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'Great Fun' for all at the Scottish Women's Paddle Symposium 2018

Last weekend there were 50 women in attendance at the seventh Scottish Women's Paddle Symposium at Snowgoose Activity Centre near Fort William. They travelled from all over Scotland for a weekend designed to provide mentoring and inspiration to women who want to progress in a social and supportive environment. A number of attendees tried a new discipline for the first time, whilst others arrived with only limited paddling experience. Some came to increase their confidence in a specific area, or improved their skills and paddling techniques.The delegates had the option each day of either sea kayak or white water workshops. These workshops ranged from beginner to advanced level.

 

With the sun shining on Saturday morning the sea kayakers headed off Traigh and Arisaig on West coast. The intro and intermediate white water kayakers drove to the the River Lochy, whilst the advanced white water group headed to the Garry to enjoy the water release.

On the Saturday evening there was a three course meal organised providing the opportunity for the attendees to socialise with other paddlers who were not on their workshop. On the Sunday the intro and intermediate WW group went to the Oich and the advance group travelled to the Etive. Greenland rolling was based in Traigh and the other sea kayak workshops launched from Arisaig.

Workshops:

  • Sea Kayak - 2 Day - 3 Star Skills
  • Sea Kayak - Rough Water Handling Skills
  • Sea Kayak - Introduction to Sea Kayaking
  • Sea Kayak - Confident Kayaking
  • Sea Kayak - Incident Management
  • Sea Kayak - Greenland Rolling
  • White Water Kayak - Advanced White Water
  • White Water Kayak - Intermediate White Water
  • White Water Kayak - Intro to White Water

 

The SCA is very grateful to all those who attended, and special thanks to the Coaches who delivered the wide range of workshops. Thanks also to Snowgoose Activity Centre, The Billy Can and Kilmallie Community Centre. And I final big thank you to the SWPS Committee for their hard work in organising the fantastic weekend!