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Introductory/Improver Open Canoe Day
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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 at The Beeches , Newtonmore.
(B&B £30/DB&B £46/Packed lunch FOC if staying at The Beeches)

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David 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.

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What You Will Learn

Innate 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 the flat waters downstream of Loch Insh close to Kincraig, where basic strokes are introduced and can be thoroughly practiced before putting them 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

Dave Craig : Dave@speydescent.com

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