You're a capable flat water paddler, either solo or tandem, and now you've got your sights set on some white water action. You'll spend two days with our highly experienced coaches who'll develop your white water boat-handling skills, covering techniques like; breaking in and out, ferry gliding and surfing standing waves. You'll also cover strategies for running white water and shooting white water rapids safely as you paddle the spectacular Snowdonia waters.
You'll refine your existing paddling skills and transfer them to the white water environment. You'll gain knowledge of river reading, and safety and rescue.
* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.
What to Expect
You'll spend day one revisiting the fundamental skills underpinning white water canoeing. We'll then work with you to develop these skills further with some static site-based coaching and river trips. We'll also cover essential safety and rescue skills to enable you to stay safe whilst paddling.
You should be a confident flat water paddler with the ability to manoeuvre your craft with ease.
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. What's more, you'll have access to our extensive range of paddling equipment and clothing to use whilst honing your chosen skills. 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 kayaks from a range of manufacturers. If you prefer the familiar, feel free to bring your own kit.
You'll need to be an active paddler to get the most out of this course. Make sure that you're fit enough for two challenging days on white water. You should also have canoed regularly on the flat before attending.