The Club has a strong environmental ethic. We love to paddle in the fantastic waters in and around Scotland, enjoying the freedom that Scotland's unique access regulations provide. Some of our members are professional biologists, foresters or field workers, many are keen naturalists. All our members appreciate their encounters with otters, whales, ospreys, eagles and seals - wildlife many people may never have the opportunity to see.
These privileges have consequent responsibilities. All our members respect and value our amazing natural environment. We also try to respect others enjoying the countryside as we go on our way: treating those fishing considerately, car sharing, parking carefully and minimising noise around others who are also enjoying the scenery. On Club trips, we have a strong "leave no trace ethic", being careful to take home all litter, to dispose of human waste responsibly, to take care with camp fires and to wild camp only in small groups of no more than 8 to minimise disturbance and impact on the environment.
Inverness Canoe Club paddles in one of the few areas in Britain with a resident population of bottle-nosed dolphins. They are a protected species with some vulnerability to disturbance and we have a developed a Code of Conduct which sets out good paddling practice around these beautiful animals (see download below).