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Intromediate Sea Kayaking

Course Overview

A five day course for those paddlers who consider themselves more than a beginner but not quite confident or experienced enough to join our 'journeying holidays' You'll enjoy revising and developing your existing sea kayak techniques as well as learning about rescue and safety along with developing your roll in our heated indoor pool. All of this is wrapped up with many memorable journeys around some of the UK's most stunning coastal waters, where you'll get to grips with the fundamentals skills of trip planning and navigation (and enjoy the scenery).

Experience Required

basic sea paddling experience.

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 a confidence booster. If you've been out of your boat for a while, or fancy having your confidence increased this course has a combination of coaching and sea miles that will do just that. You should have the basics and be able to paddle a kayak round a controlled. You should also be reasonably fit.

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. The following is a list of the canoeing techniques we aim to cover

  • Revision of the foundation skills Eskimo roll

  • Trip preparation, coaching and planning

  • Kayak equipment and clothing

  • Sea Touring

  • Paddling in a range of conditions

  • Coping with wind and waves

  • Coastal trip planning and navigation

  • Rescues, safety and security at sea

Useful Books

Welsh sea kayaking by Krawiecki and Biggs
Sea Kayak navigation by Franco Ferrero
Sea Kayaking by Nigel Foster

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
    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

follow this link for more details

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

Now I know what I don't know!

David White

*************** This is my second submission - sorry - my cat ran across the key board and submitted the first one before I was finished. This is my completed review. ************** I chose this course rather than the intro to sea kayak because I already had basic paddle skills, and I wanted to start building my experience of sea conditions. And the course really delivers. The coaching is first class. We worked on the basics like forward paddling, edging and turning etc. in a variety of wind and wave conditions. A brilliant afternoon spent on rescue drills - really gives you confidence to contribute to a group out paddling. And the icing on my cake - Pete and Rachel taught me how to roll (in the sea by the end of the week). We got a load of detailed and invaluable input on wind and tides so as a group we always understood the planning behind each of our trips. And out on the water the staff would talk you through their moment-by-moment decision making - which helps you begin to understand how to read the sea. It's really insightful stuff - the first steps towards independence "knowing how much you don't know". I went on the course feeling like a beginner - and I've definitely levelled-up!

A great week

Mike Saunders

As someone with an intro course under my belt and a few short trips this course was great for getting more confidence through exposure to planning and executing longer 10 to 15k journeys including some brief spells of exposure to rougher water and paddling in higher winds. It did include a refresher on some basic skills and a couple of sessions working on rolling but the main focus of this one is getting out there and doing it. Top marks to our instructor for the week Ben who always seemed to maintain a chilled out approach. Recommended.

Confidence Booster

Gareth Jones

I came on this course having done similar before however I had done no real sea paddling (a couple of hour long trips off of Fleetwood) in between. This course has given me confidence and a desire to go out and do more paddling.

My wife came along and really enjoyed it, which is quite important to me. We did some sheltered coastline trips due to adverse weather conditions in the beginning of the week. Then moved to the South of Anglesey later in the week for some surfing and nosing around caves and rocks.

On the last day I met a few friends from my local club and we left at the end of the week to ... do a weekend of paddling around Anglesey.

Thank you very much we will be back.

Gareth Jones

Opportunity to explore the coast

Pete Lilley

Not so much a 'course', more an opportunity to kayak parts of the North Wales coast - which is what I wanted from the week.

Due to wind direction, we were largely restricted to North and East coasts of Anglesey. With different winds, it would have been nice to explore Lleyn and Tremadog Bay sites as well.

The weather was not very co-operative, but it was not clear if longer trip times - more time on the water - would have been possible. It would be a pity to be always having to curtail the trips due to 5pm teatime at PyB! Especially a problem when travel to/from site was more than 1 hour each way.

Very little instruction, not even a scheduled pool session within the course timetable. The leaders were fully capable of instructing, but our small group (certainly me) were more interested in seeing the scenery.

It would have been useful to know in advance the perceived boundary between Intromediate and Intermediate courses - it turned out to be largely based on height of chop! Despite extensive experience on sea kayak camping weeks over the past 10 years, I was right to select Intromediate, in fact.

good course


Good course for people who haven't been paddling on sea a lot. Beautiful day-trips on the impressive coast of Anglesey. Physically not very demanding.

A great course.

Russell Thompson

A great course. Aimed just at the right level.
Would like to have revisited the rescue skills and rolling however I won't let this point detract from a most enjoyable experience

Well worth the 25-hour flight to get there

Bill Hick

The first morning was spent learning and practicing various skills and the afternoon in the pool learning re-entry techniques and rolling skills.
The next two days we paddled from locations on Anglesey, followed on the fourth day by rounding the Great Orm to Conwy Sands.
The last day we paddled in the Menai Straight. We rode the incredible currents, rested and played in eddies and experienced the excitement of kayaking the Swellies.
Having made the journey from Australia, I was a bit apprehensive about kayaking on the other side of the world. I needn..t have worried.
The other members of the group great, the folk at Plas y Brenin went out of their way to help me settle in and Dave was a terrific instructor.
I will definitely return and try some of the other courses on offer.
Ps: Can I have some better weather next time?

Great course tailored to our abilities

Dave Dodwell

We were a mixed bunch of ability, experience and confidence on this course, and so I was really impressed at how Sid and Adam, our instructors, were able to tailor the activities and input sessions according to our different wants, needs and - of course - the weather. The decision-making process for each day's trip was shared with us, giving a really good insight into trip planning.


David Powell

A wonderful week with paddling every day on different sections of the Anglesey coast in a variety of differing (and sometimes very exciting!) sea conditions; first-rate coaching & instruction and hugely confidence inspiring. The course delivered on all aspects and exceeded my expectations - I will certainly be making a return visit and would recommend it without reservation. Accomodation, food and facilities were all very good. Go on, book a course, you wont regret it if its anything like the week I have just had!

02 - 06 August 2010

Phil Brown

5 great days on the sea starting quietly and ending in quite demanding windy conditions that allowed the 5 man group to progress in increasingly difficult sea states. The week included one lecture on trip planning and a second (and very valuable one) one that required the group to plan the following day's activity. We used all sides of Anglesey to good effect including an interesting crossing to Puffin Island on Day 3 with the added bonus of kayaking among a colony of very benign seals. Bumpy seas on Day 4 gave sustained adrenalin rushes around Rhoscolyn Beacon. The final day was a 'warm down' in the Menai Straits in inclement weather but enjoyable none the less. In all a thoroughly good week that was adapted to the weather conditions; the group integrated really well and we all benefitted from some excellent instruction and mentoring from our ever enthusiastic instructor - many thanks to Dino!

Really good week

Alan P.

An excellent mix of skill sessions and enjoyable journeys. Despite being May (I was hoping for sun & light winds) we had high winds most of the week and on the first day we were confined to Lynn Padarn during gales at sea. Over the next few days we had trips in the Moelfre area, along the north coast of Anglesey and a rough,windy trip round Puffin island. For me the highlight of the week was paddling round St Tudwals Islands rounded off by an icecream on the beach. Thanks to Sid for a great week.

It does what it says on the tin!

Stewart Richardson

The course does exactly what it says on the tin. Both the facilities and staff were first class. Sid was an excellent coach ensuring that all the participants reached their potential during the week.

Despite poor weather conditions we were put through exercises that allowed us to enjoy the exepereince, gain knowledge and develop confidence on the water. I can't wait for my next visit!

If you want a course that will develop confidence on the water whilst improving your skills this is the course for you.

Good course, crap weather

Canoe Mark

My 4th course at PYB and up to the usual high standard. Coaches really enthuse you to want to do more. Certainly thinking about doing another course next year. The poor weather actually made the week more interesting.

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