British Canoeing Whitewater 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 2 (3) whilst also progressing your personal paddling. The course includes the British Canoeing Whitewater Safety course.

Plas y Brenin

5 Days

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Plas y Brenin


5 Days

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During this 5 day course, we’ll develop the skills required to lead others in a grade 2/3 environment. 

Attending the course will result in you becoming a more confident leader, possessing the necessary personal paddling, rescue, safety, leadership, and group skills required for this award. This course brings you one step closer to becoming a White Water Kayak Leader and equips you with effective leadership techniques and boat control in real white water situations.
Two days of the course will be spent covering the British Canoeing White Water Safety award.
We’ll ensure you leave the course with a clear picture of the assessment standard, what an assessment looks like and a clear action plan towards your assessment.


The course will help you to achieve the skills and know-how to lead a group in moderate white water conditions.
You’ll develop a deeper understanding of paddling conditions and group dynamics.
Become proficient in evaluating situations and making decisive, informed choices.
Gain confidence in your personal paddling, rescue, safety, leadership, and group skills.
Cover the Whitewater Safety and Rescue (WWSR) syllabus to enhance your rescue techniques.

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What To Expect

Your learning journey is broken down into two key components. For the first three days, we’ll immerse you in Grade 2/3 white water, focusing on honing your leadership skills and personal paddling. The final two days will cover the Whitewater Safety award, giving you a well-rounded education in both leadership and safety. Expect an enriching, hands-on experience that prepares you for the challenges and thrills of leading in moderate white water conditions.

Experience Required

You should be confident paddling in the grade 2-3 environment, you should have or be working towards a white water roll and be physically fit for an intensive 5 day course. 

How Should I Prepare?

You’ll need to be on top of your game for this training course. Make sure that you’re fit enough for five challenging days on white water. You should also have kayaked on grade 2-3 regularly before attending.
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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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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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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.