British Canoeing Sea Kayak Award - Training And Assessment
British Canoeing Award
Some of the best sea kayaking in the UK can be found along the coastlines of Anglesey and the Lleyn Peninsular. So why not start your sea kayaking journey with us here in North Wales? Using British Canoeing’s Sea Kayaker award as our guide our highly qualified and experienced specialist sea kayak coaches will help you to develop your sea kayak handling skills. You will also be developing your ability to make appropriate decisions for an enjoyable and safe day out on the sea. Helping you to understand how tides and the wind 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 Sea Kayak Award endorses your skill, judgment and the decision making required for a successful day on the sea. The course will help you to develop confidence in planning and undertaking journeys on the sea, in winds up to and including force 3 and/or tides up to 1 Knot, using sea kayaks or sit on tops, in tidal or non-tidal environments, with proficient skills to be in control throughout. Your award should be seen as a sound basis for building the experience and knowledge associated with Coastal Sea Kayak Award holders. This award has replaced the 3* Sea kayak award.
* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.
What to Expect
You'll spend day one in our pool looking at rolling and recovery skills, followed by time on the lake starting to cover other syllabus items. During the rest of the course, we'll travel to venues in and around the spectacular local coastline covering skill development. You'll complete your assessment as you move through the week.
You should have kayaked before and had some experience of sea kayaking. 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. We have an extensive selection of different styles of sea kayaks. 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 kayak around with relative ease in calm conditions and the ability to roll your kayak if you wish to be assessed (Whilst we can help you to develop your roll on this course, but we don't have enough time to teach it from scratch)