Paddlesport Clubs

You may want to think about becoming a member of a national or regional canoeing and kayaking organisation such as the Scottish Canoe Association; British Canoe Union; Canoe Wales; Canoe England or the Canoe Association of Northern Ireland.

These organisations are a great source of general information as well as training courses for paddlers of all levels. An appropriate training course for beginners can help novices learn all the basic skills and techniques, including water safety and how to use the correct equipment, and get off to a confident start.

Membership of these organisations also includes third party insurance cover and this is highly recommended for paddlers of all abilities.

Paddle Activity Providers

When planning to take on the Argyll Sea Kayak Trail you may require assistance from a local paddling activity provider. Paddling activity providers can offer you a variety of services along with local knowledge and can save you planning time, suggest accommodation and campsites, and even offer you options including camping, cooking and other essentials.

If you do not have your own boat(s) and need to hire a canoe or sea kayak, a paddling activity provider can arrange for you to be full outfitted for the adventure.

Toward Sailing Club

Toward Sailing Club is situated at the southern- most point of the Cowal Peninsula in Argyll. It is approximately one and a half hours from Glasgow and provides some of the best sailing waters in the country.

The clubhouse is situated on the shore with easy access to the water for trailers, sailors and dinghies. Professionally maintained moorings are provided by the club for its members, while those junior members without a boat of their own can sail one of the club’s fleet of Topper, Pico and Optimist dinghies.

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Kintyre Canoe Club

The Kintyre Canoe Club offers a friendly, relaxed and safe learning environment following the British Canoe Union Curriculum. As a beginner you will learn about paddling skills, equipment, safety, First Aid, environment and access group awareness. A fantastic way to make new friends whilst learning new skills. Indoor Pool Sessions from September–March at the Aqualibrium Swimming Pool Campbeltown.

Tel: 01586 553099

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Helensburgh Canoe Club

The Club was formed in 2006 when a group of keen kayakers got together. It has grown rapidly and now has some 40 members of varying skill levels, from novice to expert, including qualified coaches.

Thanks to a lottery grant the Club has a fleet of boats (river, sea, open and all-purpose) and associated equipment for use of all members. A key feature is the Basic Skills training programmes. Adult courses are normally held in Autumn (Oct-Dec) and Winter (Jan-March). The Young Persons course runs from Easter to July. Trainees earn either Paddle Power awards (for those under 16), or Star Awards for those over 16. The program involves pool sessions on a Tuesday and at least three outdoor sessions. The sea kayakers have trips at least once a month and weekend expeditions involving camping on some of the most beautiful islands in west of Scotland. The river kayakers tend to be younger and organise monthly trips on rivers like the Awe, Orchy and the Tay.

Tel: 01436 674966

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Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club

The Club caters for a number of water sports including sea kayaking and canoeing, sailing, rowing and open water swimming. The club is located in Greenock on the scenic River Clyde Estuary. The scenery in this area is outstanding and the water is ideal for water sports. The Club is easily accessible by road and rail and is only 22 miles from the centre of Glasgow.

RWSABC is located in one of the best locations for paddle sports in Scotland. The Club organizes trips to the beautiful West Coast and the local Clyde Estuary. Coaching is provided on Monday and Tuesday evenings during the season, starting at 6.30 pm. The Club has an extensive fleet of sea kayaks and canoes available to members.

The activities span instructing novice paddlers in the fundamental physical and theoretical skills required to safely participate in the sport, to developing more experienced paddlers to take part in day expeditions and multi-day wilderness trips.

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West Coast Paddlers

West Coast Paddlers are a club formed by a group of paddlers with experience in a full range of disciplines within the sport. We all enjoy our paddling and are keen to develop our own skills, introduce newcomers to the sport and help them to progress and become confident, competent and safe paddlers. The club is active all year round and runs a Sunday paddle for members every second Sunday of the month in addition to a number of trips held throughout the year.

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Oban Canoe Club

The Oban Canoe Club was formed in 2007 and now has around 100 members from across Argyll. The club is made up of outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy white water kayaking, sea kayaking and open canoeing. The Club aims are to keep active, have fun, paddle safely and get out on the water as much as possible throughout the year.

Tel: 07989 354291

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Islay Canoe Club

The Islay Canoe Club currently has about 40 to 45 members and has eight committee members with Dave Protherough as Chairman, Stephen Harrison as Secretary and Andrew Waterworth as Treasurer. The club has fortnightly training sessions, mostly fridays, in the pool at Bowmore. Their aim is to go outside at least every 1st Sunday of the month for a trip in Islay's waters, sometimes further out to sea and sometimes closer to home near Bowmore, depending on the weather conditions.

Tel: 07973 725456

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Craignish Boat Club

Craignish Boat Club was formed in 1991 to enable people living on the remote Craignish peninsula, Argyll, to gain safe access to water for the purpose of sailing and kayaking activities. The Craignish peninsula includes the villages of Ardfern and Craobh Haven. The founding members of the club chose to have a specific focus on the children and young people on the peninsula and formed a cadet section for the purpose of sail and kayak training, as well as providing series racing and cruising for the adult and family members of the club.

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