Summer is almost here, and we start out in the sea from Wednesday 3rd May. I think all our current junior members should be capable of paddling in the sea, providing the conditions are good. That means only light onshore winds, so the waves are not too big, and ideally dry so no-one gets too cold and wet. Spraydecks need to be worn, and the club will also supply cagoules, helmets, buoyancy aids and wetsuits.
Here is a reminder of where to meet and what to bring:
Girvan Canoe Club’s Summer Sea Kayaking
On Wednesday evenings during the summer we meet at the Club’s canoe store at School Vennel, Maybole (just off Greenside, across from the station) at 19:00 prompt to paddle on the sea. Paddling depends on weather conditions; in bad weather or off-shore winds we will not be going on the sea. When there is surf running there may be good sport for more experienced paddlers but it is possible that less experienced paddlers will not be able to go out. Sea kayak sessions usually last two hours at most.
Paddlers should bring suitable clothing to wear in a kayak: – You will get wet! This includes swimming costume, wet-suit or dry-suit if possible, otherwise light-weight trousers, T-shirt, old wool pullover. Wet-suit boots or neoprene boots are ideal, otherwise light-weight gym-shoes or sandals that can get wet. The Club has equipment such as spray-decks, crash helmets, buoyancy aids, cagoules, etc.
Don’t forget a towel and dry clothing to change into at the end. A drink and snack is always good to have too.
The Club charges £2 per evening which includes use of Club equipment. There is the option to pay £10 for the whole summer (May to mid August).
PS. the latest paddler magazine is available online. https://joom.ag/xE8W