Want to find some fellow paddlers? Why not join us for our regular SUP Central Scotland meet ups?
Set up in 2015, what started as a mad paddle in the snow at the Kelpies, Falkirk with just 2 paddlers (and my then 3 year old son) has turned into bi-monthly meet ups from Easter through to the end of September. Most of the meet ups take place near to a local hostelry where we can repair for a hot chocolate or a beer depending on your preference (and the time of year!).
We meet at a variety of different locations across the Central Belt and occasionally further afield too. Previous locations include: Union Canal, Forth & Clyde canal (various locations), Loch Ard, Loch Venachar, Loch Lomond, Loch Lubnaig, Dalgety Bay, Largs, Loch Earn, etc
We like to have a reason for the paddle which can be an island circumnavigation, a litter pick along the canal or the trip to the Falkirk Tunnel or Avon Aqueduct.
In 2019 we will be hoping to paddle on the River Forth round Stirling, Loch Leven, Lake of Menteith as well as visiting some favourite haunts. One or two of our members may also start looking at some race options.
SUP Central Scotland tend to meet every second Tuesday evening and aim for a launch time of 7pm (so arrive a bit earlier to pump up your board and get changed if you need too). Some bonus weekend sessions also pop up.
Not got your own kit?
No problem. There are usually a couple of boards available for hire (including paddle and leash). Just book your place through Eventbrite or contact Emma directly. Buoyancy aids are also available. Please wear active wear (what you would wear to jog or go to the gym) and bring a spare set of clothes and a towel, just in case. In the summer, most folk paddle barefoot but you can wear trainers or dinghy boots or similar in the winter.
What level are the trips suitable for?
Subject to the weather conditions of course, the canal trips are usually suitable for beginners (the exception being longer paddles to the Falkirk Tunnel for example). Some of the Lochs are quite exposed so you may benefit from trying a canal session as your first go. That said, nothing beats a flat calm on Loch Lomond as the sun goes down. As always, keep an eye on the weather forecast and we can make a judgement call on the day depending on the conditions.
How do I join SUP Central Scotland?
You can keep track of what we are up to on Facebook or drop Emma a line on 01324 861 756 to see when the next suitable date might be.