RWSABC is located in one of the best locations for paddle sports in Scotland. The Club organizes trips to the beautiful West Coast and the local Clyde Estuary. Coaching is provided on Monday and Tuesday evenings during the season, starting at 6.30 pm The Club has an extensive fleet of sea kayaks and canoes available to members.
The activities span instructing novice paddlers in the fundamental physical and theoretical skills required to safely participate in the sport, to developing more experienced paddlers to take part in day expeditions and multi-day wilderness trips under experienced and qualified leadership and instruction. Regular courses covering aquatic First Aid, VHF radio use, sea kayak navigation skills etc and offers encouragement and support to members entering into the UKCC/BCU coaching scheme, all of which are important in cascading knowledge and skills within the Club.
Coaching is provided for Novices on Mondays only, more experienced paddlers are welcome on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Children under the age of 16 who wish to participate in a kayaking session must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The parent/guardian is expected to remain at the club for the duration of the session. This is necessary in case, for example, changing weather conditions require us to end the session early, or their child wants to come off the water for any reason. If parents wish to enter into collaborative agreements between themselves, a ratio of one parent taking responsibility for up to four children, including their own, is acceptable. This season, to make things more pleasant for the waiting parents, the bar in the club house will be open from 6.30pm, offering soft drinks, tea and coffee etc. At the end of each session, the club coaches will be very grateful for assistance from parents who are willing to ensure the kids rinse the gear and put it away correctly, before getting changed quickly!
If you would like to try sea kayaking or canoeing, please contact us through our contact page, or come down to the Club on a Monday or Tuesday evening at 6.30 pm. You are assured of a warm welcome.
NB: Evening kayaking sessions on Monday (novices) and Tuesday (experienced only) start up after the clocks change in March.