White Water Sea and Surf

If you've developed a passion for kayaking, our exciting course is your gateway to mastering white water and sea kayaking, and even riding the surf with style. Join our enthusiastic coaches, experienced in teaching all levels, to enhance your skills and experience the thrill of British rivers and seas. Small groups ensure individual attention and a supportive environment.

Plas y Brenin

5 Days

Instructor Ratio1:6


Plas y Brenin


5 Days

Instructor Ratio


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Welcome to a dynamic 5-day kayaking adventure aimed at young adventurers aged 12-17. If you’ve already mastered the basics of kayaking and want to broaden your horizons, this is the ideal opportunity. Our experienced, certified coaches are passionate about these activities and can guide you at every level. You’ll begin in our heated training pool and local venues to refine your skills under the friendly guidance of our instructors. Then, the real fun kicks in as we explore fantastic locations across North Wales, focusing on white water skills and surf kayaking.

The Objectives

During this holiday, our primary objectives are to provide you with an exciting introduction to white water, sea kayaking, and surf kayaking. We cater to young people aged 12-17 who already possess basic kayak control skills and the ability to navigate a predetermined route on flat water. Confidence in flat water paddling and the ease of manoeuvring your kayak are essential prerequisites. By the end of the week, you’ll have a broader skill set and be more adept at tackling the thrills of white water and sea kayaking.

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Your adventure kicks off in our heated training pool and local venues, where our instructors will help you improve your existing skills. The remainder of the week will see us exploring various locations in North Wales to focus on white water skills and surf kayaking. The goal is to provide a fun and exhilarating experience for young kayakers eager to expand their horizons.

Experience Required

To make the most of this week, it’s essential to have recent kayaking experience and be physically fit for five days of exciting activities. This course promises a fantastic holiday with like-minded individuals in a supportive and friendly environment, where you’ll experience action-packed learning under the guidance of our highly experienced coaches.

You should have basic kayak control skills, and be able to paddle a kayak round a predetermined route on flat water. You should also be a confident flat water paddler with the ability to manoeuvre your craft with ease.

How Should I Prepare/What to Bring?

You just need to bring some essential items;

  • Thermals,
  • Swimwear,
  • Thin fleeces,
  • Large Towel,
  • Warm hat,
  • Sun hat/cap,
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers,
  • Outdoor footwear (shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy),
  • Drinks bottle – 1 litre,
  • Lunch box/bag,
  • Wetsuit boots if you have them (or close- fitting trainers that you don’t mind getting wet),
  • Wetsuit or dry trousers & cag (if you have one),
  • High factor sun cream (min factor 30),
  • Midge repellent,
  • Sandals/flip flops or spare shoes for wearing around centre.

You might also want to bring;

  • Spare trainers (in case others get wet),
  • Flask,
  • Torch and batteries (a head torch is best),
  • Small amount of cash,
  • Notebook and pen,
  • Camera,
  • Book, games etc. for the evenings when you’re not on activities.

If you’re using this course for your Gold Residential for the Duke of Edinburgh’s award, don’t forget to bring your e-DofE number with you.


As you’ll be working hard to learn a new skill while you’re with us, we make sure you have comfortable accommodation (with WiFi included) and good food as part of the experience. Support is on hand from our friendly and exceptionally well-qualified staff to help develop your understanding and personal skills. We’ve got all the paddling equipment you’ll need, plus the specialist clothing. Our friendly, experienced team is there for overnight supervision and evening activities to keep you entertained.

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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.