sportscotland Sea Kayak & SUP Symposium

3 day

Age +

2017 Coaches Include:

Doug Cooper

Clare Knifton

Giles Trussell

Matt Haydock

George Fell

Dave Rossitter

Calum McNicol

Equipment and Kit Information
Daily Schedule

In 2017 we are pleased to announce that we have some of the UK’s leading coaches coming to the island to offer a comprehensive range of Workshops and Clinics. This list is ever expanding so please keep a close eye as the choice increases. Please see a flavor of whats on offer below.


Saturday Full Day Workshops

Local trip including Open Crossing Giles Trussell A full day journey for those who are looking to venture further from the shore. Join Giles as he leads this trip that includes a crossing to Little Cumbrae and Bute. Giles will use his wealth of experience to coach strategies and tactics associated with open water crossings.
Local trip including Practical Navigation Matt Haddock A full day journey for those new to the area and looking for a little help along the way. Join George as he leads this trip that includes a crossing to Wee Cumbrae and some on water coaching to help you develop your practical navigation skills.
Manoeuvring and Handling Skills Claire Knifton A full day clinic designed to help you to manoeuvre and handle your sea kayak with finesse. If you struggle to handle your kayak in wind or waves then join Claire for this workshop to help you build your sea kayak skills.

Saturday Morning Half Day Workshops

Safety & Rescues

George Fell

A practical clinic looking at common causes of incidents, how we recognise them and importantly how to prevent them from occurring in the first place. We will also spend time developing our knowledge of the correct techniques to deal with the unexpected.

Performance clinic

Doug Cooper

A practical half day workshop looking at how to get the most from the Boat, Body & Blade. This will also include what strokes to use and when. Join Doug for this workshop and unlock your full potential.

Saturday Afternoon Half Day Workshops

Rock Hopping

George Fell

Time to take your sea kayak into new areas. Join George to learn how to handle your sea kayak in and around the coast whilst building tactics and skills associated with testing conditions.

Efficient Forward Paddling

Doug Cooper

A practical workshop looking at how to get the best out of your forward paddle strokes. Doug will coach you correct posture connectivity and efficiency during this practical half day clinic.

Guest Speaker Saturday Evening

Oilly Hicks: The Greenland to Scotland Expedition: Oilly will recount his remarkable sea kayaking expedition from Greenland to Scotland.

Sunday Full Day Workshops

Local trip including Practical Navigation George Fell A full day journey for those new to the area and looking for a little help along the way. Join George as he leads this trip that includes a crossing to Wee Cumbrae and some on water coaching to help you develop your practical navigation skills.
Sea Kayak Sailing Tim Stuart This full day workshop will introduce you to the world of modern sea kayak sailing. We have paired P&H kayaks with Flat Earth Sails and will coach strategies of how to gain the most from you rig. Join Tim as he shares a wealth of his experience of sailing and kayaking.
Local trip including Open Crossing Doug Cooper A full day journey for those who are looking to venture further from the shore. Join Giles as he leads this tripthat includes a crossing to Little Cumbrae and Bute. Doug will use his wealth of experience to coach strategies and tactics associated with open water crossings.

Saturday Morning Half Day Workshops

Performance Clinic

Claire Knifton

A practical half day workshop looking at how to get the most from the Boat, Body & Blade. This will also include what strokes to use and when. Join Claire for this workshop and unlock your full potential.

Manoeuvring and Handling Skills

Gilles Trussell

A half day clinic designed to help you to manoeuvre and handle your sea kayak with finesse. If you struggle to handle your kayak in wind or waves then join Gilles for this workshop to help you build your sea kayak skills.

Saturday Afternoon Half Day Workshops

Safety & Rescues

Gilles Trussell

A practical clinic looking at common causes of incidents, how we recognise them and importantly how to prevent them from occurring in the first place. We will also spend time developing our knowledge of the correct techniques to deal with the unexpected.

Efficient Forward Paddling

Claire Knifton

A practical workshop looking at how to get the best out of your forward paddle strokes. Doug will coach you correct posture connectivity and efficiency during this practical half day clinic.

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Booking Options

Saturday Headline Presentation

Olly Hicks and George Bullard, two modern-day adventurers, completed a journey which took them from Greenland to Scotland in a sea kayak in the Wake of the Finnmen. They covered 1,200 miles in 6 weeks, spending 12 nights at sea paddling by the light of the midnight sun. Olly will be at the 2017 Symposium telling us about this incredible journey.

Saturday Workshops

Full Day

Local trip including Open CrossingGiles TrussellA full day journey for those who are looking to venture further from the shore. Join Giles as he leads this trip that includes a crossing to Little Cumbrae and Bute. Giles will use his wealth of experience to coach strategies and tactics associated with open water crossings.
Local trip including Practical NavigationMatt HaddockA full day journey for those new to the area and looking for a little help along the way. Join George as he leads this trip that includes a crossing to Wee Cumbrae and some on water coaching to help you develop your practical navigation skills.
Manoeuvring and Handling SkillsClaire KniftonA full day clinic designed to help you to manoeuvre and handle your sea kayak with finesse. If you struggle to handle your kayak in wind or waves then join Claire for this workshop to help you build your sea kayak skills.

Half Day

Safety & Rescues

George Fell

A practical clinic looking at common causes of incidents, how we recognise them and importantly how to prevent them from occurring in the first place. We will also spend time developing our knowledge of the correct techniques to deal with the unexpected.

Performance clinic

Doug Cooper

A practical half day workshop looking at how to get the most from the Boat, Body & Blade. This will also include what strokes to use and when. Join Doug for this workshop and unlock your full potential.

Rock Hopping

George Fell

Time to take your sea kayak into new areas. Join George to learn how to handle your sea kayak in and around the coast whilst building tactics and skills associated with testing conditions.

Efficient Forward Paddling

Doug Cooper

A practical workshop looking at how to get the best out of your forward paddle strokes. Doug will coach you correct posture connectivity and efficiency during this practical half day clinic.

Guest Speaker Saturday Evening: Olly Hicks: Greenland to Scotland

Sunday Workshops

Full Day

Local trip including Practical NavigationGeorge FellA full day journey for those new to the area and looking for a little help along the way. Join George as he leads this trip that includes a crossing to Wee Cumbrae and some on water coaching to help you develop your practical navigation skills.
Sea Kayak SailingTim StuartThis full day workshop will introduce you to the world of modern sea kayak sailing. We have paired P&H kayaks with Flat Earth Sails and will coach strategies of how to gain the most from you rig. Join Tim as he shares a wealth of his experience of sailing and kayaking.
Local trip including Open CrossingDoug CooperA full day journey for those who are looking to venture further from the shore. Join Giles as he leads this tripthat includes a crossing to Little Cumbrae and Bute. Doug will use his wealth of experience to coach strategies and tactics associated with open water crossings.

Half Day

Performance Clinic

Claire Knifton

A practical half day workshop looking at how to get the most from the Boat, Body & Blade. This will also include what strokes to use and when. Join Claire for this workshop and unlock your full potential.

Manoeuvring and Handling Skills

Gilles Trussell

A half day clinic designed to help you to manoeuvre and handle your sea kayak with finesse. If you struggle to handle your kayak in wind or waves then join Gilles for this workshop to help you build your sea kayak skills.

Safety & Rescues

Gilles Trussell

A practical clinic looking at common causes of incidents, how we recognise them and importantly how to prevent them from occurring in the first place. We will also spend time developing our knowledge of the correct techniques to deal with the unexpected.

Efficient Forward Paddling

Claire Knifton

A practical workshop looking at how to get the best out of your forward paddle strokes. Doug will coach you correct posture connectivity and efficiency during this practical half day clinic.


Prices explained:

£195 = Centre accommodation

£165 = Camping on-site

Both options include breakfast and lunch on both Saturday and Sunday, and an evening meal on the Saturday night.

DateSpaces LeftPriceQuantity
07 Jul '17 - 09 Jul '17 21 £195
07 Jul '17 - 09 Jul '17 25 £165