British Canoeing Canoe Award - Training And Assessment
  • Plas y Brenin
  • 5 Days
  • 6 People to 1 instructor

British Canoeing Canoe Award - Training And Assessment

  • Paddle
  • British Canoeing Award
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North Wales is blessed with some stunning locations for canoeing. Numerous lakes and slow-moving rivers make it an ideal venue for those wanting to develop their canoeing skills. Using British Canoeing’s Canoe award as our guide our highly qualified and experienced canoe coaches we will help you to develop your open canoe handling skills. You will also be developing your ability to make appropriate decisions for an enjoyable and safe day out on the water. Helping you to understand how the wind or river current may affect your journey and what to do if things don’t quite go to plan. By the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to get assessed and an action plan for future progress developed.

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The Objectives

The British Canoeing ‘Canoe Award’ endorses your skill, judgment and decision making when journeying. You will be confident in planning and undertaking canoe journeys on the water in winds up to and including force 3 taking place on grade 1 rivers with simple eddy lines. Your award is a sound basis for building the experience and knowledge associated with the Progressive Canoe Award. This award has replaced the 3* Open Canoe award.


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

What to Expect

On day one, you'll spend time on our local lake looking at profiling your current skill level and then planning out your progression for the rest of the week. Your assessment will spread across the course with adequate time to practice and demonstarte your skills. You can choose to be in a solo or tandem canoe most of the time, but you'll experinec both during the course, learning to apply your canoe skills appropriately. Whilst you're covering the course syllabus, you'll visit other local venues, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular Snowdonia scenery.

Experience Required

You should have canoed as either solo or tandem paddler before depending on how you'd prefer to be assessed. The British Canoeing 'Discover' Paddle award or old 2* standard would be a useful indication of starting ability.

A fee will be payable to British canoeing on successful completion of the assessment. Otherwise, as both your body and mind will be working hard whilst you're with us, we want to help you focus on achieving the goal you've set yourself. So comfortable accommodation (with WIFI included) and hearty meals 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. What's more, you'll have access to our extensive range of paddling equipment and clothing to use whilst honing your chosen skills. This gives you the perfect opportunity to test out that new piece of kit you've had your eye on. You just bring yourself, your 'can do' attitude, and determination to achieve excellence.

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
Course Start Date
3rd March, 2025
5 Days

*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

An effective canoeist as part of a group. It would be an ideal starting point to look toward the British Canoeing Progressive Canoeist award.

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