Open Canoe Autumn Sessions

A series of one day sessions designed for those who wish to progress in the art of open canoeing. We will be looking at development of technique both on open water and progressing onto easy rivers. The sessions will be tailored to provide a progression for those taking part and will be coached. Above all though I'm looking to enjoy some paddling in different locations and conditions through the Autumn. Hope you can join me................... Sandy Any questions, see me at Pinkston or at the pool sessions, or email on sandy.johnston@sky.com Sunday 23 September 2018 Saturday 13 October 2018 Sunday 28 October 2018 Sunday 11 November 2018 Sunday 25 November 2018 Sunday 9 December 2018...
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News – British Canoeing launch new Personal Performance Awards

British Canoeing have announced details of the awards that will replace the star tests. http://canoescotland.org/news/british-canoeing-announces-new-personal-performance-awards The Personal Performance Awards are designed for paddlers wanting to gain recognition of their learning and development, in the craft and environment they choose. The process of completing the awards is based on learning and, as such, the ethos of ‘supporting the paddler’ is the main focus of all the awards, encouraging individuals in their personal development. The new Personal Performance Awards include: Paddle Awards: Three introductory awards – Start, Discover, Explore – that are designed for those new to paddlesport Discipline Specific Awards: 12 pathways comprising three awards which enables paddlers to choose the environment, craft and paddle sport discipline that is right for them. We will be providing the opportunity to gain these new awards from January 2019....
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Foundation Safety and Rescue Course 05/08/2018

The British Canoeing Foundation Safety & Rescue Training course is the first safety course that most paddlers encounter as it teaches the safety skills that the other courses then build on and develop. You will be shown simple and effective techniques which will allow you to deal with the common problems that you can be confronted with on flat water whether you paddle a kayak, a canoe or a sea kayak. By the end of the course you will be a safer paddler as you will have the skill to be able to rescue others in a wide variety of situations and you will be able to empty a variety of boats in a safe and easy way. Topics covered on this course include: Safety and rescue protocols. Equipment – what to carry. Simple reaching rescues. Simple throwing rescues. Swimmer tows and rescues. Tows and towlines. Safe boat emptying for kayaks, canoes and sea kayaks. Returning swimmers to boats. Dealing with...
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SCA Tour 29/07/2018

Sandy Johnston is running an SCA Tour on 29/07/2018 entitled Loch Lomond Canoe and SUP. If anyone is interested in either craft and fancies a day out on the Loch contact Sandy on sandy.johnston@sky.com We can arrange the use of club canoes however you will need your own SUP if that is your preference. Sandy...
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Glenuig Weekend May 2018

Keywords: settee, swim, perfect calm, view of Small Isles, 'someone's taken my kayak', otter, 'how much for a go in your canoe Mister' Who was there: Janice, Anne, Bev, Marcus, Alan, Pat Special guests: Morven who brought her parents Jo and Michael, and Liz (sister of Janice) Conditions each day Weather: perfect calm Sea state: perfect calm Views: fabulous over to Small Isles, Skye, Coll Friday night we were down at the settee on the shore watching one of several fabulous sunsets Saturday Loch Moidart 25km Put in Samalaman by Glenuig with carry out over sand. Paddled out round Smirisary to first stop at Silver Sands. Then on to lagoon formed by low tide at SW corner of Eilean Shona for lunch. Continued on through South Channel to explore Castle Tioram then through North Channel to arrive back at Samalaman. On the way, a few of us gals went swimming from Eilean Shona beach - it was Baltic but don't let that put you off. It was a lovely spot...
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Ganavan Sands to Kerrerra

This was an excellent day trip led by Rab. There were 11 of us in total. Myself, Rab, Danny, Grant, Janice, Anne, Pat, Bev, Jim, Marcus and Iain. We all planned to meet on Ganavan Sands for 10:00 am. Myself, Janice and Anne decided to hostel it on Friday evening. A great plan we thought, a good night’s sleep in Oban before our paddle. As they say, all the best laid plans... and all that jazz. (Note to self...Remember when staying in a hostel to bring ear plugs and eye mask). Lights and hair dryers being used in the same room as you are trying to sleep are not particularly welcome at 4:30 or 6:00 in the morning. However, we all survived and headed out of Oban to the put in point. It was a perfect morning. Sun shining and pan flat sea. Ganavan Sands was a perfect put in spot. Sandy beach and no rocks or slip on yer bahuckie...
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Sea Kayak Leadership Training, aka 4 Star Training

Four of us (Alan, Bev, Colin and Danny) gathered at Tayvallich, more specifically The Tayvallich Inn, on the Friday night having duly parked vans or pitched tents, and nervously discussed weather forecasts and tides, in between sipping beer and eating excellent food – despite the lack of Beef Madras. Lori and Antje texted to say that they were heading straight to their luxury accommodation of a B&B and such was the quality of the internet connection that some of us received the text the following night and others on Sunday. An early night and off to bed, the campsite just a short walk through the rain on a cloudy night. Morning was dry, but overcast. Calum, our trainer for the weekend, arrived promptly at 9am just shortly after Lori and Antje had arrived, and we were straight into planning the trip for the day, and being quizzed on tides, forecasts, and options. A suitable plan was finally agreed upon and we...
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Bothy Adventures

Saturday dawned grey, but dry. Arriving first (or so they thought) Bev and Geri set out to search Plockton for coffee, only to see a sea kayak being carried down to the beach. Closer inspection revealed Leigh under the kayak, girl-handling it over the seaweed like a pro. Take-away coffees in hand, the three of us set about the mammoth task of trying to fit all the kit and food and more kit into the kayaks. There was some re-packing and some re-jigging of which kit was actually going and which had been brought along just to be stored in the car. In the midst of this chaos, Misha and Andy (Misha's pal, who lives on Skye) paddled into the bay. Finally, all kit was duly stowed, hatch covers battered down and boats slid (slowly) over the last bit of seaweed into the water. Only an hour or so late... We paddled out into Loch Carron from Plockton, aiming to cross...
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The River Teith – Mighty Again

With some trepidation I signed up to Leigh's River Teith trip - she helpfully texted me the night before to let me know the water would be "pretty cold" so we would need drysuits, warm clothes and soup. We met at the container to sort out what must surely be the smallest boat ever for me - and headed up in convoy to Callander. Snow was lying all around as we sorted the kit in the car park and I'm sure that it was just the frozen ground that was giving me cold feet! We warmed up by practising some ferry gliding near the car park, with Leigh and Bernie offering encouragement and I soon found out the the smallest boat ever had a mind of its own and turned at right angles even if I so much as thought of putting the paddle in. Heading off down the river, careful to avoid the fishermen, we practised breaking in and...
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Easter Open Canoe trip 30/03/2018 – 01/04/2018

Hi As usual we are planning to run an open canoe trip over the Easter weekend. Possible venues include The Great Glen, The River Tay from Killin to Perth, The River Spey from Loch Inch to the sea, the River Dee or the River Tweed. The plan would be to paddle the route, wild camping overnight and be self sufficient. The final choice of venue will be dependent on weather/participants/river levels and the aspirations of those taking part. If doing this type of trip with a commercial provider you would be looking at £400 per head. We will manage it for a lot less. If interested please contact Sandy on sandy.johnston@sky.com Keep an eye out for the training days when open canoeing wisdom can be obtained!...
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Boofing Resources

Some pre-reading for a Pinkston boofing session. If you like to read then follow the first link. Otherwise some videos embedded can help. Different authors will give slightly different views! https://www.canoekayak.com/skills/how-to-boof/ https://paddling.com/learn/boofing/ http://blistergearreview.com/recommended/pro-panel-boofing-technique Videos:       If you have lots of time then: ...
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Tesco Bag Fund Nov & Dec 2017

We have been chosen as one of three Tesco "Bag fund" good causes and we need you to vote using a token in store for us during November and December.The award will makea real differnce by helping fund new boats and coach and trip leader training. 1st Place recieves £4000, 2nd place £2000 and 3rd place £1000. You can vote at: Hardgate Tesco Express, Place Hardgate Clydebank Helensburgh Tesco Express, Clyde St Helensburgh. Helensburgh Tesco Metro, Sinclair St Helensburgh Milngavie Tesco Superstore, Milngavie More info Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – raised fromcarrier bag sales in Tesco stores - being awarded to local communityprojects. greenspace scotland is working with Groundwork to provide support to communities in Scotland Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant. DRUMCHAPEL AND CLYDEBANK KAYAK CLUB...
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August 26 2017 – Great Scottish Swim – And should we do other events?

Thanks to all 22 kayakers who took part in the Great Scottish Swim and raised £2200 for the Club funds. This was a long day for all that took part. The initial briefing was described by one participant as occurring at an ungodly hour and everyone had to be there changed and ready to go! However everyone was kept busy and the day went without incident. (Or at least that was what I was told - any stories can be added below in the comments section below). We are approached from time to time asking for safety kayakers for various swim events with the normal payment being around £40 to £50 per kayaker. I haven't used these for fundraising in the past as I felt that this payment was insufficient compensation to people to give up their days off. However after discussing it with several club members who took part in the Great Scottish Swim these additional relatively local events could...
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Autumn Winter River Trips 2017

Autumn Winter River Trips 2017

We have started adding some new river trips for the Autumn 2017 season. You can download our planning sheet at https://www.dropbox.com/s/72rha9et50m38cx/DCKC%20Autumn%20Winter%20River%20Series.docx?dl=0 but the calendar has the only current/live view. You can find out more by asking Sandy, Graham, Misha or any of the coaches at the pool session. If you are thinking about leading or seconding one of the trips please get in touch. Pinkston sessions are also a great way to develop some river skills.                             Some info on Grades is shown below. Rivers Although there is an International River Grading System (see below), we have a useful description to help you know which river trips you could consider attending. Easy (River) Trip – Suitable for beginners who have done forward paddling, capsize drill etc. E.g. someone working towards 2* standard and covered the basics. Easy rivers are typically Grade 1. May also suit anyone who fancies a nice paddle! Improver River Trips – A trip on moving water where you can learn breaking in and out, ferry gliding etc. You...
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