Club Coaches and Trip Leaders

In the club we are lucky to have many committed and enthusiastic club coaches, working with kayakers young and old, novice to expert. As a volunteer led club we are able to introduce beginners, run trips for a wide range of abilities and also help develop a new generation of coaches and trip leaders. For all trips with Junior members a qualified Coach shall be present.

UKCC Level 1 The first coach qualification, trained to offer single sessions.
UKCC Level 2 A coach working with students over several sessions
4 Star Leader Can lead a group of competent paddlers in relevant moderate water (e.g. a river/sea)
5 Star Leader Can lead a group of competent paddlers in relevant advanced water (e.g. a river/sea)
Moderate Water Endorsement (MWE) Extra qualification to coach beyond sheltered water.
Advanced Water Endorsement (AWE) Extra qualification to coach in relevant advanced water. (Similar to old BCU Level 3 coach).
Pinkston ESO External Site Operator for Pinkston Watersports Centre

Club Coaches and Trip Leaders

Coach Qualification
Rab Burns
L3 BCU Sea Kayak
PVG & 1st Aid
Graham Swanson
OC: UKCC L3, MWE, 5 Star
WW: BCU L4 Coach, 5 Star, WWSR
Sea: Club Trip leader – Surf and Sea, 4 Star Sea
Pinkston ESO
PVG & 1st Aid (30/05/17)
Sandy Johnston
WW: UKCC L3, 3 Star Assessor, Pinkston ESO
OC: Club Trip Leader – OC, 4 Star, MWE
Sea: Club Trip leader – Surf and Sea, 4 Star Sea
FSRT Provider
PVG &  1st Aid (13/3/19)
Donald Smith
BCU L2 coach
Club Trip Leader – Sea
Andrew Minshall L1 Coach
Pinkston ESO
Garry o’Donnel
L1 Coach (L2 Trained)
Club Trip leader WW -Grade 4.
Pinkston ESO
1st Aid 21/02/19
Bernie Tolland
L1 Coach
Club Trip Leader -WW Grade 4, 4 Star WW
Club Trip Leader – Sea
Pinkston ESO
PVG & 1st Aid 31/12/14
David Gow L1 Coach
Club Trip Leader -WW Grade 4
PVG
Tristan Armstong L2 Coach
Club trip Leader – Sheltered Inland Water
1st Aid 14/04/16
Ross McKillop
L1 Coach. (L2 Trained)
Club Trip Leader -Sea
PVG & First Aid 15/02/18
Ian McGie L1 Coach
Club Trip Leader – Sea (MWE)
1st Aid 15/02/18
Blair Martin
L1 Coach, L2 Trainee
Club Trip Leader -WW (Grade 3)
PVG
Louisa Oram
L1 Coach, L2 Trainee
Club Trip Leader – Sheltered Inland Water
Jo Grant
L1 Coach
4 Star Sea Trained
Club Trip leader Sea – MWE
Leigh Murray L1 Coach
4 Star Sea Trained
Club Trip Leader – Sheltered Inland Water
Club Trip leader WW 2(3), WWS&R
First Aid Feb 2018
Alan Rollo L1 Coach
Ross Latimer L1 Coach

BCU Star Award Qualified Trip Leaders

Trip Leader Qualification
Misha Somerville
4 Star Sea
Club Trip Leader -Sea
Club Trip Leader -WW (Grade 4)
Andrew Ligethy
4 Star WW
Club Trip Leader -Sea
Club Trip Leader – WW (grade 4)
Tony Clark
4 Star Sea
Club Trip leader Sea

Club Trip Leaders

Trip Leader Status
Bill Davis Club Trip leader Sea
Ron Downie Club Trip leader Sea
PVG
Lori Nish 4 Star Sea Trained
Club Trip leader Sea
Colin Campbell Club Trip leader Sea
Elizabeth Ligethy Club Trip leader Sea
Michael McSorley Club Trip leader Sea – MWE
Ian Love Club Trip leader Sea – MWE
Janice Gow
Club Trip leader Sea – MWE
PVG
Tom Downie Club Trip leader WW – Grade 4
Michael Combes Club Trip leader WW – Grade 4
PVG
Scott Anderson
Club Trip leader WW – Grade 4

Definitions

Very Sheltered Water Quiet canals with easy bankside access and egress; small lakes, which are not large enough, and do not have difficult landing areas for problems to occur it there is a sudden change in conditions; specified sites on gentle, slow moving rivers. The definition implies weather conditions which are not in themselves likely to cause problems. Care must be exercised when water temperatures are low.
Sheltered Inland Water Flat water rivers, faster flowing, but not involving the shooting of, or playing on weirs or running rapids. Discretion and common sense must apply when considering the use of lakes/lochs. To operate further than 200 metres from shore on a large lake can be a serious undertaking. To paddle in offshore breezes on large lakes requires the same degree of caution as for the sea. Water temperature (especially in Scottish lochs) must always be a consideration. Suitable lagoons or sections of sheltered bays of larger lakes can sometimes be designated “Sheltered” or even “Very Sheltered” water by careful and sensible selection. The definition implies normal conditions. Care must be exercised when water temperatures are low
Moderate Water Inland Moderate Inland Water Large areas of open water which exceed the sheltered water definition, that are no more than 500m off shore and in wind strengths that do not exceed force 4.
Advanced Water- Inland Advanced Inland Water Large areas of open water which exceed moderate water and have winds in excess of force 4.
Sheltered Tidal Water and Sea Small enclosed bays, where there is minimal possibility of being blown offshore; enclosed harbours, where there is minimal possibility of being blown offshore; defined beaches (a short section of beach with easy landing throughout, no tide races or overfalls beyond the beach), in conditions in which swimmers and beach craft could be happily operating winds not above force 3 (force 2 if offshore when greatest of caution must be exercised); the upper reaches of some suitable, slow moving estuaries during Neap tides. In all cases the wind and weather conditions must be favourable.
Moderate Water Tidal Water/Sea The definition involves: A stretch of coastline or estuary in close proximity to the shore, with easy landing, not involving fast tidal streams, tidal races, or overfalls, winds not above force 4 (force 2 if offshore when greatest of caution must be exercised); the upper reaches of some estuaries; launching and landing through moderate surf
Advanced Water Tidal Water/Sea – Any journey on the sea where tidal races, overfalls or open crossings may be encountered, which cannot be avoided; Sections of coastline where landings may not be possible or difficult; difficult sea states and /or stronger winds (force 4 or above), launching and landing through moderate surf.
Moderate Water White Water Grade 2 white water or equivalent weirs. (This is extended to Grade 2(3) when using whitewater spec Kayaks).
Advanced Water -White Water Grade 3 white water for canoe. Grade 3 to 4(5) for kayak.