You'll need to be on top of your game for this assessment. We'll be testing that you've honed all the personal skills, leadership ability and judgement needed to lead other paddlers who are experienced themselves at advanced white water, and advanced open water levels. You'll be showing you're at a level that means you can lead groups of up to four solo paddlers, or three tandem crews in open canoe, whether that's on advanced river journeys or on remote, exposed open waters.
The aim of The British Canoeing Advanced Canoe Leader assessment is for you to demsonstrate that you have the skills
and judgement to select appropriate environments for, and to lead paddlers with a range of experience
* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.
The Assessment will Include
A day on white-water at grade 3-3+, and a day on advanced open water in winds above force 4. There will also be a night paddle.
Home Nation British Canoeing Advanced Canoe Leadership Registration (LR), valid (within three years)
British Canoeing recognised two day first aid award
Previous Experience: the candidate must provide documentary evidence of a minimum of thirty varied, quality, advanced canoe days in three different geographical areas British Canoeing Advanced Canoe Leader Training (within last three years). This includes at least three days’ logged experience of formal training in personal skills, leadership, incident management, safety and rescue prior to assessment (see British Canoeing Advanced Canoe Leader Training Notes). Whilst three days is seen as the minimum requirement, four, five or even six days may be more appropriate
Candidates must be 18 or over at the time of assessment
Why Choose Plas y Brenin?
Our instructors are some of the UK’s most experienced. We train other instructors and help to write the national syllabuses for NGB qualifications in mountaineering, paddlesports, cycling and climbing. Our goal is to teach you skills to last a lifetime, and at Plas y Brenin you know you are getting training from the best.
If your course is based at Plas y Brenin, the residential price includes accommodation for the night before, and the duration of your time here. If you’re staying with us, we also provide delicious meals to keep you going as you learn, meaning you can concentrate on enjoying yourself. We may also be able to arrange a transfer from Llandudno Junction train station, subject to availability. We would need a minimum of one week’s notice prior to your course start date – please contact reception to learn more.
When it comes to equipment, at Plas y Brenin we have a wide range of top-quality kit for you to use, all included in your course fee. This means if you’re just starting out, there’s no need to rush out and buy a load of expensive gear, and if you’re already pretty well kitted-out, it’s a great chance to try something new.
We want to help you focus on achieving your goals, so comfortable accommodation (with WIFI included) and good food are part of the deal, you don't need to think about sorting this out for yourself. Support is on hand from our friendly, and exceptionally well qualified staff, to help develop your understanding and personal skills. They also help you to formulate an appropriate action plan for your further development. As this is an assessment, you're expected to be self-sufficient for equipment (access to our extensive range is the norm on our courses though for future reference). However, we have an extensive fleet of canoes, so if you're travelling some distance, we can provide you with one.
As this is an assessment, you're expected to be self-sufficient for equipment. However, we have an extensive fleet of canoes, so if you're travelling some distance, we can provide you with one. You'll need to bring sufficient equipment to enable you to look after a group of paddlers in advanced open and white-water conditions. You should be prepared to deal with emergency situations as well as carry any useful teaching aids.
Make sure that you're fit enough for two challenging days on advanced water, and that you've canoed regularly before attending.