You'll need to be on top of your game for this assessment (formerly known as BCU 4 Star Leaders Award Assessment - Canoe). It tests the skills you need to evaluate a group of paddlers to establish whether a particular trip is suitable to their level of performance -or choose alternatives for them. You'll need to apply a variety of techniques appropriate for moving water, and exposed open water, requiring the paddlers you're leading to perform appropriate and effective manoeuvres in real situations.
To succeed, you'll demonstrate the personal skill level required to lead a group of up to four solo canoe paddlers or three tandem canoe crews, on Moderate White Water and Moderate Inland Water.
* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.
What to Expect
The assessment will include a day on white-water at grade 2+ and a day on moderate open water in winds up to force 4.
You need to be an experienced paddler, with Canoe Leader skills, and provide evidence that you hold the 3 star award (or the old style 4 star award), Canoe Leader training completed in the last 3 years, or British Canoeing approved APL, a current LR form and your log book.
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 for future reference). 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 moderate open and white-water conditions. You should be prepared to deal with emergency situations as well as carry any useful rescue aids.
You should ensure you're fit enough for two challenging days on moderate water, and have canoed regularly before attending.