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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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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Snow-capped mountains of Arran, a deserted lighthouse and dolphins.

An impromptu ‘WhatsApp’ trip planned at short notice, the original idea was to paddle from Portencross to Kilchattan Bay on Bute and back via Little Cumbrae. Getting up nice and early on a crisp January morning we were greeted by a wonderful sunrise over the snowy hills en route to the start point, the full moon low in a litmus pink dawn sky. On arrival at Portencross the sea state was a little too choppy to launch from the rocky shore and no one wanted to incur the wrath of the grumpy castle keeper by using the slipway there, so we decided to pop up to Largs Marina and launch from there instead. By then the wind had dropped a bit and the five of us (Tony, Grant, Dennis, Pat and Alan) set off across to the North end of Little Cumbrae. Unfortunately, time was now against continuing over to Kilchattan Bay (sunset was at 4pm) so we decided to go to the...
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Call for missing photos!

If you have any digital images from club trips back in the day then we have space for them on the club's awesome Smugmug photo gallery! Just email graham (grahammswanson@gmail.com) with the name of the trip and year/month/date and he will get you an upload link. We have also started "tagging" some images for people folders... https://dckc.smugmug.com/People-Folders   Here is a photo album of the club's selfie king. [SME_gallery ids='93Lg9X4,8nCnBhS,Z22nTrS,GZC4Bx9,wV2QkQC,RH6bS3M,xw7qWgb,C5Xq3R7,4mfPqGz,LRhFj9j,KCGr5gz,75FJD9G,kVsLR8b,3VLfz5d,QNMWnks,cWTR5Vf,zDM3hht' size='ThumbURL' columns='3' caption='' link='Large' new='']...
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Look Great in some new Club Clothing – Get in touch with Leigh!

Leigh is pulling together an order for clothing with the club logo - choose from t-shirts, beannies,, hats, fleeces and more. Contact her at a trip or session or on leigh.murray5@gmail.com   Sandy, Ian, Graham and all the club coaches can be seen modelling some clothing from time to time.   Top Tip  - Red is the official DCKC coaches clothing colour - same as the cool ski instructors in France! If you don't want people asking you for help then choose a different colour! Baseball cap is modelled below! ...
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Trip report 4 star sea assessment, April 2016

Sandy, Tony and Graham headed off to the Northumberland Coast for 4 star sea kayak assessment. The four star leader assessment checks that we have the personal skill level and leadership ability required to lead a group of paddlers, on short (6 to 8 miles, of at least 3 hours paddling), single or multi-day journeys in a moderate tidal water environment with winds not exceeding Beaufort Force 4. Sounds fine but what is moderate tidal water? A stretch of coastline with available landings every 1 to 2 miles or 1 hour paddling, including areas where it is not easy to land. Crossings not exceeding 2 nautical miles. Up to 2 knots of tide (but not involving tide races or overfalls). Winds not exceeding Beaufort Force 4. Launching and landing through surf (up to 1 metre, trough to crest height). That sounded fine too , we had done the training, practiced in the pool, paddled on sea trips (and river trips), and prepared or borrowed the kit needed...
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Trip Leader Meeting March 2016

12 of the clubs trip leaders and coaches met to go over some of the recent changes and improvements to how the club runs trips, and to answer any burning questions. Graham hosted with pizza, coffee and cake a plenty. Some of the main things covered were:- - the club has adopted a pragmatic approach to who can be trip leaders, formal qualifications aren't needed but a base of training, experience and willingness are the key. - Where junior members are involved a qualified coach and an up to date first aider are needed. - the club has had to consider these things and to address them a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) pulls everything together. The SOP is supported by things such as top tip sheets, club trip forms etc. All the club document are available on the club website - http://dckc.co.uk/members-pages/club-documents/ (there is a generic club password for members to access the club pages - ask a committee member or coach to...
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2015 The Year in Photos

Club photos are displayed on the awesome Smugmug site at dckc.smugmug.com See what we got up to or if you have images to add or a whole trip that has been missed then email graham at grahammswanson@gmail.com and he will get you an upload link. We now have the ability to "insert" images into posts and trip reports directly from smugmug... so if anyone fancies doing a trip report let me know as you can easily add images. Here are 3 from November's adventures. ...
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