading journeys on lakes/lochs in moderate water conditions and 10 hours on moving water).

Cost and Duration: £180 (1 Days)

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BCU/UKCC Level 3 Generic Core Training

This is a 3 day training course as part of the third level certificate in coaching Paddlesports. The course is for those wishing to coach in their specialist discipline where they are likely to have r...........

Experience Required: BCU Level 2 Training, BCU Level 3 Coach (old scheme)plus coaching processes course or BCU Level 3 Coach (old scheme) plus Level 2 Transfer course or BCU Level 5 Coach trainee.

Cost and Duration: £450 (3 Days)

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BCU/UKCC Level 3 Training - Canoe

This is a 2 day training course as part of the third level certificate in coaching paddlesports. The course follows the level 3 core training course and, for those candidates holding the necessary pre...........

Experience Required: BCU/UKCC Level 3 Core Training completed in the last 2 years. BCU 4 Star Leader or BCU Level 3 Coach in the relevant discipline. Completed the BCU Intermediate Modules.

Cost and Duration: £380 (2 Days)

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BCU/UKCC Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport Assessment - Canoe

This is a one day assessment course as part of the third level certificate in coaching paddlesports. This courses follows the level 3 core training course and, for those candidates holding the necessa...........

Experience Required: BCU/UKCC Level 3 Core training, BCU UKCC Level 3 Discipline Specific training completed in the last 2 years, 8 hours first aid, 18 years or older and completed tasks in candidate assessment packs.

Cost and Duration: £280 (1 Days)

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BCU Intermediate Module in Coaching the Mind

This module allows the coach to see beyond the obvious physical and technical challenges into the all important mental skills. From arousal management and mental rehearsal to tactical performance, you...........

Experience Required: Appropriate for Level 2 & 3

Cost and Duration: £100 (1 Days)

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BCU Intermediate Optimising Performance 1 & 2

Three days of essential classroom and gym based coaching on fitness, energy systems, training methodology, recovery methods, nutrition and hydration............

Experience Required: Appropriate for Level 2 & 3 Coaches

Cost and Duration: £290 (3 Days)

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Can't find what you want?

You can hire one of our coaches instructors or guides from only £250 per day. They'll tailor the day to suit your aims and aspirations perfectly.
You can enjoy one to one coaching for that cost or if you get together as a group, depending on the activity, you can split that cost between up to 6 of you. If you are a group we can run one of the courses listed above on a date that suits you and your friends or you could just write your own agenda for a week or weekend and we'll price it up for you - with or without accommodation. What's more, just like out normal course fees, our private instructor hire charge covers all your equipment too.
Click on the link below to fill in a request form and one of our coaches will call you back (or e-mail if you'd prefer) to discuss things in detail with you.

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Up to 75% Funding For Outoor Training

Volunteer leaders can save up to 75% on training and assessment courses with our Future Leaders Fund. Ideal for Scout Leaders, Girlguiding volunteers, DofE leaders, youth workers and university club volunteers.

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Snowdonia Expedition Assessment Service

Plas y Brenin administers the Expedition Assesment Service for Cadair Idris, Rhinogs, Snowdon, Glyderau, Carneddau, Moelwyns and the Berwyns on behalf of DofE Wales.

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