Edinburgh Kayak Club is a dynamic group of paddlers based in and around the capital. It has an active and growing membership that enjoys simply getting out and about on Scotland's rivers, lochs, beaches, pubs and tea rooms.
Our aim is to introduce and promote the sport and recreation of kayaking to people of all levels within a relaxed, friendly, and sociable atmosphere.We are affiliated to the Scottish Canoe Association - the governing body for the sport in Scotland. Club members can be found on the river most weekends - the club regularly organises trips to a variety of places to suit the wide range of abilities represented amongst its members. There are even some pictures to prove it.
The club also meets one eveing each week for either indoor swimming pool or outdoor pond based sessions in Edinburgh and Musselburgh where qualified instructors can help beginners or more experienced paddlers to learn and improve. The club has a range of boats and equipment for members to borrow on these event.
So, what sort of stuff do we do?
The club was founded as, and still predominantly is, a white water club. The majority of our trips are run on rivers, from gentle grade II upwards. Not everyone is a hard-core adrenalyn junkie and our members are just as often found on the more relaxed and scenic of Scotland's rivers as on higher grade, heart pumping, white water.
Despite the clubs name, there are a growing number of open canoeists among us. The club organises at least one open canoe based weekender every summer, but club members are out and about in opens throughout the year, and the odd open can be spotted on club trips when the river is suitable.
Another factor influencing this is the changes to the BCU/SCA star tests, which are now a common test for canoe and kayak and so require some experience of both.
The club owns one large tandem open canoe.
There not always obvious, especially the one's without beards, but there are a good number of sea kayakers amongst our number. The club organises at least one sea kayaking weekender every summer, but club members are out and about in sea kayaks throughout the year,
The club owns two plastic sea kayaks.