British Canoeing Advanced White Water Kayak Leader Enhanced Training

Elevate your white water leadership skills with this comprehensive five-day course in Eryri (Snowdonia). The week will help you to develop the leadership skills and safety and rescue techniques required to lead groups on grade 4 (5) whilst also progressing your personal paddling. The course includes the British Canoeing Advanced Whitewater Safety course.

Plas y Brenin

5 Days

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Plas y Brenin


5 Days

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Our goal is to equip you with the skills and judgement needed to lead paddlers on advanced white water. You’ll have the capability to choose suitable environments for paddlers with varying levels of expertise. Expect to spend the majority of your time navigating advanced rivers ranging from grade 3-4(5). We’ll expose you to different river styles, such as tight and technical routes and larger volumes, depending on water levels. Additionally, we’ll dedicate two days to covering the Advanced White-water Safety and Rescue syllabus. You’ll leave with a personalised action plan to guide you towards a successful assessment.


At this level, you will demonstrate not only personal skill proficiency but also leadership, adaptability, and sound decision-making. Your ability to lead paddlers in diverse white-water conditions is a key objective. By the end of this programme, you should be well-prepared for your Advanced White Water Leader Assessment.

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Prior kayaking experience is a prerequisite for attending this course. Expect an intensive, hands-on experience that will enhance your leadership and safety skills, setting you on the path to becoming an Advanced White Water Leader.
You’ll be spending most of your time on advanced rivers of grade 3-4(5). We’ll aim to get you on different styles of river e.g. tight and technical and bigger volume, depending on water levels. We’ll also spend two days covering the Advanced White-water Safety and Rescue syllabus.

Experience Required

You’ll need to be a competent Grade 3 paddler with experience of Grade 4.
A reliable white water roll.

How Should I Prepare?

To thrive in this challenging environment, it’s crucial to ensure you are physically fit for five demanding days on advanced water.
You’ll need to have paddled in the advanced environment fairly recently.

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Why Plas y Brenin?

Plas y Brenin is at the forefront of outdoor instruction. Whether you are starting a career in the outdoors, or just want to take an adventure holiday, PYB is the place for you.

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