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Improver Sea Kayaking - Glen Uig

Improver Level - 5 days and 7 hours

This course requires meeting at 16:00 on the evening of your course start date.

This range of courses is perfect for sea kayakers who have already had an introduction to the activity but feel they would benefit from consolidating that experience as well as developing the skills and confidence required for more challenging conditions. If you are only able to join us for that ‘once a year’ paddling week then these courses are ideal for you as we offer a choice of locations to allow you to explore new destinations whilst refreshing previous skills and developing new.

From our comfortable base at the Glenuig Inn we are set up perfectly to explore the amazing surrounding coastlines, including the Sound of Arisaig, Loch Ailort, Eilean Shona and Loch Moidart. As well as developing your sea kayaking experience and confidence, our coaches will be able to help improve your paddling skills and increase your knowledge on equipment, tidal route planning, navigation, seamanship, weather and emergency procedures.

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Is It For Me?

This course requires meeting at 16:00 on the Sunday evening of your course start date.

This course is perfect for sea kayakers who have already had an introduction to the activity but feel they would benefit from consolidating that experience as well as developing the skills and confidence required for more challenging conditions.

Course Content

From our comfortable base at the Glenuig Inn we are set up perfectly to explore the amazing surrounding coastlines, including the Sound of Arisaig, Loch Ailort, Eilean Shona and Loch Moidart. As well as developing your sea kayaking experience and confidence, our coaches will be able to help improve your paddling skills and increase your knowledge on equipment, tidal route planning, navigation, seamanship, weather and emergency procedures.

We meet on the Sunday afternoon 16.00 hrs at Glenmore Lodge. This allows us to sort out equipment, pack, have a bar meal at 17.00. After our meal we will drive to our accommodation and base for the week at Glen Uig. If it is easier for you to travel direct please arrive by 22.00 hrs when we aim to be there by. You will need to let us know if this is your plan and we can help out with any additional directions and any equipment you may need to borrow from us. The first day will often look at introducing some personal paddling skills and coaching, practicing some rescue procedures and of course going for a day paddle.

What Will I Need?

Glenmore Lodge has a large and very comprehensive store of up to date clothing and equipment. You are welcome to use your own equipment and pick and choose odd items from the store. Your instructor will want to check that personal equipment is appropriate for the activity.

If you are thinking about buying equipment but are not too sure what to get we would advise you to come and try our equipment and then make your purchases after the course. We have a range of most equipment items you can try during the course and there is advice on hand from other students as well as the staff.

We have a range of some of the latest sea kayaks including this years models from P&H, Valley, North Shore & Tiderace. Our paddling clothing is from PeakUK which we tailor to your discipline. We use a range of paddles on the sea courses from Werner and Lendal.

GLENMORE LODGE CAN SUPPLY:

ü  Buoyancy aids

ü  Helmets

ü  Spray decks

ü  Cags

ü  Wet suits

ü  Wet suit bootees

ü  Small dry bags

ü  Dry suits (only for out of season kayak courses)

ü  Paddling Trousers

ü  Pogies

ü  Paddling Neoprene Gloves/mitts

ü  Towlines

ü  Split Paddles

ü  Maps

EQUIPMENT YOU NEED TO BRING WHICH WE DO NOT HAVE IN THE STORES.

Listed here are the essentials; this is not an exhaustive list.

ü  Informal clothing for leisure wear

ü  Insulating layers – at least two mid weights

ü  Fleece/insulated jacket

ü  Waterproof jacket

ü  Hat & gloves***

ü  Vacuum Flask & Water Bottle ***

ü  Box or bag for packed lunch.

ü  Blister kit/ small first aid kit

ü  Personal toiletries & medications (towels are provided)

ü  Sun cream – you just never know! ***

ü  Sunhat/Cap – good for sun or rain!

ü  Sun glasses & cord

ü  Insect Repellent – it may be midgey!***

ü  Spare towel

ü  An alarm clock

ü  Compass – Silva type 4 recommended ***

Items marked *** are available in our shop subject to availability.

Remember the price is all inclusive

We want our customers to easily know what their course will cost, up front and in the open.  Accommodation on the night before and the nights during your course, pick up from the train station (Friday and Sunday evenings only), breakfast, lunch, cake break and dinner are all included. All transportation on the course, centre facilities & any equipment you borrow are also part of the package

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Course Pre-Requisites

5 days sea paddling with some experience of force 3 or 4 conditions.

What’s included on your course

  • Instruction
  • Use of kit
  • Shuttle bus to Glenmore Lodge (departs Aviemore station 5:20pm on Friday and Sundays)
  • Packed lunch and afternoon tea each day
  • In-course transport

What’s included if you choose the residential option – As above PLUS

  • Bed in shared en-suite room – available from 3pm on day before your course starts *

(Single rooms may be available for a supplementary charge, please ask at reception when you arrive)

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner for each course day (except one day and back-to-back courses)
  • Use of the facilities at Glenmore Lodge
  • Linen is provided along with a towel, you may wish to bring an extra towel if you would like to use the facilities or are on a paddlesport course

Arriving at Glenmore Lodge

  • For more information on travel to the Lodge click here
  • Your first inclusive meal is breakfast (7:45 -8:30am) An evening meal is not provided on your arrival night, but bar meals are available in our Lochain bar 5pm to 9pm (5-7pm on Mondays and Tuesdays)
  • Packed lunches are collected at breakfast
  • On Mondays and Saturdays only there will be a 10 minute welcome talk at 8.15am, on other days you will meet your instructor at 9am. The daily programme of your course will be discussed with your instructor when you first meet, taking into account aspirations and prevailing weather conditions

On your last day

  • Check out time is 10am on the final day of your booking, we have changing areas, showers and left luggage facilities on site
  • All courses will finish by 5pm
  • On Fridays and Sundays we offer a drop off to Aviemore station, leaving Glenmore Lodge at 5pm, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance if you would like to book this service

*some exceptions – see detailed course notes

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Check our FAQ’s here or contact us on enquiries@glenmorelodge.org.uk or 01479 861256

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