• Paddlesports

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2019 sees continued development of the paddlesports department at Cumbrae.

New courses include Practical Navigation for Sea Kayakers, where we spend equal amounts of time in the classroom and on the water learning about maps, charts, tides and weather and the practical application of these skills. We will also be the first centre in the country to offer Sea Kayak Sailing courses, blending two areas of expertise of the National Centre whilst teaching how to rig, set and utilise the sail to improve the performance of your sea kayak.

We will continue offering 1 day, 2 day and 5 day courses in Sea Kayaking.  We also offer a full range of British Canoeing courses in Safety, Leadership, Proficiency and Coaching.

The island is an ideal destination for improving basic skills or for those who want to venture further from shore. With bays and natural harbours and surrounding islands like Bute, Arran & Inchmarnock we are ideally located for introductory and intermediate paddlesport courses.

All our paddlesports coaches teach to highest standard and have expertise in navigation and weather forecasting. We use these areas of expertise in all our courses and aim to make the learning environment as informative, practical and enjoyable as possible.

As well as the calendar of paddlesports courses we schedule we are also happy to create a bespoke course for you, your friends or your family. Please email with any request.

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Sea Kayaking Try-a-Day

From £80

A course designed with the novice in mind. We will introduce you to the fundamentals of this popular sport and teach you the skills to allow you to control and enjoy your sea kayak.

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1 day

Introduction to Sea Kayaking

From £224

A course designed with the novice in mind. This 2 day practical course introduces fundamental skills required to control the sea kayak. We may also use this course to refresh any rudimentary sea kayaking skills.

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2 days

Introduction To Sea Kayak   Sailing

From £224

Sea kayak sailing has grown in popularity and this practical introductory course will teach you the basics to get the most out of your rig and kayak.

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2 days

Sea Kayak Practical Navigation

£224

A course aimed at developing practical sea kayak navigation skills. This 2 day course will include British Canoeing’s Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning course, delivered in a practical way.

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2 days

Sea Kayak Improver Weekend

£224

These weekend courses are aimed at the paddler who has 5 days or above experience and want to develop their fundamental sea kayak skills.

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2 days

Introduction To Sea Kayaking

£585

This 5 day course will introduce you to the fundamental skills of sea kayaking in and around the sheltered waters of The Clyde.

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5 days

Introduction to Sea Kayak Safety & Rescue

From £224

This 2 day practical course will introduce you to essential elements of sea kayak safety and rescue technique. We will blend time in the classroom with time on the water, where we will develop an essential awareness of our surroundings.

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2 days

Improver Sea Kayaking

£585

This course is aimed at improving existing skills and building sound sea kayaking techniques.

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5 days

British Canoeing Sea Kayak Award

From £235

This award is designed to develop your skills and ability to apply appropriate decision making for an enjoyable and safe day out on the
sea.

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2 days

British Canoeing Coastal Sea Kayak Award + CNTP + VHF

From £595

A 5 day combined training and assessment course in essential sea kayaking skills aimed at building technique, skills and confidence.

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5 days

British Canoeing Foundation Safety and Rescue Training

£115

This training course aims to provide paddlers with the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely and to be able to deal with common emergencies.

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1 day

British Canoeing Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning

From £115

This course is aimed at introducing concepts associated with planning day long sea kayak journeys in coastal waters and covers topics including tides, weather forecasting & trip planning.

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1 day

British Canoeing Open Water Navigation and Tidal Planning

£115

This course is aimed at developing concepts associated with planning day long sea kayak journeys in coastal waters around the UK

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1 day

British Canoeing Paddlesports Leader Training

From £235

Teaching you how to lead, supervise or facilitate safe and quality trips

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2 days

British Canoeing Paddlesports Leader Assessment

From £145

This assessment will assess the Paddlesport Leader ability to lead, to supervise, or facilitate safe, quality, enjoyable trips based on their group’s needs and aspirations.

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1 day

British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader Training

From £350

The Sea Kayak Leader Training course will teach you the personal paddling and leadership skills required to lead a group of paddlers, on short, single or multi-day journeys in a moderate tidal water environment with winds not exceeding Beaufort Force 4.

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3 days

British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader Assessment

From £275

British Canoeings Sea Kayak Leader Assessment will test your personal paddling and leadership skills required to lead a group in moderate conditions.

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2 days

British Canoeing Core Coach Training

From £275

The Core Coach Training is designed to support coaches working towards a Coach Award Qualification. It is also considered appropriate and repeatable, as stand-alone training to support ongoing learning and development.

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2 days

British Canoeing Canoe and Kayak Coach (Sheltered Water) Training

From £275

This training programme is delivered over two consecutive days and focuses on HOW to coach the discipline specific skills and WHAT you will be coaching.

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2 days

British Canoeing Canoe and Kayak Coach (Sheltered Water) Assessment

From £140

British Canoeings Canoe and Kayak Coach (sheltered water) assessment will test your own personal paddling, safety & rescue and coaching skills.

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1 day

British Canoeing Paddlesports Instructor

£275

The Paddlesport Instructor qualification is for people whose main focus of work is delivering paddlesport taster/starter sessions within clubs, centres or other organisations.

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2 days

British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach Training

From £275

This 2 day discipline specific training course works to develop the sea kayak coaches abilities to teach foundation skills and help paddlers to develop their skills in the moderate sea environment.

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2 days

British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach Assessment

From £145

This one day assessment will focus on the sea kayak coaches abilities to coach foundation skills and help paddlers to develop their skills in the moderate sea environment.

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1 day

sportscotland Festival of Sea Kayaking

From £55

Formally known as the Sportscotland Sea Kayak Symposium this festival of sea kayaking will offer workshops & clinics, races, demo equipment & sales, BBQ & evening film/lecture and a whole lot more.

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3 days

The Great Cumbrae Sea Kayak Race

From £13

Open to elite racers, intermediate paddlers or adventurous beginners, this race or challenge takes us around the isle of Great Cumbrae. It forms part of sportscotlands festival of sea kayaking.

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1 Day