British Canoeing White Water Award

Embark on a week-long white water paddling course in North Wales to develop your skills, judgment, and decision-making for rivers up to grade 2. Assessment included.

Plas y Brenin

5 Days

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Plas y Brenin


5 Days

Instructor Ratio


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Set against the backdrop of North Wales, a mecca for white water paddling, this course offers you the ideal setting to develop and refine your skills. Whether you’re into whitewater kayaking, C1, or OC1, our expert coaches are here to guide you. Drawing from British Canoeing’s White Water Award framework, the course is designed to instil confidence, sharpen decision-making, and bolster your understanding of water dynamics. It’s not just about technique; it’s about knowing what to do when things don’t go as planned.


By the end of the week, you’ll aim to achieve your White Water Award, an endorsement of your skills and decision-making for safe and enjoyable days on rivers up to grade 2. The course prepares you to plan and undertake journeys on moving water with proficient skills, setting you on a solid foundation for future whitewater expeditions.

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What To Expect 

Your course kicks off with foundational skill-building on our lake and local river. Day two sees you consolidating these skills, possibly with a session in our rolling pool. On days three and four, you’ll round off your training, covering the complete syllabus and preparing for your assessment on the final day. The course offers a well-rounded experience to ensure that you’re both skilled and savvy for your white water adventures.

Experience Required 

You should have kayaked before and had some experience of white water. The British Canoeing ‘Discover’ Paddle award or old 2* standard would be a useful indication of starting ability.

How Should I Prepare? 

All you really need to bring is sufficient base clothing to wear, and some suitable footwear. Our stores have a wide range of Peak UK soft wear as well as paddles. We have an extensive selection of different styles of kayaks from a range of manufacturers. This is an ideal opportunity to try something new if you’d like to. If you prefer the familiar, feel free to bring along your own kit.

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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.

We inspire explorers. We train trainers. We’re internationally recognised. We’ve been around since 1798, with our earliest guests including Queen Victoria. Since then, we’ve focussed on providing the best customer experience, working alongside some of the greatest, 007 included.

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Expert Tuition

You’ll receive expert supervision from fully qualified and psyched instructors, creating the perfect environment to learn and enjoy something new!

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Explore Eryri

Your experience will take place in the heart of the extraordinary Eryri National Park. Our National Outdoor Centre features accommodation, a bar, dining, and more. And while you’re here, why not check out some local gems?

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Develop a Passion

Everyone at Plas y Brenin, from staff to visitors, is excited about adventures and inspired to get outside. Our guests return year after year to experience all that North Wales offers.