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 second 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 coastal water and developing skills to complete journeys. It will cover a wide range of skills such as decision-making of when and where to go. Understanding the limitations of the craft in the environment. We will undertake three separate journeys around the Cumbrae waters including following coasts as well as looking at crossings.
Looking at key skills of how to use effective trim, how to get the most out of your paddle including the strokes required, sailing along with dealing incidents.
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!