As you are all aware instruction in all water sports at the Club is provided voluntarily by the Club’s members. Unfortunately we are currently experiencing a shortage of qualified instructors willing to provide kayaking instruction. The Club’s Committee is working with the membership to resolve this problem, but until then we cannot provide any formal kayaking instruction. Adult kayaking continues on Monday & Tuesday nights with competent paddlers being supervised by available instructors or experienced Club paddlers. As this situation evolves we will provide more updates.

Last weekend another Club member qualified as a UKCC Level 2 Fixed Seat Rowing Coach, this means we now have three members with formal qualifications, more than any other coastal rowing club in Scotland. We have been running Junior rowing since April last year and would welcome new participants to this. This area of the Club involves trips around the Clyde Estuary, as well as competitions locally and at other clubs round the Scottish coast. If you are interested, Junior sessions start at 5:30pm on a Thursday night, Seniors about 6:00pm.

Over the last two weekends the Club played host to a British Rowing course for fixed seat coaches from Lochgilphead, Troon, Portobello, Port Seton, North Berwick & Dunbar. The group is pictured below just prior to a session on immersion recovery.

Below is a shot of one of the crews recoverying a casualty from the river.

The coaches will undergo final assessments back at their own clubs in September when an assessor from British Rowing will make sure they are implimenting what they have learned over the last couple of weekends. Royal West coaches have been asked to mentor them over the coming months, either at their own clubs or at Royal West.

Anyone interested in developing coaching skills or just trying out rowing, should contact Alex Paterson at rowing@rwsabc.com, or catch him on a Thursday night. He is the really tall guy.

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