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Advanced White Water Kayak Leader Assessment

Course Overview

A two-day assessment course based on the new syllabus.

* This course was formerly known as 'BCU 5 Star Award Assessment - White Water Kayak'

Experience Required

Kayak Leader Training with the last 3 years and relevant advanced safety and rescue training

Scheduled Dates

Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

Is it for me?

Do you paddle a kayak regularly on grade 3-4 white-water? Have you got the skills and experience to lead fellow paddlers in this setting? Have you done this in a number of different locations? Have you got a record of this in a logbook? Are you happy that you can perform all that is ask for within the 5* syllabus? Have you completed all the necessary training requirements? And do you have all the necessary prerequisites set out in the syllabus? Finally are you looking to gain a certificate to endorse your performance at this level?


Prerequisites


You need to be an experienced paddler with 5 star skills. Please bring proof of 5 star white water leader training, advanced white water and safety (both completed in the last 3 years) or proof of BCU approved APL, a current LR form and your logbook to be signed.



What we cover

During the two day we will cover as many aspects of the 5* Syllabus as time and conditions allow. This will be done on moving water up to grade 3 with sections of grade 4. You will be assessed leading a group of fellow paddlers of about 4* standard. For a definitive list of all that you may be asked to do please go to the link below to both the 5* syllabus and assessor notes.


BCU 5* syllabus


BCU 5* assessor notes





In brief the syllabus includes,


Personal Paddling Skills




    • Efficient and effective on sight grade 3 river running skills (that will enable up to 20km to be led in one day)

    • The use of eddies

    • Positioning in the flow

    • Running drops

    • Using, or avoiding features to aid descent (inc. waves, stoppers, diagonals & tow back)

    • Paddle identified safe and realistic lines on grade 4 after inspection

    • White water roll

















                Rescue Skills


                • Boat and bank based safety and rescue skills

                • Incident management and first aid in the 5 star environment

                • Being an effective team leader and team member in rescues/incidents





                Safety, Leadership and Group Skills

                With both experience and inexperienced advanced environment paddlers,



                • Application of leadership

                • Leadership strategies, judgement and decision making

                • Safety awareness and risk management

                • Group control and management





                Theory


                • Equipment

                • Safety

                • Weather

                • Hypothermia/first aid

                • Access

                • Environment

                • Planning

                • Group awareness and management

                • Navigation

                • Etiquette

                • General

                • Leadership responsibilities

                • Water features/hazards

                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
                  Secure boat storage (if you choose to bring your own boat)
                  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?

                Please bring your own paddling kit appropriate for paddling and leading a group of 4 paddlers and as the syllabus requires. At this level it is expected that candidates supply their own boat the appropriateness of which will form part of the assessment process. For those who may have problems transporting a boat to the assessment it may be possible to use one of our fleet but this needs to be discussed and agreed in advance. If this applies to you please contact the centre for more details.


                You will also need:


                • Lunch bag/box

                • Drinks bottle

                • Cheque book for any BCU fees due

                • BCU logbook/paperwork





                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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