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Sea Kayaking 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.

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: £460 (5 Days)

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BCU Complete Three Star (Training and Assessment) Sea Kayak

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: £460 (5 Days)

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BCU 4 Star Sea Kayak Leaders Award Training

This three day programme provides the minimum training requirements for this award. The course will cover the paddling, leadership, safety skills and navigation skills necessary to prepare you for you...........

Experience Required:  Three Star skills.

Cost and Duration: £360 (3 Days)

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BCU 4 Star Leaders Award Preparation - Sea Kayak

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: £515 (5 Days)

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BCU 4 Star Leaders Award Assessment - Sea Kayak

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

Experience Required: Four Star Leader Training and tidal planning module

Cost and Duration: £240 (2 Days)

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BCU 5 Star Award Preparation - Sea Kayak

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: £515 (5 Days)

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BCU 5 Star Sea Kayak Leaders Award Assessment

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

Experience Required: Five Star Leader Training and tidal planning module

Cost and Duration: £240 (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: £510 (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: £510 (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: £105 (1 Days)

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BCU/UKCC Level 2 Moderate Water Preparation - Sea Kayak

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: £200 (2 Days)

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BCU/UKCC Level 2 Moderate Water Assessment - Sea Kayak

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: £105 (1 Days)

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BCU/UKCC Level 3 Generic Core Training

This is a 5 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/UKCC Level 2 Training, BCU Level 3 Coach plus Coaching Processes Course or BCU Level 3 Coach plus Level 2 Transfer course or BCU Trainee Level 5 Coach

Cost and Duration: £450 (5 Days)

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BCU/UKCC Level 3 Training - Sea Kayak

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: £325 (2 Days)

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BCU/UKCC Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport Discipline Specific Assessment - Sea Kayak

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: £ (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: £70 (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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BCU Level 3 Regional Courses

Canoe England have teamed up with Plas y Brenin, the National Mountain Sports centre, to jointly deliver a programme of BCU (UKCC) Level 3 training and assessment courses across England. This partnership arrangement offers coaches the opportunity to train as a BCU (UKCC) Level 3 Coach closer to home. As a Sport England...........

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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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Last Minute Discounts

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British Mountaineering Council Deals

Check out the latest rock climbing and hillwalking deals from our partner organisation The BMC.
Now includes a range of subsidised winter skills courses!!!!

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Events & Talks In Our Bar

liev music, talks, lectures and presentationsWe welcome non-residents in our bar and there's always something going on from live music and events to guest lectures and slideshows. Check out what's coming up next here

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THE BIG ACOUSTIC WALK 17-18 MAY 2014

The Big Acoustic Walk 17-18 May 2014Join us for a fabulous weekend of walking and music, this year you'll also have the chance to enjoy some canoeing.

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USED KAYAK SALE - NOW ON!

USED KAYAK SALE - NOW ON!We're selling off over 30 used kayaks and sea kayaks. Boats with only 12 months use, fully by serviced by the manufacturer last week.

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SUBSIDISED ALPINE COURSES

Subsidised Alpine CoursesA great opportunity to gain some alpine skills training through the Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust, based in Argentiere.

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2014 BROCHURE

2014 BrochureOur 2014 brochure is available to read online, download or if you prefer you can request a paper copy and we'll pop one in the post.

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ACCOMMODATION FOR CLUBS AND GROUPS IN SNOWDONIA

Accommodation For Clubs and Groups In SnowdoniaClimbing Clubs, Cycling Clubs, Canoe Clubs DofE groups or even just a gang of mates? Our handy self catering accommodation units make an ideal base for your adventures.

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NEW BEDROOMS

New BedroomsCheck out our lovely newly refurbished bedrooms with comfy beds, ensuite bathroom and tea and coffee facilities.

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READY TO FACE THE MONSTER?

Ready to face The Monster?The Monster, our flagship Road Cycling weekend makes an ideal training platform for a sportif or etape.

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LOOK AFTER YOUR BOOTS

Look After Your BootsOur boots take a hammering so we asked the experts what we could do to look after them

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TOP TIPS FOR WINTER WALKERS AND MOUNTAINEERS

Top Tips For Winter Walkers and MountaineersSenior Instructor Carlo Forte offers some handy tips for mountain goers in winter.

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OUTSTANDING FACILITIES

Outstanding FacilitiesWe make sure everything at the National Mountain Centre is maintained at the highest standard. Check out our facilities page here.

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FREE OUTDOOR TRAINING

Free Outdoor TrainingWe need people to act as 'mock students' for our qualification courses. Find out more here.

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LOOK AFTER YOUR ICE SCREWS!

Look After Your Ice Screws!In our Top Tips section Dave Evans offers some handy tips on ice screw management

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PRE-SEASON KIT CHECK

Pre-Season Kit CheckRun through Dave Brown's check list for a pre season kit inspection

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TOP TIPS ON WINTER MOUNTAINEERING

Top Tips on WInter MountaineeringThe secret to a safe day out in winter is often to think ahead. Here are a few ideas to help you make sensible mountaineering decisions.

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TAKING A MATE CLIMBING?

Taking a mate climbing?read some top tips on taking a friend out rock climbing from instructor Baggy Richards

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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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Weather Forecast, Tides and Surf Conditions

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