British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader Assessment
  • Plas y Brenin
  • 2 Days
  • 4 People to 1 instructor

British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader Assessment

  • Paddle
  • British Canoeing Award
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As a regular sea paddler, you'll be tested in full to ensure that you're performing to the standards set by the National Governing Body. You'll be expected to demonstrate a high level of personal skill, leadership ability and the judgement to lead groups of paddlers with a range of experience on moderate seas.

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Can I book privately?

Yes. If you would like to book a private course then give us a call to discuss your needs.

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The Objectives

The aim of this assessment is to test your skill level, leadership ability and judgment to lead paddlers with a range of experience, up to and including advanced white water rivers. You'll need to demostrate the judgment to select appropriate environments for paddlers with a range of experience. (we run our assessments over 2 days to allow a robust but relaxed assessment)


* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.

What to Expect

You'll spend day one leading a group of suitable paddlers on a sea kayak journey along a section of the local coastline. You'll be expected to play a key role in making the decision on location. You're expected to deal effectively with any incidents on the journey. On day two you'll be assessed on any outstanding elements that weren't observed on day one.

Experience Required

Full National Association Membership - Valid (within 3 years) British Canoeing Awarding Body recognised 2-day First Aid Award - Valid (within 3 years) Safeguarding Training recognised by British Canoeing Awarding Body - Safety Award – Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning - (Although training is not required we highly recommend it)

Why Choose Plas y Brenin?

Our instructors are some of the UK’s most experienced. We train other instructors and help to write the national syllabuses for NGB qualifications in mountaineering, paddlesports, cycling and climbing. Our goal is to teach you skills to last a lifetime, and at Plas y Brenin you know you are getting training from the best.

If your course is based at Plas y Brenin, the residential price includes accommodation for the night before, and the duration of your time here. If you’re staying with us, we also provide delicious meals to keep you going as you learn, meaning you can concentrate on enjoying yourself.

When it comes to equipment, at Plas y Brenin we have a wide range of top-quality kit for you to use, all included in your course fee. This means if you’re just starting out, there’s no need to rush out and buy a load of expensive gear, and if you’re already pretty well kitted-out, it’s a great chance to try something new.

We want to help you focus on achieving your goals, so if you're staying with us, comfortable accommodation (with WIFI included) and good food are part of the deal, you don't need to think about sorting this out for yourself. Support is on hand from our friendly, and exceptionally well qualified staff, to help develop your understanding and personal skills. They also help you to formulate an appropriate action plan for your further development. As this is an assessment, you're expected to be self-sufficient for equipment (access to our extensive range is the norm on our courses for future reference). However, we have an extensive fleet of sea kayaks, so if you're travelling some distance, we can provide you with one.

What do I need to bring?
Equipment List
How should I prepare?
Preparation guide

Available Course Dates

Start the booking process by selecting a course date, then adjust your details to suit your requirements.

Course Start Date
Spaces available
Course Start Date
22nd October, 2022
2 Days
Spaces available

*If your course is based at Plas Y Brenin, Capel Curig, residential prices include catering from the morning of your course start date and cover the duration of your course, accommodation starts on the night before your course commences to the morning of the last day of your booking.

This course will help you become

a sea kayak leader

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