Training

Pool: November and December. For those with Basic Skills (2 Star level).

Either: Sea Kayak Expedition Training  Or: Rolling Clinic.

A new Basic Skills Course aimed at Adults starts January.

Sat 14th November: 2 Star Assessment, Luss, £10

Sun 15th November: Foundation Safety And Rescue Course

A Very Foggy Clyde 31st Oct 2010

Paddlers: Dave, Mick, Myles, Douglas and Geoff

Description: A very foggy and ethereal paddle giving extensive practice of kayaking by compass and a completely new perception of a well used route. A thoroughly enjoyable short day.

The Route
Depart from Craigendoran
Kilcreggan (I think its going to burn off!)Blue Sky, fog beneath and flat calm.
Off Cove (It's getting thicker again)
Blue Sky but no horizon
It's breaking (off Green Island)
It's not. Off Helensburgh Pier (after Turner)

Come and Try Day: Luss, Oct 17th

Kayakers: The biggest club meet yet with 27 in attendance.

Activities: In the morning everybody had a chance to try out a sea kayak (including the new North Shore Atlantic), a river boat and one of the club’s Canoes. Sue and Alan gave a short demo of self rescue: Roll, Paddle Float and Re-Entry and Roll. In the afternoon there was a short paddle with some seal launching for the small boats. Despite a grey cold day that dis-integrated in the afternoon into heavy rain, a good time was apparently had by all.

Grey Dog and Cuan Sound Daytrip, Thurs Oct 14th

Kayakers: Hugh, Ken, Damien

Route: The route was Easdale, Belnahua, Grey Dog, Scarba (cable from Grey Dog), round the bottom of Luing and up to Ardinamar Bay, Cuan Sound, Easdale. Distance 25k.

The RouteDepartureBelnahua
Looking from Belnahua to Lunga and Scarba

Belnahua Ruined Village
Lunch
Cruising
Tidal currents in the Grey Dog
Heading for Luing
Ken and Damien

Cuan Sound

Training Paddle Sunday 10th October

Attending: Ross, Matt, Callum, Sam, Stella, James, Euan, Geoff

Route: Craigendoran-Ardmore-Craigendoran

Description: A bright, breezy, dry day. Strong NE breeze force 3 but well sheltered en route. Ardmore point flat calm! Enjoyable and instructive day.

Training Plans 2010/2011

The outline programme for the season to next summer is as follows:

Sept/Oct 2010  Basic Paddling,   Advanced Sea Skills

Nov/Dec 2010  Rescue & Rolling, Intro to Sea Expeds

Jan/Feb/March 2011, Basic Paddling (Adults), Sea Rescues and Rolls

April/May/June 2011  Basic Paddling (Juniors)

Training Course require at least 3 open water sessions

Paddle 2010

Paddle 2010 – Scotland’s Annual Canoe & Kayak Show will take place on Saturday October 23rd & Sunday October 24th 2010 at Bell’s Sport Centre, Perth.

continuing from previous years, this year the show will have:

  • the largest collection of canoe and kayak stands in a UK show
  • workshop sessions
  • guest speakers
  • exhibitors and manufacturers
  • annual touring photo competition
  • saturday evening ceilidh

The show will take place in conjuction with a new event – The Tay Descent on Sat 23rd Oct.  This event has a tour and races covering 3 different courses.  Race classes will cover different ages, abilities and types of boat.

More information can on Paddle 2010 and the Tay Descent can be found on the Scottish Canoe Association website http://www.canoescotland.org/events/ScotlandsCanoeShow.aspx.