Introduction to Open Canoeing

2 day

Age 16+

This two day course will provide the canoeist with an experience of paddling in coastal waters.

As well as teaching you the fundamentals of this discipline we will spend time teaching safety and rescue and coastal journeying.

We will tailor the course to suit each individual’s wants and needs and utilise the sheltered waters around Cumbrae.

Course prerequisites

Equipment and Kit Information
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Introduction to Open Canoeing - Equipment Information

Paddlesports has been voted the fastest growing water-sport in the UK for the 4th year running and we are proud at sportscotland Cumbrae to be at the heart of these developments. The centre is in a perfect location for marine style Open Canoeing and we have a wide range of modern boats from some the UK’s leading manufactures Hou Canoes & Werner Paddles.

Getting wet is unavoidable so we will make sure you have the correct gear. Peak UK wet-suit, wet-suit boots, buoyancy aid, spray deck and cag top is available for your use and can be dried overnight ready for the next day’s action. You are of course welcome to use any of your own equipment, just run this past your coaching team. Time will be spent on this course to talk you through appropriate clothing; making sure you are aware of whats best for the sea conditions you are likely to encounter.

You may also want to bring garments such as swim wear, woolly hat and warm socks – even in July! Hot showers are available in the changing areas and accommodation areas so bring a spare towel.

Plastic. The time is right to highlight the devastating effect that plastic is having on our fragile marine environment. In an effort to reduce this burden we are making small steps and ask that our customers refrain from bringing plastic bags or plastic bottles on this course. Pack lunches will be provided and opportunities to fill up water bottles and flasks will be given at the start of the course.

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Name Price Quantity
Accommodation Friday night £31