Shetland Canoe Club is based in the Shetland Islands, and is therefore Britain’s most northerly canoe club. We are mainly a sea kayaking club, with most of our activities geared to touring, though some members have been known to try surfing, not to mention the odd visit to the mainland for a bit of river paddling. We are affiliated to the Scottish Canoe Association , all members pay an annual membership either as  boat owner or non  boat owner and this entitles them to use club equipment under club rules.  We do not hire club equipment as we operate on a non-commercial basis.

Please note – Minimum age 14 for all outdoor training and trips

If you’re looking for information on the Shetland Canoe Club, the Committee for the 2017 Season are:

Chair – Rachel Shucksmith

Vice Chair – Yolanda Bruce

Secretary – Craig Lobban (

Treasurer - Sheryl Lobban

Equipment – Gerald Urquhart

Training Coordinator - Angus Nicol 01595 840272

Trips coordinator – Iain Macbride (

Child Protection Officer – Yolanda Bruce

Ordinary members – Jim Tait, Mat Roberts

You will usually find at least one of the committee is involved in the training sessions and will be happy to discuss things with you if you choose your moment!

During the summer we organise short trips on Tuesday and Thursday (beginners) evenings, and a longer trip most Sundays or Saturdays depending on availability and weather.  Through the winter we often have pool sessions at the Clickimin Pool in Lerwick.  Every year in March the club holds an open night for new members in the Clickimin Pool followed by a programme of training starting in the pool and moving onto the sea after Easter. This is the best time for beginners to join. Experienced paddlers are welcome at any time.

There are occasional weekend meets in places such as Yell and Unst when opportunities arise, and the Shetland Sea Kayak Symposium and connected paddle meet weekend happens every second year. If you’re looking for information on our next Symposium you can keep up to date with what’s going on by visiting our facebook page Shetland Sea Kayak Symposium 2014 or email