British Canoeing Canoe Award - Training And Assessment
British Canoeing Award
North Wales is blessed with some stunning locations for canoeing. Numerous lakes and slow-moving rivers make it an ideal venue for those wanting to develop their canoeing skills. Using British Canoeing’s Canoe award as our guide our highly qualified and experienced specialist canoe coaches we will help you to develop your open canoe handling skills. You will also be developing your ability to make appropriate decisions for an enjoyable and safe day out on the water. Helping you to understand how the wind or river current may affect your journey and what to do if things don’t quite go to plan. By the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to get assessed and an action plan for future progress developed.
The British Canoeing ‘Canoe Award’ endorses your skill, judgment and decision making when journeying. You will be confident in planning and undertaking canoe journeys on the water in winds up to and including force 3 taking place on grade 1 rivers with simple eddy lines. Your award is a sound basis for building the experience and knowledge associated with the Progressive Canoe Award. This award has replaced the 3* Open Canoe award.
* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.
What to Expect
On day one, you'll spend time on our local lake looking at profiling your current skill level and then planning out your progression for the rest of the week. Your assessment will spread across the course with adequate time to practice and demonstarte your skills. You can choose to be in a solo or tandem canoe most of the time, but you'll experinec both during the course, learning to apply your canoe skills appropriately. Whilst you're covering the course syllabus, you'll visit other local venues, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular Snowdonia scenery.
You should have canoed as either solo or tandem paddler before depending on how you'd prefer to be assessed. The British Canoeing 'Discover' Paddle award or old 2* standard would be a useful indication of starting ability.
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.
A fee will be payable to British canoeing on successful completion of the assessment. Otherwise, as both your body and mind will be working hard whilst you're with us, we want to help you focus on achieving the goal you've set yourself. So comfortable accommodation (with WIFI included) and hearty meals 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.
You need to have skills to move your canoe around with relative ease on calm flat water.