This event will be based at Brighouse Bay Holiday Park – Near Kirkcudbright DG6 4TS – Tel no 01557 870267 GR458630 from the Friday evening. A block booking has been made for camping for two nights – but you will need to individually settle with the site. Sign in at reception and mention you are with “Cumbria Canoeists” group and they will direct you to our allocated area and charge you the reduced rate.
We will convene at 09h00 on Saturday and Sunday mornings to explain & plan the day trips, shuttles etc. Trip plans will depend on the weather conditions, tides and the capabilities of the group(s). We may divide up if it makes sense to do so. Saturday will be a full day paddle with an opportunity to have a night paddle and then social get together. Sunday will be a shorter paddle followed by 3 short workshops if people would like to brush up on some skills of their choice. This weekend is not a coaching course but you will be safely guided by experienced and qualified sea kayak leaders. Our main objectives of the weekend are to bring likeminded sea paddlers together, share experiences and make the contacts necessary for further trips. For those with less experience the weekend is an opportunity for you to be guided safely to coastal areas you may not feel are within your reach or current experience.
We will aim to finish by 16h00 on the Sunday to give people time to get home. There will be group trips and support aimed specifically at newcomers to sea kayaking at this event.
This event is suitable for paddlers with some kayaking experience, but not necessarily on the sea, as well as others with more experience, who are looking to improve their independence to plan and execute coastal trips. Maximum 24 participants. This event is open to Cumbrian paddlers – or friends of – with an interest in sea kayaking who would like to extend and develop their skills and experience. We would like to welcome some newcomers to sea kayaking to this event.
Using a specific sea kayak is very important, so if you do not have one please borrow or hire one from a club or commercially. Cumbria Canoeists have three sea kayaks that are available for a small donation.
Personal paddling equipment, adequate gear, a change of clothes, food and drink for each day’s paddle are essential - Paddler Kit lists are available here.
Responsibility for camping and cooking each day will be left with the participants, but do not hesitate to ask for any further guidance.
Before you can book on any Cumbria Canoeist's event you must have completed a one time Paddler Registration.
Cost: £35 payable by BACS to “Cumbria Canoeists” Sort Code 01-08-93 A/C# 14482177. Please add your surname and the event reference as the BACS payment reference, and ensure your bank details are up to date in your Paddler Registration. This is to make sure we can track payments.
If you are not a member of British Canoeing, we have to arrange membership equivalent liability insurance cover for you for on the water session (applies to all participants and guides). The cost is £5 per person per event; Alternatively, we would encourage BC adult membership at £45 or £65 for a couple per annum. Please add the insurance charge to the event fee payment.
Places are allocated on a "payment received" basis and the booking status is indicated at the top of this page.