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Cross Stream Challenge

Cross Stream Challenge 

Cross Stream Challenge is a programme we've put together to help paddlers use their boats in a different way. Slalom, freestyle, downriver racing and more - you can learn the fundamental techniques for all these disciplines with the cross-stream challenge. Our starter pack gives you 30 challenges - 5 starter challengers and 25 more specific challenges. All you need to get started is any canoe or kayak (single or double), five slalom gates or five sets of buoys. Then you're ready to go! Some of the challenges will allow 2 boats (or teams) on the water at the same time to race head-to-head. First team across the line is the winner! The challenges are great fun, get everyone involved and are ideal for developing skills in younger paddlers. What underpins the Challenge is the total flexibility in its delivery, focusing on the paddler, not just the boat. The challenge will help to provide paddlers with developing skill based around a predetermined course in managed and measured environment. The challenge will fully open the doors of our sport for all paddlers, providing an opportunity to experience the many different disciplines and helping coaches spot where an individual is most motivated

Visit the SCA shop to order copies of the Cross Stream resources.

  • There are 5 starter challenges and a further 25 mover Challenges. Each Challenge has that little extra that will make a difference just when you really need to make that move happen.
  • Team Challenge, designed for two or more paddlers to paddle together over the same course.
  • Head to Head, some of the challenges will allow 2 boats (or teams) on the water at the same time. First team across the line is the winner.
  • Equipment Any Canoe or Kayak will do; single or double. You will also need 5 sets of slalom gates and 3 lines or, 5 sets of buoys if you cannot hang slalom gates.

Where can I deliver the Challenge? 
The challenge has been designed to fit in to a variety of environments. The challenge has the flexibility to be adapted for use on your local stretch of water.
Who can deliver the Challenge?
BCU Level 1 Coach under guidance or BCU Level 2 Coach or above.


SCA Boats & Equipment

The SCA owns some boats which SCA members and affiliated clubs can access for certain activities, subject to conditions of use and availability.

The boats are managed by the relevant committees or other nominated individuals.  Boats available are: 

  • 12 polo kayaks
  • 6 open canoes
  • 20 Wavehoppers (plastic wild water racing kayaks)
  • 6 Freestyle Boats
  • 4 Surf Kayaks

If you would like to request the use of these boats, please contact the relevant person below to find out what can be arranged.

Please enquire about use well in advance, as there is a forward plan of where each set of equipment will be.

Equipment Responsibility Contact EMail Phone
Polo Kayaks Polo Committee Chris Carracher  
Surf Kayaks Surf Committee Ian Sherrington 01479 861256
Freestyle Kayaks Recreation Committee Mark Mulrain  
Open Canoes Douglas Lindsay Douglas Lindsay  
Wavehopper Kayaks Wild Water Racing Committee Fraser Gormal


Sprint & Marathon Equipment

The Sprint & Marathon Committee have a full range of boats & paddles which are loaned out – full details of the equipment and the loan arrangements can be found in the following links:


Conditions of Use

The Club/Individual who book the equipment is responsible for ensuring that everything is returned in the same condition as it was received. All equipment must be securely stored in a safe environment when not in use.  In the event of any damage / loss, equipment must be replaced / repaired to the satisfaction of the SCA.  The aim is maintain a set of equipment for the use by members and clubs for many years to come. 

Specifically, the open canoes will only be lent out to groups where appropriately qualified coaches will lead coached sessions on sheltered water, according to the BCU Terms of Reference document. The open canoes are not available for trips / expeditions or for white water use. 


Marketing for Clubs

Promoting and marketing your club can be a highly effective means of attracting more members, volunteers and funding.  It can also integrate it more fully with the community.  You can use a wide range of tools to promote and market your club - from posters, flyers and events to social networking and websites.

If you are looking to increase the promotion and marketing of your club, it is useful to write a plan, covering the following areas:

  • What is the aim of your promotion - e.g. to attract more club members or volunteers, raise funds, publicise an event or competition
  • What are the key messages you want to communicate - e.g. what your club membership offers, activities etc
  • Who will you be communicating to - targeting audience can help you  select an appropriate technique to use - e.g if you are seeking additional junior members, you could target schools and social networking
  • How will you do it - which club members will carry out the actions and what resources do you need (time, money etc)

 Below are some of the tools your club may be able to use:

  • Adverts in Local Press - allows you to reach the local community advertising to people who may not have heard about your club
  • Posters - appropriately positioned they can provide an inexpensive way to advertise.   For a template poster click here.
  • Press Releases & Local Radio - can be a great way to promote your message for a minimal cost
  • Flyers - e a good way to communicate simple messages annd publicise membership special offers etc
  • Club Website - an effective way to attract new members and publicise more detailed information about your club
  • Events - having an event to advertise can raise publicity about your club and attract beginners / people new to the sport 


Canoe clubs in Scotland are run by volunteers who play a crucial role.  The SCA is committed to supporting clubs in providing good quality opportunities for volunteers.

Recruiting and retaining volunteers can often be difficult, but it is vital for the future of most sports clubs across Scotland.  Increasingly, as people’s time becomes more valuable, it is important that clubs consider how they can recruit, support, recognise and reward their most valuable resource – their volunteers.