You'll need to show the personal skill level and leadership ability required to lead a group of up to four paddlers in moderate sea conditions by applying a variety of techniques appropriate for sea kayaking. A successful
candidate will be able to evaluate a group of paddlers to establish whether a particular trip is suitable to their level of performance or choose alternatives. The emphasis is on the application of a variety of techniques appropriate for sea kayaking, requiring the paddler to perform appropriate and effective manoeuvres in real situations.
To succeed, you'll demonstrate that you can evaluate and lead a group of paddlers to establish whether a particular trip is suitable to their level of performance, or choose alternatives.
* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.
What to Expect
You'll spend day one leading a group of suitable paddlers on a sea kayak journey along a section of the local coastline. You'll be expected to play a key role in making the decision on location. You're expected to deal effectively with any incidents on the journey. On day two you'll be assessed on any outstanding elements that weren't observed on day one.
You need to have completed Sea Kayak Leader training and the Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning module.
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 if you're staying with us, 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. As this is an assessment, you're expected to be self-sufficient for equipment (access to our extensive range is the norm on our courses for future reference). However, we have an extensive fleet of sea kayaks, so if you're travelling some distance, we can provide you with one.
You'll need to bring sufficient equipment to enable you to look after a group of paddlers in advanced sea conditions. You should be prepared to deal with emergency situations as well as carry any useful safety and rescue aids.
You'll need to be on top of your game for this assessment. So you'll have been out regularly leading up to this assessment. You should have practiced emergency scenarios and have your planning well tuned.