Canoeing is a great way to explore Scotland’s lochs, rivers and waterways. At Port Edgar Watersports we can help you learn and develop your canoeing skills, with sessions taking place both on and off site to give you a good range of experience. Our harbour provides an ideal sheltered location in which to learn the basics, and in spite of being right on Edinburgh’s doorstep we have a plentiful supply of scenic lochs and rivers nearby.

For Open Canoe hire and logistical support on trips and expeditions, please have a look at our Paddlesports Hire page.

Please have a look at the course details below for more information and available dates. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us on 0131 319 1820 or email bookings@portedgarwatersports.com. To make a booking directly through our website CLICK HERE

Open Canoe Taster Session

If you’ve never paddled before and just want to give it a go, or if you want to find out more before committing to a course, why not come along on a taster session? Over the course of 2 hours, your instructor will provide you with a brief introduction to the equipment before taking you out on the water. No experience is necessary.

Sessions are available 10.00-12.00 and 14.00-16.00

2017 Dates: 10 June afternoon, 16 July both, 19 August both, 20 August afternoon
Cost: £39 adult, £29 under-16. Book 3 adults on one session and get a 4th space free.

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Introduction to Open Canoeing

This is a 2 day course.
Pre-requisites: This course is suitable for those with no canoeing experience, though an ability to swim would give you more confidence.

Over two days, a fully qualified instructor will teach you fundamental paddle strokes and boat control. You will start in a sheltered environment, learning the essential strokes and building up your confidence. On the second day you will undertake your first journey, in picturesque surroundings on a loch, canal, or gentle river, or locally under the stunning Forth Bridges.

At the end of the course you will have the option to receive the BCU 1* award (certificate fee £6 for SCA members, £7 for non-members).

Please note that you may be paddling tandem (with another paddler) or solo. Please let us know if you have a strong preference either way.

2017 Dates: 13-14 May, 22-23 July
Cost: £169

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Improver Open Canoeing

This is a 2 day course.
Pre-requisites: This course is suitable for those who have some experience, gained either through an Introduction to Open Caneoing course or on their own. Ideally participants will have completed a mix of coached sessions and journeys.

This two-day course will build on your existing caneoing experience, aiming to increase your confidence on the water.

Looking at the needs of each individual student, we will focus on key areas such as forward paddling and maneuvering. We may venture into more challenging conditions, including wind or moving water.

Please note that you may be paddling tandem (with another paddler) or solo. Please let us know if you have a strong preference either way.

2017 Dates: 9-10 September
Cost: £169

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Open Canoeing Day Trip

This is a 1-day trip.
Pre-requisites: You should have enough canoeing experience to be able to control your boat in light winds, and enough fitness for a day’s paddling at a relaxed pace. We recommend taking an Introduction to Open Canoeing course before coming on one of these trips.

Paddlesports offer a great way of exploring the outdoors, but venturing out on your own or with a peer group can be daunting. Our day trips offer you the opportunity to discover new places, with the reassurance of knowing safety is provided by a fully qualified instructor. That same instructor will also help you consolidate and develop your skills as you paddle, passing on tips and hints, answering questions, and teaching you new things.

Please note that you may be paddling tandem (with another paddler) or solo. Please let us know if you have a strong preference either way.

2017 Dates: 15 July
Cost: £69 adult, £49 under-16
Family deal: Book 2 adults & 1 child, get a 2nd child free

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BC Foundation Safety and Rescue Training

This is a 1-day course.

Pre-requisites: Paddlers are required to be at approximately BC 2* standard, though it is not necessary to hold the qualification. The course uses canoes and kayaks, and participants must be able to control both on flat water.

This course covers a wide range of rescue techniques for a variety of craft, with an emphasis on problem-solving and flexibility. It is ideal for any paddler wanting to increase their confidence on the water, help out with a club, or become a more active member of a paddling group. It is also a pre-requisite for the BC/UKCC Level 1 Coach course.

This is a hands-on course where participants will have plenty of opportunity to practise methods and try out ideas. There is no assessment, rather at the end of the day you should have learned enough to receive the certificate, and our tutor will also discuss with you any areas for further development.

This course can also be taken bank-based, in which case there are no pre-requisites. If you wish to take this option please contact us before booking.

For more information, including a full syllabus for the award, please visit the Scottish Canoe Association website here

2017 Dates: 11 March, 30 September
Cost: £85

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