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Paddlesport 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.

Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning

This one day British Canoeing module is designed for paddlers carrying out coastal journeys including islands up to 2 nautical miles offshore in areas of tidal movement up to up to 2 knots and winds o...........

Experience Required: There are no formal pre-requisites. And the course is open to anyone with interest in sea kayak navigation and tidal planning. This module is a pre-requisite for the British Canoeing 4* Sea Kayak leader training/Sea Kayak Leader Award Training. For those interested this course can/will be registered with British Canoeing. There would be an additional cost for those wishing to register with British Canoeing.

Cost and Duration: £95 (1 Days)

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How to Coach Rolling

Whether you are a club coach or a volunteer that coaches kayaking, why not improve your skills to include coaching an effective roll. During these two days in our indoor heated pool you'll examine th...........

Experience Required: Ideal for an active club coach with a solid personal roll who would like develop their skills to include coaching rolling.

Cost and Duration: £185 (2 Days)

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Student Safety Seminar 22-23 October 2016

It's time for the 22nd annual BCU Student Safety Seminar. Once again it's based at the National Mountain Training Centre, Plas y Brenin in Capel Curig North Wales.
The main purpose of the ev...........

Experience Required: The Seminar is aimed at those who are, or are likely to be student club committee members/those organising and running the club trips/or anyone else who fancies it (but it's not really for total novices).

Cost and Duration: £40 (2 Days)

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Open Water Navigation and Tidal Planning

The Open Water Navigation and Tidal Planning module is designed for paddlers carrying out open water journeys including islands over 2 nautical miles offshore in areas of strong tidal movement of 3+ k...........

Experience Required: Candidates wishing to attend the Open Water Navigation and Tidal Planning course, must have attended a Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning course, or equivalent.

Cost and Duration: £95 (1 Days)

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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: £490 (5 Days)

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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: £490 (5 Days)

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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: £490 (5 Days)

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Complete 3 Star (Training and Assessment) White Water 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 ...........

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

Cost and Duration: £490 (5 Days)

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White Water Leader 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: £255 (2 Days)

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Sea Kayak Leader Award Training

This two 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 your ...........

Experience Required:  Three Star skills.

Cost and Duration: £280 (2 Days)

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Canoe Leader 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: £255 (2 Days)

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White Water Kayak Leaders Award Preparation -

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: £545 (5 Days)

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Sea Kayak Leader Award Preparation

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: £545 (5 Days)

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Canoe Leader Award Preparation

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: £535 (5 Days)

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White Water Kayak Leader Award Assessment

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

Experience Required: You need to be an experienced paddler, with 4 star leadership skills. Please bring proof with you if you have the 3 star award (or the old style 4 star award), proof of 4 star ww leader training completed in the last 3 years or BCU approved APL, a current LR form and your log book to be signed. * This course was previously known as 'BCU 4 Star Leaders Award Assessment - White Water Kayak'

Cost and Duration: £255 (2 Days)

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Sea Kayak Leader Award Assessment -

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

Experience Required: Four Star Leader Training and tidal planning module

Cost and Duration: £255 (2 Days)

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Canoe Leader Award Assessment

A two day assessment course based on the new syllabus. * This course was previously known as BCU 4 Star Leaders Award Assessment - Canoe ...........

Experience Required: You need to be an experienced paddler, with 4 star leadership skills. Please bring proof with you if you have the 3 star award (or the old style 4 star award), proof of 4 star open canoe leader training completed in the last 3 years or BCU approved APL, a current LR form and your log book to be signed. * This course was previously known as BCU 4 Star Leaders Award Assessment Canoe

Cost and Duration: £255 (2 Days)

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Advanced White Water Kayak Leader Preparation

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: White Water Leader Award or proof of BC approved APL

Cost and Duration: £545 (5 Days)

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Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Preparation

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: Sea Kayak Leader award or proof of BC approved APL

Cost and Duration: £545 (5 Days)

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Advanced Canoe Leader Preparation

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: Canoe Leader Award or proof of BC approved APL

Cost and Duration: £545 (5 Days)

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Advanced White Water Kayak Leader Assessment

A two-day assessment course based on the new syllabus. * This course was formerly known as 'BCU 5 Star Award Assessment - White Water Kayak'...........

Experience Required: Kayak Leader Training with the last 3 years and relevant advanced safety and rescue training

Cost and Duration: £255 (2 Days)

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Advanced White Water Kayak Leader Top-up Training and Assessment

This five-day top-up training and assessment is perfect if you are ready for your five-star assessment but would like a little technical input beforehand. You'll spend the first three days with our ex...........

Experience Required: Advanced White Water Kayak Leader Training (with the last 3 years and relevant advanced safety and rescue training.

Cost and Duration: £535 (5 Days)

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Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Assessment

A two-day assessment course based on the new syllabus. * This course was formerly known as 'BCU 5 Star Sea Kayak Leaders Award Assessment'...........

Experience Required: Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Training within the last 3 years and open water navigation and tidal planning training

Cost and Duration: £255 (2 Days)

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Advanced Canoe Leader Assessment

A two-day assessment course based on the new syllabus * This course was formerly known as 'BCU 5 Star Leaders Award Canoe Assessment'...........

Experience Required: Advanced Canoe Leader Training and relevant safety and rescue training

Cost and Duration: £255 (2 Days)

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Advanced Water Training - Sea Kayak

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

Experience Required: BCU Advanced Water Registration (CR Form), BCU UKCC Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesports, BCU Moderate water endorsement, BCU 5 Star Leader Award in the appropriate discipline, be 18 Years old or above and hold a recognised 8 hr first aid award.

Cost and Duration: £270 (2 Days)

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Advanced Water Assessment - Sea Kayak

A one day assessment course based on the BCU Advanced Water endorsement syllabus............

Experience Required: Valid AWE Training, A minimum of 15 days coaching in the specific advanced water environment after AWE Training; this must include 6 linked progressive coaching sessions with evidence of session plans and reviews, and activity in a minimum of 3 different geographical areas. Valid and recognised 2-day first aid award Valid CR Form.

Cost and Duration: £260 (1 Days)

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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 Canoing (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: £540 (5 Days)

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Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport Training

This is a 4 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: £470 (4 Days)

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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: £120 (1 Days)

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Level 2 Moderate Water Training - White Water 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: £215 (2 Days)

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Level 2 Moderate Water Training - 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: £215 (2 Days)

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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: £215 (2 Days)

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Level 2 Moderate Water Assessment - White Water Kayak

A one day assessment course based on the BCU Level 2 endorsement syllabus. ...........

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.

Cost and Duration: £190 (1 Days)

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Level 2 Moderate Water Assessment - Sea Kayak

A one day assessment course based on the BCU Level 2 endorsement syllabus. ...........

Experience Required:  Valid MWE Training, A minimum of 15 days coaching in the specific moderate water environment after MWE Training; this must include 6 linked progressive coaching sessions with evidence of session plans and reviews, and activity in a minimum of 3 different geographical areas. Valid and recognised 2-day first aid award Valid CR Form

Cost and Duration: £190 (1 Days)

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Level 2 Moderate Water Assessment - Canoe

A one day assessment course based on the BCU Level 2 endorsement syllabus. ...........

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: £190 (1 Days)

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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.

Cost and Duration: £460 (3 Days)

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Level 3 Discipline Specific Training - White Water

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 Moderate Water Endorsement for white water kayak and attend at least one BCU Intermediate Module.

Cost and Duration: £390 (2 Days)

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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 Level 2 Moderate Water Endorsement for sea kayak and attend at least one BCU Intermediate Module.

Cost and Duration: £390 (2 Days)

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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 Level 2 Moderate Water Endorsement for Open Canoe and completed at least one of the BCU Intermediate Modules.

Cost and Duration: £380 (2 Days)

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Level 3 Assessment

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 (in your chosen discipline), 8 hours first aid, 18 years or older and completed tasks in candidate assessment packs.

Cost and Duration: £285 (1 Days)

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Foundation Safety & Rescue

Included as part of our Level 1 Coach Development course, this important foundation module is also available as a stand alone day...........

Experience Required: competent flat water paddler.

Cost and Duration: £105 (1 Days)

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White Water Safety & Rescue

This course is run in conjunction with the BCU to coach recreational white water paddlers in all aspects of white water safety and rescue technique. The course covers three different topics in a very ...........

Experience Required: competent grade II paddler.

Cost and Duration: £245 (2 Days)

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Advanced White Water Safety and Rescue

A course designed for the trainee 5 star leader to cover safety and supervision of groups in advanced environments, training on steep bank security, recovery of boats, First aid considerations and adv...........

Experience Required:  5 star skills and leadership training. BCU white-water Safety and rescue Course.

Cost and Duration: £255 (2 Days)

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White Water Rescue Technician (Rescue 3)

A three day course designed for Outdoor Professionals with existing river experience. Designed to provide you with the necessary skills to perform rescues in whitewater river situations. It is both cl...........

Experience Required: competent grade II paddler and confident swimming in moving water.

Cost and Duration: £500 (3 Days)

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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: £75 (1 Days)

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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.
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