Is It For Me?
This course is aimed at anybody who is keen to develop the skills to kayak white water rivers. To get the most out of this course you should be water confident, but there is no requirement to have been in a kayak 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 two days with plenty of opportunity to learn to paddle whitewater and develop skills to have the confidence on up to Grade 2, then this is the course for you.
This course will provide the paddler with experience of paddling a variety of Grade 1 and 2 rivers. In addition to this the two days will focus on safe river running strategies, white water safety and rescue as well as developing your personal paddling skills for white water. Getting solid white water kayaking foundations skills from our top coaches will ensure a lifetime of white water adventures, there is not a 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 day’s 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, Grade 1 river section and pool to start learning the essential skills and develop your confidence in the environment. For the next day we will paddle a river that offers us the best water and at the appropriate grade for the group’s needs, hopefully this should include some Grade 2. The two days could involve the following rivers: Spey, Ness and Findhorn.
Whilst on these rivers we will be able to spend time coaching and developing your personal paddling. In addition to this we will be looking at developing your safe river running skills to help you leave the course feeling confident to safely paddle a similar grade of river with friends. As part of this white water safety and rescue is essential, there may be an opportunity to look at a variety of aspects of this during the day as well.
Glenmore Lodge has a purpose made kayak rolling pool. This will be available for use in the evening, so over the weekend we can help you start to develop a roll, which is a essential skill for any white water paddler.
In addition to this you will benefit from your instructors wealth of knowledge of additional white water 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 river kayaks from Wavesport, Pyranha and other top manufacturers.
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 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