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Intermediate White Water Kayaking

Course Overview

Running wild rivers is all about judgement. This week gives you the experience and skills you need to make those decisions. You'll concentrate on developing boat positioning skills, refine your judgement and practical techniques to help you become a good white water paddler.

Experience Required

Competent Grade II paddler with some experience of Grade III. A reliable flat water roll.

Scheduled Dates

Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

Who is it for?
This course is for kayakers who want to improve their white water skills and progress on to harder rivers.  The minimum standard of paddling required is:

  • Confident on Grade II - break in and out, cross the current, find a route

  • Some experience of Grade III

  • Be reasonably fit

Some experience of Eskimo rolling is a tremendous advantage on this course.  If you have no, or little white water experience, you should come on one of our Introduction to White Water Kayaking courses first.


Course Content
The week starts with consolidation of your existing skills, making use of our heated training pool and local venues.  After an induction session, students may use the training pool without staff supervision for extra practice during any spare time.  Later we will travel to locations around North Wales for coaching and training on white water skills.  We intend to look at the following areas:

  • Breaking in and out, ferry-gliding, avoiding stoppers

  • Boat positioning skills, accuracy and timing

  • Wave surfing techniques

  • Eskimo rolling in white water

  • Reading and using white water, planning your route down a rapid

  • Scouting, river running and leadership

  • White water safety and rescue techniques appropriate at this level

  • Trip planning and preparation

This combination of guidance and experience concentrated into five days can raise the standard of your paddling dramatically.  The courses are held when there is the greatest chance of rainwater filling the mountain rivers and will optimise the river conditions during the week.

Useful Books

Kayak by William Nealy
Whitewater Kayaking by Ray Rowe
White Water Safety and Rescue by Franco Ferrero
Guide Book �.. The Welsh Rivers by Chris Sladden



What's Included In The Price?

Whether you choose to stay with us or you have alternative accommodation nearby, the following items are included in the total cost.

    Free tea, coffee or selected hot drinks for the duration of your visit
    Afternoon tea & homemade cakes
    Instruction/coaching
    Kayak or canoe hire
    Secure boat storage (if you choose to bring your own boat)
    Equipment hire
    Free (low-speed) wifi access in the bar & dining room
    In course transport
    Railway station pick up & drop off (please call to arrange)
    Parking with CCTV surveillance
    Free use of climbing wall, gym, MTB skills course & rolling pool


    If you choose to stay with us, these items are also included in the total cost:

    Accommodation the night before your course
    Accommodation during your course
    Breakfast & evening meal
    Bar Lunch/packed lunch

Accommodation For This Course

Plas y Brenin Main House

Your course is based at Plas y Brenin, The National Mountain Sports Centre in Capel Curig, North Wales, LL24 0ET.



If you are staying with us,

If you have chosen to add accommodation onto this course or holiday it is usually in the main house in a comfy en-suite room (normally shared with another guest). Each room has tea and coffee making facilities and all bed linen and towels are provided.

This includes accommodation the night before your first day. Your room will be available from 6pm. On your last day you will need to vacate your room by 10am. It is sometimes possible to arrange to stay an extra night please phone 01690 720214 for availability and cost.

Secure storage facilities, showers and toilets are available for you to use on your departure day once you have checked out of your room should you need them, please ask at reception.

Also included, if you chosen to add accommodation, are all your meals - breakfast, packed lunch, afternoon tea and freshly baked cakes and a three course evening meal. Please bear in mind an evening meal is not provided on the night before your course or on the last day of your course but our bar will be serving meals from 7.00pm until 8.45pm.




If you are are not staying with us but coming in each day,

If you choose to come in daily for your course or holiday you will need to arrive ready for a 9am welcome talk on the first day. For the rest of your course or holiday you will need to be here for 9.15am. We return from a full day of activity, usually in time for tea and cakes at 5pm (included).

There are more activities from 5.30 - 6.30 on some days of your course or holiday, please check on the first day.

For most of our awards and qualification courses there will be further evening sessions on some days which you need to attend, please check on the first day.

There is an 8pm adventure talk by one of our coaches on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday evenings which you are welcome to come to. Find out more about the upcoming talks here.

On the final day you will be finished by 5pm.

For courses based on-site our bar will be serving lunches from 12pm until 2pm or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch.

If your course is based away from the centre then you will need to bring a packed lunch with you. Each evening our bar serves evening meals from 7pm until 8.45pm if you wish to eat here.

You can arrange to have any of the following meals - breakfast, packed lunch and a three course centre dinner, by contacting our customer services team on 01690 720214 or
info@pyb.co.uk.

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What Equipment Do You Need To Bring?

  • Personal paddling clothing

  • Footwear to cope with bank and boat

  • Swimming costume/trunks

  • Warm clothes for when you get off the water

  • Warm hat, gloves, neck gaiter/buff, sun hat

  • Towel

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Bouyancy aid

  • Helmet

  • Drinks bottle

  • Flask

  • Lunch bag/box

  • Personal first aid kit

  • High factor sun screen

  • Midge repellant

  • Large kit bag (for wet paddling kit)

  • Notebook and pen

  • Dry bag

  • Boat

  • Paddle

  • Spraydeck (if kayaking)

  • Throwline

  • Noseclip/ear plugs if you use them

The following items are available for you to borrow from our equipment stores free of charge so you don't need to rush out and buy them.


  • Wetsuit

  • Paddling cag

  • Buoyancy aid

  • Helmet

  • Dry bag

  • Large kit bag (for wet paddling kit)

  • Boat

  • Paddle

  • Spraydeck (if kayaking)

Our equipment stores stock wetsuits socks, noseclips and ear plugs which you can purchase if you find you need them during your course



Customer Reviews For This Course

Great Course !

Chrissy Keeble

Went on this course with 4 pals and a young lady from regents club (who despite being new to Kayaking did really well. Our coaches Chris, Spike and Ben, were easy going very well informed, and excellent paddlers, always there to help and guide us through rapids and giving honest & helpful feedback. We ran the Dee, Tryweryn (upper n lower, the lower in huge water) The Llugwy and the Conwy. I feel that my paddling came on well, mainly due to learning how to use the water, rather than battling against it, holes were played in, Cobden and Bryn Bras falls etc were all run with no swims, so very happy. Really the coaching was excellent, cannot recommend it enough, the centre is excellent, good rooms, good food, and stuffed full of facilities and kit to use. All included in the price, evening lectures if wanted are there as is coaching in the pool for rolling and bracing. Just like to say how great it would be if they offered a course further afield (france Italy, Slovenia) I'd get straight on it !
Finally huge thanks to Chris, Spike and Ben, your passion for the sport shines through in your happy and easy coaching style, see you the river !


Superb

Mari & Reu

We did the five-day course in mid-November as part of a group of 8 paddlers. Despite absolutely no rain we had a great experience and were really inspired to continue white water kayaking.

Due to the lack of rain we spent all five days on the river Dee, alternating between journeying down the river to Town Falls in Llangollen and spending time playing around the features at Mile End Mill. As we returned to the same spots our coaches Spike, James and Chris could show us different moves and advice us when redoing features, focusing on specific techniques. Two of the evenings were spent doing rolling clinics for those who wanted to get some advice from Spike and Chris. All three coaches were really approachable and encouraging. They were great at stretching you when you wanted, helping you with picking lines down features, trying out surfing waves and advising you on how to continue advancing your paddling after the course.

Aside from the great fun paddling, the centre itself provides all necessary creature comforts. As a couple, we had our own en-suite room with an easy drying rack. In addition we all got our own spot in the large drying rooms in the basements, where you can also do some laundry if necessary.

The food was hearty and delicious. Every day provided a new range of choice for a three course meal. Breakfast and lunch was also provided. We never went hungry.

In all, a superb, fun and enriching experience that has definitely left us better paddlers, given us new skills and much to work on for the future.


Very useful and lots of fun!

Sue Foster

Late March course. We had plenty of sunshine . . . and low water levels all week. We spent three days on the Dee, one on the Tryweryn (we got lucky with a release on the Thursday) and one day having a steep creeking taster. (Unexpected and loads of fun!) Also got to do some rope work - anchors and systems to raise/lower boats for the steep creeking day. Useful pool session with video analysis. Chris Evans' coaching is excellent. He made very effective use of all of the water that was available at the time. Chris is a great observer and gives spot-on feedback that you can take away and work on.


A great week, despite the river levels.

Ian Nunn

I arrived for the course a week after the wettest winter in history had ended and the only river running in all of North Wales was the Dee. The Tryweryn wasn't even releasing. "Just my luck," I thought. We had no alternative but to use the Dee for every day of the course. Nevertheless, it turned out to be really, really good ! Spike expertly used the features on the Dee to give us some really detailed coaching. We kind of went back to basics and built things up again from there. It's amazing how, when you think you know how to do something, there is always so much more you can learn to make things better. It's also amazing how many bad habits you pick up over time and how much more efficiently you can paddle, when you have them corrected. At the end of the course, I wasn't too disappointed that we had not been able to run different rivers each day as the quality of the coaching Spike gave us on the Dee more than made up for that. I came away a more precise and efficient WW paddler, which is what I wanted. There is still work for me to do but I now know what to work on. Overall, I'd thoroughly recommend this course if you're a grade 2/3 paddler and you want to become more precise and efficient in your paddling, so you can push the grades a bit more. The accommodation and food is really good too!


Llugwy Ogwen Conwy Dee

John Doyle

Fantastic experience. 5 days of coached white water kayaking is just so good to move on your skills and confidence. It’s a good mix also between days of full-on coaching and whole days of simple river running where the onus is on yourself to put your skills into practice, and the coaches are more there for guidance and safety.
The best things about the course:
- excellent coaching staff, full of enthusiasm, and they will challenge you and push you but there is no obligation to do anything you are unhappy about (except insisting I practice my offside roll in the pool after a hard day out on the river!)
- great selection of rivers – we did 4 rivers in the 1 week even though water levels could have been better. Scenery fantastic.
- the other people on the course: supportive, humorous, inspiring, and good swimmers(!)
- the pyb centre – very impressed, accommodation better than I expected, food excellent and plentiful, kayak rolling pool (heated), good beer in the bar and many other people to meet in the evening if you can keep your eyes open

Any bad things? The only things I can think of are unpredictable river levels and the fact that Snowdonia is so far from Southampton where four of us travelled from.

Will be back.


Great Week - despite the lack of water!

Anonymous

Despite the lack of water in Wales - Plas y Brenin delivered an excellent week as expected - with Chris and Sid making the best of what was available (the Dee).
Chris Evans has bags of enthusiasm (always infectious) for paddling and coaching and is great for skills and confidence building and getting the best out of you and your paddling. A really positive and skilled coach - so a brilliant week with a great group of people.
This was the second time I had done this course - so its great for refreshing skills and getting a weeks intensive paddling into a busy lifestyle. Recommended.


A great week on the water

Mike

Really enjoyed this course, I hoped to gain a bit of technique and a bit of confidence and I did both, the instructors were extremely competent and always cheery which instantly rubbed off on the rest of the group. The centre is a superb base, warm and comfortable with good food and plenty of it.


First class

Phil Toth

First class coaching, first class accomodation first class food.A week on this course will help any grade 2/3 paddler progress. Spike Adam and Chris brought the best out of our group of eight we all got the chance to run plenty of grade 3 with a little 4 thrown in if you fancied.Also a great opportunity to meet up with past paddling buddies and make new ones. The facilities are the best there is, after a cold day on the water it doesn't come much better than large drying rooms hot meals good banter in the bar then a warm en-suite room, will be back.


Still learning loads every time I visit

Tim Jones

Four of us booked a private version of Intermediate course - couldn't make the public course dates. Shame of the week was a lack of rain - but that gave us the chance to concentrate on technical skills and attempting to get our moving water rolls working.
We had Chris Evans as our coach. We've known Chris since 2004 and he's developed into an excellent coach. I haven't paddled much in 18 months so my main hope was to get back up to speed. I came away from the 5 days with enthusiasm for paddling renewed and a much more powerful and effective boot stroke on both sides.
We ran Serpents Tail on the Dee multiple times at a medium level - it's a good option when other rivers aren't running. We also used the bottom wave at the slalom course (Dee Mile End Mill) to practise moving water rolls ... and swimming :)
Food at PYB as good as always ... with the exception of packed lunches which have definitely gone downhill (outsourced). Accommodation very good as always and the drying rooms are excellent as long as you can grab enough hangers from the walking/navigating courses who seem to like spreading muddy gear all over the place (I bet they moan about kayakers too).


A Great Week

Wayne Kilborn

Well done Chris and James for giving us a great week, in spite of the low water levels. Town Falls and Stanley were new experiences for me, and no doubt I'll see them again on a future white water course at PYB. It was good for me to have to practice my roll so much (not always successfully, as evidenced by the scratches on my new kayak helmet). Well done guys, and I'll definitely be back for more.


Saw a Seal on a WW Kayak course!

Dave Gee

Snowdon was covered in snow all week - very picturesque. Several days the lake above PYB was iced over.
Most days the puddles at the Mill stayed iced over all day. Some days the pools of still water at the river bank were frozen to a considerable depth.

This was late January / early February. I had picked to paddle this week as I was hoping that there would be more water this time of year and we could paddle a wider number of rivers. However, even in January we spent most of the week at Llangollen Mill.

We had three on the course. Two of us in wetsuits and one in a dry suit. Wetsuits worked well, even in these conditions provided you wrapped up well with enough layers and wore suitable kags and semi-dry trousers over the wet suits. Bringing plenty of snacks also helped fight the cold.

In the week I think I had 7 rolls and 4 swims. Two of those swims were Serpents Tail, which we ran a number of times over 2 days. There was considerably more water than the previous times I had paddled it. I felt a little more in control.

Quite useful discussions on how to provide safety on a rapid and an after tea session of throwline practice. Plus a couple of evening sessions in the rolling pool (both rolling WW and Sea Kayaks).

Towards the end of the week, on the second coldest day, by mutual agreement we swapped the river for the sea off Anglesey, as it was forecast to be very calm and the winter sun made it a fantastic day paddling in and out of the caves. We saw a seal - a first on a WW trip! For me it was the highlight of the week, as it turned out we were all moderately experienced on the sea, and the conditions were superb. (The PYB VHF radio had flat batteries, but given the conditions it was the right call to paddle despite that. I hadn't thought of bringing a VHF radio to a WW course!) Great to be able to adapt and swap to another area of paddle sport to make best use of the more extreme conditions.

My other unusual highlight was land kayaking - where we seal launched down a frost covered field. Very exhilarating but only possible in snow or frost.

I only give the course 4 stars as I was hoping to paddle more rivers, and with more careful planning I think we could have done so.


Confidence returning but be Consistent

Charles Pain

A very weak first day, not challenging enough for a shakedown, splitting the group into two levels unacceptable.
Tuesday to the Dee, yet again very weak and unchallenging not much different to my club introduction 12 months ago. The revolt at least took as to Town Falls.
Wedesday Adam joined as coach immediately uped the standard although back on the Dee, great day.
Thursday no better water back to the Dee, ok but personnally having shortness of breath so sat out last half hour.
Friday, still no water so did time in the pool with Adam, I now see rolling in a new light and in half an hour my comprehension of what and why rocketed.
Passed on the big drop, not a problem (the route to the drop seemed the most dangerous part).

Pity about the water, leant a lot, apart from the first two days very good.

PS The rolls have far too much salt in them.


Fantastic 5 days

Jo

It didn't rain... at all... none... so we went to the Dee - a lot!! Well every day however lack of rain clearly not PyB's fault.

On the plus side we ran the Serpent's Tail several times and Llangollen Town Falls - the low levels made both technical - bragging rights on that we decided. Then we practised at JJs - and all of us went into and escaped from the dreaded stopper of death and surfed on the bottom wave....result!!!!

The tuition is what makes this worth the trip, they really are fantastic - Dan and Adam spent the first two days building everyone's confidence and then Chris took over from Adam while Dan carried on...I don't know how he stays so relentlessly encouraging in the face of my occasional complete ineptitude and general chickeness, but he does. When by we started showing a bit more courage they went from cheerleading (and gently pointing out what we were doing wrong) to encouraging some of us to try stuff we would have found pant wettingly terrifying on day 1..and gently dissuading others of us who were determined to hurl themselves into danger to get a few more skills under their belt first... and also started taking the mick... great fun.

The group was great, the food was great.. basically if they ran this every month and I was loaded (with masses of holiday time I would go every month) eventually it would rain ...


No water, but a great week

Sasha Jesperson

Although the rain gods didn..t smile on us, and we spent 5 days on the Dee, our group had a fantastic week. Every day Chris came up with new skills we could work on that made the same stretch of white water seem challenging in a whole new way. Since finishing the course, we..ve even noticed how sneaky Chris..s coaching was, as were still learning from comments he made.

Since the course I..ve been much more confident in my paddling skills and keen to try them out on some harder rivers. We..ll definitely be back for the next step up!


Another great week at PyB

Steve Saunders

Sad I know, but this was year 6 for me on the intermediate WW Course. My location in the Country means it..s both time consuming and costly to get away at the week ends, so I enjoy a consolidated weeks paddling at PyB.
Although the rain Gods didn't look favourably on us this week, the River Dee was at a higher level than I..ve paddled it before. With thanks to Pete C, Adam H, & Dave Collins we still managed to have a great week. What with the rolling clinic on moving water ( we suggested this a couple years ago) and the efficient forward paddling lesson it certainly helped our group when went back onto the Dee. I was impressed with the high number of the group that successfully ..Rolled in anger.. during the week, when required to do so. Usually there are at least 1 or 2 that are far better than the rest of the group, but this year everyone was at a similar level.
The weeks star of the show was a young female who at the start was shy & reserved but certainly shone through as the week progressed, although this might has a little to do with both a new shinny helmet and competition from her husband! Well done, you know who you are.
I strongly would recommend this course to any person who wants to gain progression or improve their paddling style on white water as the location and teaching is superb.
Roll on November 2011, as the saying goes ..I..ll Be Back..


Beginners nerves

Raymond Ash

My lack of qhite water experience meant some careful nurturing was needed in my case .
By a series of carefully graded challenges I was able to overcome my fears and do things I never dreamed of
At no stage did the instructor push us beyond our limits and gave us the option to decline any particular task .
Our instructor was always ready to rescue any of us who fell in , which was necessary a few times for me personally.
I was pleased with the course and hope to come back for some more this year


No water but a great deal of self improvement

Carl Southward

Low water levels meant that we spent most of the week on the Dee, but for me personally I finished the course a more confident and better paddler. We didn..t get to paddle on the rivers that other courses seem to have been able to do, but at the end of the day this was a week designed to improve skills rather than a tour of Welsh rivers. I lost count of the number of times that we ran Serpent..s Tail (improving lines, making more eddies and better paddling each time), with video feedback made available. We also ran Town Falls at the end of one day and this was an experience that I won..t forget in a hurry (in a nice way!). My experience of the coaching was that as the week went on it became tailored to individuals and I must thank Karl for taking me ..under his wing.. by allowing me to discover that the techniques I have been using for years are at times flawed and then teaching me how to improve them. Also a big thank you to the other coaches Chris and James (for doing fairly much the same and showing us the variety of ways that you can paddle down Town Falls). I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to up their grade of paddling and wants to go from running sections of rivers such as the Graveyard section of the Tryweryn (and just surviving) to doing it in control.


A Fantastic Week

Geoff Mason

This was a really excellent course. Our coaches (Spike, Dino & Sid) managed to tailor it to suit quite a wide range of abilities, from just intermediate, to actually quite advanced.

We were blessed with good water levels for the whole week, so there were plenty of options available. I suppose this was the luck of the draw somewhat - if river levels had been lower the course would have been more limited (especially since the Tryweryn was ..shut,.. so the releases could not be guaranteed.) On the first day we ran the Elwy, an easy introduction. The next two days were spent on the Dee - one day of skills coaching, and one day running the Horseshoe Falls to Llangollen section. The next day we ran the Upper Conwy & the Glaslyn Gorge. On the last day we split in to two groups and ran either the Ogwen or the Llugwy, according to personal preference.

I felt my paddling improved by about one whole grade during these 5 days. The coaches were brilliant; they developed our skills and inspired confidence in all the participants. Naturally, the food and accommodation was up to its usual high standard. Highly recommended!


Rain, rain and more Welsh rain - boating on the areas finest

Brian Taylor

A superb 5 days at PYB on great levels and new rivers.

Day 1
Shake down on the Llugwy from the centre to Jims Bridge and in the afternoon from Pont Cefynig to Forrestry Falls. Excellent day and lovely cakes to round off the day.

Day 2
in the Morning the Upper Glaslyn with plenty of water in and in the afternoon a helter skelter rock dodging down the Nantygywryd. A brilliant afternoon where you had to be alert and switched on, excellent coaching from the staff.

Day 3
A different day on the LLfyni which started at Nantle which was like going through a jungle/swamp and then a canalised section which led into a continuous grade 3. It was full on but felt safe thanks to the strong leadership of instructors and again plenty of points taken in on how to deal with difficult sections, one at a time. Unfortunately one of the course hit a rock and lost two teeth, staff dealt with it professionally and we walked out to get care for the unfortunate colleague.

Day 4
The Upper Conway which again was at a great level and a complete blast, best day of the week and ran Bryn Bras fall without a hitch. My confidence soared and my skill level improved responded to the thoughtful prompting. Cakes tasted that much better after a great day.

Day 5
The Class are a little tired after a full on week, an easier day down the Lower Treweryn on a 16 release and so some interesting sections but another very enjoyable day. A wash-up, fond farewells, cakes and on our way home.

Was it good, yes and I will come back next year. Why, because the centre is excellent, great food, good organisation, great rivers and superb coaches. Total value for money and thoroughly recommended for the paddler who is finding his/her feet on WW and wants to hone his/her skills and improve.
Did I mention it was Great????


A fantastic and fun confidence booster!

Jackie Booth

This was a fabulous five day course which cannot fail to improve confidence and technique. The facilities at the centre are excellent, the food far too good!!!! and the staff very friendly and helpful. On the water the course met the group requirements extremely well and both Ben and Karl (despite the lack of water around) provided us with a great weeks paddling. These are two of the very best coaches I have ever had the pleasure to come across and they both delivered the course with a wonderful and infectious enthusiasm, masses of patience and understanding - sorely needed, and very good humour.



Book on this course and expect to be extremely well looked after and given the right tools to take away and practice. The entire week exceeded my expectations - can't wait to go back!


Not Sea and Surf

Debra Bookbinder

I understand that low water levels are always an issue and the shocking revelation that there was a fish in a river at Tryweren was sufficient for it to be closed, but I was somewhat disappointed that two of the five days involved sea water.

I was OK on the first day at four mile bridge as it is a mixture and thought that once that was over with, that would be the end of it. However, the whole of wednesday was spent surfing and not on fresh water. I therefore lost a day of paddling. As one of my objectives was to build stamina by paddling for continuous days (I'd paddled on the previous Sunday and paddled again on the Sat follwoing the course), one of my main objectives was not achieved.

There seemed to be an assumption that paddling different sections of the same river or repeating a section of the same river (the Dee) was not acceptable. As there were different water levels on the three days we went, I don't see this argument. It would also have given more opportunity for skills consolidation.

If I had wanted sea and surf I'd have booked it.

The coaching input was good and I appreciated splitting into two groups so we weren't on top of each other and fighting for eddy's. Karl's style is to explain A LOT and be a bit technical and I'm more activist and kinesthetic, but I still got loads out of it. I did get individual feedback from Ben, even though I wasn't in his coaching group, but would have appreciated a clearer sense of progress as Karl would tend to 'move on' as soon as we'd had a few goes without stating if he thought we were achieving it or not, I think we were to assume we had as we'd moved on but I'd have liked more explicit feedback. Ben, as always, was close to brilliant and really helped make up for the salt in the wound! I did manage to do Serpents Tail for the first time and did it upright so everything else is only a minor gripe. Am seriously considering the Alps next year.

Cheers


A really great course that helped me gain more confidence and skills in paddling

Georgina Clark

It was a good foundation course that was tailored to individual needs. Ben and Karl where both excellent coaches . They were very appproachable and keen to pass on their knowledge in a comprehensive manner.
Facilities at the centre were good and the food excellent.
The only problem was the lack or rain and therfore water in the rivers ( but neither Ben or Karl could have resolved that challenge?!)
We did utilise 4 mile bridge and spent a day surfing so it provided variety rather than spending all week on the Dee

A great course
Thanks very much
Georgina


I found everything about Plas y Brenin & this 5-day course excellent.

Gary Nixon

I found everything about Plas y Brenin & this 5-day course excellent. In particular, our instructor Loel was the best teacher of anything I recall coming across. Apart from his top level kayaking skill & qualifications, his ability to explain things clearly, encourage, tailor the course to the group doing it & make it fun were exceptional. He & others at the centre were dedicated to solving any problems & ensuring we got the most possible from the course.


Greatly improved my paddling skills.

Alun Griffiths

The 5 days was a complete success. The coaching was excellent and I not only improved my paddling but my coaching knowledge developed also. The DVD's that we were given [with footage our paddling] was greatly appreciated. Many thanks.


Great Course

Mike Storrar

Great course for all G2/3 up, this will build confidence and skill level to go out there and enjoy your paddling with fiends. Highly recommended.


The best weeks kayaking ever

Janet Brown

The instruction was absolutely fantastic, and I learnt so much: I can't wait to get out again and put it all into practice. This course is ideal for those who want to improve their paddling technique and style. Its not just about running rivers, but about running them well.
Thanks to Pete and team, also Ross and Chris who helped fish us out as necessary.
As ever, the equipment, facilities and food at Plas y Brenin were brilliant. The evening lectures were thoroughly enjoyable: well worth going to in my opinion.
I'm planning my next course: just got to decide which one it will be!




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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 2017

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....



What's On In Our bar?

Our friendly and lively bar is open to the public. From talks and lectures to film nights and live music, there's always something going on. Find out what's coming up next here



Adventure Sport
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.




Weather Forecast, Tides and Surf Conditions

Find out what the weather's doing in North Wales over the next five days.



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Working alongside UCLan
to educate
outdoor professionals

University Of Central LancashireFind out how we are working with one of the country's top universities to develop lasting careers in the outdoors.