Paddling in calm seas


Canoeing in Kylerhea


Janet Hopwood
Correspondence Secretary
Half of Seven
Isle of Skye
IV49 9BA

Tel. 01471 820 164


News and Events

SSLKC Pool Sessions January/February 2017.

There will be four pool sessions beginning Wednesday 18th January and continuing 25th January, 1st and 8th February 2017.
The Junior sessions will be 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. ..........£16 for the four sessions and collected on the first evening.
The Adult sessions will be 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. ..........£20 for four sessions and collected on the first evening.
Priority will be given to those who wanted to come in November but for whom there were no spaces left .... then those who reply quickest!

Please e-mail me as soon as possible if you would like a place. Even if you were one of those who had to wait until January please e-mail me again to let me know you still want to come and the dates are suitable for you.

South Skye and Lochalsh - November Pool Sessions.

Autumn is here so nearly time to get back in the pool to practise your kayaking skills in nice warm water! There will be five sessions, one every Wednesday in November starting on the 2nd then 9th, 16th, 23rd and ending on the 30th. As usual there will a session for juniors 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m followed by a session for adults 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Juniors £20 for the 5 sessions and adults £25. Numbers will be limited so the pool does not get too crowded - please let us know as soon as you can if you want a place so you are not disappointed. If you are new to the pool and want any more information get in touch - it's all very enjoyable!

Please e-mail me at and I will add your name to the list.

Hope you are all enjoying this lovely weather - happy paddling - Janet.

Dates for September 2016

Wednesday 7th - We will be meeting at Kyleakin at 7:00 p.m. (not Broadforrd as was planned). The session will be for adults and juniors and include general skills and a short paddle.

Wednesday 14th - Meeting for all (adults and juniors), for a short paddle, at Broadford 7:00 p.m. This will be the final evening session of the year.

Saturday 10th September - Kyle Maritime Day and Kyle Swim. The club will be offering taster kayaking sessions throughout the day and supporting the swimmers who start their crossing at half past one. More details will follow but please note the date and if you can be there for part or all of the time contact Frank or reply to this message so we have an idea of who will be there.

There won't be a paddle on Sunday 11th

Sunday 18th September - There will be a fun day for all at Torrin. More details to follow but there will be morning paddling (to suit age and ability of the paddlers who want to join in) and a barbeque on the shore in the afternoon (The Old School will be available to us if it rains!). Everyone is welcome, including none paddling members of the family. More details will follow but again please reply to this if you plan to come.

If the weather is kind outdoor paddles will be arranged during the winter and soon we'll be finalising the details for the pool sessions so keep an eye on facebook and your e-mail after the September sessions are over.

Get in touch if you have any questions - Happy Paddling - Janet.

Dates for SSLKC Committee Meetings 2016

6th April 2016 (AGM, with committee meeting prior to AGM),

6th July,

5th October 2016

and 4th January 2017


If you would like to make a suggestion to the SSLKC Committee please complete the form below:

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Tide Times

News and Events 2015

Slideshow of trip to Knoydart in July 2015

Photos and video by Janni Diez

To download a 26mb video of bottlenose dolphins seen on the trip near Armadale - Please click here.

Knoydart Trip report by Janni Diez

Four members of the club, Janice, Kevin, Ryan and me, set off on a Friday afternoon in July for a little adventure in Knoydart. It was flat calm and sunny, so the crossing of the sound of Sleat was very pleasant and offered much opportunities for sociable chats on the way. We passed a few islands and skerries on the way into Loch Nevis and started looking for a nice camp site for the night. We settled for a nice beach around Sandaig. Since it was such a nice evening we decided to have our Barbeque on that night rather than the following, since you could never know what would come, and this night was perfect for it. We lit our coals and in the meantime set up our tents. We then had delicious steaks, sausages, burgers and vegetables, followed by a camp fire with roasted marshmallows. You can't go without them! After we went to bed the wind picked up a little, which had disastrous effects on Ryan's tent. Despite all attempts to prop it up, by the morning, Ryan was squeezed into one corner of it because everything else was flat. A very entertaining night.

We set off into slightly rougher waters to explore the coast of Knoydart, along to Inverie, where we had a little break, and further into Loch Nevis. Unfortunately the wind was a bit strong, so we decided not to venture any further, but to find a spot near Inverie. We had been told that the camp site was up the river a bit, so that's where we went and we found the most beautiful space for our tents, nice soft fresh grass, right by the river. We set up camp, but soon noticed that the water's edge kept creeping towards us, with another 2 hours of flood to come. So we moved everything to the official campsite, which was only half as pretty. The evening was relaxing and uneventful, if a bit midgy. But at least all tents stayed up.

On Sunday we slowly made our way back to the Sound of Sleat, and took a short break on a skerry before crossing over. When we reached Armadale, we were met by a pod of dolphins, jumping around us, and then leaving with the ferry. A great weekend out paddling and worth repeating!

RNLI Day - Kyle

Very many thanks to the fantastic Kayak team (Frank, Alex, Ryan, Gordon & Lis). Once again you were a great success with the youngsters & adults alike

The public deemed it a great success and all the organisations and helpers also enjoyed the day.

We raised just over £4500, which was absolutely brilliant and the sun even came out for the large crowd that attended.

Thank you once again for helping us out, it was very much appreciated.



On behalf of Lochalsh Branch Fundraisers & Kyle Lifeboat Crew R.N.L.I

Survey and Sunday Paddle

A very belated thanks to all club members who took the time to fill in the kayak club questionnaire a wee while ago.

We had a fantastic response and it has been very helpful to the coaches and committee to see what members are keen to do over the coming year.

To read a summary of the survey results please click here ...

One idea which proved popular was to try having a club trip on the last Sunday of each month. These trips will be run by a club coach and will be tailored to suit whoever signs up to go. If the weather is bad the original trip plan might be abandoned, but the hope is to still do something (eg a skills session in a sheltered bay for beginners or a chance to go out and play in the waves for those with more experience)

SSLKC Committee Meeting Minutes

The minutes of the Committee meeting held on 5th April 2017 in a PDF file ....... Please click here.

Outdoor Sessions - Safety procedures for the summer session in a PDF file ....... Please click here.

The minutes of the Committee meeting held on 26th October 2016 in a PDF file ....... Please click here.

The minutes of the AGM held on 18th April 2016 in a PDF file ....... Please click here.

The minutes of the Committee meeting held on 13th January 2016 in a PDF file ....... Please click here.

The read a copy of the SSLKC Constitution ....... Please click here.

SSLKC Training

Other News

The following list of news and events is taken from the Scottish Canoe Association website and will be updated periodically.

Converting into UKCC Awards
Find out how you can convert your 'old style' coaching award into the UKCC system. read more...

Coaching information for clubs
A range of information relevant to clubs on understanding and making the new coaching scheme work for them is now available read more...

Trip Information 2015

Paddling in tidal currents

Club trips and the annual club holiday offer you the opportunity to experience some of the finest sea kayaking in the world in the company of like-minded people. As with any outdoor pursuit there is an element of risk, so it is important to study the information below, understand and accept the basis of your participation and not put yourself or other paddlers at risk.

All children under age of 18 years must be accompanied by a responsible adult unless they have 2 star kayaking award or above. Some trips may not be suitable for children or less experienced adults - contact the trip organiser for advice if unsure.

Please email the trip organizer at least 2 days before the trip date so that they know how many people are coming and can let you know if the trip has to be cancelled for any reason. If you don't have your own boat and kit please contact the trip organiser who may be able to help.

SSLKC Facebook page

We'd like to remind any adult club member who hasn't joined that it's a good way to keep up with informal paddles as any club member can use the facebook group to find other folk to go paddling with - and it's really very easy to join! Just go to and send us a request.

Sometimes if we're organising a club paddle at short notice it's easier for us to use the Facebook group - and we don't want our members who are not on Facebook to miss out. So if you really feel Facebook is not for you could you please email me and let me know. That way, if we are organising a 'club' trip on Facebook we can send you an email so you're in the loop.

General Trip information

Your Responsibilities

 •  On trips you are responsible for making your own decisions and for your own safety.

 •  You should also be aware of the group as a whole and not do anything that may compromise the safety of others.

 •  You are responsible for informing the trip organizer of any medical problems that may affect your safety on the water.

 •  Weather and water conditions will affect what you can cope with at your own skill level and physical condition. You should do your own planning, listen to the weather forecast and make sure you are happy to do what the other paddlers want to do - if in doubt of your abilities to join the trip, please contact the trip organizer for advice.

Launching boats in kelp  •  You are responsible for ensuring that you have adequate food and drink and high energy snacks for the trip. You should also always have a change of warm clothing. The club has a small number of dry bags to store these items in your kayak, if you do not own any yourself.

 •  If you need a kayak or some kit please email or phone the trip organiser to arrange to use club equipment.

Trip Grading

These trips are organised/led by paddlers who may not be qualified coaches but are appropriately experienced paddlers. Trip gradings are intended to give some idea of the type of trip and level of experience required - however, please feel free to contact the trip organiser if you have any questions or doubts. The gradings at present are based on sea paddling - for river or open canoe trips please contact the organizer.

Basking shark off Rum

Suitable for families - Generally this means picnic or bbq planned and non-paddling family members are welcome!

All welcome - Generally suitable for adults with no previous experience or for children who have been attending the Weds sessions. Participants should be capable of paddling 12km(7 miles) per day in Force 2/3 conditions.

Proficient paddlers - Suitable for able improving sea paddlers, beyond beginner level, who are capable of journeying in a moderate tidal environment (up to 2 knots) as part of a led group with winds no more than Force 4.

Advanced - Participants should be capable of paddling in more difficult conditions than Grade B for a longer time. Please contact the trip organizer for more information on whether a trip is suitable for you.

Weekend visit to Kylerhea in February

Tidal currents in Kylerhea.