As a regular sea-goer, you'll be tested in full to ensure that you're performing at top level when you encounter tidal races, headlands, open crossings, swell, and challenging coastlines. You'll be expected to demonstrate a high level of personal skill, leadership ability and the judgement to lead groups of paddlers with a range of experience on advanced tidal waters.
You'll need to be on to of your game for this assessment (formerly known as 'BCU 5 Star Sea Kayak Leaders Award Assessment).
The aim of this assessment is to test your skill level, leadership
ability and judgment to lead paddlers with a range of experience, up to and including advanced tidal
You'll need to demostrate the judgment to select appropriate
environments for paddlers with a range of experience.
* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.
What to Expect
The assessment will include a planning exercise followed by a day into night sea kayaking in advanced conditions. The second day will be used to visit aspects of the syllabus not covered on the first day.
Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Training within the last 3 years, plus open water navigation and tidal planning training.
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. 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 sea kayaks, so if you're travelling some distance, we can provide you with one.
As this is an assessment, you'll need to bring sufficient equipment to enable you to look after a group of paddlers in advanced sea conditions. You should be prepared to deal with emergency situations as well as carry any useful safety and rescue aids.
Make sure that you're fit enough for two challenging days on advanced water, and that you've sea-kayaked regularly before attending.