Sticky Post – Club Members Passwords etc

Please ask for the password to access club member page / coaches pages / committee pages as approriate. If you don't have the password email grahammswanson@gmail.com We are working on a forum option but meanwhile like us on facebook or join the whatsapp groups for sea paddling or river kayaking. Your email address will normally be added to our monthly newsletter mailing list. If you don't seem to be getting yours let us know on info@dckc.co.uk ...
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Islay Sea and Surf Kayaking Weekend August 2017

Allegedly, Misha had suggested to Graham a couple of days paddling on Islay. Ever enthusiastic, Graham’s response led to the pair of them organising and leading a full-on club trip to the island. Thus, on the evening of Friday 4th August, a number of club members and their vehicles joined the queue at Kennacraig ferry terminal on West Loch Tarbert to board the 6pm sailing to Port Askaig on Islay. After a two hour crossing that included a meal on board we disembarked for a quick drive across the island to the scenic Machir bay on the west coast where wild camping behind the sand dunes had been proposed as our luxury accommodation for the weekend. On arriving in the Bay we were met by the advance party consisting of Pat, Graham and the Starship Enterprise, aka Pat’s motorhome, who’d all caught the earlier ferry to Port Ellen on the south of the island. After pitching tents, a camp fire...
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The Mighty Teith – June 17th 2017

On a calm overcast morning, 4 of us set off from Miller St all kitted up – Leigh (our trip leader), Marcus, Clive and myself. We met up with Graham Roy at Callander car park with his open boat. After leaving some cars at the Torrie lay-by some miles downriver, Leigh gave us an excellent pre-trip brief of the day ahead of us, safety checks, signals, etc. and we all showed off our individual kayak experience (or lack of). It was a busy car park. It looked like we were sharing the river Teith with a big group of kayakers from the Stirling Kayak Club. To get us warmed up we went upriver a bit to practice ferry gliding and breaking in and out of the current, which allowed the Stirling group to go on ahead. Leigh went to the front of the group to show us the correct lines, with Graham bringing up the rear in...
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Beginners Trip – Loch Lubnaig – Sunday 7th May

The weather has been glorious over the last few days and that was no exception this Sunday when Sandy, Paul, Alison,  Ellen, Jim, Connor, Paul, David, Clive, me (Geri) and Matthew met at the Miller Street container for what looked like a positive start to the day.    It was a fairly straight forward drive up to the Loch although it was fairly clear that traffic might be an issue at some point in the day.  Significantly smaller than the major lakes of the area, but easily accessible along the A84, Loch Lubnaig is popular with picnicker, walkers and cyclists.  There are two car parks providing easy access to the southern end of the loch, both close to pleasant beaches.   A parking fee applied of £4 for the day but the new pound coin didn’t work, neither apparently did a card, so for some, parking was free. In all we were 11 paddlers (with two junior kayakers joining us).  It was the...
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Safety Kayakers – Great Scottish Swim – 26 August 2017

Great Scottish Swim - Safety Kayakers wanted for Club Fundraising Opportunity Hi everyone, Last year we made about £2000 for the club funds by providing safety kayakers for the Great Scottish Swim. This year we have the opportunity to do this again and hopefully raise another £2000. The event is taking place on Saturday the 26th of August at Loch Lomond.    The requirements are similar to last year. To be considered for the team kayakers must have at least one of the following qualifications OR previous Great Swim event experience: Swim Event Safety Award (SESA) BCU 2 star BCU Coach Level 1+ Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT)   On behalf of the club I have offered to provide 20 kayakers. If you are available on 26 August and want to help out with a bit of fundraising please contact Sandy sandy.johnston@sky.com I will be running FS&RT training courses on Sunday 9 July and also on Sunday 13 August. These dates will provide training opportunities for those that need them, but this is...
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Foundation Safety and Rescue Training – Only one place left!

This course is free to club members (apart from certificate fee) who are volunteering as rescue kayakers at the Great Scottish Swim on Saturday 26 August 2017. Otherwise the fee for club members for this course is £30. This course is the British Canoe Union Safety course that all other safety courses are built on and is often a prerequisite for future development. The next course will take place on Loch Lomond on Sunday 13 August 2017. There is only one place left on this course. This course is designed for all paddlers irrespective of craft. The objective is to teach simple and safe skills that can be applied appropriately across a variety of paddlesport craft including kayaks and canoes.  These skills will then form the basis of all safety and rescue training throughout the BCU Scheme. The course aims to provide the student with the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely in a sheltered water environment and to be able to deal...
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2017 Dam Releases in Scotland

The SEPA freshnet schedule is show on http://canoescotland.org/where-go/water-releases.To make it easier to read / plan I have added them all to a google calendar but please check the SCA page before travelling:   Club (and Peer) river trips over the summer may include some of these dates!                   The original SEPA document is at document: 2017 Freshnets...
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Day 4 – The Search for Wind – Loch Eck, March 2017

The last day of Graham’s killer canoeing sessions and he couldn’t have booked a better day, if he had a hotline to the big man himself! The sun was splitting the skies, predictions of 18°, and apparently no wind. So I cast off my old faithful dry-suit and didn’t bother bringing my pop-up sail. I was totally up for a nice leisurely paddle on Loch Eck and shades were at the ready. The scenery didn’t fail, it was picture perfect as we were kitting out our Open Boats. Having passed around the 5L bottle of screen wash Graham R. kindly helped me carve my very own bailer. Graham S then declared we were going to get wet – great, the one day I didn’t bring my dry suit! Fortunately you can always count on Sandy to save the day, he only had a spare dry-suit. On the water we did a warm-up. Stupidly I thought it was genuinely “warm-up” and got caught out...
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Spring River Bunkhouse Weekend 10th – 12th March 2017

With a dry February and start of March we weren’t very optimistic on finding much water for our weekend of awesome river paddling. Thankfully storm Doris gave us a deluge the weekend before which probably saved the trip. Blair, Campbell, Derek, Graham and Grant set off for Aviemore on the Friday evening, not a particularly nice drive as drizzly rain fell for most of the journey. Reaching Aviemore we checked into the Youth Hostel which we could not praise higher, friendly staff, clean comfortable rooms and excellent communal lounge. Off to the local for some refreshments then back to hostel to prepare for Saturdays paddle, note: always take room key when you need to visit the wee boys’ room, corridor carpet not that comfy. Saturday morning we decide over breakfast that we will paddle the mighty Findhorn upper and mid-section 19km grade 2/3 with the odd grade 4 for a challenge. Off we set taking the B9007 over the Cairngorms with...
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Day 3 of Graham – The Seach for the Wind

  Day 3 of Graham's hunt for the wind took us on a trip down Loch Arachay in to Loch Venachar. After finding little wind and mirror flat water on our previous trips to Loch Lomond and Rhu , Graham was feeling optimistic on the back of Storm Doris. After a drive through the flooded Trossachs things were looking promising, we dragged the canoes through a flooded swamp and got onto the water. The put in was pretty sheltered and gave us time to warm up by practicing some of the skills we had learnt previously. We then headed down the Loch and true to form the Scottish winter failed to deliver the wind; however Graham kept us working by challenging us to think about what was happening during the catch and power phase of our strokes and to focus on the angle of the blade and what we were doing at each stage. As always I found that making fine adjustments has a noticeable difference on the...
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River Allan – 19.02.17 – Tristan Armstrong

Another planned day out by Sandy, making use of whatsapp to keep everyone up to date, and allowing myself, Derek, Chris, Leigh, and Campbell sign up for the day. An exciting river trip in the grade of 3+. We were all looking for a challenge, something to push us a little bit. Checking the river levels the night before confirmed my worries, very little rain around. Where would we go? We all meet up at Miller Street container and Sandy drops the bomb, Allan Water is his hope. My instant thoughts go back to my last paddle there....lots of swims. My chances of staying dry had just diminished. The back ups were the Teith and the Tay which will go in most levels. So off we went in hope with 4 kayaks and two open canoes, making use of the trailer to cut back on  cars at the get out. On arrival we checked the level, a little lower than we...
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Regular Beginners Trip, Regular Skills Sessions and Intermediate Sea Kayaking Series

We have just added 4 new sets of events which offer lots of chances to go paddling. - Beginners Trips (1st Weekedn of month) - Skills Sessions (3rd Weekend of month) - Intermediate sea kayaking (A series of trips/paddles through the summer - we are taking names for these as places are limited)) - Intro to moving water and currents (Wed evenings at Pinkston in March) Find out more about them on the calendar! ...
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Loch Lomond Sports Hub AGM

The Loch Lomond Watersports Hub project is progressing and the AGM is this Monday evening. If you are free and would like to know more, show you support or even ask about getting involved please come along. Visit: http://dckc.co.uk/event/loch-lomond-watersports-association-agm/ has info on the meeting or loch-lomond-watersports-hub.org.uk about the project....
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Firth of Forth Sea Kayak Training – 11th February 2017

Another Saturday morning where I’m up at the crack of dawn to pack up all my paddling gear and get my boat sorted. A quick pit-stop at the petrol station – the car is fuelled and I have the morning coffee in hand. As I’m driving through to Port Edgar Marina, South Queensferry I’m hit with rain…..howling winds…..heavier rain…..and then sleet. Then I think about Rab’s prediction of force 5-7 winds and that familiar thought pops into my head, why am I doing this again!?!?! When I arrive at Port Edgar the rain is off and Rab puts a smile all our faces by announcing the first task of the day is to have a brew and a warm breakfast. We then spent the next hour or so talking through the process for planning a trip and discussing the things we’d need to consider. I think we also challenged Rab to keep us all on point, it’s amazing how many things...
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Lomond Night Paddle. Fri. 10 Feb.

This time under clear skies and a huge full moon, seven of us, Rab, Iain, Jim Edmonds, Katy, Dave Ross, Alan and Danny, set off from Balmaha on one of Rab's now famous night paddles. Ten minutes on the water before our night vision took over, then to the right of Inchcaillach and a paddle over to the northern string of islands and back down through the Narrows. No owls calling on this one, unlike on the previous trip. Most of the way was eerily calm and it is always a little disconcerting how different familiar stretches look in the dark. Dave had passed around little cyalume sticks for the boats, but it was still easy to lose sight of each other - except for Alan who seemed to be reading War and Peace by red light, although I'm sure he'll claim he was only checking the map! The upper reaches of Ben Lomond and the hills to north and west were...
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Drymen Bridge to Balmaha. 4 Feb.

Bev. in her shiny new boat, David MacD. , George , Chris and myself braved rain and wind. The forecast had been threatening, so I did a recce the day before. Water was high and the ground muddy. On the Saturday after more rain, the river was the highest I've seen it and fast flowing at the put-in. We set up the shuttle and launched our sea boats without incident. We thought we were in for an easy ride with the current for the eight miles or so. Just our luck, strong headwinds meant hard paddling. Muscles getting a bit tired , we broke for lunch on the sheltered bank of the creek on the right side of the river. Everyone was in good spirits, even Chris, the only one with a play boat. He had to work twice as hard as the rest of us. Resuming the paddle, we wondered what the SW winds would do to the mile so loch stretch....
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