Kayak Coaching Session – 11 June 2015

The spell of settled summer weather continued for the 3rd kayak section coaching session. Blue skies, sunshine and calm conditions were evident as 7 members were coached for the evening. We even had a few small wavelets and gentle swell to play around in after experiencing glass like conditions the previous week. Thursday evening is also sailing night at TSC, so we had a nice back drop of racing keelboats and dinghies. All in all a great night to be out on the water.

Kayak Section Coaching Session – 4 June 2015

Sea Kayak Section coachingThe sea kayak section had very good weather for their second on-the-water meeting at Toward. The Force 6-7 squalls of the previous week were fortunately now a distant memory. Instead , we were presented with super flat calm conditions, with very little in the way of wind. The sailors likely had a more challenging night as their spinnakers were raised trying to catch any light breeze that happened to be around. It did make for a rather colourful sight on the water.

The evening was a huge success, with approx 15 club members in kayaks, including both adults and children, being coached on the water in 2 separate groups. We were out on the water for a full 90+ minutes, and it was with some reluctance that we all came ashore.

Toward Sailing Club - Kayak SectionSkills worked on included forward and reverse paddling, turning/sweep strokes, edging, bracing, and we even completed a few assisted rescues for those people who fancied a “summer” swim!

Hopefully this is the start of many more club sessions afloat!

TSC Kayak Section Inaugural Session

The Kayak Section of the club held its inaugural session on the water last night. Despite the weather forecast being uncooperative, with westerly squally gusts touching F6/7 at times we managed to get all the attendees on the water for brief spells in the shelter of the harbour wall at Toward.

The wind and squalls, some still very wintry (despite it being the 28th May!) ended up forcing people to beat a hasty retreat back to the clubhouse. Everyone still appeared to have enjoyed the experience despite the weather.

Some of the more experienced paddlers stayed on for a while to play in the waves only to find that the wind had dropped significantly! ….Oh the irony.

We are all eagerly anticipating summer’s arrival any day now after what can only be described as a very cold, wet and windy May….

Kayak Section – Season Started

The kayak section of TSC held its inaugural Thursday night club meet which was a great success. Registration was on the agenda, with new members filling out registration forms for the kayak section and signing up for coaching sessions. Members also had the opportunity to try out some of the old and new sea kayaks on dry land for fit, which will speed up the process of them getting on the water next week.

On the water sessions will commence Thursday 28th May 2015 and will run (weather permitting, rain won’t stop us, but wind occasionally might) through the summer and early Autumn 2015.

Club nights will run each Thursday from 6.30pm for an on the water time of 7pm and off the water time of 8.30pm for a finish (lock up time) at 9pm. Club nights will offer six week progressive coaching (after sign up) by qualified coaches as well as some less formal casual paddling along the coast lead by coaches and/or designated group leaders.

Anyone who hasn’t filled out their registration forms yet can still do so, just make sure to arrive early to get them done before getting on the water.

There is a comprehensive kit list available here.  If there was one piece of kit that you were considering buying early, we would recommend a buoyancy aid (BA).  Whilst the club has a number it can loan out, a well fitting BA makes life much more comfortable.

We hope to see you all on the water soon at our club night sessions!

Kayak Section Club Nights to Commence 21 May 2015

Dear TSC members,

It is with great delight that I can confirm that the registration for kayak coaching will take place on 21st May 2015, as already advertised.  The first six training sessions will take place on the subsequent Thursday evenings (presuming coach availability).  The cost for six lessons by qualified coaches will be £25 per person, with all of the money being put straight back in to the club.

The sub-committee has been working very hard in the background, preparing the kit, policies and procedures to get the kayak section training off to an effective start.  We aim to meet at the Clubhouse at 1830 hours on Thursday evenings, to be on the water by 1900 hours – with a departure time from the Clubhouse no later than 2100 hours.  Do look at the advice on what kit to bring on the TSC webpage under Kayaking.

The club is limited by the amount of kit and the number of volunteer coaches and leaders.  Thus, on the 21st we will endeavour to work out a plan depending upon the numbers that turn up, based on a first come first serve basis.  We hope to cater for adults and children; children over 10 are welcome to start, but should be accompanied by a parent or guardian (exceptions may apply – so please see one of the coaches).  We may have too much administration to get on the water, so will probably just talk through the plans, show off the new fleet and fit people to boats in preparation for the start of the training.  I shall bring along a boat, and if any kayakers with their own kit fancy a quick spin around the bay, they are welcome to join me (weather permitting!) after the admin is sorted.

In addition, the club is looking for experienced sea kayakers who are prepared to lead small groups of paddlers on club trips on Thursday evenings.  If you feel confident to lead other paddlers and perform rescues, volunteer to be a club leader by speaking to me soon – you do not necessarily need to be SCA/ BCU qualified, but will need to provide a paddling CV and perhaps demonstrate your leadership kit and rescue ability.

We will finally get out on the sea for the first time, launching some brand new boats!  I hope to see as many of you as possible next Thur.

Phil Keetley

Kayak Section Club Sessions 2015

The kayak section of Toward Sailing Club is progressing well and we are on schedule for opening this spring. We intend to start club kayaking sessions on Thursday evenings from 7-9pm provisionally commencing 21 May 2015, these sessions will run every Thursday (coach availability and weather permitting) throughout the summer.

Structured six week block coaching sessions will be available for those that are looking for it. The six week blocks will repeat throughout the year. Coaching blocks will cost £25 for the 6 weeks.

It has taken a lot of background work to get to this point, but we will be in the position to have 12 adult sized sea kayaks, and 6 children sized kayaks available for members to borrow for club nights along with spray decks and paddles. Borrowing a club kayak will cost a nominal fee each night which will go towards the maintenance of the kayaks. Alternatively members can take along their own sea kayak/paddle etc. if they have them already to these coaching sessions.

Please make sure to read our equipment/clothing advice for sea kayaking before attending any of these sessions.

Please check on the TSC Kayak Section Facebook Group for status updates of the coaching/club sessions on a weekly basis. Decisions as to whether they proceed each week will be made based on weather forecasts.

If you are not currently a club member but are interested in learning to sea kayak at Toward Sailing Club, please get in touch with one of the committee for more information, or visit the  club membership page to download the club membership form to apply to join the club.




Further Swimming Pool Sessions Announced

Kayak Pool SessionFollowing on from the hugely popular first block of six pool sessions,  the kayak section is happy to announce another further block of six pool sessions. These sessions are currently fully subscribed by people who expressed an interest but couldn’t make it to the first six sessions at the pool.

The dates for these sessions are –

April 10 2015

April 24 2015

May 1 2015

May 8th 2015

May 15 2015

May 29 2015

Location: Riverside leisure centre swimming pool, Dunoon.

Each session runs from 6.15pm-7.15pm but it is advised to be at the pool for 6.00pm in order to be ready for 6.15pm start.

Please note that as mentioned above the spaces for these sessions are all full so we cannot accommodate any participants who drop in on the night. Further pool sessions will commence in the Autumn.

Duncan Winning OBE to give talks at TSC

Duncan Winning OBE (Honorary President of the Scottish Canoe Association, and OBE for services to kayaking), is sometimes labelled ‘the godfather of Scottish Sea Kayaking’ and is definitely a kayak pioneer.  He started kayaking at age 10 and has designed and built his own sea kayaks since 1953.

Duncan has been kind enough to to agree to give two talks to TSC members.

  • The first of the two talks will be about “The History of Sea Kayaking in Scotland”, a subject that has no more qualified person to deliver it than Duncan. This one is scheduled for 7.30pm 25 Feb 2015 at the TSC clubhouse.
  • The second of the two talks will be about “Duncan’s Trip to Kayak in Greenland” complete with slideshow of the trip. This one is scheduled for 7.30pm 25 Mar 2015 at the TSC clubhouse.

Both talks may be of interest to all sailing club members, but the second one would certainly be enjoyed by sailers at the club as it’s a great travelogue. (I can attest to this having personally seen it once before).

Both talks are open to all TSC members.