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Course Overview

Experience Required

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Detailed Course Notes

You should be 8 years old to attend this course.

Who is it for?

This course is for kayakers who have mastered the basics and would like to broaden their experience. White water, sea kayaking and surf kayaking each demand different skills and techniques, which we will introduce. You should have basic kayak control skills, and be able to paddle a kayak round a predetermined route on flat water.

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 canoeing locations around North Wales for coaching and training on white water, sea and surf skills. The following is a list of the canoeing techniques we aim to cover:

  • Revision of the foundation skills and preparation for more challenging environments

  • Eskimo roll

  • Trip preparation, coaching and planning

  • Kayak equipment and clothing

White Water

  • High crosses

  • Eddying in and out

  • Surfing waves and stoppers

  • White water safety and rescue procedures

  • White water grading

Sea Touring

  • Running tidal white water

  • Coping with wind and waves

  • Strategy on coastal trips / navigation

  • Rescues, safety and security at sea


  • Paddling out

  • Catching waves

  • Diagonal runs

  • Bottom turns

  • Rides and turns

Useful Books

Kayak by W. Nealy
White Water, Safety and Rescue by Franco Ferrero
Sea Kayaking by Nigel Foster
White Water Kayaking by Ray Rowe

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.

What Equipment Do You Need To Bring?

Customer Reviews For This Course

Another fantastic week at Plas y Brenin

John Kennett

This was our third family holiday at Plas y Brenin so we knew what to expect and weren't disappointed.

The usual clean and comfortable accommodation, great food and cake, fantastic array of boats and equipment, plus top notch coaching and guiding in great locations.

Thanks to Adam for putting a great schedule together for us and making sure that the programme met everyone's varying needs. Thanks too to everyone working behind the scenes to make it such a smooth operation - admin staff, housekeeping, stores - and especially the catering team.

We'll be back again :)

The Best Instructors

Sean Harris

We were a mixed group of paddlers. The instructors quickly assessed our abilities and expectations and provided a program that everyone in the group would benefit from. I am returning to kayaking after many years break as my children are beginning. We all gained significantly from the instruction given.
The accommodation was high quality and the food was great.

Masses of fun!

Andrew & the boys

A fantastic week, Sid and Glen provided support and challenge for all of us on the water. Finn had only done a few days beforehand and so a highlight was seeing him surfing a river wave holding his paddle guitar fashion. Home comforts back at base were tip top and the climbing wall was a big hit.

A wonderful family holiday

Salvage Family

We spent a week at Plas y Brenin in June to extend our kayaking. We are a family of 4 with children aged 11 and 14. Chris Evans was our course leader and he was First Class, giving us a superb time and helping us achieve so much more than we thought we could. Some of us even managed to roll! We kayaked several rivers, went in Sea Kayaks and even surfed. A wonderful week, Thanks Chris, you were brilliant. We'll be back.

Jon Halewood

Great introduction to a number of different styles of kayaking, helped along by good mix of people, able coaching, and sunshine (nearly) every day.

Not found what you were 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 any of our courses 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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