Weisdale to Strom, 07/05/2016 Shetland Canoe Club

The group of 11 went paddling from just passed the school at Weisdale  to Strom bridge, head of Stromness Voe.
On the first, downwind leg it was nice being out on the water, a relaxed paddle making good headway with the wind to our backs. We passed Flota and Hoy, names more often associated with our neighbouring islands but without the major tidal streams.
We paused briefly at North Havra but the beaches didn’t look good for landing so headed round into Stromness Voe for a break.
The second leg proved to be upwind with little lee to catch a rest, and the wind picked up a bit so all had an opportunity to work on efficient forward paddling!
As the water from Strom Loch was in full flow, there was no alternative but for some to play (and fall in) in the fast moving water while others started the portage back to the cars.
Many thanks to Rachel and Christine for organising a great little trip.

Last pool session before beginners training - Monday 11 April 2016

Monday 11 April is our last pool session for existing club members before the beginners training start. Final chance to get those rolls and braces tuned up for the season in a nice warm environment!

And don’t forget that club membership is now due, forms back to Craig please.

We’re moving!

Shetland Canoe Club is changing it’s base for 2016’s outdoors sessions. We will confirm where to find us for this summer’s training as soon as we can.

Shetland Canoe Club Beginners Sessions start 18 April

Starts Monday 18th April, 25th April, 2nd May, 9th May
If you’ve never kayaked and thought you’d like to give it a go, this is a good way to learn some of the basics before you get out onto the sea.
Each week we’ll spend just under an hour looking at safety, equipment and general paddling do’s and don’ts before heading into the pool. At the end of the four weeks you’ll be ready to head outdoors on the sea to put some of what we’ve been doing into practice before getting going with trips.
You need to be able to swim and be over 13, all children under 16 need to be accompanied by an adult.
Meet 7:15pm at Bowlers bar for the dry bit. There will be time to get changed before we go into the pool at 8:30pm. Please bring your completed enrolment form with you.

Symposium latest

Numbers are looking good, in the region of 40 already booked and the accommodation at Bridge End is now full. We’re going to have to restrict entries now, please email us at shetlandsymposium@gmail.com and we will confirm whether we can manage to fit you in.

Many thanks

Pool sessions restart 7 March at 8.30pm

…First chance in 2016 to work on support strokes, rolling or rescues….

£5 adult and £3 concessions. Non members £7.50.

As usual, remember that you will need to allow ten minutes before to move kayaks around and time at the end to put the kayaks back on the trailer. Thank you

AGM – Friday 29th January

AGM Friday 29th January, Islesburgh 7pm

Nominations for all office bearers including chair, vice-chair, secretary, treasurer,training coordinator, equipment officer, trips coordinator, child protection officer, ordinary committee members and any other posts – names to Craig Lobban please (craig@cragden.plus.com). Nominations can also be made on the day.

As well as these bits we’ve got to do, we are also looking for ideas from yourselves about what you want to do this year and how you want things done. Let Craig know if there’s anything you specifically want to bring up, or just bring it on the day.

Thank you

Pool session update

We are pleased to confirm that we have been able to extend the pool sessions to the 16th November.

Pool Sessions

Hi all,

With confirmation the pool is now re opening on the 10th October we can confirm that our pool

sessions for this year will start on Monday 12th October and will run for 5 weeks. Last night on the 9th November.

We have kept the Monday nights at 8:30pm. which proved popular last year. We also have exclusive use of the whole pool area, this will allow us to bring in more sea kayaks.

The extra space will let you to practice all types of strokes in the pool,  rolling, rescues, etc. With extra coaches this year, who will be on hand to assist where required. Please let us know what you would like to work on.

The rates will be the same as other years £5 adult and £3 concessions. Non members £7.50.

There is more sessions booked for early next year, dates will be confirmed.

Details for Saturday's intro day

We’re aiming to cover the BCU 1 star syllabus by the end of the day. You need to be confident in the water and prepared to get wet, though we’ll try and do that towards the end of the day. Places will be limited as we want to to keep groups small, though we do have a good number of new coaches!

Cost – club membership fee. Forms are on the membership page

How long is it?

It’s a full day starting at 9am.
What do I need to bring?
Lunch and snacks; towel and changes of clothes; extra warm clothing for sitting around; a flask with your favourite hot drink.

What should I wear?
Warm ’sports’ type clothes that dry quickly, thermal underwear if you’ve got it, fleece jumper and jacket, waterproof jacket and trousers. Don’t wear anything cotton, it soaks up water and you just get very cold. If you have a wetsuit that’s fine, and if you’ve got a dry suit you’re lucky! An old pair of trainers is fine on the feet, but don’t forget cotton socks aren’t good. Warm hats are essential.

Is there somewhere to get changed?
There’s a changing room as part of the the Bridge End Centre complex for our use. There is no heating in the changing rooms. Please be quick using it. It is not secure so please do not leave valuables in there. It’s best to lock them in cars.

What are the toilet facilities like?
There is a lockable facility with shower and toilet. It is shared with campers and caravanners. Please make sure you leave it clean and tidy.

What stuff does the club provide?
We have a store of equipment you will need such as bouyancy aids and paddles. We also have a selection of kayaks to suit different sizes of people.

What can I expect to do?
We’ll be outside most of the day so you will need clothes for whatever weather the day brings. We’re going to do a bit of talking, some drills on land before getting onto the water. We’ll cover the safety aspects first, before getting in and out of kayaks. We’ll go on to move forwards, backwards and turning. You will be lifting and carrying kayaks on and off trailers and down to the water. By the end of the day you should have the basic skills to go on short trips with the club. We finish off by doing ‘wet’ drills simulating a capsize and rescue.

Will I get wet?
Yes, but it’s hopefully going to be towards the end of the day when we do ‘wet’ drills. You need an additional set of clothes just in case…

Is kayaking dangerous?

Bridge End is considered as sheltered waters and suitable for teaching beginners. While it does need to be recognised that kayaking is an inherently dangerous pastime, if you do as instructed the risks will be minimal and we will do out best to teach you to be safe.

Most common injuries happen prior to getting on the water. We will look at ways of preventing those injuries and managing the risks throughout the day.

If you have a medical condition speak to one of the coaches. It will be dealt with sensitively and not passed on unless it needs to be for your safety. If you have any medication please make sure you bring it with you.

Can I take photos?
With the exception of while someone is getting changed, yes if you ask the people being photographed.

Many coaches will have a waterproof camera. Consent for the Club to use photographs on our website and facebook page is on the membership form. Photos of anyone under 16 will not be used without parents permission.