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

Month: June 2016

Thursday 9 June beginners session – a trip to Gletness

As it was such a nice night, decision made to head out to Gletness. Leaving with one of the biggest group trips of the year, working on forward paddling and staying upright was order of the day. A quick five minute break on the beach was had at Gletness after an hour paddling, then out to South Isle and across to North Isle to try and pass through the arch. Unfortunately the tide was too low, but a good twenty minutes was spent checking out the nooks and crannies of North Isle.When we got back at 10pm everyone seemed to have enjoyed themselves, even if they were a wee bit tired after their first real trip

Club Trip Hillswick to Tangwick 5 June

Definitely cooler weather saw a group of five paddlers head off from Hillswick with a stiff breeze from the north east. Tucking into shore as much as possible and making as much use of the lee, a good day out was had. All would like to thank Rachel for organising and leading.

Club trips Saturday 28 and 29 May

We had two day trips based in the north mainland that weekend. Top two pictures Saturday, lower two Sunday

Saturday saw a small group of four head from Urafirth to Mavis Grind. Excellent paddling conditions at the start let us into caves and inlets, then the breeze and the swell from the west gave a bit of a challenge between Nibon and Egilsay.  Still, a great day to be out on the water! Many thanks to Rachel for organising

Sunday saw a slightly larger group head up to Ronas Voe in very benign conditions, enjoying threading in and out of the stacks and caves on both out and back legs.  And we also came across a group of coasteers, standing on top of a pinnacle just as we rounded the corner. Many thanks to Rachel for organising and leading

3 star open canoe training 20/21st August

We have a 3* open canoe assessor coming to Shetland on 20th and 21st August. There are spaces available for members of the Shetland Canoe Club to undertake their 3* open canoe assessment with him.
If you are interested in attempting your 3* open canoe assessment please e-mail Rosalind. Open canoe training will have to be undertaken before the assessment. Weather permitting this may take place with the canoe club.
If you are unsure if you are at 3* ability please ask a club coach the next time you are out paddling and they will be able to give you advice.
The 3* open canoe pre-requisites are:
At least 3 journeys in an open canoe of approx. 3 hours
And either hold a 2* BCU award or have undertaken a 3 hour paddle in another discipline (so a paddle trip in a kayak).
As said earlier, to register your interest please reply to this e-mail as soon as possible.
Please note this is an opportunity to obtain 3* open canoe, not 3* sea kayak.

If you are interested please contact Rosalind at

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