Is It For Me?
This course is aimed at anybody who is keen to develop the skills to go for paddling tours. To get the most out of this course then you should be water confident, but there is no requirement to have been in any paddlesport craft before. As part of the learning process getting wet and capsizing is inevitable, so come prepared for a bit of getting wet as well as a lot of fun and learning. If you want a course with plenty of opportunity to learn to paddle a range of kayaks, canoes or sit on tops and develop skills to have confidence out on the water, then this is the course for you.
This course will provide the paddler with experience of paddling on at least two different waterways including local toruing rivers, lochs and sheltered coastal stretches. In addition to this the two days will focus on safe paddling strategies, safety and rescue on open more exposed water as well as of course developing your personal paddling skills in a variety of paddlesport craft. Getting solid paddling foundations skills from our top coaches will ensure a lifetime of paddling adventures – there is no better way to start.
You will usually be in a group of no more than six with one instructor. Meeting your instructor on the first morning provides an opportunity to discuss people’s experience and aspirations, which along with the weather forecast and water levels will enable us to plan the two days activity with you.
Day one we will help you sort out any boats or paddling gear you need to borrow from us. Then we will make use of our local loch, Loch Morlich to start learning the essential skills and develop your confidence in the environment. This day will also look at the range of boats available. The next day we will have the opportuinty to go on a journey in the boat of your choice. This will give us the opportunity to discover all about touring and discover a new environment. The venues will be varied using local lochs and stretches of slow moving rivers. Depending on conditions and the group we may use sheltered coastal stretches. The week could involve the following locations: River Spey, River Tay, Loch Morlich, Loch Ness, Loch Laggan and Loch Insh.
During the two days we will be able to spend time coaching and developing your personal paddling, there may be an opportunity for video coaching as well. In addition to this we will be looking at developing your safe paddling skills to help you leave the course feeling confident to safely paddle similar sections of water with friends. As part of this safety and rescue skills are essential, there will be an opportunity to look at a variety of aspects of this during the two days as well, as is needed.
In addition to this you will benefit from your instructor’s wealth of knowledge of additional paddling venues around the UK, and more than likely the rest of the world.
Stories will be told and hopefully you will leave inspired and with knowledge to confidently take your paddling to other parts of the UK and beyond.
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 touring boats from Wavesport, Venture and Feelfree Kayaks, latest river kayaks from Wavesport, Pyranha and other top manufacturers. All our sea kayaks are this year’s models from P&H and Valley. Our open boats are all new from Hou Canoes, Wenonah and Venture.
Our paddling clothing is from Peak and we have a wide range tailored to your discipline.
We use a range of paddles depending on the activity, Lendal and Werner for sea kayaking and Werner for river/surf kayaking and canoeing. There are specialist additional open boating items such as paddles, poles and sails.
GLENMORE LODGE CAN SUPPLY:
- Buoyancy aids
- Spray decks
- Wet suits
- Wet suit bootees
- Small drybags
- Dry suits (only for out of season kayak courses)
- Paddling Trousers
- Paddling Neoprene Gloves/mitts
- Split Paddles
EQUIPMENT YOU NEED TO BRING WHICH WE DO NOT HAVE IN THE STORES.
Listed here are the essentials; this is not an exhaustive list.
- Informal clothing for leisure wear
- Insulating layers – at least two mid weights
- Fleece/insulated jacket
- Waterproof jacket
- Hat & gloves***
- Vacuum Flask & Water Bottle ***
- Box or bag for packed lunch.
- Blister kit/ small first aid kit
- Personal toiletries & medications (towels are provided)
- Sun cream – you just never know! ***
- Sunhat and sun glasses & cord
- Insect repellent – it may be midgey!***
- Spare towel
- An alarm clock
- Waterproof notebook ***
Glenmore Lodge also has a pool, gym & climbing wall – so don’t forget your swimming/gym/climbing kit!
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.