We are able to welcome a number of new member who are beginners each year. Our volunteer coaches run a number of courses each year where beginners can learn the fundamentals before they can take part in other clubs activities.  These are fairly popular and there may be a waiting list for the next course with spaces.  

If you can already canoe or kayak please contact us or you can also join the club directly.

2022 Kayaking Introduction Courses

DCKC run a number of courses designed to introduce novices to a range of skills and knowledge required to begin kayaking. The sessions will cover safety, paddle strokes, equipment, capsizing etc. The he course will be a basic introduction to kayaking, and run over 2 evenings.


Drumkinnon Bay, Balloch, meeting at 6.30pm with the aim of being on the water by 7pm.

Introduction to Kayaking Course

Two consecutive weeks on a Tuesday evening. Please contact us for course dates.


6.30pm to 9pm approx.


You would be 10 years or over and be able to swim 25 metres.  (Note: Under 10s can join the club, please contact us for details.) Children under 18 years would need to be accompanied by a parent / guardian.


Please make sure that you read through the club’s Covid-19 procedures. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND ANY CLUB EVENT IF YOU HAVE COVID-19 SYMPTOMS OR HAVE BEEN ASKED TO SELF-ISOLATE.

Clothing and Equipment

Kayak, paddle, buoyancy aid, helmet and spray deck will be provided. Please feel free to bring your own if you have this equipment. Wetsuits of standard adult sizes and cagoules may also be borrowed, if needed.

Loch: Neoprene shoes/wet-suit boots (not trainers!), lightweight windproof jacket, tracksuit or thermal trousers. Thermal t-shirt, woolly jumper or fleece. YOU SHOULD BE PREPARED TO GET WET IN THESE CLOTHES. Towel and change of clothes. Hot drink and/or snack is advisable.


There is access to a toilet at the start of the session only.

Qualified Kayaking Coaches

All coaches will be qualified to at least Paddlesport Instructor level.

Beginner Kayaker Course Cost

Individual: £Varies . The course fee includes club membership.

Please have a look around the website for more info about the club before getting in touch by email and we can let you know more about prices, dates etc.