ALL ABOUT SKEG 2014   Leave a comment

SKEG 2014


13th – 15th June2014

This year’s SKEG is to be a gathering of people who enjoy sea kayaking in particular sea kayak journeys on the beautiful coastline of Northumberland.

Workshops will take place throughout the weekend and will be undertaken as part of a journey. The area is rich in scenic destinations, wildlife and variable water conditions. All groups will be transported from Beal by minibus and trailer.


The gathering is going to be based at the Barn at Beal close to Holy Island, which offers a campsite, café, bistro and bar
Alternatively if you do not want to camp, there are many alternative accommodation choices in the area – please see the SKEG BLOG for information on alternative accommodation in the area


The gathering gives people the chance to meet many likeminded people, share experiences, and become inspired for new adventures.
There will be the opportunity to try new boats, and peruse clothing and equipment from leading manufacturers.

The gathering will commence late afternoon on the Friday and close on Sunday late afternoon. Cost of the weekend is £95 which includes all on the water sessions lead by level 5 coaches, a BBQ and talk on Saturday evening. Please note that candidates must book their own accommodation.

Equipment is available to borrow from the centre if needed – please ring and check.


The workshops offered at SKEG are summarised below. The choice will be made at the event according to demand. Each workshop will be based around a journey according to weather conditions and will be tailored to the ability level of those candidates attending – as follows:

If you’re used to paddling as a member of a led group and/or have previous
adventures to relatively calm conditions Force 2-3 (about BCU 3 Star personal skills).

If you’re an independent paddler in moderate conditions with personal skills at or around BCU 4 Star, used to paddling in force 4 Level 2 sessions are aimed for you. You’ll be used to dealing with wind and waves and will have a reasonably reliable roll.

If you’re used to paddling with independent groups in more challenging conditions force 5-6 and are confident in breaking waves, surf and stronger tidal streams, you’ll be looking for the more challenging sessions at SKEG. These are suitable for paddlers working toward the 5 Star award.

Navigation on The Move – navigate on the water as you go along

Expedition Leadership, The philosophy and psychology of performance

GPS Uncovered – learn the basics and more advanced techniques

Incident Management –develop strategies to deal with those worst case scenarios

Surf Skills – Surfing a sea kayak with style

Dynamic forward paddling – unravel your stroke and increase efficiency

Fishing & Foraging techniques and identification

Mid-Trip Repairs and Maintenance

Introduction to tide race paddling and moving water

Please see the SKEG BLOG for more details


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Photos from Rachael Clarke   Leave a comment


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Photos from Rich Holt   Leave a comment

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Photo competition   Leave a comment

The very long awaited photo competition !

Sorry folks for the delay – I do have some great photos from you and will endeavour to post the best for you to look at. there are 2 prizes to be spent at 1st Wet and Wild in Hull – don t worry if you can t get to Hull , Fi will be able to help !

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LOST & FOUND !!   Leave a comment

Has anyone gone home with an extra Reed Spraydeck ?
Has anyone left a paddle ?? … please email me

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Wrong Email Address   Leave a comment

Sorry! I’ve been sending out the wrong email address in the last couple of emails. Anyone trying to send photos etc should email:

Thank you

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Photo Competition Entries   Leave a comment

Keep sending in your entries for this year’s SKEG photo competition to
Here are a few that have already arrived!

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From Valerie Tuff

From Ken Oliver

From Matt Hardwick

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