Discover Canoeing

Join us for a two-day introduction to canoeing in the breathtaking landscape of Snowdonia. Discover the joy of this versatile craft and leave with a solid foundation for future canoeing adventures.

Plas y Brenin

2 Days

Instructor Ratio1:6


Plas y Brenin


2 Days

Instructor Ratio


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This two-day canoeing course is designed as a fun and thorough introduction to the sport. We’ll begin with an introduction to the equipment and boats followed by heading out on the water to learn the fundamentals.  

The course covers everything required to get you started in canoeing, from appropriate clothing and equipment to learning basic rescue skills. Both solo and tandem paddling will be explored, and by the end of the weekend, participants will have all the foundational skills needed to confidently continue in canoeing. 

 The goal is to enable students to competently handle an open boat solo and as part of a tandem team, employing the techniques required for a safe journey. 

The Objectives 

You’ll be able to handle an open boat competently as part of a tandem team and solo, gaining the techniques and skills to facilitate a safe journey. 

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What to Expect

On day one, you’ll have a course introduction and outline, we’ll issue your equipment and then get straight into learning the foundation strokes. On day two, you’ll have more coaching during a short journey, both solo and tandem. We finish with a course debrief and equipment return.

Experience Required

You should be water confident and able to swim.

How Should I Prepare?

You need to be fit enough to enjoy two full days of activity. You don’t need to do any other specific preparation, just bring your desire to learn some skills and how to enjoy open-boating safely.

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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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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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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.