Further Information

The Paddle Argyll Project

Infrastructure/Trail Development

The Argyll Coastal Waters project aims to develop water based tourism opportunities in Argyll by providing a number of launch points for kayakers and other water enthusiasts from Ganavan in the North, to Helensburgh in the South.

The capital works comprise;

  • Ganavan – provision of a changing shelter; interpretation sign
  • Arduaine – creation of a car park for 8 cars and ramped access to the beach; interpretation sign
  • Crinan Canal – provision of pontoons for sea kayakers along the length of the canal; a launch point at lock 14 and a jetty at Crinan Bridge; interpretation signs at Crinan and Ardrishaig
  • Tarbert – the site located at Tarbert Yacht Centre is currently being developed and should be complete in the near future
  • North Bute – provision of a wild camping site in the community-owned forest, specifically a rest shelter, fire pit and a composting toilet; interpretation sign
  • Toward – provision of car parking spaces for kayakers at Toward Sailing Club; interpretation sign
  • Dunoon – resurfacing of a slipway; interpretation sign
  • Helensburgh – improvements to the slipway; interpretation sign.

Apprenticeship Development

The Argyll Sea Kayak Trail and Coastal Communities Fund project recognised the opportunity to offer quality vocational training within the local area that can lead to meaningful careers in this sector, linked to the infrastructure and activity developments of the project.

The project is responsible for working within and outwith the partnership to develop opportunities for young people to take up a Modern Apprenticeship in Outdoor Education/Recreation. The qualification is an SVQ Level 3 Modern Apprenticeship.

During the two-year project a total of 12 Modern Apprentices will be recruited and trained, 5 in the current financial year and 7 in the second year. All will be placed with local employers, with supported training and assessment.

Paddlesports Development

The project aims to develop all aspects of paddlesport, from participation at grassroots levels, to increasing the skill-set of club coaches, to providing pathways for competitive aspirations. This will be achieved by the following;

  • Raising the profile of paddlesports within the region, and the profile of the region for sea kayaking
  • Establishing a junior paddlesport club
  • Working with existing paddlesport clubs within the region to assess development needs, and organise/run workshops where required
  • Coordinating joint activity between different paddlesport clubs
  • Providing training opportunities for participants on the Apprenticeship Program
  • Working with schools to provide an accessible delivery of paddlesports that links in with classroom teaching

All of the above will allow for a rounded development of paddlesport, utilising the existing participants, introducing new participants, providing a higher profile to potential participants, working with local businesses and developing young people (through apprenticeships and youth programmes).


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