Wednesday Evening Sea Paddling

Between May and September, the sea kayakers meet at Rosemarkie each Wednesday evening - varying this location occasionally to allow us to visit North Kessock, Cromarty, etc. There is always a coached group (max 12 people), and a number of peer paddlers. Places need to be reserved in the coached group and bookings will be opened 2 weeks in advance of any given date. To book a place and, if necessary, to hire a boat, please see here (you will need to log into WebCollect to see the page). If you wish to hire a boat, but do not require a coached place, please contact Margaret Pearson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

At Rosemarkie we meet on the grass just before the caravan site (if heading from Rosemarkie out towards Chanonry Point). Please do not park in front of the steps down to the beach, and please be mindful of local residents in respect of getting changed and keeping noise to a minimum. There are public toilets opposite the Plough in Rosemarkie, at the sports centre in Fortrose or at Avoch Harbour.

We aim to be there at 6.30pm to be on the water for 7pm - and generally stop for a cup of tea and a snack at some point during the evening, returning around 9pm.

The coached group will set aside a short period of time each time for practising skills - and the peer paddlers are encouraged to do the same. A number of evenings will be designated as 'wet sessions', a chance to practice rescues and rolls - as well as make a fool of yourself with balancing games! In September, the evenings are so short that we take light sticks and come back in the dark - often a magical experience as the sun sets over the Moray Firth.

The peer paddling group need not stay together as one group. There should be some discussion at the start of the evening about what people want to do, where they want to go, and how fast they want to get there. Some folk may want a leisurely paddle whilst others may be looking for an energetic workout. Some may wish to admire the coastal scenery whilst others may wish to play in any tide that may be running. Peer paddling should take place in groups of at least 3 people, who agree to stay together for the evening. It is helpful to have an idea of the level of competence and fitness of the members of the group you are paddling with, and to ensure that you have similar aspirations for the evening before you start off.

Occasionally, dolphins are encountered when paddling in the Moray Firth - and there are often many dolphin watchers at Chanonry Point: we try not to spoil their enjoyment of the dolphins by avoiding this area when the dolphins are likely to be feeding close inshore. Please note that they are a protected species and there are legal consequences for anyone found to be disturbing them. Your attention is drawn to the club’s Dolphin Code of Conduct.


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