Spey Descent Dates
20th May 2012
Introductory / Improver Day
16th - 21st June 2012 (5
Day) Classic Spey Descent (B&B)
|8th July 2012
Introductory / Improver
5th - 10th October 2012
At One With Nature Journey (Camping with B & B on last
Further dates available according
to client demand ~ simply let Dave know the best time for
you and perhaps a Journey can be set up based on your 'chosen
Prices starting at £500 p.p.
Coaching-Days Prices starting at £75 p.p.
Introductory/Improver Open Canoe
open PDF info
(:discount available for
3 or more booked together)
- £10pp reduction if staying at The Beeches
Venue ~ River Spey (Most likely
Kincraig to Aviemore)
For ~ Anyone interested
in learning more about handling these versatile craft ~ maybe
even confirm your thoughts about completing a full Spey Descent!
Provided ~ all required
canoe equipment (canoes, paddles, buoyancy aids, etc.),
Bring ~ clothes you don't
mind getting wet ~ layers ~ fleece items, etc., lightweight
waterproof shell, old trainers or similar, Packed lunch.
Accommodation ~ available
Beeches , Newtonmore.
(B&B £30/DB&B £46/Packed lunch FOC if staying at The
speydescent.com gift vouchers available
Craig is an authority on and has great passion for the River
Spey, with 44 years experience of paddling on and caring
for this wonderful river. In 2000 formed speydescent.com
~ facilitating magical open-canoe journeys on the Spey. Scottish
Canoe Association ~ River Spey Adviser since 1981.
Click Here for Dave Craig profile
by Professor Peter Higgins of Edinburgh University
What You Will Learn
within and forming a large part of my Spey Descents is the shared
enjoyment and satisfaction of journeying confidently on this majestic
river. To be able to fully appreciate this experience it is important
that clients gain an understanding of open canoe techniques ~ especially
competence and an efficiency in paddle strokes and self-rescue
techniques. Strokes taught include ~ forward and reverse paddling,
J-Stroke, draws, pries, hanging draws, sweep-strokes, on-side and
off-side bow-cuts. Where possible, also included are poling and
~ if on flat sections we have a following wind ~ some sailing,
with boats rafted up and using a small spinnaker.
The Spey is an ideal river, especially on a 5 day Journey to
learn, practice and hone paddling skills. Normally we start in
waters downstream of Loch Insh close to Kincraig, where basic
strokes are introduced and can be thoroughly practiced before
to the test on the entertaining 7 mile section en route to Aviemore.
Day 2 allows for 'stroke consolidation' on the fairly flat, wide
section of the river towards Gratown-on-Spey before, on day 3,
4 & 5 tackling the slightly larger, more technical but fun(!)
Grade II rapids in the middle and lower sections of the river.
Apart from its unique feature of being the only major Scottish
river to confluence with the sea at a very picturesque, rural
location, the Spey remains a 'lively river', providing interest
for the paddler
right to the end, where hopefully (sea conditions allowing) one
can 'play' in the waves of the Moray Firth. DC/2009.
Trips can be organised for groups by contacting
Dave Craig, but if you dont have a group don't despair. There will
be "Open" descents running regularly throughout the season.
For more information contact