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Rise of the Rain Kings

by Jon 'Spike' Green

Sometimes it all just falls into place... A week of advanced WW needs two things - Water and a strong team! This week we had both. Ben, Ian, Keith and Mario (all the way over from Switzerland). Fit, keen and all paddling well and at a similar level.......


Tandem Canoe - Welcome to the Divorce Boat (A Survival Guide)

by Karl Midlane

Paddling an open canoe as a tandem pair is a powerful and rewarding experience, just as manoeuvrable as a solo canoe but with vastly improved horse power available. Like a sports car with two engines, tandem canoeing is for paddlers with friends. St.......


Summer Paddling in North Wales

by Jack Campion

Now winter is over and the UK paddling season has come to a close many of us are left twiddling our thumbs. Obviously there are still many sports to pursue as an outdoor enthusiast in North Wales, such as climbing, hill walking and of course sea kaya.......


Supporting Yourself Through Kayaking

by Ben Lawes

The aim of this article is to provide you with a technique for keeping yourself upright and thus hopefully preventing a dunking. Developing a reliable support stroke not only increases your confidence but will improve your skill level as well. By r.......


Getting the most from your paddling course!

by Pete Catterall

At Plas y Brenin we have learnt , over the last 50 years, that selecting the correct course is essential. Choosing the course can be crucial to the success of your time with us. These notes are aimed to help you select the appropriate level of a cour.......


Ever Increasing Circles

by Ben Lawes

This article focuses on the potentially frustrating skill of paddling a kayak forwards, looking at the building blocks for developing a good technique right from the word go. The chances are that the kayaks you're using are designed to be highly man.......


Discovering the Source

by Ben Lawes

If you are reading this article it may be because you're wondering why your mates keep banging on about what they got up to last weekend when the rivers were up. Or, because you like the idea of canoeing down a river, enjoying the tranquillity the In.......


Carving Turns

by Simon Colley

Try this. Push an empty kayak forwards away from the bank Now place a heavy weight on one side of the kayak seat so that it looks tipped or 'edged' and do the same. Do both again but this time watch how the kayak moves through the water and how it be.......


Time to Open Up

by Pete Catterall

"The Open boat or canoe has been around for thousands of years from its historic roots in North America to cart wheeling at a play hole and running technical white water all over the world. The open boat has evolved into what could be described as th.......


The Moving Stuff

by Neil Dickinson

You already know how to make carving turns on flat water with this mastered you have the perfect building blocks to progress onto the moving stuff. Being able to break in and out and cross the flow is an essential skill if you want to progress onto r.......


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Summer Camps (Age 12-17)

Summmer Camps For Young People Aged 12-17Young climbers, mountaineers, paddlers and mtb riders aged 12-17. Develop your outdoor skills with our top coaches on one of our residential summer camps.


Environment Symposium For Mountain LeadersThe 2017 Plas y Brenin Environment Symposium for Mountain Leaders and Mountaineering Instructors wil....


Fast Track Instructor Scheme<br/>Open DaysJoin us for a free information day on 18th September and find out how the Fast Track Instructor Sche....


Peak Performance For Plas y Brenin Paddling TeamWe are delighted to announce that we've launched an exciting new partnership with kayak clothing man....


BMC Women Outdoors Week 5-15 Aug 2017Come and get active for the BMC's Women Outdoors Week here at Plas y Brenin. We have talks, activiti....


Scotland Courses 2018The dates for our 2018 Scotland Courses have just been released. So if you are looking to gain more ....

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Summer Camps (Age 12-17)

Summmer Camps For Young People Aged 12-17Young climbers, mountaineers, paddlers and mtb riders aged 12-17. Develop your outdoor skills with our top coaches on one of our residential summer camps.

Enhanced Learning Credits

Enhanced Learning CreditsThe Enhanced Learning Credit Administration Service offers funding for armed forces personnel. Plas y Brenin is able to accept ELCAS funding for a few specific non residential courses.

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