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Introduction to Kayaking Summer Camp For Young People

Course Overview

A five day course which will give you a thorough grounding in kayaking. You will be introduced to all the equipment and basic skills on local rivers, lakes and sea. On this course there is ample opportunity for coaching and progression in white water and sea kayaking.

Experience Required

No Experience necessary

With MEALS & Accommodation: £515

NO MEALS OR Accommodation: £365



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.

Who is it for?


This holiday is designed to be a fun and exciting introduction to kayaking for young people aged 12 - 17 years old. You may have a little experience kayaking, or none at all. A reasonable level of general fitness will enable you to enjoy and benefit from this course


What we cover


Initially we will concentrate on developing good paddling technique and water confidence, using the local lake, river and our heated indoor pool. We will then be exploring the coastline and rivers of North Wales as we further develop your paddling skills and confidence. In particular we will look at:

  • Basic kayaking manouvers

  • Capsize drill

  • Rescue techniques

  • White water techniques

  • Sea kayaking techniques

  • Journeying on sea, rivers, and white water

  • Safety principles of kayaking


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

Great fun; it was an excellent introduction to the sport.

Ben Jones

I really enjoyed the coarse and will definitely be coming back next year. I was impressed by the range of equipment available and the quality of teaching- i learnt a lot and everyone on the coarse made a huge improvement by the end.




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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