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Top Tips From Plas y Brenin Instructors and Coaches

Kayaking Top Tips

Setting trim correctly in your canoe

by Pete Catterall


Towing a Kayak

by Pete Catterall


Rolling Your kayak

by Pete Catterall

The latest of our Video Top Tips series made in association with our friends at Palm Equipment. .......

Choosing and Preparing a Throwbag

by Jon 'Spike' Green

'What is the sound of one hand tied behind your back?' (ancient pessimists proverb). 'The choice and preparation of your throwbag is crucial to suc.......

Kayak Rescue Kit

by Jon 'Spike' Green

You don't have to carry much gear to get each other out of trouble on the water but it is important to think carefully about what you take (and of cou.......

Hitting your lines successfully!

by Andy Grimes

Hitting a perfect line down a challenging white water rapid can be an amazing and rewarding feeling. For most, it's the culmination of a great deal of.......

Choosing your first kayak!

by Andy Grimes

The age old question of "what boat should I get as my first boat"? Has always been something people have asked me and other fellow coaches for as long.......

Top Ten Things to Carry in Your Repair Kit

by Chris Evans

These helpful top tips look at what to carry in your repair kit should the worst happen, destruction of your favorite toy........

Top Tips on Taking An Active Leadership Role

by Louise Tully

Most white water paddlers spend a while getting out on easier grades with a group of people who can look after them to start off with. This is excelle.......

How to Become a Useful Group Member

by Chris Evans

I'm going to go through my top 10 ways to become a useful member of a group and hopefully remove the feeling of being a burden on everyone else or for.......

Being a Considerate Boater

by Chris Evans

This is my list of top tips on how to be a considerate paddler, keeping the fun in our sport and making sure we all have a good day out on the water........

Comfortable Boating

by Chris Evans

I'm going to talk (more like rant) about the dark art of dressing to be comfortable on the water. By that, I mean choosing the right layering system t.......

River Running Strategy

by Jon 'Spike' Green

Level 5 Coach Jon 'Spike' Green has put together some great tips on river running........

Top Tips For Strapping Your Boat On The Car

by Chris Evans

I'm going to talk about the tricky issue of tying boats down to a roof rack; my reason for this is because it's a bit of a bugbear of mine. The only t.......

Top Tips When Learning to Roll

by Adam Harmer

Here are a few tips to help you get rolling sucessfully........

Kayak Leadership

by Adam Harmer

Are you a paddler that often finds yourself leading groups or taking responsibility for weaker paddlers amongst friends or club trips. Here are Adam's.......

Scouting Rapids

by Helen Teasdale

Scouting rapids is an important skill for a kayaker to have, effectively scouting rapids can mean the difference between having an enjoyable paddle wi.......

Set Up Your Kayak

by Dino Heald

Senior Instructor Dino Heald provides some great pointers on how to set up your kayak for maximum performance "How should your kayak feel? This reall.......

Lifting Your Kayak

by Dino Heald

Lets face it we all carry our own kayaks. Here is a method I recommend that can help minimise the amount of strain we put on our bodies........

Using a Throwbag

by Jon 'Spike' Green

'If a throwbag falls and no-one catches it, who do you hear scream?' (ancient mid-Wales proverb.).......

Kayak Safety

by Jon 'Spike' Green

"Prevention is better than a good beating" This set of tips is intended to look at easy, practical ways of reducing risk on the river........

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