Club trips Saturday 28 and 29 May

We had two day trips based in the north mainland that weekend. Top two pictures Saturday, lower two Sunday

Saturday saw a small group of four head from Urafirth to Mavis Grind. Excellent paddling conditions at the start let us into caves and inlets, then the breeze and the swell from the west gave a bit of a challenge between Nibon and Egilsay.  Still, a great day to be out on the water! Many thanks to Rachel for organising

Sunday saw a slightly larger group head up to Ronas Voe in very benign conditions, enjoying threading in and out of the stacks and caves on both out and back legs.  And we also came across a group of coasteers, standing on top of a pinnacle just as we rounded the corner. Many thanks to Rachel for organising and leading

3 star open canoe training 20/21st August

We have a 3* open canoe assessor coming to Shetland on 20th and 21st August. There are spaces available for members of the Shetland Canoe Club to undertake their 3* open canoe assessment with him.
If you are interested in attempting your 3* open canoe assessment please e-mail Rosalind. Open canoe training will have to be undertaken before the assessment. Weather permitting this may take place with the canoe club.
If you are unsure if you are at 3* ability please ask a club coach the next time you are out paddling and they will be able to give you advice.
The 3* open canoe pre-requisites are:
At least 3 journeys in an open canoe of approx. 3 hours
And either hold a 2* BCU award or have undertaken a 3 hour paddle in another discipline (so a paddle trip in a kayak).
As said earlier, to register your interest please reply to this e-mail as soon as possible.
Please note this is an opportunity to obtain 3* open canoe, not 3* sea kayak.

If you are interested please contact Rosalind at rnicol45@yahoo.co.uk

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.