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Canoeing Awards and Qualifications

Plas y Brenin is unique as a British Canoeing approved centre. We offer an extensive range of coach education courses with more dates available than any of our competitors. Our coaching team's collective experience and qualifications are unrivalled in the UK, with more level five and aspirant level five coaches than any other centre. But it is our staff's commitment to, and passion for, paddling that really makes them shine. Each one is dedicated to making sure you develop to the best of your ability both as a paddler and a coach. This successful mix is the reason so many people visit us and keep on visiting, enjoying continuity as they move on through their coaching career. Our influence in the world of UK paddling is highly evident, wherever you paddle in the UK. It is no underestimation to say you will come into direct contact with a Plas y Brenin Coach or a Coach who was trained or assessed here at some time.

How to Coach Rolling

Whether you are a club coach or a volunteer that coaches kayaking, why not improve your skills to include coaching an effective roll. During these two days in our indoor heated pool you'll examine th...........

Experience Required: Ideal for an active club coach with a solid personal roll who would like develop their skills to include coaching rolling.

Cost from £185 (2 Days)

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Complete 2 Star Training and Assessment

The BCU 2 Star is an improvement award that helps paddlers develop fundamental paddlesport skills on flat water in a variety of craft. The emphasis is on gaining a breadth of experience, moving of the...........

Experience Required: experience of paddling two different craft.

Cost from £490 (5 Days)

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Complete Three Star (Training and Assessment) Canoe

The Three Star award is a big deal these days and although the training can be complete in two days, our coaches feel this can be too intense for many paddlers.This five day programme allows you to co...........

Experience Required: Two Star skills, though the award itself is not a requirement.

Cost from £490 (5 Days)

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Canoe Leader Training

This two day programme provides the minimum training requirements for this award. The course will cover the personal paddling and leadership skills necessary to prepare you for your four star leaders ...........

Experience Required:  Three Star skills.

Cost from £255 (2 Days)

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Canoe Leader Assessment

A two day assessment course based on the new syllabus. * This course was previously known as BCU 4 Star Leaders Award Assessment - Canoe ...........

Experience Required: You need to be an experienced paddler, with 4 star leadership skills. Please bring proof with you if you have the 3 star award (or the old style 4 star award), proof of 4 star open canoe leader training completed in the last 3 years or BCU approved APL, a current LR form and your log book to be signed. * This course was previously known as BCU 4 Star Leaders Award Assessment Canoe

Cost from £255 (2 Days)

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Advanced Canoe Leader Enhanced Training

We have designed this five day programme to provide and exceed the training requirements for this award. The course will cover the paddling, leadership and safety skills necessary to prepare you for y...........

Experience Required: Canoe Leader Award or proof of BC approved APL

Cost from £545 (5 Days)

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Advanced Canoe Leader Assessment

A two-day assessment course based on the new syllabus * This course was formerly known as 'BCU 5 Star Leaders Award Canoe Assessment'...........

Experience Required: Advanced Canoe Leader Training and relevant safety and rescue training

Cost from £255 (2 Days)

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Paddlesports Instructor training and Assessment

This is the first level course for people wishing to become a paddlesports coach. The course covers all elements of the syllabus. Including the foundation safety and rescue test. On successful comple...........

Experience Required: You will need to hold the new 2 star personal performance award and be able to demonstrate these skills paddling a kayak and solo canoe. A valid first aid certificate is not required but is highly recommended.

PLEASE ENSURE you contact the British Canoing (0845 370 9500 www.bcu.org.uk) and complete any pre course administration and paperwork prior to attending the course, and bring all paperwork with you.

Cost from £540 (5 Days)

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Sheltered Water Coach Assessment

If successful, this one-day assessment leads to certification as a level 2 coach in paddlesports. Candidates must present a completed workbook before assessment and complete the practical components o...........

Experience Required: Hold a valid First Aid certificate, Hold 3 star award in the discipline being assessed.
Be 18 years of age or over, Completed level 2 training, Completed 20 hours of relevant coaching experience, relevant child protection training, assessment tasks in assessment pack and completed Level 2 workbook.

Cost from £120 (1 Days)

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White Water canoe coach training

A 2 day training course that will help you to transfer your Level 2 coaching skills into the moderate water environment. During the course we will develop your technical understanding, 'how to' skills...........

Experience Required: BCU Moderate Water Registration (CR Form), BCU UKCC Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport, BCU 4 Star Leader Award in the appropriate discipline, be 18 Years Old or Older and hold a recognised 8 hr first aid award

Cost from £215 (2 Days)

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White Water Canoe Coach assessment

A one day assessment course based on the BCU Level 2 endorsement syllabus. ...........

Experience Required: Level 2 moderate water endorsement training in appropriate discipline, a minimum of 10 logged coaching hours in the sheltered water environment post holding BCU UKCC Level 2, plus a minimum of 20 leading hours in the specific moderate water environment, post holding 4 star. (In open canoe this is divided into 10 hours leading journeys on lakes/lochs in moderate water conditions and 10 hours on moving water).

Cost from £190 (1 Days)

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Performance Coach Core Training

This is a 3 day training course as part of the third level certificate in coaching Paddlesports. The course is for those wishing to coach in their specialist discipline where they are likely to have r...........

Experience Required: BCU Level 2 Training, BCU Level 3 Coach (old scheme)plus coaching processes course or BCU Level 3 Coach (old scheme) plus Level 2 Transfer course.

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Performance Canoe Coach Training

This is a 2 day training course as part of the third level certificate in coaching paddlesports. The course follows the level 3 core training course and, for those candidates holding the necessary pre...........

Experience Required: BCU/UKCC Level 3 Core Training completed in the last 2 years. BCU 4 Star Leader or BCU Level 3 Coach in the relevant discipline. Completed the Level 2 Moderate Water Endorsement for Open Canoe and completed at least one of the BCU Intermediate Modules.

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Performance Coach Assessment

This is a one-day assessment course as part of the certificate in Performance Coaching. This course follows the Performance Coach Core training course and Discipline Specific Coach training, for those...........

Experience Required: British Canoeing Core Coach Training and Discipline Specific training completed in the last 2 years (in your chosen discipline), 8 hours first aid, 18 years or older and completed tasks in candidate assessment packs.

Cost from £285 (1 Days)

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Intermediate Module in Coaching the Mind

This module allows the coach to see beyond the obvious physical and technical challenges into the all important mental skills. From arousal management and mental rehearsal to tactical performance, you...........

Experience Required: Appropriate for Level 2 & 3

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Can't find what you are looking for?

You can hire one of our coaches instructors or guides from only £250 per day. They'll tailor the day to suit your aims and aspirations perfectly.
You can enjoy one to one coaching for that cost or if you get together as a group, depending on the activity, you can split that cost between up to 6 of you. If you are a group we can run one of the courses listed above on a date that suits you and your friends or you could just write your own agenda for a week or weekend and we'll price it up for you - with or without accommodation. What's more, just like out normal course fees, our private instructor hire charge covers all your equipment too.
Click on the link below to fill in a request form and one of our coaches will call you back (or e-mail if you'd prefer) to discuss things in detail with you.

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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

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