This expedition is 'One BIG Adventure', that takes in the rugged coastlines of the West and North of Scotland and the relative shelter of The Great Glen. And at over 400 nm this is a significant and realistic venture. This expedition covers some of the most spectacular and exposed stretches of the UK coastline, including Cape Wrath, the infamous Pentland Firth and the most westerly point of mainland UK, Ardnamurchan Point and many glorious beaches along the way. In 2015 the team was successful in completing this, epic adventure in 28 days.
This year Coastal Spirit has teamed up with Fidra, to hunt for Nurdles! Fidra is a charity based in East Lothian, Scotland. They seek to find ways to engage local concerns over current and emerging environmental issues, and use this to contribute to wider dialogue at national and international levels. Once concerns have been identified, we use scientific evidence and research best practice to establish how best to influence positive environmental change.
So whats a Nurdle!? In brief they are small raw pellets of plastic, that have escaped and are spread accross the UK. We want to see what the impact is around the Scottish coastline and map it out. This then will hopefully be useful and provide some evidence. Coastal Spirit is a coporate member of Surfers Against Sewage and is passionate about cleaner oceans and doing what we can, even in a small way to protect what we love.
Expedition dates 15th April - 14th May 2017. The aim is to beat the arrival of the midges!!
30 days for the Expedition and 4 days development training, making a total of 34 days at just onder £74. per day.
First dev training weekend - eve of the 7-9th October
Second dev training weekend - likely to be in Jan 2017
Limited to ONLY 4 people and now FULL. A reserve list is in operation, so contact roger for more information.
If you want to fast track your experience, knowledge, skills and increase confidence. Cut down your learning time and speed up the process, while undertaking a significant journey, this programme is for you.
This is an opportunity to paddle a significant part of the British coastline, which is truly spectacular and drammatic ... you can be assured of a memorable and exciting adventure.
Pre-course experience: You are an Intermediate paddler, who has top end 4 star skills, who is physically and mentally fit, capable of currently paddling a minimum of 30km per day, experience winds up to force 4/5 on the open sea and from different directions, can paddle in 3 knots of current and with a good rough water roll. Comfortable wild camping from your kayak, completed a few overnight expeditions before, with a cheerful personality and a commitment to your own development. Then this programme is for you.
The aim of the 4 days training, (or two weekends) is to provide an intensive opportunity and identify areas to work on prior to the eXpedition. Plus an opportunity to meet and to begin to work together as a team. You will walk away with an action plan, which will aim to provide you with a focus and direction, in the months prior to the eXpedition. At agreed points, prior to the expedition Roger will email each individual, to discuss further their action plan.
Camps will mainly be wild ones, unless public sites are an obvious choice or seen as essential!! Along the way we are sure to see a variety and abundance of sea birds various mammals such as grey seals, porpoises, otters, eagles and we may even see dolphins or whales. During The One BIG Adventure around Wales 2011 we saw 2 pods of dolphins. While with Mull 2012 we saw 4 golden eagles, 5 white tailed sea eagles and an otter almost every day. A pod of dolphins and golden eagles in 2013, with the Isle of Skye. While with the RoB in 2015 a pod of Orca, a Minke whale and 3 pods of dolphins, plus many various sea birds.
If you already hold the 4 or 5 star leadership award training, imagine what you would gain and how this would assist you towards gaining further experience and confidence, upon your return. Or just soak up the experience of this sea kayaking adventure, for what it will be.
What we need from you: a booking form, provide your own food, all camping equipment, dry bags, sea kayak personal accident & cancellation insurance is also highly recommended, 2 day first aid qualification, arrange your own transport to our training weekend on Anglesey and to Scotlands West coast.
What do you get from us: Accommodation on the 4 days training or the two weekends (dates to be arranged with the group) and an action plan following the course. On the expedition - the first night and one more during the expedition or the last night's bunk house accomomdation (or similar).
Plus expert sea kayak coaching and guiding from Roger, an active level 5 BCU Coach Sea and a 5 star leader trainer and assessor, who has paddled the 500nm round Sicily 2010, around Wales 2011, 900nm Ireland 2013 and the 400nm around the Roof of Britain 2015. Plus paddled and guided journeys and expeditions, in Chile, Canada, Turkey, Finland, Sweden, Norway - Lofoten and through out the UK.
Payment: An initial deposit of £450 secures your place and if a monthly payment plan, which spreads out the overall cost of the course, would be useful let Roger know what amount suits you best.
Cancelation Policy and Your Place: Four weeks before the first training weekend (8/9th Oct) £550 will be retained. Six weeks later (19th Nov) a further £450 will be retained, eight weeks following (14th Jan 2017) £450 will be retained. The final payment needs to be paid by the 4th March 2017. Any other monies paid, will be returned if you leave before the various dates above.
Due to the health, safety and development of the individual and the team. Roger holds the right if you haven't delivered and moved forwards with your action plan, to ask you to leave the team. Payment is the same as cancelation policy above. Roger will do his best to support and encourage each individual. With over 20 years of working in the Outdoors, Adventure training and Development, Roger will do his best to ensure you have a place on the team, the rest is down to you.
Looking for 'One BIG Adventure' and motivated to develop, this is how you apply ...
If Roger doesn't know you, first you need to email him your reasons for wanting to be part of the RoB 2017, with a summary of your sea kayaking and expedition experience, plus wild camping experience, Roger will then contact you. If all seems suitable, Roger will ask you to join him for a days sea kayaking, so we can meet and check that were both likely to get on and that your also comfortable in the above prescribed conditions - this day will be free!
If Roger know's you and we have paddled together before then complete an online booking form, stating briefly what your 3 goals are, for this Expedition and then he will contact you soon.
A bold and intensive opportunity, for one BIG paddle, and a guarenteed stunning and memorable experience. Increase your confidence and skill level, gain useful top tips, have a BIG adventure and leave more able and prepaired, to undertake your own BIG expedition, in the future.
Around Wales 2011, Magazine Article - Coastal Spirit decided to run the first 'BIG Adventure' with a rapid development programme and a one month long paddle around Wales. The plan was to use the canals and waterways on the inland section and then along the coastline, to rejoin the dots back to the start point. Di Lee, one of the course participants wrote an article about her adventure in two parts, which can be read below. Enjoy!
Have a read below and begin your adventure today - contact Roger for further information.
"And I'm probably learning more from his mentoring now, as my paddling horizons expand, than ever before. I can't count how many questions I've asked... and he's answered. Roger has the knack of making that suggestion that radically changes your thinking and moves your paddling on in leaps and bounds."
"There are a number of wonderful things about Roger. He has a very light touch in his coaching, and he's always smiling and encouraging you to relax into the enjoyment of the day"
"I've just completed a two day 4* Sea kayak training course with Roger. Having been coached by Roger in the past, I choose to do this course with Roger because I knew I would get a great deal from the course. My expectations were certainly well and truly met"