In preparation for your Advanced Canoe Leader Assessment (formerly known as BCU 5 Star Award Preparation - Canoe), you'll cover all the paddling, leadership and safety skills (both solo and as part of a tandem crew) necessary during this five day programme. In fact, we've designed it to exceed the training requirements for this award, so you get even more - including a personalised action plan that's designed to help you reach your goal and achieve advanced level. You'll develop a range of effective crossdeck strokes, as well as a range of techniques suitable for paddling on the upstream and downstream side of your boat.
The course aims to train you in a range of paddling techniques and equip you to select which is best suited to any given situation. By the end of the course, you should be able to perform all the techniques on both sides (i.e. bilaterally).
When paddling as part of a tandem crew, each member of your crew should be able to paddle at both bow and stern.
* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.
What to Expect
The course will make the best use of the weather and water levels to ensure that we maximise conditions. You can expect to spend two days on rivers, plus a day and night on a large lake. A day will be spent looking at upriver travel and safety and rescue.
Canoe Leader Award or proof of British Canoeing approved APL
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 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. What's more, you'll have access to our extensive range of paddling equipment and clothing to use whilst honing your chosen skills. This gives you the perfect opportunity to test out that new piece of kit you've had your eye on. You just bring yourself, your 'can do' attitude, and determination to achieve excellence.
All you really need to bring is sufficient base clothing to wear, and some suitable footwear. Our stores have a wide range of Peak UK soft wear as well as paddles and poles. We have an extensive selection of different styles of open canoes from a range of manufacturers. This is an ideal opportunity to try something new if you'd like to. If you prefer the familiar, feel free to bring along your own kit.
Make sure that you're fit enough for two challenging days on advanced water, and that you've canoed regularly before attending.