Moderate Water Endorsement Coach Training

Monday and Tuesday were the two days for BCU Level 2 Coaches Rosalind Nicol and Rachel Shuchsmith to start the process towards the Moderate Water Endorsement under the watchful eye of Kim Bull.  Monday morning saw a recap of the underpinnings for level 2 coaching, but they were soon out on the water exploring paddler development using the moderate water environment. Tuesday was spent doing a variety of coaching on relatively calm conditions.  The morning’s work focused on development of 4* paddlers, with critique and analysis of the paddlers and fitting the coaching within the theme for that session.

Moderate Water Coach Training

The afternoon was with a slightly larger group of club paddlers looking to develop their techniques and skills, Rachel and Rosalind working on aspects of analysis and then fitting coaching to the group.   Many thanks to everyone that attended and to Kim for coming up.

Kim Bull is a BCU Level 5 Coach and is in Shetland doing a variety of training for the Club over this next few weeks. Please contact Rachel for details.

Club trips - end June and into July 2017

Passage 2.5km south of Nibon

After a slow start to the trip season, things have got a bit busier now and people have got out and about. Many thanks to Rachel for doing lots of  driving over the last few weekends and evenings and getting people organised, making it all possible. Thanks must also go to Angus, Catriona, Rosalind, Gerald and all the other club coaches and trip leaders. Here’s a few photos from trips around Oxna and Papa, Ronas Voe, Muckle Roe and Nibon

Muckle Roe Caving

rock and stack hopping, Ronas Voe

Over 30 paddlers getting ready to set off from Hamnavoe

Cave entrance, Mangaster

Cave, just south of Tokka

First Club Beginners Trip 2017

Saturday saw 4 beginners, 2 coaches and 2 support paddlers head up to Ronas Voe for the first beginners trip of 2017.  A good day out was had and a lot learned, conditions being bright but blustery. Many thanks to Jim for coaching and trailering, and Mike and Jo really made the trip a success. And a thank you to our four beginners Ingrid, Val, Michelle and Jessie – you were superb!

If you are a beginner and interested in coming along on a coached trip please chat to one of the coaches on Thursday nights.

Details of individual trips can be found on our facebook page and our forum

2017 trips

Email has gone out to members about trips. Please get in touch with Craig Lobban if you haven’t received so he can sort membership details. Iain MacBride is club trip organiser this year and is looking to get things organised as much as possible. Check facebook and the forum for more information

Beginners sessions 2017

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.

Starts Thursday 20th April for 4 weeks (20th April, 27th April, 4th May, 11th May).
Meet 6:45pm at Waterside suite for the dry bit. There will be time to get changed before we go into the pool at 8:00pm.

Please bring your completed enrolment form with you.

All you require is your swimwear, we provide the rest.

Pool sessions 2017

Pool sessions for the spring season start on Thursday 9th March at 8pm. The sessions will run for six weeks, the final night on 13th April 2017.

Again we have exclusive use of the whole pool area, this will allow us to bring in more sea kayaks and possibly canoes.

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. A chance to refresh your skills before the outdoor season gets under way.

If you have a friend who would like to try out kayaking why not bring them along any Thursday for a try, if they are keen to go outdoors with us then our beginners sessions start on 20thApril.

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

AGM – Thurs 9th February 2017

AGM Thursday 9th February, 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 sessions

Pool sessions for the winter season start on Thursday 20th October at 8pm. The sessions will run for six weeks, the final night on 24th November 2016.

Again we have exclusive use of the whole pool area, this will allow us to bring in more sea kayaks and possibly canoes.

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.

If you have a friend who is keen to try out kayaking why not bring them along for a try.

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, details will be released in the new year.

Thursday 9 June beginners session – a trip to Gletness

As it was such a nice night, decision made to head out to Gletness. Leaving with one of the biggest group trips of the year, working on forward paddling and staying upright was order of the day. A quick five minute break on the beach was had at Gletness after an hour paddling, then out to South Isle and across to North Isle to try and pass through the arch. Unfortunately the tide was too low, but a good twenty minutes was spent checking out the nooks and crannies of North Isle.When we got back at 10pm everyone seemed to have enjoyed themselves, even if they were a wee bit tired after their first real trip

Club Trip Hillswick to Tangwick 5 June

Definitely cooler weather saw a group of five paddlers head off from Hillswick with a stiff breeze from the north east. Tucking into shore as much as possible and making as much use of the lee, a good day out was had. All would like to thank Rachel for organising and leading.