Introduction to Kayaking Summer Camp

A thrilling 5-day kayaking adventure with our expert instructors, perfect for 12-17 year olds, where you’ll master the basics of kayaking on rivers, lakes and the sea with plenty of coaching and endless fun!

Plas y Brenin

5 Days

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Plas y Brenin


5 Days

Instructor Ratio


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This week is a fun and exciting introduction to kayaking for young people aged 12 – 17 years old. With their infectious enthusiasm for the activities on this five-day course, our experienced, highly qualified coaches will give you a thorough grounding in kayaking. They’ll introduce you to all the equipment and the basic kayaking skills on local rivers, lakes and the sea, and they’ll help you choose the level of adventure that’s right for you. You’ll have plenty of opportunity for coaching and progression and experience paddling in a range of environments including white water and sea kayaking.

Who is this aimed at?

12-17 year olds wanting to get into kayaking.


The aim is that you’ll develop a good paddling technique and confidence in the water, along with learning:

  • Fundamental techniques for kayaking
  • Capsize drill
  • Rescue techniques
  • White water techniques
  • Sea kayaking techniques
  • Journeying on sea, rivers, and white water
  • Safety principles of kayaking


On the first day, you’ll concentrate on developing a good paddling technique and water confidence, using the local lake, river, and our heated indoor pool. You’ll then head off exploring the lakes, coastline and slow moving rivers of North Wales to build on what you’ve learned and develop your paddling skills and confidence even further.

Experience Required

You should be 12-17 years old, with a reasonable level of general fitness, and little or no experience of kayaking to attend this course. 

How should I prepare?

You’ll need a reasonable level of general fitness to enjoy and benefit from this camp, but you don’t need to do any special preparation.

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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.

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