Sea Kayak

The calendar displays kayak trips, training sessions and other events. If you would like to hire one of the club’s kayaks, please contact the trip organiser. If there’s no contact, why not volunteer! Trip organisers act as a contact point for paddlers interested in paddling that particular trip. Other than on specified training events, organisers do not accept responsibility for other paddlers or for instructing them. Participants need to be self sufficient in paddling equipment. These are generally NOT guided trips run by qualified instructors. Day and weekend trip gradings are intended to give some idea of the type of trip. However they are only indicative so contact the organiser to understand the trip envisaged.

  • Grade A is in sheltered water. Participants should be capable of paddling 20 km (12 miles) per day in Force 2/3 conditions.
  • Grade B is in more challenging waters and may include tidal streams, exposed headlands, and open crossings between islands. Participants should be capable of paddling 25km (16 miles) per day in up to Force 4 conditions. A 4* paddler would feel comfortable on such a trip.
  • Grade C participants should be capable of paddling in more difficult conditions than Grade b for a longer time.

To help us keep the club equipment in good, safe condition, and to be fair to all members, please observe the following rules when hiring:

  • For all club calendar events, boat bookings should be made through the trip organiser/s.
  • For members own ad hoc personal paddling boat bookings, please contact the Equipment Officer directly.
  • Only members may hire equipment (new members should be familiarized with system by existing member).
  • Initial hires (come-and-try) may be arranged through an existing member, but membership is required subsequently.
  • The person removing the boat from the rack signs and pays for it – please no IOU’s.
  • Only take the equipment you need for the period of the hire. Ensure spraydecks etc fit the boat you have hired.
  • Safety equipment (towlines, VHF, first aid kits, split paddles etc) is included in the hire of the boat – know how to use it!
  • Any damage (missing footpegs, stuck rudders etc) should be recorded in the sign-out book, and notified to the Equipment Officer.
  • On return, spray decks and buoyancy aids should be rinsed with fresh water (tap is next to the sea cadets building under plastic crate) and hung to dry on the first pulley in the shed. Please ensure kayaks are clean and free from debris (sand, leaves etc) – sponge inside dry if necessary
  • Sign in the book to confirm return of equipment.

Please be considerate to our hosts (Aberdeen and Stonehaven Yacht Club) and do not park in front of any of the shed doorways. There may be up to 4 yacht club boats sharing the shed so please be careful when moving kayaks about and ensure drying pulleys are hoisted up on leaving. Hire charges for kayaks (per berth, i.e. for double – x 2!):

  • Evening: £5
  • Day: £10
  • Weekend £20
  • Week: £50

Below are the access locations for some of our more regular haunts – double-check with the organiser if unsure on the night!

Aberdeen Boat Club – Grid Ref NJ 943 052. (South Esplanade West). Just off Queen Elizabeth Bridge (South bank of river). Launch from steps next to Club. Usually plenty parking on the Esplanade or within the Boat Club car park itself. Don’t leave valuables on display in car! Bar, washing/changing facilities and nibbles available in Boat Club.

Stonehaven – Grid Ref – NO 878 853. Meet at far right end of the harbour, next to the boat sheds. Space for ~6 cars next to sheds, also plenty parking along quayside. Launch either from the beach (often dumping surf) or from slipway(s) within harbour. Harbour often busy with yachts, MRI or sea cadets training.

Nearest pub – The Ship Inn (good food and beer) or the Marine Hotel (recently refurbished, excellent food and good range of beers).

Catterline – Grid Ref – NO 871 783. Follow road past Creel Inn, steeply down to harbour. Limited and frequently awkward parking – be considerate and ensure access for (fisherman) boat launching is maintained. Launch from beach behind harbour wall – always sheltered. Harbour usually quiet, apart from occasional diving groups or local fishermen.

Nearest pub – Creel Inn (great food and real ale, crab soup highly recommended!).

Cove – Grid Ref – NJ 955 005. Follow road over railway bridge, turn right then left steeply down to harbour. Limited parking – park considerately, watch out for rocks, metal spikes. Launch from shingle beach behind harbour wall, always sheltered. Harbour generally quiet.

Nearest pub – Cove Bay Hotel.

Portlethen – Grid Ref – NO 935 963. Very limited parking, and difficult access to beach (steep carry). Best launching/landing around high tide, otherwise you’ll have a long walk! Harbour generally quiet.

No pub near launch site.

Cruden Bay – Grid Ref – NK 095 356. Plenty parking at quayside. Launch from slipway/beach within harbour entrance, always sheltered. Harbour generally quiet.

Nearest pub (not next to harbour) St Olaf Hotel

Boddam – Grid Ref – NK 134 427. Plenty parking, but there have been reports of cars being broken into, so be warned. Launch from beach within harbour walls, always sheltered.

No pubs near launch site?


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