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Discover Paddlesport (2 Day)

Introduction Level - 2 days

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 3 reviews

Learn about techniques and skills; try new found talents in 2 different locations. Over the two days we weill introduce you to a variety of craft.

We will spend time on the first day experiencing a range of boats to discover what suits you best alongside the simple skills to get up and paddling; this taking place on one of our local fantastic loch locations. We will then have an opportunity to go for a journey on the second day to explore another environment whilst developing experience in your preferred style of boat. By the end of the course you will understand what equipment is available, how to safely use it and how to get out paddling.

 

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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.

Course Aims

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.

Course Content

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
  • Helmets
  • Spray decks
  • Cags
  • Wet suits
  • Wet suit bootees
  • Small drybags
  • Dry suits (only for out of season kayak courses)
  • Paddling Trousers
  • Pogies
  • Paddling Neoprene Gloves/mitts
  • Towlines
  • 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.

Course Pre-Requisites

No previous experience required.

Water confidence.

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 3 reviews Read all reviews

Excellent course from start to finish.
Tait Stuart Reviewed on 02/07/2017
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The organisation was first rate, the accommodation and food excellent. Just can't fault it in any way
Walsh Joan Reviewed on 05/06/2017
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This 2 day course is an excellent introduction to paddlesports. With expert coaching and leadership, recognising the aspirations of each of the course members, we very soon gelled together and by the end of the second day we were paddling together as a confident group, planning our next kayak adventures. Many thanks to Coach Graeme and the rest of the Lodge staff for delivering the highest quality in all aspects.
Neil Corstorphine Reviewed on 09/06/2015
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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

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