01690 720214

Advanced White Water Kayaking

Course Overview

A week of technique coaching from our top coaches. Over these five days you'll work closely with our most experienced and qualfied coaches to help you take your apddling skills further than you ever thought possible. You'll enjoy lots of great paddling and you'll feel your skill level soar as the week goes on.

Experience Required

Competent Grade III paddler with some experience of Grade IV. A reliable moving water roll.

Scheduled Dates

Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

Is it for me?



A great week of technique coaching for competent grade III paddlers with some experience of grade IV and a reliable moving water roll looking further develop their paddling



Course Content



Over five days you'll work closely with our coaches to refine and develop your all round paddling, with the emphasis on getting lots of time on the water. In particular they will look at areas such as:


  • River reading and using river features

  • Rolling in moving water

  • Refining general river running skills

  • Leadership

  • White water safety and rescue

  • Trip planning

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.

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

Awesome week of great boating

Mary C

My 7th course at the brenin, I just keep coming back, and certainly wasn't disappointed by this week.

An excellent week of whitewater kayaking and coaching. Loved the mini adventure of the llugwy trip and feeling awesome of the steep creeking (falling off waterfalls) day.

Lots of coaching was also given on the dee, and my boof is getting there.

Chris Evans was excellent, always encouraging and smiling, with a you can do it and positive attitude. Loved his coaching style.

As always the food, accomodation, cake and good beer make the course experience excellent.

I'll be back!


Still learning and it's great

Mike Riding

Three days out on the water with Spike (instructor) gave me the opportunity to learn new skills and practise them with an expert. Great coaching, great course. 10/10


Inspiration and adventure!

TM

This was quite simply the best week's boating ever! The course was really inspirational for me - opening my eyes to a whole range of new kayaking experiences ... We did a day of skills on the Tryweryn (at 16 cu!), a day steep creeking, a day of big volume (on the Dee at high volume), and a couple of days of great river trips (Llugwy and Dee). Each day I was out of my comfort zone for at least a while (in a good way) - and really felt my confidence soar. The instructors were great at making us feel we could go for things I wouldn't have normally - and Tom's stock of jokes never ran dry! Can't recommend it highly enough - go for it - you'll have a total blast! Just make sure you have a reasonable white water roll - as you will use it!




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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