70 Islands - 17 Inhabited

Orkney is a world class paddling destination with often challenging conditions and fast flowing tides for the experienced paddler but, if you prefer, you can nearly always find sheltered waters whatever the weather.  
Britain's highest cliffs, really impressive caves, arches and tunnels, miles of sandy beaches, wrecked ships, World Heritage Site status archaeology, teeming with wild life, the Orkney Islands have it all.

base of old man of hoy

Sea Kayaking

During the summer months Club Members meet up on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and sometimes for longer trips at the weekend.

Sea kayaking for 2 Star candidate adults and above takes place every Thursday evening beginning 5 May.  Meet up at Hatston Slip at 6.15 pm or keep an eye on our Facebook page or watch out for an email advising of the launch site and meet us there.

Sea kayaking for juniors and beginner adults takes place every Tuesday evening from 17 May 6.30 - 9 pm.  Meeting point is again Hatston Slip.  New members and complete beginners are very welcome.

Please click HERE for our sea kayaking programme and guidelines.

Sea paddles are open to KKC and OSKA Members.  Visiting paddlers who wish to join us on a paddle can become Visiting Members for a nominal fee.  This will however be at the discretion of the Trip Leader on the day.

Pool Training
Pool training takes place in the swimming pool at Pickaquoy Sports Centre every Tuesday evening from November to April and most Friday evenings.  Everyone welcome, including complete beginners. 

Please CLICK HERE for further details.

Canoe Polo
Since the old swimming pool at Kirkwall Grammar School closed we have been unable to find a suitable venue to play canoe polo, but we are still working on it.

Most Friday evenings we run Polo Skills Training sessions in the pool 8.30 - 9.30 pm and all skill levels are welcome.  Please bring a top to wear in the boat at polo sessions.

CLICK HERE to open the polo section.

Orkney Sea Kayaking Symposium
We look forward to weloming you to Paddle Orkney in 2017. www.paddleorkney.org 

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Blue Door
Our week in the Blue Door raised £2839.61!!  

What an amazing facility the Blue Door is!
Well done everyone and a special enormous thank you to Eileen Spence and her Blue Door team.

The money raised will be part of our contribution to a lottery funded project to update our coaches and also purchase boats and equipment to support our successful training programme which embraces all ages from children to the not so young.

Advance notice - We are back in the Blue Door 4 - 9 July 2016.

Kirkwall Kayak Club is affiliated to the Scottish Canoe Association.

For more information contact Kristian Cooper on  07708 271108 or John Mowat on 01856 872922.

John has been kayaking for over forty years and has held British Canoe Union (BCU) coaching qualifications for forty years.

Our UKCC Level 2 Coaches (L to R) Peter Woodward, Kristian Cooper, Lesley Mackay and Mary Saunders.

Kristian is a 4 Star Leader with Moderate Water Endorsement.