Play the River

Take your kayaking to the next level with this two-day course focused on slicey kayaks. Learn techniques from white water basics to advanced skills like getting vertical and cartwheeling. Whether you're showing off to your friends or learning to handle challenging situations, this course offers both excitement and valuable skills.

Plas y Brenin

5 Days

Instructor Ratio5:1


Plas y Brenin


5 Days

Instructor Ratio


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Tail squirts, splats, rock-spins, cartwheels, and soul surfing are some of the most thrilling maneuvers in kayaking. This two-day course is designed to cover all the intricacies behind paddling a slicey kayak, which can make you look great on the water and feel amazing.

Whether you use a slicey boat regularly or only occasionally, learning to move it around smoothly and efficiently can boost your confidence. These skills not only help you show off to your friends but also prepare you for situations you don’t want to find yourself in through controlled practice. In other words, these are the tools to get yourself out of trouble and into the expressive realm on the river.

The first day of the course is dedicated to examining both white water techniques and the specific details of slicey kayaks, learning how to use them to your advantage. On the second day, you will progress to more advanced slicey kayak skills, such as getting vertical, rock-spins, and cartwheels.

The Objectives 

To get you into the expressive realm on the river! In simple words, to help you wow your mates.

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What To Expect

Two days getting to grips with slicey kayaks. First day spent looking at both white water techniques and the intricacies of slicey kayaks and how to use them to your advantage. Then progressing to more advanced slicey kayak skills like getting vertical, rock-spins and cartwheels.

Experience Required 

Competent roll and happy on grade three.

How Should I Prepare? 

Spend some time in your kayak honing things like forward drive, edge work and accelerations, recent experience on grade two and three rapids.

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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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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.