paddles

Skills & Rolling

Our skills courses include training and assessment in BCU star awards, introduction to sea kayaking, introduction to rough water and our rolling clinic. Our rolling clinic is like no other, offering a fresh approach to an ancient skill. 

Intro to Sea Kayak Rolling - Aberfeldy

Price: £210pp

Where: Aberfeldy

When: all year round

Highlights: crack the fundamentals, improve water confidence and begin your rolling journey

This 2 day course takes place in Aberfeldy and makes use of Loch Tay. We have designed an innovative and unique method for teaching rolling. We use a combination of flat water skills and pool time to consolidate the fundamentals needed to learn to roll. Our day typically starts at 0900 and finishes by 1700. We'll be on the loch (staying dry) for around 2.5 hours and then move to the pool for a 2 hour session. We believe in teaching different types of roll and don't insist on learning a forward finishing roll. Using the latest technology you will be given ongoing video feedback throughout the session. A combination of flat water time, pool time, video feedback and 1:4 ratio create the perfect learning conditions to crack this tricky stroke.

What's Included: all kayaking equipment, guide at 1:4 ratio, tea and coffee, instant video feedback

Not Included: accommodation, transportation, lunch

Introduction to Kayaking - Tay/Faskally

Price: £85pp

Where: Loch Tay (Kenmore) & Loch Faskally (Pitlochry)

When: all year round

Highlights: Victorian relics, crannogs and stunning views

Perthshire is idilic, central and offers ample calm water which really lends itself to learning to kayak. Our one day trip here will give you the basics. You’ll learn how to paddle efficiently, how to carefully maneuver your boat and we’ll go on a wee journey taking in the breathtaking landscape and plethora of inland wildlife including Ospreys, Herons and other smaller animals. Lunch is a selection of meats, cheese and bread plus tea/ coffee. This trip is for people new to to kayaking and for people looking to develop the basics. Don’t worry about getting wet...we plan to stay dry on this trip.

What's Included: all kayaking equipment, guide at 1:4 ratio, tea and coffee, lunch, trip photographs

Not Included: transportation to and from start point

Introduction to Sea Kayaking - Stonehaven

Price: £95pp

Where: Stonehaven Harbour

When: spring to early summer

Highlights: seabirds, Dunnottar Castle, quaint fishing town and caves

We set off from the picturesque harbour in Stonehaven. This is a trip aimed at beginners. We’ll spend the morning in the harbour developing basic skills like forwards paddling, turning and using our edges. The afternoon offers the opportunity to head out of the harbour and go for a short journey exploring some of the caves and spectacular rock features carved out by the north sea. If conditions allow, we’ll head down to 15th century Dunnottar Castle with our camera at the ready. We run this trip in the spring months giving the best chance to see the thousands of seabirds nesting on the high cliffs of the east coast.

What's Included: all kayaking equipment, guide at 1:4 ratio, tea and coffee, lunch, trip photographs

Not Included: transportation to and from start point

Introduction to Sea Kayaking - Oban and around

Price: £95pp

Where: Oban and around

When: all year round

Highlights: big islands, easy water, seabirds and seals

Oban and the surrounding area offers some of Scotland’s best and most accessible sea kayaking. From the docile bays in Loch Etive and the Sound of Shuna to the exposed west coast of Seil and the Cuan Sound, there are plenty of options no matter the weather. This is a great opportunity to experience Scotland’s west coast, visit solitary castles and offers the chance to see Scotland’s largest bird of prey, the White Tailed Sea Eagle. You’ll learn the basics while we journey from bay to bay taking in the breathtaking views of the west coast. There are any number of fantastic day trips that can be undertaken in this area.

What's Included: all kayaking equipment, guide at 1:4 ratio, tea and coffee, lunch, trip photographs

Not Included: transportation to and from start point

Improver Sea Kayaking - The Moray Coast

Price: £95pp

Where: Moray

When: spring to autumn

Highlights: Bow Fiddle Rock, chance of dolphins and quaint fishing harbours

The beaches, cliffs and open water of the north east coast make for a great day on the water. This trip is aimed at people with a little experience. We plan to paddle around 10 km, along the Moray coast. Somedays we launch at Fort George, heading over towards Chanonray Point which is famous for it’s resident pod of Bottlenose Dolphins. If we’re lucky here we might even get the aqua-batik show often put on by the dolphins. Better weather allows us to head further east to Port Knockie. Here we launch from a small harbour, heading east towards Sandend a popular surf beach, passing Bow Fiddle Rock - a natural arch of epic proportions.

What's Included: all kayaking equipment, guide at 1:4 ratio, tea and coffee, lunch, trip photographs

Not Included: transportation to and from start point

Introduction to Sea Kayaking - East Neuk, Fife

Price: £95pp

Where: East Neuk of Fife

When: spring to autumn

Highlights: variety of wildlife, quaint fishing villages

Quaint villages, ancient harbours and a thriving Grey Seal community. Fife's coast line is dotted with tiny towns and equally tiny harbours. The start point varies for this trip, taking weather conditions, group needs and time of year into consideration. A typical day here starts in Anstruther, using the shelter of the harbour to get the basics, then heading either north or south taking in the wonderful sights of the East Neuk. This is a perfect trip for those who have never been kayaking before.

What's Included: all kayaking equipment, guide at 1:4 ratio, tea and coffee, lunch, trip photographs

Not Included: transportation to and from start point

Introduction to Rough Water - Stonehaven

Price: £180pp

Where: Stonehaven area

When: autumn to winter

Highlights: moderate water, surf, caves and rock hopping

On this 2 day course we will use the rugged east coast to introduce you to the fundamentals of rough water sea kayaking. We'll cover things like launching and landing in surf, rock hopping and navigating rough headlands and narrow corridors. In a very controlled environment you will learn how to maneuver your boat quickly and efficiently using simple strokes while challenging yourself. This trip is aimed at people who want to develop their personal paddling in a more challenging environment. A roll isn't required but would be handy. This trip is weather permitting and relies on a small amount of swell. The east coast has a fairly likely chance of swell, however if the conditions aren't right we might change the plan/ location to accommodate the course. 

What's Included: all kayaking equipment, guide at 1:4 ratio, fully catered, trip photographs

Not Included: transportation to and from start point, helmet