News, events, trips and info for sea kayaking and canoeing in Shetland

Month: June 2015

Thursday 25 – Evening trip round Lerwick Harbour

A great evening for a paddle saw 22 people on the water, a good mix of experienced paddlers and beginners.

Starting at the Bod of Gremistra, we went straight cross to Bressay and turning south headed to the ferry terminal. After a bit of a rest while a huge tug headed through the harbour, it was time to head across to the old manse and along to the Knab. The large cave with window just had to be visited before rounding the Knab and rock-hopping into Brewick, ending with a gentle paddle to the slip next to Fjara.

I can’t sum it up any better than Mike’s comment on facebook “…a late night but a good night in excellent company…”

Many thanks to Mat and Mike for working with the trailers, Craig for sorting shuttles, Debs and the other experienced paddlers for supervising, everyone for turning out and being an easy group to take out on the water!

Paddle, Thursday June

If you want to go for the short trip please be at Bridge End between 6.30 and 6.45pm to load trailer and ensure the boat you want is on it and paddles etc has gone into the box. Possibility is a trip round Lerwick Harbour, to be confirmed when we meet tomorrow night. Got own gear? Let us know you want to come and where to meet up

Saturday 20 June – additional training available…

There are a number of folks training for Level 1 coaches who’d appreciate some additional coaching practice!  It will be in a slightly different way of coaching to what we’ve normally do and is a great opportunity to focus on skills development  now you’ve had a chance to get outside and get a little experience under your keel line!

We’re looking at it being next Saturday, times to be confirmed. Even if you can’t make the whole day, half a day would be appreciated.

Please email me at if you would be willing to be a guinea pig

Beginners session 11/06/15

With a brisk breeze blowing from the south, a trip to north seemed a good idea.

Over the first few miles the beginners encountered their first waves to surf on, gradually building the nearer we got to Scalloway.

Rafting up in Clift Sound gave an opportunity to relax for a few minutes, stretch the legs and take in the views. In spite of the growing swell, there was even a chance for a Craig to take a photo or two.

By the time we reached the bridge there were a few tired bodies glad to see the end in sight, the myth that using the waves to go fast was easy firmly dispelled.  The swell dying down as we entered the harbour also give Jim the chance to chase down Mike who’d swapped the plastic Etaine for Jim’s glass version and was thoroughly enjoying himself!

And there we were, off the water, stowing boats and gear, trip finished. Just the shuttle to sort out to get folks back to their cars and kit sitting at Bridge End.

Many thanks to Jim and Matthew for towing trailers; to Mike and Craig for helping run the shuttle at the beginning of the trip; Craig for coordinating the shuttle in reverse; and everyone for getting stuck in there and sorting gear out so we could all get home.

Beginners session 04/06/15

Another nice Thursday evening out on the water, getting a little further each time. With the majority now at 1* can’t call these beginners sessions for much longer! Anyway, relatively calm meant we got to almost to Houss before swell kicked in. Shetland provided a break in the clouds and one of it’s stunning sunset which just got better and better. Many thanks to Angus and for letting us use the photo

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