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National Go Canoeing Week 2017

Date: 
27/05/2017 to 04/06/2017

The theme this year is the Big Adventure - time to get thinking about an epic adventure on your bucket list to tie in with this national campaign!

The aim of National Go Canoeing Week is to get as many people out on the water as possible, and promote canoeing/kayaking and paddlesports nationally. This year, the theme is ‘The Big Adventure’ which is a great opportunity to showcase Scotland as the UK’s real adventure playground. And it’s an opportunity for you to be a part of The Big Adventure by going on your own adventures during the week.

The website is www.gocanoeingweek.org.uk, where you can find more details, and there are prizes to be won for entering details of your own adventures. The campaign is supporting Cancer Research, which will help to elevate the visibility of the campaign, whilst also raising money for a great charity. 

Ideas from BC about how to get involved: 

Weekend Adventure

Get away for the weekend and discover fantastic places to paddle across the UK. Spend the weekend in a cosy B&B, visit friends or give canoe camping a go!

Club Together

National Go Canoeing Week is a great excuse for a fun club event. Organise a paddling weekend away, an open day to encourage new members,a fun activity day or a social evening. Don’t forget there is a prize up for grabs for the most club miles paddled, so encourage your members to venture out for your club sessions this week. Get the date in your club diary now and plan a fantastic start to the summer!

Train Up For A Challenge Route

No matter what your level of paddling ability, anyone can train up to take on our Challenge Routes during the week.

There are currently four challenge routes live on our Challenge Pages. You could take on our newest route, The Trent Loop, only paddled by a handful of challengers so far. 

Each challenge route has its own beauty and toughness; which will you choose?

Trail Bagging

With over 100 canoe trails now live on the British Canoeing site why not give Trail Bagging a go?
Look for trails in your local area and see how many you can bag during National Go Canoeing Week. You might even catch the bagging bug and decide to go on to complete all of our trails. Be quick though...we will be adding more soon!

Come to an Event!

There will be a wide range of events taking place, nationwide, throughout National Go Canoeing Week. From group paddles to full weekends of paddling fun.

Events can give you the chance to gain new skills, meet fellow paddlers and try out different gear and equipment.

28th May - River Dee Tour - Aberdeenshire

28th May - 10am - 3pm - River Dee Tour - Aboyne Canoe Club, Aberdeenshire - £10 adults, £5 U16s

Directions: Meeting at Gordon Lodge, Aboyne - a residential house next to The Boat Inn. Post Code: AB34 5EL. Location: 57.071077, 2.78596, -18.75z

Equipment: All equipment will be provided on the day so you don’t need any specialist kit to take part. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing, such as light tracksuit bottoms (not jeans) and layered tops, as well as any water/windproof over layers and a pair of old shoes (with secure fastenings) which you don’t mind getting wet – no flip flops. 

Check the weather before leaving the house to ensure you take clothing to suit the conditions. If it is sunny, don’t forget to wear waterproof sun cream (we recommend a minimum of factor 30) and a hat, as the reflection of the sun off the water can be strong. It is also worth bringing a spare change of clothes to travel home in, just in case you get the odd splash off the paddle.

Booking: Please email Chris Redmond: aboynecanoeclub@gmail.com or phone 01339 886241 by 25th May 2017. 

Further sessions: One more follow up session can be arranged for a Thursday evening or join a weekend club trip after which we would request that you join the club.  We offer pool sessions in the winter months and regular club trips throughout the year.

Meet the organisers: www.aboynecanoeclub.co.uk

31st May - Edinburgh Canal Trip - Edinburgh Kayak Club

31st May - 6.45pm - 9.00pm - Kayak Starter Session - Edinburgh Kayak Club, Edinburgh - £5

Directions: Edinburgh Kayak Club, in the grounds of Craiglockhart Sport Centre, 177 Colinton Rd, Edinburgh EH14 1BZ. The meeting point is  at the ponds to the east of Craiglockart Sports Centre near to the disabled parking are and Gymnasium.

Equipment: All equipment will be provided on the day so you don’t need any specialist kit to take part. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing, such as light tracksuit bottoms (not jeans) and layered tops, as well as any water/windproof over layers and a pair of old shoes (with secure fastenings) which you don’t mind getting wet – no flip flops. 

Check the weather before leaving the house to ensure you take clothing to suit the conditions. If it is sunny, don’t forget to wear waterproof sun cream (we recommend a minimum of factor 30) and a hat, as the reflection of the sun off the water can be strong. It is also worth bringing a spare change of clothes to travel home in, just in case you get the odd splash off the paddle.

Booking: Please email Anne Hay on edinburghkayak@gmail.com by 30th May 2017. 

Further information: Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Meet the organisers: edinburghkayak.com

1st June - Canoe or Kayak Starter Session - Aboyne CC

1st June - 6.30pm - 8.30pm - Canoe or Kayak Starter Session - Aboyne Canoe Club, Aberdeenshire - £10 adults, £5 U16s

Directions: Meeting at Gordon Lodge, Aboyne - a residential house next to The Boat Inn to collect equipment, then a short 2 minute drive to Queens Loch. Post Code of Gordon Lodge: AB34 5EL. Location: 57.071077, 2.78596, -18.75z

Equipment: All equipment will be provided on the day so you don’t need any specialist kit to take part. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing, such as light tracksuit bottoms (not jeans) and layered tops, as well as any water/windproof over layers and a pair of old shoes (with secure fastenings) which you don’t mind getting wet – no flip flops. 

Check the weather before leaving the house to ensure you take clothing to suit the conditions. If it is sunny, don’t forget to wear waterproof sun cream (we recommend a minimum of factor 30) and a hat, as the reflection of the sun off the water can be strong. It is also worth bringing a spare change of clothes to travel home in, just in case you get the odd splash off the paddle.

Booking: Please email Chris Redmond: aboynecanoeclub@gmail.com or phone 01339 886241 by 30th May 2017. 

Further sessions: One more follow up session can be arranged for a Thursday evening or join a weekend club trip after which we would request that you join the club.  We offer pool sessions in the winter months and regular club trips throughout the year.

Meet the organisers: www.aboynecanoeclub.co.uk

4th June: RWSABC - Starter Sessions - FREE - Greenock

Sunday 4th June: 10am until 4pm, the Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club will be giving tours of its clubhouse on Greenock Esplanade and running free kayak taster sessions suitable for those with no prior experience or anyone considering returning to the sport. The sessions are aimed at adults, 14 to 18 year olds are also welcome but need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  All you need to take is spare clothes plus a towel and you can give it a go.  

For further details, or to book in advance, please email the club: canoeing@rwsabc.com  

Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club, Esplanade, Greenock PA16 7SE