Symposium Coaches update

We’re delighted to announce that our great lineup of  symposium coaches of Kim Bull, Kate Duffus, Pat Murray, Bonnie Perry, Mike McClure, Catriona Nicol and Angus Nicol are going to be joined by Andrew Barras and Matt Haydock! Happy days.

Don’t forget – If you want to be added to the waiting list, email

Symposium update

We’ll, it’s one week after opening and we’re fully booked! Please email to be added to the waiting list

Thursday Pool session

We had a good start to our pool sessions with 12 club members, 5 non-club members and 4 coaches making good use of the pool. Next session is this Thursday, 26 October.

Pool sessions start this Thursday

Don’t forget that the first of five pool session is on Thursday. Exclusive use of the whole pool, coaches on hand to help you with whatever skill you’re wanting to practice, open to non-members who’d like to try it in a pool before committing to the course next year. Pay on the door £5 adult and £3 concessions. Non members £7.50

Symposium now open for applications!

That’s right, we’re now officially open for applications. see the symposium page for details

2018 Symposium applications open Sunday!

Check out the symposium tab at the top of the home page for details and forms

Pool Sessions

Pool sessions for the winter season start on Thursday 19th October at 8pm. The sessions will run for five weeks, the final night on 16th November 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.

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.

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