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Welcome to the Tayside Sea Kayak Club

About Us

Based in Broughty Ferry by Dundee at the mouth of the Tay, the Tayside Sea Kayak Club is an active paddle sports club with over 100 members. We paddle weekly during the summer season on Tuesday nights and most weekends we have day and multi-day paddles all over Scotland. The club is a great place to gain new skills as we regularly run courses during the season (both on and off the water).



Joining the Tayside Sea Kayak Club gives you access to equipment and training resources, not to mention a group of like-minded people to join on paddling trips all around Scotland.

Sea kayaking has become very popular in the last few years and the club has had difficulty balancing numbers of beginners and experienced paddlers.  This has been made much worse by complications and restrictions due to the Covid pandemic.

Unfortunately, at present the club cannot accept beginners.

Applicants who have already achieved BCU Sea Kayak Award (old 3 star) or have UKCC level 1 or above coaching awards will continue to be accepted, subject to an assessment on the Tay at Broughty Ferry by the club’s coaches. In addition anyone who can demonstrate they have relevant sea kayaking experience and are competent paddlers but do not hold qualifications will also be considered for entry to the club.

Membership is limited to over 18s, but there is no upper age limit!


Membership Cost

Annual membership is £25.

We have a secure boat lock-up and (space permitting) can store kayaks for members for £60 per year.

The course for beginners is £120 and this includes membership for the year.

If you hire club boats, fill in THIS FORM and we'll bill you at the end of the season. Hire costs for kayaks is £5 for an evening, £10 for a full day, and £20 for a weekend.

Club Equipment

We have a fleet of 12 boats for all sizes of paddler available for hire, with paddles, wet-suits, spray decks and other equipment. Members get access to hire all the kit for their own use.

If you've hired some kit and still have to pay for that, use THIS FORM to log the hire and we'll bill you at the end of the season.

If you are hiring kit, please be aware of the club rules for hiring equipment


Contact Us

Contact the Membership Secretary (Phil Butler) using the form here.  Please also let him know if you are an experienced kayaker (describing your experience) or a beginner.

Thanks for submitting!


Frequently Asked Questions

What equipment do I need?

There are plenty of resources on line that list what you'll need depending on your experience and type of trip you're doing. See this list for an example.

I need a copy of the 'pre-trip forms' - do you have a copy?

Your ICE (In Case of Emergency) Card is HERE.

The trip plan form is HERE.

The paddler info form is HERE.

The risk assessment form (for leaders) is HERE.

Do you have a list of good online resources?

Say no more! A list of general planning tools are contained in this document.


For trainers, the PADDLERS PROGRESS and the FURTHER NOTES are useful companions for gauging trainee progress.

Want to improve your roll? The ROLLING TOOLBAG and some extra ROLLING TIPS have you covered.

Our Constitution is here.

Our Standard Operating Procedures are here.

I've got more questions. Who do I ask?

Feel welcome to  ask questions on our Facebook group page (see also link on top right of this page). Or you can also email the secretary for more info if you're not yet a member).

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