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Sea Kayaking Courses Holidays and Expeditions

At Plas y Brenin we are ideally situated for sea kayaking. We have a vast private lake which offers a gentle first introduction to sea kayaking boats for complete novices. After which the varied coastal water s of North Wales are all within easy reach. It is this central location which allows us the flexibility to deliver sea kayaking courses which are tailored to the individual's needs and to the conditions.
The coastline of North Wales has an international appeal, its rugged coastline, craggy headlands, remote islands and outstanding wildlife make this area an ideal location for a sea kayaking school. Within easy traveling distance we have the scenic beauty and exciting coastal waters of Angelsey where there are always beautiful hidden coves and bays and even remote islands to explore on the north and west coasts. Our sea kayaking courses often make use of the complex tidal waters of Anglesey's coast including the world famous Menai Straits. These waters provide a perfect setting for learning essential sea kayaking skills. In addition the massive variety of water and paddling locations allows us to make the most of the weather conditions and tidal flow so we can make sure you always get the best out of your sea kayaking. For a more ambitious journey you could come with us to the wilderness of the Lleyn Peninsular to enjoys its unrivalled powerful tidal streams and remote locations.
When your sea kayaking skills are more developed you may choose to be a little more adventurous and join us on one of our self contained sea kayak expeditions, sleeping under canvas each night before continuing the journey in your sea kayaks the next morning.
This year we're even running sea kayak rolling clinics, designed to help boost your confidence by helping you develop a bombproof roll in a sea kayak, using sea kayaks in our indoor heated rolling pool and always within a quick dash from a hot shower.

Guided Sea Classics

Five days of guided sea paddling on the coasts of Anglesey, North Wales and the Lleyn Peninsula taking in some of the Welsh classics along the way. With the focus on simply, 'clocking up the miles', ...........

Experience Required: Sea kayaking experience in a range of sea states and a good level of fitness that would enable you to paddle 10-15 miles per day

Cost and Duration: £515 (5 Days)

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Sea Kayak Improver

Does exactly what it says on the tin! Two days covering the essential areas of sea kayaking, navigation, safety and rescue.
You?ll spend the first morning in the classroom, looking carefully at h...........

Experience Required: Competent sea kayaking skills.

Cost and Duration: £220 (2 Days)

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Wintermediate Sea Kayaking

Extending the season for intermediate sea paddlers, this week will open your eyes to what is possible in the winter months. It's as much about confidence as it is commitment and with both in your loc...........

Experience Required: sea kayaking experience in a range of sea states and a good level of fitness that would enable you to paddle 10-15 miles per day

Cost and Duration: £500 (5 Days)

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Discover Sea Kayaking

A weekend course for paddlers who want to get to grips with sea kayaking. Based around the coast of Anglesey and the Lleyn Peninsula, it'll give you a basic knowledge of coastal waters and the kayak h...........

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

Cost and Duration: £220 (2 Days)

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Introduction to Sea Kayaking

A five day course for paddlers who want to specialise in sea kayaking. It'll give you a basic knowledge of the sea and the kayak handling techniques specific to salt water, whilst also taking you thro...........

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

Cost and Duration: £505 (5 Days)

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Lighthouses, Cliffs and Caves

A weekend sea paddling holiday. With the emphasis on paddling experience not skills development, our coaches will take you on a tour of some of the most memorable paddling spots the North Wales coast ...........

Experience Required: some sea paddling experience and able to perform a confident capsize.

Cost and Duration: £225 (2 Days)

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Intromediate Sea Kayaking

A five day course for those paddlers who consider themselves more than a beginner but not quite confident or experienced enough to join our 'journeying holidays' You'll enjoy revising and developing ...........

Experience Required: basic sea paddling experience.

Cost and Duration: £520 (5 Days)

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Intermediate Sea Kayaking

A week long course for paddlers who want to improve their kayak handling and rough water skills, as well as boost their experience of practical and theoretical seamanship and navigation. More importan...........

Experience Required: some sea kayaking experience with a competent support stroke and an understanding of tidal water.

Cost and Duration: £520 (5 Days)

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Performance Sea Kayaking

A week spent working closely with our coaches to fine tune your sea kayaking skills and build your knowledge and confidence to help you become a truly accomplished sea paddler. During this bespoke wee...........

Experience Required: competent sea kayak skills and experience in up to force four winds plus a reliable salt water roll.

Cost and Duration: £570 (5 Days)

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Rough Water Handling

A course for capable sea paddlers who want to develop their rough water skills. Over two days practical paddling coaching you'll learn how to handle over-falls, how to deal with tidal races and waves ...........

Experience Required: competent sea kayak skills and experience in up to force three winds and a reliable salt water roll.

Cost and Duration: £270 (2 Days)

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Sea Kayak Rolling Clinic

Rolling a sea kayak demands technique and finesse in equal measure but once mastered it is a skill that will increase your confidence as a paddler, making your journeys on the sea far more rewarding. ...........

Experience Required: Confident to capsize wearing a spraydeck

Cost and Duration: £220 (2 Days)

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The Bombproof Sea Kayak 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: £520 (5 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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