British Canoeing Whitewater Kayak Leader Enhanced Training

Elevate your white water leadership skills with this comprehensive five-day course in Eryri (Snowdonia). Covering the British Canoeing standards, you'll boost your abilities in paddling, safety, and group management.

Plas Y Brenin

5 Days

Instructor Ratio6:1


Plas Y Brenin


5 Days

Instructor Ratio


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As a recreational white water paddler, your next step toward becoming a leader is this five-day intensive course. Set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of Snowdonia, you’ll learn from our highly qualified instructors how to guide a group in moderate white water conditions. This course serves as an ideal pathway toward becoming a White Water Kayak Leader, focusing on real-world situations and equipping you with the necessary techniques for optimal boat control and decision-making.


  • Achieve the skills and know-how to lead a group in moderate white water conditions.
  • 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 and Rescue (WWSR) syllabus, 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 white water conditions.

Experience Required

You should be an experienced paddler with some experience of paddling on white water with a minimum personal skill level of The British Canoeing 3* White Water kayak award.

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 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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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.