Your decision making for planning and organising a trip starts months ahead of getting on the water. It involves many factors; some are intangible and can't be changed (such as the hazards), whilst others are within your control, as the guide, to change and influence (like selecting the team of paddlers). This one day, land-based module is for British Canoeing Leaders who have a passion for enhancing other paddlers' experiences through effective trip planning. You'll expand your knowledge and experience of trip planning as our friendly, highly experienced team share their expertise in all the elements involved, from pre-trip planning & research to equipment requirements (check the full list of areas covered in the aims/ outcomes section).
The aim of this module is that you'll leave with increased knowledge and experience of;
Pre-trip planning & research
Expected weather conditions
Remoteness; Emergency help available?
Travel Arrangement and political situation
Vaccinations & Insurance
Sat-phone and/or SPOT Coverage
Single or multiday trips
Access situation including permits
Experience of the team
Physical and psychologically demands
Cohesion and developing this approach within a group/team
Additional skills required
* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.
What to Expect
You'll cover this one day module through a mixture of classroom and practical sessions. All session will be land-based.
Modules are available to all British Canoeing and Home Nation members
Guide modules will be recognised as CPD (1 module = 18 months CPD)Other modules will be added as the guide scheme develops.3 of the 5 subject areas need to be completed or evidence produced to become a full Guide.
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.
During the day you'll have free hot drinks and afternoon tea.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.