sportscotland Sea Kayak Symposium

3 days

Age +

sportscotland national centres, Cumbrae and Glenmore Lodge, are once again joining together to host a fantastic weekend of sea kayaking.

Being held at National Centre Cumbrae, located on the idyllic island of Cumbrae on the west coast provides the opportunity for some great water sports to take place and we have accommodation on site with catering included in your price for the weekend.

We are offering a range of ticket prices and duration to suit everyones needs. Please see workshop & ticket options on the right hand side of this page.

2018 Guest Coaches Included

Giles Trussel

Matt Haydock

Bruce Jolliffe

Zoe Newsman

Calum McNicol

Simon Simms

Peter Braidwood

Equipment and Kit Information
Daily Schedule

In 2018 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 SkillsZoe Newsman 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

Bruce
Jolliffe

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

Peter Braidwood

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

Peter Braidwood

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

Bruce Jolliffe

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

Giles Trusell My Solo Paddle to The Edge of The World. Giles will recount his epic solo adventure of paddling to St Kilda.

Sunday Full Day Workshops

Local trip including Practical NavigationGiles Trusell 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 Peter Braidwood 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 CrossingBruce Jolliffe 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

Zoe Newsman

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

Matt Haydock

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

Matt Haydock

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

Zoe Newsman

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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