Learn the basics of sea kayaking whilst you take in the spectacular Anglesey and North Wales coastline on this five day non-residential course. You don't need any previous experience of sea kayaking, you just need be fired up to learn. And you'll be learning from the best in their field whose passion for the sport is infectious, and who are keen to give you the benefit of their expertise.
We aim to give you a basic knowledge of the sea and equip you with the kayak handling techniques you need for salt water. You'll also leave with knowledge of tides, weather forecasting, sea safety and planning a coastal journey.
* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.
What to Expect
You'll spend the first day learning the foundation skills of sea kayaking. Throughout the rest of the week you'll develop these skills and cover the essential safety and rescue skills to stay safe whilst on a journey along the Anglesey. We'll also use some theory sessions on tidal planning and weather interpretation.
You should be a confident flat water paddler.
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.
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.
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 e.g. costume for under a wetsuit, thermal and fleece layer for the top. In addition, some suitable footwear that will fit comfortably in a kayak and lace up to keep them on in the water. Our stores have a wide range of Peak UK soft wear as well as paddles for you to use. 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, feel free to bring along your own kit. A hat to protect you from the heat or the cold may be useful, as would suncream, a dry bag for your lunch, a waterproof camera to capture some memories and a water bottle that can be accessed easily throughout the day. The hydration packs that can be accessed whilst paddling are really useful for this e.g. Camelbak
You need to have kayaked fairly recently before, but you don't need any previous sea kayaking experience. You need to be fit enough for an active five days.
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