A definitive list of British canoe classics would be littered with - and perhaps headed by - great open water journeys. In the right conditions, many are perfectly manageable by ordinary, everyday tripping and journeying canoeists working together in peer groups.
Sadly, despite taking in tripping environments which are considerably more serious than anything to be found on rivers... the skills and judgement needed to tackle them independently are rarely tackled IN those environments.
Following discussions early in 2015, Dave Rossetter - Head of Paddlesports at Glenmore Lodge - offered to address this situation with a series of memorable journeying opportunities around Cumbrae - with Bute, Arran and the Firth of Clyde as a stunning backdrop.
This first one is over three days, based out of Cumbrae - and offering a unique and innovative programme:
This course is all about taking canoes out onto open water and developing a team approach to working on open / coastal waters. It will cover formal approaches such as though found on 4 & 5 star canoe leadership courses but also for those looking to paddle in peer groups.
Covering key skills such as decision-making, understanding tides & weather, reading the water as well as the hard skills of towing, using effective trim and how to get the most out of your paddle.
Dave Rossetter will be staffing these courses. Book by telephone through Glenmore Lodge.
Ps. In time these will be on the Glenmore Lodge website - book now referencing the OCA site if you want to secure a place!