Kayaking Questions and Answers

Please find below some answers to the most common kayaking questions. If you want to know about something that is not covered below please send an email to Stuart at

Who can come kayaking?
Kayaking is open to anyone in the Discovery Scout Sections, Explorer Scouts or Explorer Sea Scouts.

Do I need to be able to kayak?
No previous experience is required.

Where do we go kayaking?
The kayaking will be taking place at James Hamilton Heritage Park at East Kilbride.

How much does kayaking cost?
The cost for kayaking is £5 per session. This is a contribution towards the costs of transporting the kayaks, launching fees and for up-keep to the kayaks and on-going replacement costs.

What days can I come kayaking?
Please check the calendar above to see which dates are available. There are only a limited number of places each day, so please make sure you have spoken to Stuart to confirm when you are able to come.

What time is kayaking from?
Will be dependant on the numbers attending each session but the likely times are:

1pm – 2:30pm

2:45pm – 4:15pm

Please check the website and emails recieved for the exact times if you are unsure pleae contact Stuart.

Who will be taking me kayaking?
The group has a number of kayaking instructors who are qualified under British Canoe Union (BCU) regulations and they will be running the sessions. Stuart Hunter will be the main instructor although may have help from others from time to time.

What will I get out of the sessions?
Provided that you meet the standards set down by the BCU you will be able to work towards and achieve up to a Paddlepower Level 8 (for Discos) and BCU 2 star (Explorer and adults) qualifications depending on your ability.

What kit do I need to bring with me?
The following kit should be brought along when coming kayaking – if you can be ready to go onto the water this will save time on arrival at James Hamilton.

  • Drink and a snack
  • A full change of clothes
  • A towel
  • A pair of shoes that can get wet
  • Waterproofs
  • Warm clothes
  • Swimming costume
  • A pair of shorts
  • Suncream, yes it is sometimes sunny and when it is you can burn very quickly on the water.

There are changing rooms avaliable at the centre – although space in them is at a premium with other people at the centre.

How do we get to James Hamilton Heritage Park?

The parks address is: James Hamilton Heritage Park, Stewartfield Way, East Kilbride G74 5LB

As on the letter the best solution is to get dropped and picked up from the Heritage Park, however if you are unable to get to JHHP then if you mention this to Stuart and he will sort out lifts to and from the centre.

If parents are able to help with transport can you let Stuart know at .