wet and wild!

I have tried out one of the local kayak instructors in the area …. Julian Penney at Oban Sea Kayaking Expeditions. I was wanting to build on the limited sea kayaking skills that I already have, so that I can get a bit more active this summer. What is the point in living in such a beautiful area if you don’t get out and make the most of it!

Julian wanted me to practise some basic skills and then build upon them so that I am more confident in moving water, plus can steer with more use of my body rather than just relying on paddle strokes. We set out from Connel and had a quick play in the current coming through the Falls of Lora under Connel Bridge. I never imagined I would be able to cope with this, but with Julian’s help I not only survived but enjoyed it too!

We then came into a sheltered bay where I could be put through my paces with more ‘edging’ practise, and introducing more complex support strokes. It was a great way to build my confidence, plus my skills, and I am now looking forward to more adventurous paddling this summer.

Julian offers day paddles based around the oban area, as well as his more adventurous week long sea kayaking expeditions and training courses, and is happy to take out a range of skills, plus can provide equipment.

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