Introduction to White Water Canoeing

In this two-day course designed for flat water paddlers, you'll learn to navigate the white water environment with skill and safety. With the guidance of experienced coaches, you'll develop specific white water techniques and safety strategies, allowing you to enjoy the thrill of white water canoeing with confidence.

Plas y Brenin

2 Days

Instructor Ratio1:6


Plas y Brenin


2 Days

Instructor Ratio


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Are you a solo paddler or tandem team eager to master the excitement of white water canoeing? This two-day course is tailored for capable flat-water paddlers who want to transition into the thrilling world of white water.

Guided by our highly experienced coaches, you’ll work on developing specific techniques such as breaking in and out, ferry gliding, and surfing standing waves, while also enhancing safety through river reading, navigation strategies, and essential safety and rescue techniques.

Day one will begin with a revisit to the fundamental skills of white water canoeing, and the following days will involve hands-on river trips, site-based coaching, and learning of safety protocols. This holistic approach not only emphasises the technical aspects of canoeing but also ensures a secure and enjoyable paddling experience.

The Objectives 

You’ll refine your existing paddling skills and transfer them to the white water environment. You’ll gain knowledge of river reading, and safety and rescue.

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What To Expect

You’ll spend day one revisiting the fundamental skills underpinning white water canoeing. We’ll then work with you to develop these skills further with some static site-based coaching and river trips. We’ll also cover essential safety and rescue skills to enable you to stay safe whilst paddling.

Experience Required 

You should be a confident flat water paddler with the ability to manoeuvre your craft with ease.

How Should I Prepare? 

You’ll need to be an active paddler to get the most out of this course. Make sure that you’re fit enough for two challenging days on white water. You should also have canoed regularly on the flat before attending.

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