Your role as a Paddlesport Leader is to lead, to supervise, or facilitate safe, quality, enjoyable trips based on your group’s needs and aspirations. You'll achieve that through the right choice of venue, equipment and leadership strategies that match your group’s specific needs. This two day course will focus on your ability to operate as a Paddlesport leader in sheltered water conditions. You'll develop your competence in; focused leadership skills, personal paddling skills and rescue skills. We'll also cover underpinning background knowledge, understanding and experience.
You'll develop the leadership skills needed to look after others in both single discipline and mixed fleets, for example; touring kayaks, open canoes, suitable sit-on-tops, general purpose kayaks, stand-up-paddleboards, crew boats, or racing craft. You'll also learn how to apply your leadership skills to groups undertaking journeys for different purposes ranging from school or outdoor education activity to commercial paddlesport guiding. This course will equip you with the knowledge to go out and build the experience you need to prepare for the Paddlesport Leader Assessment.
* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.
What to Expect
You'll spend most of the time on the water taking a practical look at the effective leadership of a mixed fleet of craft including canoes , kayaks and SUPs. You'll have one day on a lake and the other on a slow moving river. We'll give you plenty of opportunity to try out your skills in a real world setting.
You'll need to be at 3* standard in a craft to benefit from this training course.
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. This is an ideal opportunity to try something new if you'd like to. If you prefer the familiar, feel free to bring your own kit.
This is an active course so you'll get the most from it if you're fit and your paddling feels sharp. As we'll be talking about leadership , safety and rescue, it will help if you familiarise yourself with the content of the Foundation Safety and Rescue Course before attending - but this isn't essential.