You'll be assessed over two days against the new syllabus. We'll be looking for the skill level required to lead a group of paddlers in appropriate locations, up to moderate white water conditions. You'll need to show that you can judge the conditions, and the standard of the group, and then make appropriate decisions to modify plans as required.
You'll demonstrate that you can apply strokes to achieve suitable techniques and boat control in real situations, and cover;
Part A – Personal Paddling Skills
Part B – Rescue Skills
Part C – Safety, Leadership & Group Skills
Part D – Theory
* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.
What to Expect
You'll be continuously assessed over two days on white-water at grade 2+, leading a group of paddlers on day one. We'll be assessing your personal skills, and safety and rescue knowledge.
You should register at least two weeks prior to the assessment. You'll need the following prerequisites to register;
Relevant Leadership Training: White Water Kayak Leader training within previous 3 years.
Relevant Safety Training: White Water Safety & Rescue training or (or Rescue 3 Whitewater Rescue Technician)
First Aid Award: Recognised 2-day First Aid within last 3 years
Registration Fee: £39 for British Canoeing members
Age: 16 years of age, or older
Please note: You should ensure that your safety and rescue skills are current and up-to-date before attending your assessment, so your WWSR training should also be recent.
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.
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 moderate white-water conditions. You should be prepared to deal with emergency situations as well as carry any useful rescue aids.
You'll need to be on top of your game for this assessment. Make sure that you're fit enough for two challenging days on moderate water. You should also have canoed regularly before attending.