Journeying by canoe is a fantastic way to get connected to nature and get away from it all. Whether solo or tandem, when you’re out on tranquil water you can let the stresses of everyday life dissolve.
On our Introduction to Canoeing course you’ll cover all of the basics of handling an open canoe on solo journeys and as part of a tandem crew during this five-day course. All of your kit hire is included, and on the course you’ll cover proper kit use. What's more, you'll consolidate your new-found skills against the fantastic backdrop of North Wales estuaries, tranquil rivers and simple white water.
- Gain confidence and see your solo and tandem boat handling skills develop and improve. - Take on 5 days of practical learning on the lakes and rivers of beautiful Snowdonia. - Learn your skills right from the get-go from our highly experienced instructors.
* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.
What to Expect
You'll start off in tandem canoes developing the foundation skills to move these around effectively. As the week progresses, you'll have the opportunity to develop your skills on various journeys taking in slow moving rivers, lakes. Later in the week, you'll progress to faster moving rivers. You'll also have the option to spend some time paddling solo.
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 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.
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 kayaks from a range of manufacturers. This is an ideal opportunity to try something new if you'd like to. If you prefer the familiar, and have your own kit, feel free to bring it along.
You'll need to be fit enough for five days of activity, but you don't need to do any other preparation.