Mallaig and District Canoe Club

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Started in 1995 by a small group of budding paddlers in the Mallaig area, the club has now grown to around 60 members. Although still centred on the west coast fishing village of Mallaig, we have members in Fort William , Inverness and other far-flung corners of the Highlands (and the country!).

Our activities centre on various aspects of paddlesport and include sea kayaking, winter pool sessions, coaching (especially local youngsters), open boating and white water.

We hold social and fund raising events during the year that aim to be fun and bring the joys of paddling to a wider audience.

During the winter, we run sessions for Juniors in the Mallaig pool. Adult sessions can be arranged if sufficient interest is registered.

Just about anyone can paddle a kayak or canoe, so if you would like to have a go, contact our membership secretary (see About Us page). You don't need to be young and/or super-fit -  our members include the middle aged and retired ! 

The club is affiliated to the Scottish Canoe Association, which confers the following benefits on Club Members:

  • Civil Liability Insurance for recognised club activities
  • Access to subsidised training courses and funding grants (where applicable)
  • Club details listed on the SCA Website
  • Right to organise events (with permission) under the auspices of the SCA
  • Scottish Paddler, official magazine of SCA every quarter
  • Certificate of Affiliation and Insurance
  • Support and professional advice from SCA Staff
  • Discipline specific advice from volunteers serving on SCA Committees
  • Advice and help with paddling related queries via the SCA Office
  • Help and advice on Child Protection and the processing of the relevant forms
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If you think you might like to join our club then get in touch with one of us and you could join us for a paddle or a pool session to see what you think.

          Family *               £30
          Individual            £20
          OAP/Unwaged   £15

N.B. Non SCA members fee £4.50 per adult, £1 per child, in addition to Club membership fee.

*Family = any members of a family living at the same address, or where the home address is the main address and the child is still a dependent, e.g. a student.

Membership is open to all and applicants should complete a MEMBERSHIP FORM membership form

Existing members wishing to renew membership please complete a MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL FORM membership renewal form
Renewals are due on 1st. January.

New members joining after 1st of September in their first year need not pay again until after the end of the following year. For any information concerning menbership contact Joan Smith or Sheila Kingswood.

The club has a number of BCU qualified coaches. We encourage improvement of paddling skills through the BCU Star Award scheme and offer informal coaching (pool and outdoor) to members, both junior and adult.

Pool sessions

Coaching for juniors are held on Wednesday evenings at Mallaig pool from October to March. Hire of the pool at other times may be possible if there are sufficient numbers. If you have a child in Mallaig High School who would like to join the club and attend pool sessions, please contact Joan Smith in the first instance to see if a place is available and then make payment direct to bank and complete this form membership renewal form

Junior sessions £6 per session, payable as a block in advance.

Child Protection Policy
The Club adheres to the following Child Protection Policy - available here.

Data Protection Policy
The Club adheres to the following Data Protection Policy - available here.

Club Code of Conduct
The Club adheres to the following Code of Conduct - available here.

Available here (pdf file).

Sea touring trips are year-round and a programme is issued for the spring to autumn period. Overnight stays are normally camping but may be hostel accommodation.

The club has a range of sea and white water kayaks plus a Canadian Canoe and associated equipment for hire to members.
N.B. membership applications from persons wishing only to hire equipment at preferential rates and not be active club members will not be accepted. Contact Peter Sugden.

Prices in pounds are shown below:



Unwaged & Juniors

Canadian Canoe £12.00 £6.00

Calypso double sea kayak






Single item of kit



SCA Guidelines for paddling in Phase 2 of coming out of Lockdown - June 2020.

SCA Guidelines for Collecting, Returning and Cleaning of Club Equipment during Phase 2 of coming out of Lockdown - June 2020.

Discount scheme
Club members are eligible for 10% discount from the following retailers:
Ellis Brigham
SeaKayakOban - 10% discount on any equipment in the shop other than boats & radios as depends on supplier.