Introduction To Canoeing

Explore the lakes and rivers of Snowdonia through a 5-day canoeing course. Discover the joy of this versatile craft and leave the week with a solid foundation for future canoeing adventures. We’ll look at both tandem and solo paddling, learn essential paddling techniques, and gradually take on more challenging conditions.

Plas y Brenin

5 Days

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Plas y Brenin


5 Days

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This five-day canoeing course in the breathtaking landscape of Eryri (Snowdonia) offers both beginners and those looking to enhance their skills an opportunity to build confidence in solo and tandem canoeing.  

The course starts with learning the foundational skills of effective movement and progresses through the week with opportunities to paddle in various environments like slow-moving rivers and lakes. The entire experience is supervised by highly experienced instructors, and all equipment is provided, ensuring a safe and controlled learning environment. All equipment is provided, ensuring a complete and hassle-free experience. 

The Objectives 

  • Gain confidence and see your solo and tandem boat handling skills develop and improve;
  • Take on 5 days of practical learning on the lakes and rivers of beautiful Snowdonia;
  • Learn your skills right from the get-go from our highly experienced instructors. 

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What to Expect

You’ll start by developing the foundation skills to manoeuvre the canoes around effectively both solo and tandem. As the week progresses, you’ll have the opportunity to develop your skills on various journeys, taking in slow-moving rivers and lakes. Later in the week, you’ll progress to faster-moving rivers.

Experience Required

None required.

How Should I Prepare?

You’ll need to be fit enough for five days of activity, but you don’t need to do any other preparation.

All you 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 and poles. 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, and have your own kit, feel free to bring it along.

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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.