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White Water Sea & Surf Summer Camp For Young People

Course Overview

You've decided you like kayaking. Now it's time to experience surfing down the face of a wave, the thrill of white water and sea kayak a tide race. These five days of white water fun will give you an introduction to all the techniques you need to handle a boat in the exciting wild water of British rivers and sea. You'll also be introduced to Eskimo rolling and we guarantee you'll have plenty of opportunity to develop your cold water roll!

Experience Required

Confident flat water paddler with the ability to manoeuvre your craft with ease

With MEALS & Accommodation: £525

NO MEALS OR Accommodation: £375



Scheduled Dates

blackBlack = Open for booking

blackGreen = Guaranteed to run (additional places are limited please email to enquire)

blackRed = Course fully booked

 

24 - 28 Jul 2017

31 Jul - 04 Aug 2017




Detailed Course Notes

You should be 12-17 years old to attend this course.

Is it for me?


This holiday is designed to be a fun and exciting introduction to white water, sea kayaking and surf kayaking for young people. It is aimed at those aged 12 - 17 years old, who have mastered the basics of kayaking, 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.


What we cover


The week starts with consolidation of your existing skills, making use of our heated training pool and local venues. Later we will travel to locations around North Wales for coaching and training on white water, sea and surf skills. We'll aim to cover:


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

  • Rolling

  • Trip preparation and planning

  • Kayak equipment and clothing


White Water

  • Crosses

  • Eddying in and out

  • Surfing waves and stoppers

  • White water safety and rescue procedures

  • White water grading



Sea Kayaking

  • Running tidal white water

  • Coping with wind and waves

  • Strategy on coastal trips / navigation

  • Rescues, safety and security at sea



Surf

  • Paddling out

  • Catching waves

  • Diagonal runs

  • Bottom turns

  • Rides and turns



All our staff are qualified and experienced coaches with infectious enthusiasm for the activities. They are experienced in teaching at all levels and most importantly, they have lots of experience helping people choose the level of adventure right for them. Small groups allow us to give you individual attention.


Don't forget to return your Consent Form signed by your parent or guardian, available to download here.



If you are staying with us:


Arrival


Please aim to arrive between 5.30pm-8.00pm and get your parent or guardian to sign you in.


Our bar is open throughout the afternoon and will be serving bar meals from 5.00pm if you would like to enjoy a meal with your parent or guardian before the start of your week.

 

At 8.00pm Helen Barnard our Duty Instructor will welcome you, provide a familiarisation tour and fire safety information.  You will then receive your room key, meet your roommate and settle in.
If you are travelling by train then we will collect you from the station at 6.30pm or 9.30pm. Please arrange collection in advance by completing the relevant section on the parent/guardian form.  Try to get a train as close to these pick up times as possible so you don't have to spend time waiting around at the railway station. If you are being picked up from the station at 9.30pm we will arrange a separate welcome briefing on arrival at the centre.


Departure


On the final day of your course please arrange to be collected between 5.00pm and 6.00pm. Before you leave the centre, please make sure your parent or guardian has signed to say they are collecting you.


If you are travelling by train we will drop you off at the station after your course; an instructor will accompany you to your train. Please do not book a train that is leaving Llandudno Junction before 6.30pm as we cannot guarantee to be there in time for earlier trains.


Daily Routine


Breakfast is from 8.00am; packed lunches can be collected during this time. Please make sure that you are up and dressed ready for breakfast.


On the first day everyone will meet at 9.00am for a briefing with the Duty Instructor and to be introduced to your course director and instructors.


You will then be on activity for the rest of the day.


Dinner will be at 5:30pm and the evening activity sessions will commence at 6:30 to 8:30pm.  Once you have finished your evening activity session there will be time to get changed ready for some hot chocolate, toast, fruit and cereal at 9.00pm. 


The evening activity sessions will range from a choice of bouldering, paddling (canoe or kayak), climbing wall, stand up paddle boarding, tubing and table tennis. 


It is important that you have plenty of rest/sleep during your stay ready to make the most of the activities.  Therefore we want you into your bedrooms and lights out by 10:30pm.


Any problems day or night there is always someone at reception happy to help.



If you are coming in each day:


You will need to arrive at 8.45am so you have time to be signed in by your parent or guardian and then be ready to meet your instructor at 9.00am on the first morning and 9.15am for the rest of the week. You'll be back from activities by 5pm each day and can be collected by your parent or guardian then (please ensure they sign you out).


There will be more activities from 6.30pm-8.30pm which you are welcome to stay for, if you do please arrange for a parent or guardian to collect you at 8:30pm (again please ensure you are signed out). If you choose to stay for the evening activities you can either bring a packed tea or you can book and pay to have dinner in advance with reception.


Make sure you don't forget to bring lunch, snacks and plenty to drink each day and if you are staying later a packed tea (or booked and paid for dinner).


Before you leave the centre each evening please make sure your parent or guardian has signed to say they are collecting you.


If there are any problems, there is always someone at reception happy to help.

Useful Books

  • Kayaking & Canoeing Techniques by Marcus Baillie - Covers all the technical stuff
  • Kayak by William Nealy - Explains clearly in cartoon form how white water works




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
    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 have chosen to add accommodation onto this course or holiday it is will be in the main house in a comfy en-suite room which you will share with other young people of a similar age and on the same or a similar course. All bed linen and towels are provided, however if you are on a kayaking or mountain adventure course you will need to bring an extra towel with you.

During the week there is always a member of staff around during the day and overnight incase you have any problems.

This includes accommodation the night before your first day. Your room will be allocated after the welcome meeting on your arrival evening. On your last day you will need to vacate your room by 10.00am. Your bags will be stored securely until you depart and there will be showers available at the end of the day if you need them.

Also included if you have chosen to add accommodation are all your meals - breakfast, packed lunch, three course evening meal and evening snack at 9pm. 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 5.00pm until 8.45pm.

If being dropped off at the centre by a parent or guardian on the evening of your arrival please aim to arrive between 5.30pm-8.00pm.

If you are travelling by train then we will collect you from the station at 6.30pm or 9.30pm. Please arrange collection in advance by completing the relevant section on the parent/guardian form. Try to get a train as close to these pick up times as possible so you don't have to spend time waiting around at the railway station.

On the last day of your summer camp please arrange to be collected at 5pm. If you are travelling by train we will drop you off at the station after your course; an instructor will accompany you to your train. Please do not book a train that is leaving Llandudno Junction before 6.30pm as we cannot guarantee to be there in time for earlier trains.

TRAVEL DIRECTIONS

By Road: Capel Curig is on the A5 (London to Holyhead Road) and the Centre is about 400 metres from the village along the A4086. From the North take the M56, A55, A5 or A470. Traffic congestion is sometimes heavy on the roads in holiday periods

By Train: You need to get to Llandudno Junction Railway Station. Many trains depart from London, with connections from other parts of the country at Crewe and Chester.

RAIL ENQUIRY NUMBER: 08457 484950

If you are coming in each day:

You will need to arrive at 8.45am so you have time to be signed in by your parent or guardian and then be ready to meet your instructor at 9.00am on the first morning and 9.15am for the rest of the week. You'll be back from activities by 5.00pm each day and can be collected by your parent or guardian then (please ensure they sign you out).

There will be more activities from 6.30pm-8.30pm which you are welcome to stay for, if you do please arrange for a parent or guardian to collect you at 8:30pm (again please ensure you are signed out). If you choose to stay for the evening activities you can either bring a packed tea or you can book and pay to have dinner in advance with reception.

Make sure you don't forget to bring lunch, snacks and plenty to drink each day.

Before you leave the centre each evening please make sure your parent or guardian has signed to say they are collecting you.

If there are any problems, there is always someone at reception happy to help.

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What Equipment Do You Need To Bring?

Essential Items


  • Personal kayaking clothing such as

    • Thermals

    • Swimwear

    • Wetsuit boots, or close fitting trainers (for getting wet)

    • Thin fleeces

    • Wetsuit or dry trousers & cag (if you have one)

  • Large Towel

  • Warm hat, sun hat/cap

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Outdoor footwear (shoes you don't mind getting muddy)

  • Drinks bottle - 1 litre

  • Lunch box/bag

  • High factor suncream (min factor 30)

  • Midge repellant

  • Sandals/flip flops or spare shoes for wearing around centre

Suggested Items


  • Spare trainers (incase others get wet)

  • Flask

  • Torch (head torch is best, don't forget batteries!)

  • Small amount of cash

  • Notebook and pen

  • Camera

  • Book, games etc. for the evenings when you're not on activities

If you already have these items please bring them however, all of these are available to borrow from our stores free of charge.


  • Kayak

  • Paddle

  • Buoyancy aid

  • Dry bags

  • Helmet

  • Spraydeck

  • Wetsuit

  • Cag

We have an excellent drying room, where clothes should dry overnight if wrung out and hung carefully, but do bring a few changes. Our shop stocks various items such as chocolates, sweets, books and batteries.


If you are using this course for your Gold Residential for the Duke of Edinburgh's award, don't forget to bring your e-dofe number with you.





Customer Reviews For This Course

Fantastic

Charlie Turrell

Fantastic the best course/holiday I have ever had.


Learnt Loads

Sarah and Rosie

we're back again but this time we figured out how to change the course name! Yeh!!!! go us! any ways we had a great week paddling on the Dee and the tryweryn with pete and helen (remember us? the ones wif the crazy hair :p )
we learnt loads and are definately coming back next year unless we die or something obviously :/ anyways miss u guys byeeeeeeeeeeeee
xxxxxxxxx
c u next yr...

...unfortunatly for you :/

xx


Amazing course!

Barney Lister

I have to say that this coarce is one that I have alredy enjoyed once befor and yet again it has amazed me. The contrast from last time was unbeleveable. I got my face smashed in on a grade 3 rapid but this time when I ran the same rapid this did'nt happen. the improvement in my kayaaking abilities have overjoyed me and this course is one that I would fully recormend doing twice. it gives you the opportunity to repeat and improve the thing that you struggled with the first time around. Of course the food and hospitality laid on by the pyb staff is as amazing as alway, as is the quality of the equipment. Over all this is a brilliant week for all range of paddlers and is worth more than many things I have done. The instructor was brill.




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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