WSA SUP ADVENTURE TRIPS

We are very excited to announce that Water Skills Academy are offering you the opportunity to paddle in some truly amazing places, have a look at these amazing SUP trips that we have on offer for 2017.

Scottish West Coast Wilderness

Join us for unique journey by SUP into the wild, remote Knoydart wilderness.

Introduction

This is a journey into one of the most spectacular areas of Europe. We will be gliding through the Knoydart, an amazing wilderness area cut off from the mainland road network, surrounded by majestic mountains and deep lochs.  Deep in heart of Knoydart we will find true wilderness, wildlife and adventure.  Knoydart is steeped in history and its remoteness is breathtaking.

Dates and Price

30th June – 3rd July 2017

11th – 14th  May 2018

£345pp (excluding transport and meal in Inverie).

Trip Highlights

  • A unique self-propelled journey deep into the wilderness of Scotland’s West Coast
  • Stunning mountain scenery
  • Undisturbed wildlife, eagles, otters, deer, porpoise
  • A true taste of expedition life
  • A chance to visit Britain’s remotest pub

Itinerary

Day 1 – Welcome to the West Coast, meet your guides and prep kit, the journey begins. Paddle Loch Morar and Portage into Loch Nevis.

Day 2 – Paddle East on Loch Nevis to Sourlies

Day 3 – Paddle West on Loch Nevis to Inverie Village

Day 4 – Inverie by boat and sail to Mallaig

The Paddling

The journey is designed to cater for all levels of paddlers, building the distance daily.  You will need to be comfortable  paddling up to 5 hours a day with breaks.

Accommodation

We will be using a mixture of Bothy’s, camping and hostels (you may wish to book a B and B in Inverie).

Transport

There are several ways to get to Mallaig.

Flying – Glasgow International then hire a car or train to Mallaig via Fort William.

Train – Glasgow to Fort William then the Famous Harry Potter Steam train through Glenfinnan to Mallaig.

Driving – Mallaig is 1.5 hours from Fort William.  On arrival there is a public car park we can leave vehicles.

Food

All food will be purchased before the journey.  For a true expedition feel we require participants to carry their own equipment and food, all part of the adventure.  We will cook evening meals together for the true expedition experience.

Your Safety

Your safety is paramount, we use a 1:4 ratio.  Guides will be WSA Adventure Trainers, who train other guides to work in this environment.  As we are operating in a wilderness area there is no phone reception for most of the journey.  Guides will carry VHF radios used in this environment.  Guides are advanced first aid trained. Leashes and buoyancy aids must be worn at all times on the water, unless instructed differently by the WSA guide.

Equipment

A full equipment list will be sent on booking.  We are happy for you to bring your own SUP but it must be able to carry some equipment and you must be comfortable on it in small choppy water.  We can help by hiring you suitable boards.  We insist on leashes and buoyancy aids and can help if required.

Join us for unique journey by SUP into the wild, remote Knoydart wilderness!

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 Norwegian Fjords

Join us for a stunning and special journey by SUP into the remote Norwegian Fjords. Living on board the MV Gaasten we will access some of the most remote, unspoilt and simply breathtaking areas of the Norwegian Fjords.  This journey is special, allowing us to cruise amongst majestic peaks and deep into the fjords accessing perfect areas to paddle and experience the wilderness and grandeur by SUP.

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Introduction

Living on board the MV Gaasten we will access some of the most remote, unspoilt and simply breathtaking areas of the Norwegian Fjords.  This journey is special, allowing us to cruise amongst majestic peaks and deep into the fjords accessing perfect areas to paddle and experience the wilderness and grandeur by SUP.

Ability Level

Beginner (some basic skills are required)

Dates and price

31st June – 6th July 2017 £2500pp

Trip Highlights

  • Living on board the MV Gassten
  • 5 star cuisine
  • A chance to share the water with porpoise, whales
  • Travel deep into the Fjords
  • Majestic scenery
  • Daily journeys by SUP

Itinerary

Day one – Arrive aboard after airport pick up, meet your guides, check equipment and head out to Saga fjord with time for a short Paddle before dinner.

Day Two – Head to Bjørke being dropped off en route, paddle and meet Gaasten at the head of the fjord.

Day Three – Morning paddle out of fjord, a pick up for lunch and head to Øya and the Hotel Union.  An afternoon paddle to Gaasten at anchor in the shadow of the mighty mountain Slogen!

Day Four – Early start and steam to Valldall in Storfjorden and an afternoon paddle.

Day Five – Steam into Geiranger, drop off and paddle all the way to the harbour with a lunch en route either aboard or ashore by the waterfalls.

Day Six – Head back to Alesund for an evening paddle or a paddle en route. Final farewell dinner!

Day Seven –  Depart after breakfast.

Further Details

The Paddling

The journey is designed to cater for all levels of paddlers, building the distance daily.  You will need to be comfortable in paddling up to 5 hours a day with plenty of breaks to watch the wildlife and scenery.

Accommodation

MV Gaasten

Transport

There are several flights to Aalesund.

Food

This is one of the highlights of living aboard Gaasten.  We are treated to amazing cuisine, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, cake and a 3 course evening meal.  Prepared fresh daily by Gaastens chef, fresh fish, locally grown vegetables and amazing baking.

Your Safety

Your safety is paramount; we use a 1:8 ratio.  Guides will be WSA Adventure Trainers, who train other guides to work in this environment.  As we are operating in a wilderness area there is no phone reception for most of the journey.  Guides will carry VHF radios used in this environment.  Guides are also advanced first aid qualified.

Leashes and buoyancy aids must be worn at all times on the water, unless instructed differently by the WSA guide.

Equipment

A full equipment list will be sent on booking.  We are happy for you to bring your own SUP but it must be able to carry some equipment and you must be comfortable on it in small choppy water.  If you are looking to hire equipment, the WSA can provide a full rental list from boards, leashes, buoyancy aids and clothing.

Join us for what has to be one of the best SUP vacations on the planet.

Ability Level

Beginner (some basic skills are required)

Dates and price

31st June – 6th July 2017 £2500pp

Trip Highlights

  • Living on board the MV Gassten
  • 5 star cuisine
  • A chance to share the water with porpoise, whales
  • Travel deep into the Fjords
  • Majestic scenery
  • Daily journeys by SUP
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Himalayan SUP Adventure

Join us on a unique and one off Stand Up Paddle Board adventure experience across the Himalayas visiting Nepal. This one off adventure has access to parts of the planet rarely seen by Western eyes and will be guided by some of the most experienced SUP guides and expedition leaders in the world. As part of this adventure you will be the first to descend the rivers of Nepal by SUP as we travel across the country – a pretty awesome achievement!

Trip Dates

22/10/17 – 01/11/2017

Trip Price

$2250 USD (excluding flights)

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