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Scottish Womens Paddle Symposium 2019

Date: 
17/05/2019 to 19/05/2019

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: Findhorn, Moray

Disciplines: Sea Kayak, Open Canoe, White Water and SUP. 

Cost: £125 for SCA & National Association Members, £140 for non-members for the whole weekend. 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). 

Early bird discounted tickets are available until 28/02/2019! Early Bird tickets are £110 for members or £125 for non-members. 

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

Accommodation:   There is accommodation booked at the Findhorn village Hostel where a lot of the coaches and attendees will be staying. 

Workshop Leaders:

Sea Kayaking: Alice McInnes, Kate Duffus, Laura Bennitt, Lesley Mackay, Margaret Pearson, Sue Couling & Tania Mackie.  

White Water Kayaking: Georgina Maxwell, Jess Leggatt, Kirsten Petrie, Mags Duncan & Vicki Haywood. 

Canoeing: Caroline Carr (also SUP) & Liz Cain. 

Surf: Tracy Sherrington, Zoe Newsam, Ellen Openshaw & Susan MacKenzie. 

Bookings Now Open!

How to Register

Booking for SWPS 2019 is open, with early bird prices available until  28th February 2019. The early bird discount will be taken off when you get to checkout.

Please ensure that you are logged into you account on the SCA Portal when booking! 

When booking you must click the Top ticket: Scottish Women's Paddle Symposium Ticket and then any additional extras, Hoodie, Accommodation or Saturday Night Dinner.

When Selecting you workshops please pick 1 for Saturday and 1 for Sunday. 

If a workshop is listed below and is then not visible at the booking phase unfortunate this workshop is fully booked. 

Bookings 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 us events@canoescotland.org or 0131 317 7314. 

Keep up to date with the latest news and announcments on the Facebook Page 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Accommodation, Equipment and Clothing

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

Food -  Participants are responsible for their own food. On the Saturday night we have a 3 course dinner which can be views in the dropdown below. Tickets for the dinner can be booked through the SCA Portal. 

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

Clothing - SWPS 2019 Hoodies are available to buy (£22) in a variety of sizes, if you'd like one please order when you enter. - Deadline for orders 16/04/2018. 

Friday and Saturday Evening Activities

Friday Evening

There is a yoga session running from 7pm (Time tbc) which you are most welcome to attend. 

Saturday Evening

There is a meal organised for Saturday night at 7.30pm at the James Minle Institute (where registration will be held). The catering is, again like last year, being done by thebillycan. Cost £20pp. 

STARTER

SHARING PLATTERS OF TAPAS (a mix of items, some vegan/vegetarian/gf and df)

MAIN COURSES

MOROCCAN CHICKEN (dairy free/gluten free) or 

VEGETABLE TAGINE (dairy free/gluten free/vegan) 

WITH COUS COUS (gluten free on request)

 

BEEF LASAGNE 

or ROAST BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND SPINACH LASAGNE (vegetarian) 

with garlic bread (gluten free available upon request)

 

DESSERT

FRESH FRUIT SALAD (dairy free/gluten free/vegan)

STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING (dairy free/gluten free/vegan)

APPLE PIE (dairy free/vegan)

 All served with ice cream, with dairy free ice cream available upon request.

Food Notice

"FOOD ALLERGIES AND INTOLERANCES

Please note, our dishes are prepared in a kitchen where allergens are present, and so we cannot guarantee any dish will be 100% free of any trace of an allergen. For detailed information about ingredients, or to discuss your specific requirements, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Cheryl Irons Cheryl@thebillycan.co.uk . "

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 Skills – Want to improve your skills and confidence in rough or turbulent conditions? Our rough water skills session will give you the techniques to read the water and become comfortable in chaotic water conditions – surf zones, rock hopping and tidal streams.
 
Yoga and Sea Kayaking - Boats, balance, core strength and breathing. 

Yoga and Sea Kayaking are two disciplines that go together and our mindset is especially relevant when faced with the psychological demands of conditions or even rolling in a pool. Core strength and posture underpin our basic technique and balance is essential. Join me for a day of skills building at an intermediate level, whilst we explore the outstanding coast of Findhorn and the local area. 

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 for Greenland Rolling Workshop - 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
 
Intermediate skills - Been paddling for a while but want to improve your efficiency and techniques? Out intermediate skills session will develop the skills you have allowing you to paddle for longer with less effort.  We can be flexible on the skills being focused on e.g. support strokes, turning, rescues, forward paddling – the choice is yours.

Trip planning and Day trip - Enjoy exploring different areas but never planned your own trip?  We will look at what is involved in trip planning then head out and explore some of the local coast. A practical chance to see what can affect your day out.

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 And SUP

Brains not brawn…. Is it all in the stroke? - This workshop will look at maximising your power transfer to really get your canoe moving through smooth and slick technique. 50 Shades of Paddling is all about focusing down on 50 small but effective changes to body, boat and blade to improve your technique - no brawn required! 

Canoe 

Competent on grade 2? This is for you! A full day on white water grade 2/3 looking at improving your skills in either solo or tandem canoe.

Surf Kayak 

Intro to Surf Kayak -  Join a fun session aimed at confident paddlers who are maybe new to the surf zone and would love to learn how to ride waves and feel in control. The ability to roll would be good.

Improving Surf Kayaker – Have you been out in the surf already and would love to nail your bottom turns or add more flow to your climbing and dropping? Are you already a moderate water kayaker & a give it a try roller?  Then come join us & have a great time working at your own pace.

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 Skills – Want to improve your skills and confidence in rough or turbulent conditions? Our rough water skills session will give you the techniques to read the water and become comfortable in chaotic water conditions – surf zones, rock hopping and tidal streams.
 
Yoga and Sea Kayaking - Boats, balance, core strength and breathing. 

Yoga and Sea Kayaking are two disciplines that go together and our mindset is especially relevant when faced with the psychological demands of conditions or even rolling in a pool. Core strength and posture underpin our basic technique and balance is essential. Join me for a day of skills building at an intermediate level, whilst we explore the outstanding coast of Findhorn and the local area. 

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 for Greenland Rolling Workshop - 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
 
Intermediate skills - Been paddling for a while but want to improve your efficiency and techniques? Out intermediate skills session will develop the skills you have allowing you to paddle for longer with less effort.  We can be flexible on the skills being focused on e.g. support strokes, turning, rescues, forward paddling – the choice is yours.

Trip planning and Day trip - Enjoy exploring different areas but never planned your own trip?  We will look at what is involved in trip planning then head out and explore some of the local coast. A practical chance to see what can affect your day out.

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.

Any Craft

Paddle to tranquility - A meld of body, boat, blade and mindfulness to connect your paddling technique to a positive mindset. An opportunity to stretch your body, mind and possibly limits through a session both on and off the shore.

For starters we'll start with some gentle stretching and thoughts on positive mind sets , main course will involve getting out on the water in a range of crafts, including SUP  to focus our thoughts on how technique links to mind-sets through TTPP, Deserts will be back on shore for a mindfulness visualisation to consolidate a positive mind set

Bring: an open mind, a boat …( of some description…) ,some interesting paddles and poles & willingness to share experiences and your boat … yoga mat, dry clothes and a warm blanket for afterwards

Canoe

Competent on grade 2? This is for you! A full day on white water grade 2/3 looking at improving your skills in either solo or tandem canoe.

Surf Kayak 

Intro to Surf Kayak -  Join a fun session aimed at confident paddlers who are maybe new to the surf zone and would love to learn how to ride waves and feel in control. The ability to roll would be good.

Improving Surf Kayaker – Have you been out in the surf already and would love to nail your bottom turns or add more flow to your climbing and dropping? Are you already a moderate water kayaker & a give it a try roller?  Then come join us & have a great time working at your own pace.

 

Equipment Hire

There are options to hire canoes and sea kayaks from 3rd party organisations if you need: 

For Canoe, please follow this link to the charity Outfit Moray

For Sea Kayak, please contact Laura Bennitt on info@nationalkayakschool.com