Kayak Symposium

Over the weekend there are training sessions to support personal skills development from basic to advanced levels, plus guided trips to some of the best paddling venues around the isle.

The next Shetland Sea Kayak Symposium will take place in 2018, dates to be confirmed.

The event is held every 2 years at Bridge End Outdoor Centre in Burra.

There are a range of options so people can tailor their weekend to what they'd like to get out of it. Local paddlers are more than welcome to attend for whole or part of the symposium.

The Shetland Paddle Meet - next event will take place in 2018, dates to be confirmed.

The weekend following, Shetland Canoe Club has an informal meeting based around the Voxter Outdoor Center, Brae and is known as The Shetland Paddle Meet. There is no formal tuition, it's all about trips and enjoying yourself.

Accommodation at the Voxter Center is booked for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, self catering facilities are available though Brae has a good selection of take away food outlets and is only two minutes away by car.

Of course, the paddling is only part of it and both weekends have a very social component. In previous years there have been quizzes, slideshows and informal music sessions and the same is planned for 2016.

Whats included:

  • Accommodation is available on site for those that wish it (dormitory, camping and caravaning)
  • Sit down meals Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings
  • Temporary membership for access to kayaks, paddles, buoyancy aids and spraydecks, offered by the Shetland Canoe Club.
  • Pick up from the ferry can be arranged.
  • Optional informal guided trips are possible on the Friday and in the week following, dependent on local paddlers other commitments.
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