You already enjoy flat water paddling, and now it's time to stretch yourself to specialise in white water. Or you're already bitten by the white water bug and want to build confidence and control by improving your technique. Come and refine your existing paddling skills in our unique Snowdonia setting. Our specialists will coach you to move your existing paddling skills up a level, and achieve more advanced techniques during five days on grade II and easy grade III water. If the idea of learning about breaking in and out, ferry gliding, surfing standing waves and small stoppers appeals, this is for you.
By the end of the course, you should have refined your existing paddling skills and learned more advanced techniques such as; breaking in and out, ferry gliding, surfing standing waves and small stoppers. You'll also have gained knowledge of; river reading, and rescue and rolling.
* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.
What to Expect
On day one we'll cover the fundamental skills underpinning white water kayaking. You'll put these into practice and develop them throughout the week on a series of river trips. We'll also deliver some static, site-based coaching sessions, and introduce you to essential safety and rescue skills.
You should be a confident flat water paddler with the ability to manoeuvre your craft with ease. You should also be able to perform a confident and controlled capsize.
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 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.
You need to have kayaked fairly recently before, but you don't need any previous white water experience. You need to be fit enough for an active five days.