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Kayaking Coaching Courses and Holidays

For paddlers Plas y Brenin couldn't be in a better place. We're surrounded by all kinds of water, from the fast flowing rivers and still, picturesque lakes of Snowdonia to the rolling surf and tidal streams of the Anglesey coast. Thatâ..s not all. The facilities for paddlers at Plas y Brenin itself are second to none. We've an indoor heated rolling pool, our own section of grade II rapids and a huge unspoiled lake right at the bottom of the garden. As far as the gear's concerned, we make sure all the equipment you use on your course is modern and well maintained without adding a penny to the cost of the courses. But the real secret of our success lies in the passion of our coaches. Each and every one of our canoe coaches is an enthusiast - they just love to paddle and it's their love for the sport that makes them want to introduce others to it. So if you'd like to learn to paddle, improve your technique quickly, or just get out there and soak up some of Britain's finest water, pick a course from our kayaking and canoe programme and give us a call. If you are in any doubt which course suits you the best why not take a look at this page: How to get the most from your paddling course

Discover Kayaking for Families

A weekend designed to give you an enjoyable introduction to kayaking. You'll cover everything from what clothing and equipment to choose right up to basic rescue skills, not to mention plenty of pad...........

Experience Required:  none.

Cost and Duration: £220 (2 Days)

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Discover Kayaking

A weekend designed to give you an enjoyable introduction to kayaking. You'll cover everything from what clothing and equipment to choose right up to basic rescue skills, not to mention plenty of pad...........

Experience Required:  no experience necessary

Cost and Duration: £220 (2 Days)

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Introduction to Kayaking

A five day course which will give you a thorough grounding in kayaking. You will be introduced to all the equipment and basic skills on local rivers, lakes and sea. On this course there is ample oppo...........

Experience Required:  none.

Cost and Duration: £500 (5 Days)

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Introduction to Kayaking for Families

A five day course which will give you a thorough grounding in kayaking. You will be introduced to all the equipment and basic skills on local rivers, lakes and sea. On this course there is ample oppo...........

Experience Required:  none.

Cost and Duration: £515 (5 Days)

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White Water Sea & Surf For Families

You've decided you like kayaking. Now it's time to experience racing down the face of a surf wave, bouncing down a rapid and running a tide race. These five days of white water fun will give you an in...........

Experience Required:  Confident flat water paddler with the ability to manoeuvre your craft with ease

Cost and Duration: £515 (5 Days)

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White Water Sea & Surf

You've decided you like kayaking. Now it's time to experience racing down the face of a surf wave, bouncing down a rapid and running a tide race. These five days of white water fun will give you an in...........

Experience Required:  Confident flat water paddler with the ability to manoeuvre your craft with ease

Cost and Duration: £515 (5 Days)

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Discover White Water Kayaking

A weekend designed to introduce you to the thrills and spills of white water. You'll cover everything from clothing and equipment to foundation white water skills. By the end of the course you will ha...........

Experience Required:  Confident flat water paddler with the ability to manoeuvre your craft with ease, able to perform a confident and controlled capsize.

Cost and Duration: £225 (2 Days)

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Introduction to White Water Kayaking

A week for kayakers who have decided to specialise in white water or for white water paddlers looking to build confidence and control by refining their white water technique. Our aim is to refine you...........

Experience Required:  Confident flat water paddler with the ability to manoeuvre your craft with ease, able to perform a confident and controlled capsize.

Cost and Duration: £515 (5 Days)

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Intromediate White Water Kayak

A five day course on grade II and III white water designed for kayakers who have some white water experience but lack the confidence to move on to the intermediate course. Whether you have limited exp...........

Experience Required:  Some white water experience, able to perform a flat water roll.

Cost and Duration: £530 (5 Days)

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The Bombproof Roll

Five days spent developing your roll into something you know you can depend on. Using our indoor heated rolling pool you will develop the fundamental techniques before heading out onto the rivers to t...........

Experience Required:  50% effective roll

Cost and Duration: £530 (5 Days)

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Intermediate White Water Kayaking

Running wild rivers is all about judgement. This week gives you the experience and skills you need to make those decisions. You'll concentrate on developing boat positioning skills, refine your judge...........

Experience Required:  Competent Grade II paddler with some experience of Grade III. A reliable flat water roll.

Cost and Duration: £530 (5 Days)

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Advanced White Water Kayaking

Running wild rivers is all about judgement. This week gives you the experience and skills you need to make those decisions. You'll concentrate on developing boat positioning skills, refine your judge...........

Experience Required:  Competent Grade II paddler with some experience of Grade III. A reliable flat water roll.

Cost and Duration: £545 (5 Days)

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Performance White Water Kayaking

Intermediate or advanced white water paddlers will find this two-day personal improvement programme a perfect way to hone their paddling skills . High staff to student ratios combined with top level c...........

Experience Required:  competent grade II paddler with some experience of grade III and a reliable moving water roll.

Cost and Duration: £245 (2 Days)

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Rolling Clinic

Using our pool, lake and river, our expert coaches will help you develop a strong, dependable roll in a variety of conditions. ...........

Experience Required:  able to perform a confident capsize.

Cost and Duration: £225 (2 Days)

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Rolling Reconstruction

If you've been having trouble with your roll or have 'lost' your roll all together this course is ideal for you. Progressing at your own pace, our coaches will assess your roll and design a programme ...........

Experience Required:  able to perform a confident capsize and have rolled before.

Cost and Duration: £230 (2 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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BCU STUDENT SAFETY SEMINAR 18-19 OCT

BCU Student Safety Seminar 18-19 OctTwo days of information packed workshops, all you need to know to get your uni club out paddling.

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DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD SUBSIDISED COURSES

Duke of Edinburgh's Award Subsidised CoursesCheck out the latest subsidised courses for DofE volunteers

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THE BIG CHRISTMAS WALK

The Big Christmas WalkAfter last years sell out success we've got another Big Christmas Walk planned for the 13-14 Dec.

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SUBSIDISED WINTER TRAINING

Subsidised Winter TrainingA great opportunity to gain some winter training through the Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust

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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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THE BIG ACOUSTIC WALK 1-2 NOV 2014

The Big Acoustic Walk 1-2 Nov 2014Join us for another fabulous weekend of walking and live acoustic music.

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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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SUMMER TIME WHITE WATER?

Summer Time White Water?Check out these great summer time paddling venues in North Wales

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TOP TIPS ON LOWERING OFF A BOLTED ROUTE

Top Tips on Lowering off a Bolted RouteBen Lawes gives you his top tips on how to get down from the top of a bolted route.

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SAFETY TIPS FOR NOVICE CLIMBERS

Safety Tips For Novice ClimbersIn our Top Tips section Instructor Louise Thomas highlights some vital safety considerations for novice climbers

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PLAS Y BRENIN CENTRE ASSISTANT SCHEME

Plas y Brenin Centre Assistant SchemeFind out what's its like to be a Plas y Brenin Centre Assistant.

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HOW TO GET YOUR OPEN BOAT GOING

How to Get Your Open Boat GoingA few simple tips to help you get a canoe off the bloack neatly

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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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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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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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