Sea kayaking at RWSABCRoyal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club (RWSABC) is located in one of the prime locations for paddle sports in Scotland. The Club is located where the River Clyde opens out and joins the Gare Loch, Loch Long and the Holy Loch. The Club is located in a sheltered bay on the south side of the river sheltered from the prevailing south westerly winds.

The kayaking section is affiliated to the Scottish Canoe Association allowing members to gain a number of benefits of the larger organisation.

Coaching and peer paddling is provided on Monday and Tuesday evenings during the season. This includes 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 trips, overnight expeditions and multi-day wilderness trips under experienced qualified leadership and instruction.

Members, once they are competent, are encourage to paddle with other peer members particularly on short paddles from the Club House and longer expedition paddles. The Club regularly organizes trips to the beautiful West Coast and around the local Clyde Estuary.

The Club has an extensive fleet of sea kayak and, canoes and can provide all basic safety and paddling equipment required for a beginner. Equipment available to members includes, Personal Flotation Device (PFD – buoyance aid), spray decks, paddles and splash proof clothing.

A boat shed is available at the Club for the storage of privately owned kayaks.

During the winter months the kayaking section organizes pool sessions at the local Inverclyde Waterfront Leisure Centre where capsizing, rolling and deep water rescues are practised. To complement the pool sessions a series of winter talks and demonstrations are held at the Club House.

The kayaking section also organises courses periodically covering aquatic First Aid, VHF radio use, sea kayak navigation skills, etc. and Scottish Canoe Association approved Foundation Safety & Rescue Training (FSRT), Paddle-ability and Event Safety Management courses.

The kayaking section also help other local water sport organisations. Members of the club participate in the “Wheels to Water” event at Castle Semple where people with a disablement are encourage to try a water sport. The club also helps marshal various open water swimming events.

The Club encourages paddlers to develop and further their paddling skills.  Members are encouraged and given training to progress on to the SCA / BC Star Award Scheme and from there are encouraged to join the UKCC/BC coaching scheme, all of which are important in cascading knowledge and skills within the Club. Alternatively, the paddler may just want to remain a competent peer paddler.


The basic kit required by a novice is described on another web page.

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 6.00 pm. You are assured of a warm welcome.
NB: Evening kayaking sessions on Monday (novices) and Tuesday (experienced only) commence after the clocks change to British Summer Time at the end of March.

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