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ABOUT OBAN CANOE CLUB
From May to September, we run regular Club nights – Tuesdays for river running and usually Wednesdays or Thursdays for sea trips. There are also day trips at the weekends covering different parts of the Argyll coast including Port Appin, Oban, Kerrera, Easdale and Cuan Sound.
The regular river trips are on the Awe, plus there are days on the Etive, Garry or wherever there is enough water.
There are lots of kayaking trips througout the season - take a look at the Events Calendar and keep an eye on the Forum too. Trips and events that appear on the Events Calendar are organised by the Club and will be led by coaches or qualified leaders.
Trips that appear only on the Forum as Peer Paddles are social paddles arranged by Club members who are happy for other members to join them if they would like to take part, having the necessary skills and equipment for the paddle and taking responsibility for themselves. A qualified leader or coach may not be present.
(The legal bit: Oban CC can take no responsibility for the planning or conduct of Peer Paddles, and the Club's SCA affiliation does not provide any form of insurance cover. Enough paranoia - get out and enjoy your paddling!)
Club members come from all backgrounds and all levels of kayaking experience. We are fortunate to have qualified kayaking coaches in the Club who help paddlers develop their skills.
We organise swimming pool sessions throughout the winter to introduce newer members to key skills and for more experienced paddlers to brush up on their paddle strokes and find that bomb-proof roll. The season is kicked off with an on-the-water coaching weekend with skill improvement sessions throughout the summer.
We actively encourage members to work towards gaining BCU personal performance awards and leadership qualifications. For more info on the paddling awards scheme, follow the link below:www.bcu.org.uk/tests-and-awards/
Oban Canoe Club has a selection of sea and river boats, paddles, spraydecks and helmets for hire to Club members subject to the Terms and Conditions set down on the Kit Hire Forms (link below).
Please get permission and check availability before payment or collection. Equipment will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Equipment must be pre booked by emailing a completed Kit Hire form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Even if you ask a Trip Organiser on the Forum to borrow a boat, please still confirm this by email and form to allow us to monitor hire and payments.
Payment must be made in advance by bank transfer to Bank of Scotland sort code 80 17 99 account 06010908 reference Kit / date of hire / name or initials (or as much as your bank reference space allows) or to the Trip Organiser or to Dave Bleazard via Outside Edge, cheques should be made payable to Oban Canoe Club.Kit hire form (PDF)Kit hire form (Word doc)
The Oban Canoe Club has a committee which meets through the year to plan the activities calendar and arrange coaching sessions; the current committee are listed below. If you would like to get in touch with the committee with questions or event ideas, use the link to email email@example.com
trip ideas? Suggestions?
Primarily a river and surf kayaker, Dave has also been known to paddle on the sea. Dave is a level 3 coach inland and the SCA advisor for the Awe.
When not kayaking or engaged in other outdoor fun, Dave can occasionally be found in Oban's Outside Edge, which he allegedly runs...
Rowland is the Club's coaching coordinator and advisor, and the conduit for "formal" coaching questions to be raised with the SCA and British Canoeing.
He's been paddling for far too long and is a Level 5 Sea Coach (Assessor 5) and a Level 3 Surf Coach. His declared (and so far pretty successful!) ambition is to convert all the club sea paddlers to using a greenland paddle.... one stick at a time!
Jo started white water paddling in 1996 and has continued to paddle in Scotland and beyond ever since.
Although primarily a river boater, Jo occasionally joins the dark side and goes sea kayaking.
Joe has been paddling for around 14 years, predominately on white water and occasionally in surf. He joined OCC after moving to the west coast in 2017, and has recently started to dabble in sea kayaking too.
Aside from paddling, Joe enjoys running, freediving, skiing and photography. When not outside, he'll be found mug in hand, indulging in excessive tea consumption.
Jake has been sea paddling since 2012 and enjoys helping out at Club Coaching sessions. Although sea paddling is her first love she has also been known to join the occasional river trip.
Watch this space...
Originally from an open canoeing background, Rhod started sea paddling when he moved to Argyll in 2005 and hasn't looked back - although the open boat does still get the occasional outing.
Rhod is responsible for extracting annual membership fees, and is also the SCA access adviser for Loch Awe, where he is the local forest manager.
Caroline joined the club in 2015 and has learnt so much from everyone in the club and has enjoyed fun and scary moments on the club trips.
Caroline became Treasurer in 2019, responsible for managing and reporting the Clubs finances.
Tim joined the club in 2015 as he and Caroline took up sea kayaking. He then took advantage of the club Coaching Weekend to try river kayaking and now enjoys paddling both.