Open Canoeing on Loch Ness

A brilliant way of exploring the surrounding area. Using our two/three man open canoes we will take you on the picturesque Llangollen canal and show you the basics and play lots of games.

Safety is essential and we use the canal for the fact it is only waist deep for juniors and primary children.

For more adventurous we can do river trips on the Dee and surrounding rivers. North Wales has abundant rivers and lakes to choose from.

We can also run expeditions using Open Canoes to Scotland and further into Wales.

What is Open Canoeing

Canoeing is the activity of paddling a canoe for the purpose of recreation, sport , or transportation . It usually refers exclusively to using a paddle to propel a canoe with only human muscle power. A kayak is propelled using a paddle with two blades where the paddler sits with their legs in front of them, whereas canoes are propelled using single- or double-bladed paddles where the paddler is kneeling or sitting on a raised seat. Kayaks are usually closed-decked boats with a spraydeck, while canoes are usually open boats. There are also open kayaks and closed canoes. Although somewhat confusing, the term canoeing is often incorrectly used as a generic term for both forms, though the term "paddle sports" is also used. In the most countries other than the United Kingdom , however, 'canoeing' usually refers only to canoes, as opposed to both canoes and kayaks. Paddling a kayak is also referred to as kayaking .

Open canoes may be 'poled' (punted), sailed, 'lined and tracked' (using ropes) or even 'gunnel-bobbed'.

In modern canoe sport, both canoes and kayaks may be closed-decked. Other than by the minimum competition specifications (typically length and width (beam)) and seating arrangement it is difficult to differentiate most competition canoes from the equivalent competition kayaks. The most common difference is that competition kayaks are always seated, and competition canoes are generally kneeling. Exceptions include Canoe Marathon (in both European and American competitive forms) and sprint (high kneeling position). The most traditional and early canoes did not have seats, the paddlers merely kneeled on the bottom of the boat. Recreational or 'canadian' canoes employ seats and whitewater rodeo and surf variants increasingly employ the use of 'saddles' to give greater boat control under extreme conditions.