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Scottish Women's Paddle Symposium 2018

Date: 
11/05/2018 to 13/05/2018

The Scottish Women's Paddle Symposium is a weekend designed for women paddlers to get together, improve their skills and have fun!

The aim of the weekend is to provide mentoring and inspiration to women who want to progress; whether that's to gain a new qualification or purely for enjoyment; all in a social and supportive environment.  

Whether you want to try a new discipline, increase your confidence in a specific area, or improve on a specific skill or technique, there is a workshop for you. 


Venue: Snowgooge, Corpach, Fort William

Disciplines: Sea Kayak, Open Canoe and White Water. 

Cost: £125 for SCA Members, £140 for non-SCA Members for the whole weekend. Early bird discount tickets are available. The non-member rate includes a year's SCA Recreational Membership (available if you live in Scotland and haven't been a member during the last 3 years). 

Workshops: All workshops are full days; you can choose to do a different one each day or the same thing both days. Click the sections below for more information. 

Accommodation: The Bunkhouse is booked at Snowgoose but there are limited spaces available. There is other accommodation available for you to book in the area. 

Equipment Hire: Equipment can be hired through Snowgoose here. Please remember you are responsible for the transport for your equipment!

 

2 Day Workshops

Sea Kayak

3 Star Skills – This is a 2 day workshop based on the 3 star syllabus. 

Saturday Workshops

The workshop topics listed below are intended as a guide, and coaches will happily tailor the sessions to the needs of the participants - just let us know when you register about your experience, strengths, and areas of development you'd like to work on. 

Sea Kayak 

Rough Water Handling Skills – Improve your personal performance in more challenging conditions.
 
Introduction to Sea Kayaking – Learn how to paddle a Sea Kayak and be safe on the sea. Kayaks are available for hire from a variety of sources and should be arranged in advance by anyone wishing to participate in this workshop who doesn't’t have their own.
 
Confident Kayaking – This workshop aims to meet a variety of needs.
  • Are you more experienced in other paddle disciplines & wish to try sea kayaking?
  • Have you had a break from paddling for a while & wish to brush up on your skills?
  • Do you need to regain confidence on the water?
Let us know what aspect of your paddling you lack confidence in, and we’ll do our best to help you feel more confident & relaxed.
 
Towing & Rescues –  This workshop is for people who have very little or no experience of towing & rescues. Expect to get wet during this workshop.  Equipment - Please bring a towline with you.
 
Greenland Rolling Skills – A relaxed session which builds up confidence with immersion and recovery by using foundation skills of traditional Greenland rolling. The session will help you build some basic skills and drills to take away and develop further. Whether you paddle with a Greenland paddle or Euro blade understanding traditional skills can change your attitude to immersion and develop an alternative roll which does not rely on force applied to the paddle blade. You will work in pairs, start with land drills and take turns at supporting and practicing. 
Equipment - Dry suit (plenty of warm under-layers that don’t compromise flexibility too much), hood and snorkel mask or goggles and nose clip are useful. Other things which you might have which are useful are a well-fitting spray deck, a paddle which is adjustable to zero feather, a paddle float which you might want to practice with at home following the workshop. This is a Roll DVD by Cheri Perry and Turner Wilson made by Justine Curgenven – Cackle TV is recommended to watch along with some YouTube videos 1 and 2
 

White Water 

Advanced White Water - Read and run the river giving you the skills to read and run in the advanced environment. This workshop will suit those ladies comfortable on Grade 3 and wanting to push forward. 
 
Freestyle - Play the river with Bridget Thomas. Saturday we hop on the Garry with coaching by our very own ex world freestyle champ! This workshop will suit those looking to get into that play hole and start to style it! 
 
Intermediate White Water - Looking to develop skills on grade 2/3? This workshop will suit those developing their skills and will split into 2 groups to suit your needs. 
 
Introduction to White Water - Are you a touring or sea paddler but not so sure about rivers? This is the workshop for you. We will be exploring the fundamentals of river paddling and trying out a little bit of the bouncy stuff. We will work with you to further develop your edge control, entering and leaving the current, crossing the flow and telling your boat what you want it to do. Using connections and power transfer is vital on the river and we will fully explore those topics. Throughout the day we will be working as a supportive group, managing anxiety and finding out individually what works.
 

Open Canoe

Traditional Canoe Skills - Come and explore a day of Traditional Open Canoe skills looking at:

  • J-stroke, Indian stroke, knifed J-stroke.
  • Running prys and hanging draws
  • Poling
  • Tracking and lining
  • Solo and rafted sailing
  • Using the canoe and tarp to build a bivi
  • Use of trim

 The day will be build around the groups request on the day.

 

Sunday Workshops

The workshop topics listed below are intended as a guide, and coaches will happily tailor the sessions to the needs of the participants - just let us know when you register about your experience, strengths, and areas of development you'd like to work on. 

Sea Kayak 

Rough Water Handling Skills – Improve your personal performance in more challenging conditions.
 
Introduction to Sea Kayaking – Learn how to paddle a sea kayak and be safe on the sea. Kayaks are available for hire from a variety of sources and should be arranged in advance by anyone wishing to participate in this workshop who doesn't’t have their own.
 
Confident Kayaking – This workshop aims to meet a variety of needs.
  • Are you more experienced in other paddle disciplines & wish to try sea kayaking?
  • Have you had a break from paddling for a while & wish to brush up on your skills?
  • Do you need to regain confidence on the water?
Let us know what aspect of your paddling you lack confidence in, and we’ll do our best to help you feel more confident & relaxed.
 
Incident Management – Learn how to respond when things go wrong and look at preventing it happening. You may get wet during this workshop.
 
Greenland Rolling Skills - Half day of water confidence and/or a step further. Sunday morning could be a follow up to Saturday for those who want 1:1 and/or a very relaxed session for building confidence with immersion/ anyone who want to take their skills on a bit further which will be continued into the afternoon. This session is build to suit you so please email in suggestions.
Equipment - Dry suit (plenty of warm under-layers that don’t compromise flexibility too much), hood and snorkel mask or goggles and nose clip are useful. Other things which you might have which are useful are a well-fitting spray deck, a paddle which is adjustable to zero feather, a paddle float which you might want to practice with at home following the workshop. This is a Roll DVD by Cheri Perry and Turner Wilson made by Justine Curgenven – Cackle TV is recommended to watch along with some YouTube videos 1 and 2
 

White Water

Advanced White Water - Read and run the river giving you the skills to read and run in the advanced environment. This workshop will suit those ladies comfortable on Grade 3 and wanting to push forward. 

Intermediate White Water - Looking to develop skills on grade 2/3? This workshop will suit those developing their skills and will split into 2 groups to suit your needs. 

Introduction to White Water - Are you a touring or sea paddler but not so sure about rivers? This is the workshop for you. We will be exploring the fundamentals of river paddling and trying out a little bit of the bouncy stuff. We will work with you to further develop your edge control, entering and leaving the current, crossing the flow and telling your boat what you want it to do. Using connections and power transfer is vital on the river and we will fully explore those topics. Throughout the day we will be working as a supportive group, managing anxiety and finding out individually what works.

Open Canoe

Introduction/ Intermediate Rivers Skills - Increase your river reading skills and boat handling in white water (grade 1- 2). Develop your forward paddling efficiency and the understanding of trim. Grow your Traditional skills such as lining and tracking and poling. Learn handy rope tricks to have up your sleeve.

 

Accommodation, Equipment, Food and Clothing

Accommodation - Participants are responsible for booking their own accommodation. We have rented accommodation at the Snowgoose Centre which you can purchase at the booking phase, however spaces are very limited. There are also number of other places to stay in the Fort William area. 

Food -  Participants are responsible for their own food. On the Saturday night we have a dinner reservation at the Garrison West Public House in Fort William which you are welcome to join. Tickets for the dinner can be booked through the portal. 

Equipment - You are responsible for bringing and transporting all your personal equipment. You can hire equipment for the weekend here. Some of the workshops require extra equipment so check the descriptions to ensure you have everything you need. 

Clothing - SWPS 2018 Hoodies are available to buy (£20) in a variety of sizes, if you'd like one please order when you enter.  

How to Register

Entry can be made online here. Spaces are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to get in touch with Sean on events@canoescotland.org or 0131 317 7314. 

We look forward to seeing you there!