Category: Training


Beginners Training and Canoe Camp May/June 2014

Participants: Mathew, Jamie, Maelle, Paul, Gregor, Holly, Catie and Gregor plus Adam, Ross et al.

Leaders/Coaches: Euan, Geoff, Mark

Thursday Sessions: Luss (River), RNCYC (Canoe), Craigendoran (Polo), Luss (Seal Launches), Kidston (to Rhosneath), Luss (Inchconnachan), River Leven (Balloch to Dumbarton) , Loch Long (Finnart to Mark)

Weekend Camp Report:

Paddlers: Mathew, Jamie, Maelle, Paul, Gregor, Adam, Geoff, Euan

Weather: Calm. Overcast with summy intervals and periods of heavy rain in evening.

Report: Departed from Aldlochlay close to noon Saturday and paddled to Inchonnachan for lunch and some exploration of the old summer house..

Departure

Departure

From Inchconnachan we headed over to our camp site on Inchtavannach and pitched. After some debate we then proceeded on a late afternoon paddle around Inchmoan before dinner. During the paddle there was heavy rain which continued on and of throughout the evening. Most of the youngsters decided on a swim before drying out in front of an excellent fire.  A pleasant, if occassionally wet evening was had by all.

Sunday was calm and sunny. We left the camp site about 10.30 and paddled over to Inchgalbraith and its ruined castle.

At the castle window

At the castle window

A slow leisurely paddle back to Aldlochlay followed, arriving just before noon. A very successful conclusion to a successful course.

 

Programme Spring 2014

Helensburgh Canoe Club

Programme, Spring 2014

 

April

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

Email grant.dolier@gmail.com ASAP for details.

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

Thu 31st Start of club evening sessions

May

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

TBA River Trip

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

June

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)

July/August

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)

September

Tues 2nd Pool Sessions Resume

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

 

Sea States

Jamie has found an excellent video on YouTube about Sea States:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYQvymhZ2SQ.

As Hugh said Sea States are used in the Open Sea not inshore, where we tend to go.  A lot of the video was shot around St Kilda, which is just about as “Open Ocean” as we will normally get. Here you get sea states 3 and 4 without the howling gales (” strong breezes”) that are necessary inshore to generate big waves.  I am sure it does not help much to know that last Saturday the sea state was “slight”!

Plans: June/July 2013

 
Thursday 13th June: The Beginners will be at Luss in the canoes. I am hoping to go for a paddle but because of trailer limitations  only have room for a couple of the club sea kayaks so if you would like to come and need gear you will probably need to find some transport. If you can take an extra boat please let me know ASAP.
Friday 14th: During the day and evening we are supporting a charity relay team swimming 35km (the equivalent of the length of Loch Lomond) on Loch Lomond. It now appears we will be based at either Inverbeg or Luss. If you have the time off and are interested in a paddle let me know and I can suggest times and locations to join us.
Thursday 20th: The Beginners are going down the Leven from Balloch to Dumbarton. If interested let me know so I can arrange gear.
Sat/Sunday 22nd/23rd: Beginners Canoe Camp. Leaving Aldlochlay at 2pm, returning 12 noon on the Sunday. More details (how and what to pack etc) at the pool session the previous Tuesday.
Weekend 6th/7th July: Round Lismore. Depart Helensburgh 8am, returning about 4pm. This is graded as B i.e. you should have done some longish day trips but not necessarily camped from the kayak before. Please let me know if you are thinking of coming.
Pool: From 25th June on the pool will be open access with a concentration on rolling. Cost £3 per evening as usual.
Gear: You can borrow gear from the club if it is not required for club outings. We charge a nominal £5 per seat per day provided it is returned as it was issued.

 

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 www.canoescotland.org 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

Round the Islands April 22nd 2012

Paddlers: Geoff, Mel, Anne, Tracey, Jim, Martyn, Eileen, Steve, Frankie, David, Lee

Group on beach: second lunch break

Weather: Bright but mostly overcast, with no wind.

 

The Route

Leaving Aldlochlay

Heading North from Inchmoan

Meeting with Hostellers at narrows: Derek displays paddle used on first Kilda trip

Always

 Video of group paddling available at

News and Training Feb 2012

Adult Basic:

Pool Sessions. Tues 14th Feb to Tues 6th April(Easter)

Open Water: 1. Sun March 11th Luss 10 am, 2. Sun March 25th (provisonal) RNYC 10am 3. TBA

Sea Kayak Weekend. Sat/Sun 3rd/4th March.  Suitable for those who have completed training but need trip experience. Camping.

Club AGM Weds 14th March  .John St 20:30

Safety and Rescue Course, Luss Feb 212

Six hardy souls plus Grant took part in the final open water session of the course. The photos do not convey the temperature of the Loch in mid February

Training and Pool Sessions to Easter 2012

Foundation Safety and Rescue: Pool 10th,17th,24th,31st Jan and 7th Feb. Theory: 12th Jan, John St. Outdoor: 18th Feb Luss. 2 groups occupying all pool

Adult Basic Skills. Pool 14th, 21st, 28thFeb. 6th,13th,20th, 27th March, 3rd and 10th April. Outdoor Sessions TBA. 1 class max 8

Rolling.Up to 8 from 14th Feb

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

Equipment: 

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)

Training:

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.

Trips:

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.