Between May and September, the sea kayakers meet each Wednesday evening - varying the location between Rosemarkie and North Kessock - and occasionally venturing elsewhere. There is a coached and a led group (max 12 people in each). The aim of the coached group is to bring you up to the level of the Sea Kayak Award, which is now continually assessed. Those in the led group will also be encouraged to practice skills and there will be a number of designated wet sessions throughout the season for both groups. The wet sessions are 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.
Places need to be reserved in the coached/led group and bookings will be opened 2 weeks in advance of any given date. Bookings will close on the Sunday night prior to the date of paddling. To book a place and, if necessary, to hire a boat, you will need to be logged into WebCollect.
The details for each meeting place are given below. We aim to meet 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. Please bring with you appropriate clothing/change of clothes, towel - and your own drinks and snacks.
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.
Any further information on Wed evening sea paddling, e.g. occasional changes of venue, will be announced via email to the sea kayaking list, so please ensure that you have signed up to the sea kayaking list on WebCollect.
Please be mindful of local residents in respect of getting changed and keeping noise to a minimum.
Rosemarkie: meet on the grass verge just before the Caravan and Camping Club site (if heading from Rosemarkie out towards Chanonry Point). Please do not park in front of the steps down to the beach. In Rosemarkie, there are public toilets in the car park opposite the Plough Inn and, in Fortrose, the public toilets are near the main car park, opposite the doctor's surgery. These are operated by the local Community Association, to whom the Club makes a donation. There are also toilets at the Leisure Centre in Fortrose. NB. April 2021, The Rosemarkie and Fortrose toilets are currently closed, but those at Avoch harbour are open.
North Kessock: meet in the car park by the old ferry pier, opposite the Kessock Hotel. There are public toilets at the Old Ticket Office by the pier.
Cromarty: meet at the start of the links, where the car park and bus stop are. There are toilets near the harbour, by Sutor Creek restaurant and Ecoventures.
Avoch: meet at the far (west) end of the village, on Ormonde Terrace. There are public toilets at the harbour.
Invergordon Sailing Club: meet in the car park for the sailing club (what3words: menu.scrub.luring; NGR NH 68157 68976). There are no public toilets here, but there are toilets in Morrisons at Alness.
Dochgarroch: boats can be unloaded in front of the Jacobite Queen, but then cars should be moved to the car park further along the canal past the locks (towards Inverness). There are no public toilets at Dochgarroch.
|2 June||North Kessock|
|9 June||North Kessock|
|7 July||North Kessock|
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|18 Aug||Invergordon Sailing Club|
|1 Sept||North Kessock|