Category: Planned Trips

Programme May, June, July 2017

Helensburgh Canoe Club Paddles


Thurs 4th   Lomond Shores (Trailer Park near Maid of the Loch)

Sat 6th       Sea Kayak Training Paddle RNCYC 9am

Sun 7th      PINKSTON White Water 6pm

Thurs 11th Kidston Park

W/E 13th/14th Sea Kayak Expedition

Thurs 18th Craigendoran (Middleton Drive west of  Station car park)

Sat 20th Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (Loch Lomond)

Thurs 25th Royal Northern (Container by pier: Canoes)

Sat 27th Canoe Trip


Thurs 1st  River Leven

Thurs 8th  Loch Long (Car Park by Finnart Oil Terminal)

Thurs 15th Luss

Sat 17th River Trip (River Teith)

Thurs 22nd Craigendoran (Canoe Polo)

W/E 24th/25th Canoe Camp (From Aldlochlay)


1st/2nd Sea kayak Expediton

15th     Canoe Trip

29th     River Trip

Trips and Plans April 2016

There are a series of activities emerging as follows

  1. This Wednesday 20th: Evening Sea Kayak Craigendoran to Gourock. Meet 6.30pm. This is the first of a series of Wednesday evening paddles for Sea Kayakers, particularly  for those new to the activity and who need to demonstrate inter aliaan ability to paddle for 2 hours plus without breaks. HM
  2. This Thursday 21st: Day Paddle, Loch Long. Meet Craigendoran 9am or Finnart at 10am GR
  3. Next Wednesday 27th: Provisionally Club AGM 8pm which will incorporate Photo Competition and a chance to discuss what you want from the club and planned trips. More info to follow. GD
  4. 4. Next Thursday 28th: Evening Paddle from Luss with Beginners Class. Meet Luss beach 6.30pm EF
  5. Weekend 30th/1st: Sea Kayak weekend. Depending upon weather either Eigg or South Arisaig islands. Open to anyone who has completed Sea Kayak Expedition Training. HM
  6. Sunday 1st May: Pinkston Whitewater (To Be Confirmed) GD
  7. 14th/15th May Staffa and Treshnish HM
  8. 23rd-28th July Round Jura HM
  9. 23rd-28th August Outer Hebrides (Monach and Shiant Isles)  HM

10 24th-26th Sept Far North West  HM

11 Early October 1 week Turkey/ Other  GR

For more information contact the organisers as follows: HM   Hugh Murray; GR  Geoff Riddington  EF Euan Forrest

GD Grant Dolier For equipment contact Geoff Riddington

There are still a few places on the Basic Canoe Skills for Young People course which starts next Tuesday for 10 weeks, Ideally participants should be over 12. Contact Euan if you want to book a place.


Trips and Training

The Basic Skills for Young People started Tuesday 28th April and runs every Tuesday (Pool) and Thursday (Outside) until June 30th. Last Thursday was an intoductory session at Craigendoran which ended with a game of Polo. This Thursday we are again at Craigendoran at 6pm expecting to experience the joys of surf. The forecast is sun, a westerly wind F4 and an ebb tide which should,be low enough for the sand.  Anybody interested is very welcome to join us.

There have also been a number of trips, some on the Clyde and some on the Loch. Last Thursday Hugh, along with Tim, Adele and Gregor took a training paddle out to the wreck. It was suprisingly choppy and cold in the northerly wind. All coped well with Gregor carying out his self rescue assessment.

Next week the Basic Skills are at Luss for an introduction to Canoeing. Meanwhile the Sea Paddlers are off on a trip to the far North West for 4 days. Email for information on club, courses and trips.


PINKSTON: Last Sunday of Each Month

Pinkston is the Scottish artificial white water course in the centre of Glasgow. The club has booked the last Snday evening of the month for any club member to use. Next session Sunday 31st May at 7pm.

The course can run with 1, 2 or 3 pumps operational. 1 pump is ideal for those with training but no whitewater experience. As you might expect it becomes faster and more difficult as the number of pumps increase. For complete beginners there is a flat water training area.  It is worth going just for a gentle paddle and observing the whitewater paddlers. There are excellwent, warm changing facilities.

A video of the club at Pinkston can be found at   Click to watch.



Programme Spring 2014

Helensburgh Canoe Club

Programme, Spring 2014



W/E 26th/27th  2 Star Assessment (includes training sessions). 2 days of action for £20.

Email ASAP for details.

Tue 29th Start of Young Persons Basic Skills Course                                                (Euan)

Thu 31st Start of club evening sessions


Sun 4th May Sea Kayak Open Water Safety Test   RNCYC                                 (Hugh)

TBA River Trip

W/e 24th/25th/26th Staffa and Treshnish Islands                                          (Hugh)


w/e 7th/8th Garvellachs and Grey Dog                                                           (Geoff)

TBA River Trip

Tue 24th End of Basic Skills Course and Pool Sessions for summer

w/e 27th/28th Loch Lomond Canoe Camp                                                     (Geoff)


w/b 5th  Around Jura                                                                                        (Hugh)

Every Tuesday:  Canoe Polo, 7pm, Craigendoran                                          (Geoff)

Every Thursday:  Club Canoeing 6.30pm                                                        (Various)

TBA    Introduction to Family Paddling (aimed at parent and child 8-12)    (Mark)


Tues 2nd Pool Sessions Resume

All trip dates are subject to change of location, postponement or cancellation  in the event of bad weather


Programme, Summer 2013

04-Apr Thu Committee Commodore 8pm
06-Apr Sat Beginners Trip Aldlochlay 10am
09-Apr Tue Open Access Pool 7.30pm
16-Apr Tue Beginners Course Pool 7.30pm
18-Apr Thu Beginners Luss 6.30pm
19-Apr Fri Round Bute (B)
20-Apr Sat Round Bute (B)
21-Apr Sun Round Bute (B)
23-Apr Tue Beginners Course Pool 7.30pm
24-Apr Wed Midweek Trip Surf Day or
25-Apr Thu Beginners RNYC 6.30pm
27-Apr Sat Erskine to Glasgow A
30-Apr Tue Beginners Course Pool 7.30pm
04-May Sat 2 Star Assessment
05-May Sun 2 Star Assessment
03-May Fri Sound of Arisaig
to from
06-May Mon Glenuig (B)
07-May Tue Beginners Course Pool 7.30pm
09-May Thu Evening Trip A Gareloch 6.30pm Beginners Kidston 6.30pm
10-May Fri
11-May Sat Islands of the Forth
12-May Sun Day Trip A Loch Eck A/B
14-May Tue Beginners Course Pool 7.30pm
16-May Thu Beginners Luss 6.30pm
17-May Fri
18-May Sat Weekend Arduanie &
19-May Sun Trip B+ Garvellachs
21-May Tue Beginners Course Pool 7.30pm
23-May Thu Evening Trip Loch Long 6.30pm Beginners Loch Long 6.30pm
24-May Fri
25-May Sat Sugar Boat (A)
26-May Sun River Trip (Awe or Orchy)
28-May Tue Beginners Course Pool 7.30pm
30-May Thu Beginners Luss 6.30pm
31-May Fri Barra
to Expedition B+ &
05-Jun Wed Uists Skye (B/C)
04-Jun Tue Beginners Course Pool 7.30pm Skye (B/C)
06-Jun Thu Evening  Trip A/B Sugar Boat 6.30pm Beginners Craigendoran 6.30pm Skye (B/C)
07-Jun Fri Skye (B/C)
11-Jun Tue Beginners Course Pool 7.30pm Skye (B/C)
13-Jun Thu Beginners Luss 6.30pm
14-Jun Fri
16-Jun Sun Day Trip B Round Ardlamont
18-Jun Tue Beginners Course Pool 7.30pm
20-Jun Thu Beginners Balloch (Leven) 6.30pm
22-Jun Sat Canoe Loch Beginners CANOE CAMP 12pm
22-Jun Sun Camp Lomond Beginners CANOE CAMP 12pm
to Expedition A/B Lismore
07-Jul Sun L1 Coach Course Lochgoilhead
to L1 Coach Course Lochgoilhead
10-Jul Wed L1 Coach Course Lochgoilhead
13-Jul Day Trips from Oban
14-Jul (A)
20-Jul Cumbraes (B)
28-Jul Round Mull
to from Tarbet (C )
04-Aug Up R. Cart (A)
17-Aug Solway Coast (A)
to Expedition B Arnumurchan Solway Coast (A)
18-Aug Solway Coast (A)
September Expenditon B+ Treshnish
14-Sep Corryvechan &
15-Sep Grey Dog (C )
28-Sep Skye Devpt
29-Sep Weekend
October Expedition B Turkey
2nd week

Club Programme: Early Winter 2012/3

Helensburgh Canoe Club

Programme: Early Winter 2012/3



Thurs 6th:  Midweek Paddle. Meet Cove 10am. Contact Geoff (674966) or email for further information.

Sat: 8th : Lower Orchy. Grade 2 river. Contact Grant if interested.

Sunday 9th: Beginners Sea Paddle. Meet RNYC 10am.

Wed 12th: Xmas Social. Meet Commodore 7pm for meal or join group at 8pm plus for a couple of drinks.



Tues  8th: First Aid for kayakers. Pool at 7pm.  Instruction/Discussion on what can happen and how to deal with it. Covers topics like Hypothermia, Asthmatic Shock, Hyperventilation, Heart Attacks, Breaks and Dislocations. Practical sessions in pool on dealing on water with unconscious casualties, exhaustion, broken or dislocated arms.

Sat 12th: White Water Safety and Rescue Course. Location tbc

Tues 15th: Adult Basic Skills (Start of 10 week course). Pool



W/E 2nd/3rd: Sea Kayak Bothy Weekend. Grade B plus. Location tbc

Training and Trips, Autumn 2012

Training Autumn 2012
We are intending running the following three courses starting October 13th in the Pool
1. Safety and Planning for Sea Kayakers (Hugh): This involves 3 pool sessions developing rescue skills followed by 3 instruction sessions on hazards (tidal flow, over-falls, wind etc), gear and passage planning.
2. Basic Safety and Rescue (Grant): 6 weeks in the pool developing rescue techniques for both kayaks and canoes and one outdoor consolidation session. If there is demand this will be followed by a BCU Foundation Safety and Rescue Assessment. 
3. Greenland Rolling (Myles). For those who want to progress from the Screw/Pawlata Roll
Grant will also be running an Intro to White Water Safety and Rescue soon
Each course costs £20 and includes pool fees. Places are limited and we need to ration pool time so please let me know of your interest ASAP.
Trip Programme
Thursday 27th Sept. River Awe (Grant) or Clyde-Toward (Geoff), Email if interested
Saturday 29th Loch Long and Loch Goil (Geoff). Meet Finnart 10am
Wed 3rd October- Wed 10th October: Sea Kayaking in Turkey
Saturday 13th October: Oban Demo Day. A chance to paddle Valley, North Shore and TideRace boats from Oban
W/E 27th/28th October: Scottish Canoe Show and Tay Descent for details
15th-17th November; Skye Weekend (Bunkhouse Accommodation)
Myles will be leading some night paddles on a Tuesday or Thursday when conditions permit. There will also be day paddles midweek and weekends. Watch this space for further info.
Club Meetings will take place on the last Wednesday of the month . Next meeting:  31st October 8pm Commodore

Sea Kayak Trip Programme

Helensburgh Canoe Club

Sea Kayak Trip Programme Summer 2012


Date                                    Location(Grade)                             Leader

W/E 5th/6thMay             Round Lismore(B)                            Contact Myles

Thursday 17th May            Loch Craignish & Dorus Mor (B)  Contact  Geoff

Week 3rd-9th June             Round Jura (A)                           Contact Hugh

W/E 23rd/24thJune            Beginners Camp, Loch Lomond(C)Contact Geoff

3 or 4 Days 1st July            Ulva, Staffa &Treshnish Ises (B+) Contact

W/E 21st/22nd July            Loch Spelve (Mull) (B+)                 Contact Hugh

Week 12th-18th Aug          Minch Crossing and Shiants(A)      Contact Hugh

Sun 2nd September            Bass Rock(B)                                     Contact  Geoff

Week 8th October             South Turkey (Kos, Kevlova)(B)     Contact  Geoff

There will be paddles most Wednesday evenings throughout the summer.


Grade A: For experienced Sea Kayakers. Involves strong tidal streams and/or exposed water. Weather/risk assessment and passage planning familiarity essential.

Grade B: For anyone who has completed club Sea Expedition Training (3 Star Sea) or equivalent.

B+: As above but who have completed at least one Grade B exped.


Grade C: For anyone, including youngsters and families

There will be planning/briefing discussions for trips where necessary.

NB: As ever these trips are weather dependent and locations may be changed to more sheltered areas or, if the worst happens, trips cancelled.


Committee Minutes Dec 2011

Helensburgh Canoe Club

Minutes of Committee Meeting, Sun 4th December 2011

Present: Geoff (Chair), Grant (Chief Coach, River Co-Ordinator), Hugh (Sea), Euan(Coach), Willie (QM)

Apologies: Ken (Treasurer), Mel

Financial Report:

Club has healthy balance of £3050 with the pool fees paid until 17th Jan 2012


Spraydecks: The pool chlorine is wrecking the neoprene decks.  Agreed to purchase 12 nylon decks and make up the number of useable neoprene decks to 12, including 3 for the sea kayaks. Use to be made of balance at Brookbank.

Kayaks. There is a shortage of sea kayaks for new members interested in trips. Grant will investigate the purchase of quality second hand boats from Glenmore Lodge with a maximum budget of up to £1500 for 3.

Clothing. Willie to investigate cost of Tops incorporating club logo (courtesy of Euan)


It was agreed that the pool time is most effectively used in structured courses, with individual practice using any remaining time (normally the second half hour). The Pool is primarily useful for Basic Skills and Rescue (incl. self-rescue and rolling). Grant was worried that Basic Skills do not have enough skills for fast successful rescues. The following Pool programme was agreed:

a)      6th/13th/20th December: Enhanced Basic Skills (using new coaching techniques)

b)      10th/17th/24th/31sth January: Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT) Cost £15

c)      7th Feb to 10th April: Adult Basic (minimum number 6) £30

d)      17th April to 26th June: Young Persons Basic £30

The FSRT course will require a classroom session and a half day practical at the end of Jan. Together with Basic Skills, beginners should be ready for a 2 star assessment in early February. Members in previous Basic Skills cohorts who have not done the 2 star are urged to get along to the pool and outdoor sessions in January.  The FSRT is complementary to SEA Touring Training.

Club Meetings:

We are instituting a club meeting on the first Wednesday of the month. The meeting will provide an opportunity for speakers, films and discussion of trips, training etc.  It will also be useful for registration. Location to be confirmed.


This Thursday (8th) weather permitting. Paddle on the Clyde followed by Xmas lunch. Dep Craigendoran 10am. Please join us for paddle, lunch or both. Contact Geoff for details

Weekend as soon as weather permits: Sea Trip for Touring Course. Contact Hugh for details.

Jan  14th/15th: Great Glen Paddle. Either Open or Sea Boats staying Sat night in YH. Contact Grant for details .

Registration and Membership.

Our membership list (52 strong) will be submitted as required by the SCA. It is unfortunately neither comprehensive nor correct and a membership secretary is urgently required for the coming year.  We also need urgently someone to “check in” people on courses at the pool and collect the money from individuals.