Meet Your New Commodore, Mick

Forth’s commodore changed this year for the first time in over 30 years.

Forth Canoe Club is Looking for a Club Coach

We are now advertising to contact a club coach to help develop sprint and slalom at the club.

Advert , Applications Questions

New Documents

New documents up, the 4 Year Development Plan and the Business Study for Recruiting a Coach

November Committee Meeting Minutes

Committee meeting minutes for November now up on documents page

Stephen Churcher Team Trophy Awarded

The first Stephen Churcher Team Trophy was awarded at the Scottish Slalom Champs this weekend in memory of the FCC member.  The first winners of the trophy were all former FCC members Bradley, Jonny and Cameron.  The trophy is designed to represent the tips of three boats circulating around an upstream gate.

The money raised at Steve's funeral is planned to be used for a bench to be placed at Tully.

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Team GB U21 Women Come in Fourth

Our polo captain Poppy has been competing for GB this last week at the ICF Canoe Polo World Championships in France.  Competing in a ranking of 8 teams her paddlers came in an impressive fourth having lost a thrilling semi-final to Germany.  Get full details on the ICF Page and watch them on the YouTube channel.

Slalom Junior Championships Medals for Forth

Forth paddlers, Lois and Sam both won Gold at the British Junior Slalom Championships held at Tees Barrage on Saturday 20th September.  On very demanding white water with a tough course many younger paddlers were struggling but both Lois and Sam put in excellent runs to win their respective categories.  Their results were:

Lois - K1 Women J12 (12 and under) - 1st - British Champion!
Sam - K1 Men J10 (10 and under) - 1st - British Champion!

Committee Meeting Minutes Sep 2014

Committee meeting minutes are up on the documents page

Ieuan Goes International

Club paddler Ieuan was representing Team GB at the Olympic Hopes regatta over the weekend in Slovakia. He came in 5th in the 200m at the U15 and stroked the U17 K4 to 5th in the 1000m.  Well done Ieuan!


Forth at Alva Slalom


Forth paddlers turned out in force at the September Alva slalom with both juniors and parents competing to get some great results...

Further Winners at the Sprint Champs

More results have been sent in from the British sprint championships in Nottingham

  • Lightning K4 500m GOLD win by Seb, Oliwier, Lois and Max
  • Lightning K2 500m SILVER win by Lois and Max
  • Lightning K1 500m GOLD win by Lois Leaver
  • C1 U16 Girls 500m GOLD win by Fiona  
  • C1 U18 Boys 200m SILVER win by Oskar

Congratulations all Forth champions!

Forth Paddlers win at National Sprint Champs

At the National Sprint Championships on 6/7 Sept FCC won a fantastic haul of medals.

The 4 Forth children paddling with the Scottish Development squad won the following:

Inverclyde Camera Club Photograph Grandtully Slalom

Bill Clark from Inverclyde Camera Club was good enough to photo nearly every paddler at our Grandtully slalom last weekend. Check out the photos on FCC Grandtully Aug 2014, Inverclyde Camera Club photos album. FCC Grandtully Aug 2014 - Inverclyde Camera Club

Thanks to All Who Helped at Grandtully

Thanks to Kelso for organising another successful Grandtully slalom and all the volunteers who helped out, the biggest slalom in Britain and an important event for the club. Photos from Matt. IMG_2066

Canoe Challenge Completed

FCC members Ali and Ross have undertaken a kayak challange for Charity. Paddling from Glasgow to Edinburgh, along the new Canoe Trail on the canals, in two days.  Paddling over 50 miles in two days is a fantastic achievement.
Considering that 3 months ago they only had limited kayaing experience this is certainly a challanging challenge!
Please support their adventure by contributing to their Just Giving page - link below.


Ali and Ross crossing the finishing line.

Willow Wins the Garry Boater X !

3 members of Forth Canoe Club competed in the 2nd Garry Boater X last weekend. It was a fantastic event, well organised and laid out with a great program on some progressive water. The competition is not for the faint hearted. There are 4 rounds over the day. In each race 6 competitors start together, battling for posision as they make thier way down grade 3+ water.  Forth Canoe Club came out of the Competition very well - with Willow taking First place and Matt coming 9th in the mens category, Rachel took 9th place in the Women's Category. Bring on Next Year!

Garry Boater X 2014 Matt Willow and Rachel

Committee Meeting Minutes June 2014

Committee meeting minutes and Scottish Canals Structural Inspection Report on our documents page.

Poppy for Team GB

Polo captain Poppy has been selected to represent the UK at the polo international in Belgium next week.  Good luck Poppy!

Canal Festival Festivities

Thanks to all from Forth CC who helped with the canal festival last weekend, we gave over 100 people taster sessions in canoes and showed off the variety of paddling we do in the club with C1 and K1 sprint, OC1, SUP and a gunwale bobbing battle on display.

First Pinkston Slalom

FCC competed at the first slalom to be held at Pinkston (run by member Stuart Pitt).

  • Ross P (J14) competed in Div 3 on both the Saturday and Sunday events doing the club proud, clearly enjoying the course. His best run probably being on the Saturday.
  • Catie competed at Div 3 on the Sunday at her first competion outside of Alva. Adjusting to the moving water well came 4th in the K1W just 0.3s behind a 3rd place.
  • Lois also competed on the Sunday coming in at an excellent 3rd place (also the fastest run of her class) in the Div 2 K1W.

Results on

Scottish Schools Championships and Division 3 & 4 Slalom 7th June 2014

Forth Canoe Club's slalom squad took part in the Scottish Schools Championships on 7th June at Alva which was also a Division 3 and 4 slalom.  There were excellent results for all the squad, many of whom were taking part in their first ever competitive event.

  • Lois won both the J14 and J12 Scottish Schools Championships.  This is a fantastic result for Lois winning her age group as well as the one above.
  • Sam won the J10 Scottish Schools Championships as well as coming first overall in Division 3 Men, gaining promotion to Division 2.  This makes Sam one of the youngest paddlers in the UK to compete at this level.
  • Eleanor took second place overall in Division 4 Ladies gaining promotion to Division 3 at her first ever competitive event, a tremendous achievement.
  • Michael was first J12 in Division 4, an excellent result in his first competitive event.
  • Catie came fifth in Div 3 Ladies, a great showing for her first Div 3 event.  She even had a shot at competing in C1, photo below.
  • Congratulations also to Rory, Owen, Ross, Kirstie and Laura for their excellent results.

There were a number of very positive comments from other clubs and parents about the strong Forth representation looking great on the water in club colours.
Well done to all and many thanks to our paddlers' parents who supported the team over the course of the day.

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Beginners Canoe Polo

Learn to play canoe polo with Jenny.

Saturday 14th 15:30-18:00 at the boathouse

David Wins Gold in Slalom World Cup

Congratulations to club paddler David Florence who won gold in C1 in the slalom world cup in London last weekend.

Kate Wins Edinburgh’s Inspiring Volunteer

Our Coach Coordinator Kate  has won Edinburgh’s Inspiring Volunteers award for coach coordination at Forth CC, she inspires all!


A Near Win at the Morriston River Race

Club paddler Gordon came within a quarter of a second of winning a trophy at The Moriston River Race, Scotland's most extreme river race.

Trophies at Alva Division 3 and 4 Slalom 18th May

Forth paddlers are double winners!

Fun Club

Poppy's Fun Club for 8 to 13 year olds will start next week on Wednesday 4 June.  It will run 6 to 7pm for 4 weeks.

The idea is that people who want to take part on the summer schools can come down and try it out! (or those who have already been, just to have some fun).

New Level 2 Coaches

Congratulations to Jan and Matt who passed their UKCC Level 2 coaching assessment last weekend.  This qualifies them to coach unaided on flat water and is a very thorough qualification which requires a lot of training and experience to pass.  Well done coaches.

See our guide to BCU qualifications for more of what it means and our coaches page for a list of who has what experience and qualifications in the club.

Forth CC Promoted to Div 1

After a nail biting final tournament Forth's first polo team came in second place in Division 2 with a clear lead over other teams and gaining enough points to be promoted to Division 1 next year. We also got confirmation that our second team will be promoted to Division 3.  Congratulations polo players.  All welcome at polo practice, Wednesdays at 19:30.

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Ieuan Makes Div A

In April's Sprint Regatta results Forth paddler Ieuan made the Boys A division, something normally achieved only by competitors three years older.  He stayed in Nottingham for the super-regional training camp which was Olympic hopes standard, well done Ieuan!

Committee and AGM Minutes

The documents page now has April committee minutes including 2014 budget and boathouse redevelopment plan. Also added is the 2013 AGM minutes and reports.

New Paddlers Open Nights

Non-paddlers welcome to try on these Thursday club nights. May be limited to 30 minute session. Bring full change of clothes, towel, suitable shoes.

  • 10th April
  • 22nd May
  • 12th June
  • 17th July
  • 14th August
  • 11th September

Prizes at the North Esk River Race


Forth picked up a couple of prizes at the gnarly North Esk River Race website on Saturday, Willow came first in the Iron Man taking a shiny cup home while Jonathan came second in the intermediate winning an awesome baseball cap.

Tees Barrage Trip

Some of us enjoyed a trip to Tees Barrage Whitewater Course and played on the waves, Matt enjoyed bossing us around in a dragon boat but Nim got her own back by introducing him to eating vegetables. Photos on Flickr

Robert and Poppy Both win Coach of the Year

At the Paddle Expo Forth CC won two awards from the SCA.  Robert B won Volunteer Coach of the Year for putting in a lot of hard working into developing Canadian Sprint in Scotland and running many sessions a week.  Poppy C won Youth Coach of the year for running polo and slalom sessions as well as our summer courses.  Congratulations both.

Open Canadian Trip

FCC’s first open boat only river trip  was enjoyed by Barry, Tam, Kat, Mick and Ieuan on Sat 12th Oct. A great chance for Tam and Barry to get an introduction to moving water with a scenic paddle on the Tay from Kenmore down to Aberfeldy. Only one swim on the trip and beautiful bright sunshine and lovely autumn colours – hopefully many more trips to come.

Summer Courses for 8-12 year old boys and girls

Booking now open for our children's summer courses.  Book on for a week of sessions to learn to paddle.

Trophies for Forth's Second Polo team

In a nail biting finale Forth's Second polo team can from third place to win a selection of trophies at the Div 4 tournament.  Promotion awaits for next season.  Hopefully Forth's First team can do a similar achievement in the Div 2 competitions in May.

In a polo packed weekend we also had fun at Stirling University's P in the Loch competition, sadly not keeping hold of the winning shield from last year but enjoying some triumphant victories and noble defeats while we tried.

Club Nights and Beginners Courses Starting Next Week

Thursday club nights are back, starting on April 3rd with an opening barbeque and boathouse sweep out.  All canoeists are welcome on Thursday nights.

We are also hosting beginners 1 star and 2 star courses again, see the club nights page for details of how to book on.

We will be running open nights for non-paddlers to come and try on Thursdays too, dates announced soon.

4 Star Leaders Trained

Congratulations to the paddlers who completed their 4 Star White Water Leader Training.  4 Star Leader will qualify them to lead river trips once they have passed the assessment, good luck all!

Forth CC Second Team Rocks Dundee

Our second polo team had fun and success in Dundee at the weekend.  With only 1 match lost we may well be leading the division.

Committee Meeting Minutes March 2014

Committee meeting minutes are up on the documents page.

Consultation on Direct Club Investment About to Close

Please send comments to Mick by the end of February.

80th Anniversary Ball

Thanks to Poppy and Matt for organising a fun 80th anniversary ball!  See you in 2034 for the 100th anniversary.

80th Anniversary Tickets now on Sale at £15

Tickets now on sale at £15 each for the winter ball. Saturday 15th February at the Boroughmuir Rugby Club in Meggetland from 7pm until Midnight.


2014 Membership Now Due

2014 membership subscriptions are now due for all club members.  Renew your membership on our website.  Send any queries to Katerina or Jonathan.

80th Anniversary Winter Ball

Forth Canoe Club is 80 years old in 2014.

To celebrate this milestone as the oldest and best canoe club in the country there will be a winter ball on Saturday 15th February at the Boroughmuir Rugby Club in Meggetland. The Ball will be from 7pm until Midnight.

There will be a ceilidh, a light buffet will be provided, and Bourghmuir Rugby Club have a bar on-site as well.

Tickets cost £10, (£15 after the 1st February).

End of Year Trip to Loch Lomond

A few of us enjoyed an end of year trip crossing between the banks of Loch Lomond to hunt wallabies.


Forth's First Team Off to a Great Start

Forth has two teams in polo this season.  The Forth's First team is playing in Div 2 and is off to a great start winning 3 out of 4 games on their first league date.  Well done team!

We are still needing players to play in the Forth's Second team, it is in Div 4 so will be an easy environment for beginner players.  Contact Poppy or Jonathan to join in.


Canadian Trip on the Tay

Photos are up on Facebook for the Canadian trip to the Tay showing paddlers braving the cold and the rapids.

Bookings now being taken for 2014 baths sesssions

Bookings for baths sessions for Jan-Mar 2014 are now being taken.  Sign up to learn rolling and rescues in a warm pool.

First Aid Trained

Some of our coaches went to First Aid training this weekend to learn how to patch up broken people.

Gladhouse Trip

A fun beginners trip to Gladhouse photos on flickr

Half Way to the Scottish Polo Champions

Forth CC had lots of fun at the Scottish Polo Champs this weekend. Despite a strong showing defeating all the teams we expected to we were nudged out of the semi finals on goal difference by our sister team The Nomads.  Forth came in fifth - half way up the table of nine teams.  Well done to Nomads who came fourth. Photos on Flickr or Facebook

Mick is a Star

Congratualtions to our Open Canadian contact Mick for gaining his 4 Star Leader award.  A 4 Star Leader qualifies you to lead a group of paddlers in the given discipline, in this case Open Canadians on open water or a river.

Evening News: Canoeist Fiona wins Championship Open

FCC made the cover of the Evening News today thanks to C1 sprint paddler Fiona.  Read the article to find out how she's been inspired to become the first women C1 champion in the country.

FCC Edinburgh Canoe Marathon

Our Edinburgh Canoe Marathon took place on the canal again this year. Forth CC won medals in C1, Junior 10s and mini course. Our friends at GWC Rowing Club won 1st, 2nd and 3rd in their own unique C5 category. Photos.

Baths Sessions Begin

Our winter Baths Sessions are taking bookings now

David Florence is Double World Champion

Congratulations to Forth CC paddler David Florence who won the slalom world championships in both C1 and C2 this weekend.  An incredible achievement.  Watch the BBC Sport coverage.

Scottish Sprint Championships Winners

Forth had a fantastic day out at the Scottish Sprint Champtionships. See the results for the full list. Well done to Oliver, Ieuan, Rachel, Oskar, Seb and everyone else for winning new medals for the club.

FCC Grandtully Slalom Huge Success

Our annual Div 1/2 slalom at Grandtully was a huge success this year, it ran on time with the largest number of competitors ever competing at the site.  Well done all who took part.

Photos from Jonathan's camera

Results for Saturday

Results for Sunday



Edinburgh Canoe Marathon

FCC Edinburgh Canoe Marathon - 22nd Sept

Volunteers Needed to Help

Contact Mick James

Event Programme

Grandtully Slalom Prelim Start List

Preliminary start list for the FCC Grandtully Div 1/2 slalom now published.

Trip to Yellowcraigs

On our club night trip went on a late night summer trip to Yellowcraigs, paddled round Fidra and had a barbeque on the beach.

FCC at Alva June 2013


FCC had a good showing at the June Alva slalom this year. Catie won a spectacular victory in the the Div 4 ladies while Matt triumphed over the Div 4 men. Alix won the Div 4 J16 ladies. On the Saturday Lois won the Div 3 ladies.

Saturday Results

Forth win at Tweed Festival


Many Forth members went to Selkirk CC's Tweed Festival were we won lots of medals in the river race, the slalom, the sprint and a large trophy in the rodeo. Thanks to Selkirk for a great day out.

P in the Loch champions

Forth lifted the first prize trophy at the comically named P in the Loch tournament at Stirling University. Well done to all the team. Our sister team Nomads came in a close second.

St T of A to the Tweed

Our group from St T of A did a trip to the Tweed.  See photos.


Children's Summer Courses

Details of our Summer Courses for 8-12 year olds are up now, book quickly to guarantee your space.

SCA Club Conference


This year we had 7 coaches at the SCA Club Conference on sessions including boat maintainance, white water paddling, rolling coaching and the all high SUP.

Success at the Sprint British Champs

Scottish Development

Forth came away from the British sprint regatta with a clutch of medals.

  • Ieuan won 5 U14 gold (K1 100 & 500m, K2 100m & K4 1000m & 500m) and 1 silver
  • Ben won 2 U14 Silver (K4 1000m & 500m) and 2 Bronze (K2 1000m & 500m)
  • Elliot won 2 U14 Silver (K4 1000m & 500m)
  • Rachel won 2 U14 bronze (K2 500m & 1000m)
  • Oscar won 1 U18 bronze (C1 500m)

Check out the provisional results.

Polo Team Victories

The FCC polo team won all their games in the Div 2 league game yesterday including beating the previously unbeaten current league winners. Alas our winning streak was called off early when the other teams could not content on our home turf of the canal with its wind & rain.

FCC Coaches in Capsize Shocker

FCC Coaches had a safety and rescue reminder.  The braver (or just less stable) spent some time in the water, some apparently didn't even know which way to put a buoyancy aid on.



Beginners Courses

Club Nights are coming soon and with them beginners courses, book now for your space in May.

2013 FCC Membership Due

Time to renew your membership. Membership fees are unchanged for 2013.


Forth at Polo Div 2

DSCF7229Forth put in a pleasing showing at our first Div 2 polo league date.  We won 1 game, did not get thrashed in three others and picked up some shiny trophies.  See the photos.


Edinburgh Marathon 2012


Congratulations to the winners of our Edinburgh Marathon and thanks to Mick for running it.

See the photos

Medal Success at Alva


Inspirerd by David Florence's win in London some Forth members went to Alva to try a slalom.  We won 1st Div 3, 1st Team, 1st Div 4 J10, C1 promotion and a gate judges exam.  On the Sunday our paddlers won 1st Div 4 and 1st Div 3 J10.  Well done all.


Bath Sessions Bookings Now being Taken

Bookings for our winter bath sessions are now being taken. Friday evenings will be spent learning rolling and rescue in a pool.

Edinburgh Marathon

Enjoy a paddle on the canal in our Edinburgh Marathon, entries now being taken.

Successful Grandtully Slalom

DSC_0090 Thanks to all who helped with and competed in our annual slalom. A fun weekend was had by all.

Canal Festival Fun

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We had a fun day out at the Edinburgh Canal Festival, thanks to all who helped, see some photos by Kat Z and anothers

Olympic Background Video on Forth CC

Join In Local Sport visits the inspiring Forth Canoe Club in Edinburgh, run by Commodore Kelso Riddell and an army of volunteers. The club has produced Olympic Silver Medallist David Florence, who will be competing in the C1 and C2 events from 29 July 2012.

Tweed Festival 2012 Medals

Tweed Festival 2012 saw Forth pick up 11 medals, a stunning victory.

Children's Summer Courses

Our Summer Course dates for children are now announced and bookings are being taken. 8-12 year olds can get a two hour daily session for a week covering an introduction to paddling in recreation, sprint and slalom boats.

FCC win Best Female at P in the Loch

The Forth CC polo team won a stunning victory by being first in the "Best Female" competition. P in the Loch is an annual polo tournament at Airthry Loch held by Stirling University Canoe Club.
More Photos


Forth CC Partners with Edinburgh Council

Forth CC has partnered with Edinburgh Council to provide facilities. The council's Bangholm activity centre is using the club for canoeing activities over easter.


Scotland Wins the Pan Celtic Cup

Scotland has won the Scottish leg of the Pan Celtic cup, a British Isles international competition. Each of the four countries enters a team for the event. The Scottish team included Bradley and Steve from Forth CC.

April Events

Fountainbridge Canalside Initiative report launch FCC will be there with our hopes. Wed 4 April 16:30-18:00 See the new Fountainbridge Canalside Initiative website

Coltbridge River Cleanup fun family day on the Water of Leith, paddlers needed. Sun 22 April 10:30

Edinburgh Canal Strategy

Edinburgh Council has launched their Canal Strategy to the media. It is not easily findable by the public so here is a public copy.

Forth Win Polo League


FCC has won the Scottish Polo League Div 3 with an amazing 8 games out of 9 winning. Congratulations to all who paddled and thanks to our supporters!

See the photos of today's action.

Club Nights 2012 Starting 6th April

Club Nights for 2012 will start on Thursday 6th April at 18:30. We'll have a spring clean of the boathouse and have a barbeque.

Beginners courses will be running three times in 2012 see the club nights page for dates and how to register interest.

2011 Sprint Review

Kristina's slides from the 2011 AGM give a quick review of the year in sprint.

At the Scottish Champs we had 6 gold medals, 7 silver and 8 bronze.

At the British Champs one of our top athlete Oliver won 3 gold, 1 silver and great rankings in 2 other categories. While Ieuan and Rachel did great in the lightnings and miniK2. Best of all we won the miniK4 category.

Congratulations all.

Committee Minutes January 2012

Minutes for the January 2012 committee meeting are on the documents page.

New Corridor Burgee

A productive work day on the new boathouse corridor ended with a painted version of the club burgee.

2012 Club Membership Due Now

Forth Canoe Club 2012 membership is now due, if you want to continue to paddle with Forth you will need to renew, we don't want to lose you!

You can renew by going to the membership page and
logging in and filling in the form.

Unfortunately the web server cannot currently send out email so for
new accounts, password reset and subscription confirmation, please
email the website editor and ask.

The membership costs are the same for 2012 as last year.

This year, we are required by the Scottish Canoe Association to
collect some additional data. This is your date of birth (even for
over 18s), gender, confirmation you accept the FCC Child Protection
Policy and whether you agree to receiving communications from the SCA.

You can also print out a form from the website or pick one up from the
boathouse and send me the money, cheques to 'Forth Canoe Club'.

Any key holders not renewing their key will need to return it.

Any questions please ask Jonathan.

New Constituation

The new club constitution is available on our documents page. Thanks to all who helped writing it.

Tay Descent Fun

We had a good showing at the Tay Descent (and Paddle 2011 exhibition) with our racers and tourers successfully completing the marathon trip. We might not have won any of the medals but we did put in the best performance of any club at the ceilidh.

Polo Success

Forth Canoe Club won 4 out of our 5 games at the polo league on Sunday, the trophies are in sight.

See the photos on Flickr.

Bath Sessions

Bath Sessions are open for bookings to learn rescues and rolls in a warm swimming pool.

Helpers needed for coaching too.

FCC Edinburgh Marathon 2011

Our annual marathon ran well in its new location. Marcus oversaw the running of the event starting at Meggetland with circuits to the lifting bridge and back to the aqueduct.

The short race was won by our own Ollie C. In the long Poppy was the first woman competitor. In the lightnings Rachel took second place and was first woman. Richard won the under 10s with Iain getting a bronze medal and Douglas and Henning not far behind.

See the full results and photos.

River Nith

Some of us went canoeing on the Nith today, see the photos or watch the video we took of cabogganing at the end.

Junior Slalom Training

We're looking to start up some slalom training. All welcome, junior focused but adults welcome too. 18:00 at the boathouse on Tuesdays.

Edinburgh Marathon: Register Now and Helpers Needed

Forth CC is organising the Edinburgh Marathon, a canoe race on the canal for all paddlers. This event replaces the Ratho East Marathon. There are a range of distances to suit all abilities and ages.

Register now by sending your entry to Marcus.

Helpers needed on the day as marshals, contact Marcus.

Edinburgh Canal Festival

Edinburgh Canal Festival, Saturday 9th July

This will be our 3rd year at the Edinburgh Canal Festival - come and join
in a wonderful community event! There'll be lots of fun things going on!
It's also a great opportunity to promote the club and canoeing.

Come along and help for part or all of the day. If you can help out,
please get in touch with: Annemarie, Jonathan, Ben, Robert

11.00am: wee boats flotilla leaves Harrison Park - all welcome to join in

2011 Summer Courses Announced

Summer Courses for 8-12 year old boys and girls

WANT TO TRY IT? Join-in, develop the skills, enjoy!
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Scottish Schools Slalom

Forth had a strong showing at the Scottish Schools slalom in Alva. Lois won the Div 4 women and got promoted to Div 3. Bradley won the J16 in the men's K1 while Michael and Jonny were not far behind. Bradley also came in second partnered with and Jonny in the C2. Helen came second in the J16 women. Sam and Emily alas missed out on prizes but will be training hard to win them next year.

Polo news

Forth Canoe Club came third overall in the Scottish Polo League's Division 3 events, which concluded on May 23rd. The team were very pleased since we only began playing at the end of 2010.

Forth on Facebook

We now have an account on Facebook, do befriend us.

Surf Champion

Forth's Neil Baxter won the Scottish Surf Kayak Championships last weekend. Well done Neil!

Double Win at Fairnilee

Club paddler Sam won both days in the Div 2 K1 men competition. Congratulations Sam.

Michael came in third in the judges while our other judges paddler won a fish award.

See the full results.

February Committee Minutes

February's committee minutes are now on our documents page.

AGM Minutes 2010

The 2010 AGM minutes are available on the documents page.

After School Coach Wanted

Level 2 (or UKCC Level 1 plus requirements) coach wanted for the after school activity in Edinburgh at Forth Canoe Club, working from 4-6pm with children aged 9-12, 6-7 groups per week. Payment £10 per hour. For more details contact Colin Smail 07798872120 colinsmaill(at)

2011 Membership Now Open

Membership is now open for 2011. Subscription fees remain the same as last year. Padlocks will be changed on January Sunday 23rd.

Forth CC Coach Wins Coach of the Year Award

Sportscotland has awarded Forth CC sprint coach Kristina Medovcikova their Development Coach of the Year 2010 award. Kristina works for the SCA at several clubs in Scotland and has increased participation in sprint massively.

Now Taking Bookings for the January Baths Term

Canoe in a warm pool to learn eskimo rolls and rescue techniques. See our bath sessions page for details and how to book for the January to March term.

BBC Adventure Show

The Scottish Champs slalom at Grandtully is the focus of this week's BBC Adventure Show available for viewing until next Sunday. It features Forth paddlers Bradley, David F and Stuart with comments from coach David D. Stuart Pitt also updates us on SCA plans for an artificial slalom course in Leith.

New Polo Kit Arrives

Earlier this week we took delivery of a new set of helmets and bhoyancy aids for the polo team who will be competing on Sunday in the league. We also received a boat salvaged by George Spittal which is currently being repaired ready for use by the polo team, many thanks to George.

In other equipment news Kristina has a new canoeing ergometer at the Boroughmuir gym for her training. We also bought a Pyranha Fusion kayak for use at pool sessions over the winter and on the canal in warmer months.

Sun and Prizes on the Tay Descent

The Tay Descent had over 400 paddlers racing and touring from Dunkeld to Perth. Forth CC had a good showing with paddlers in every category. Congratulations to Olly C who won the short course race, and well done to Jack and Poppy who came not far behind. Annemarie won the medium touring and the Leaver/Berry family won the short course touring.

Watch the SCA video which features interviews with Forth paddlers. Tay Descent 2010 Racing results. Tay Descent 2010 Touring results.

Forth CC Ratho East Marathon Results

A successful day was had at our annual canoe marathon. Thanks to Marcus for organising it. See the Forth CC Ratho East Marathon results for the winners. Photos of paddlers and prize winners.

Team Members wanted for Polo Team

Forth Canoe Club has entered into div. 3 which has three tournaments happening over the next couple of months: 28th Nov, 9th Jan and 20th Feb. If you want to take part, let me know by the end of the week
(26th September); there's 10 spaces and we need at least 5 people for a team, so you don't need to be able to make all the tournament dates. Also-there will be a couple of practice sessions before each tournament, so you don't need to have played before either. The cost for this will be £5 per tournament.
Theresa Meacham theresa.meacham @

Winter Bath Sessions Announced

We have booked the pool at Portobello High School again for Bath Sessions to learn rolling and other skills in warm water. Bookings are being taken now.

Lightning Paddlers Race Training

Sprint Lightning sessions for under 12s take place twice each week.

Grandtully Slalom Over

Our annual Div 1/2 slalom has been successfully completed for another year. Many thanks to David Dickson for running the event.

We had a strong showing of paddlers with Stuart taking the prize for the C2s and Sam taking the J18 prize in the Div 2 K1 Men. Michael, Poppy and Helen all continue to climb the ranks of Div 1.

We ran a café serving out over 200 burgers and 400 rashers of bacon for the hungry competitors.

See the results for Saturday and results for Sunday.

Event photos

Jonny Promoted to Div 1

Forth CC paddler Jonny D has become the youngest paddler in Division 1 slalom, promoted last weekend at Fairnilee.
Bradley won the C1 competition as well as the Officials in his K1 and is expected to make top 20 rankings in Premier Division this year.
So far this year Michael, Poppy, Helen and Jonny have all gained promotion to Division 1 and meet the criteria for selection to the national squad.

Ratho East Marathon Details Announced

Details have been announced for the Ratho East Marathon. There are four courses to pick from. Please send in your entry early to help the organiser. Print off the competition poster for display at your canoe club.

Level 2 Coach Needed

FCC to recruit a Level 2 coach. 4-6pm to work with 9-12 year olds.
£10/hour, 6-7groups per week. Contact Jonathan Riddell 07941938912 or Kristina 07946975462.

Glasgow Green Marathon Trophies

The Forth CC trophy shelf gained some extra weight last weekend as Rachel won the Under 10s, Richard won the Under 8s and Ollie won the Juniors.

See some photos or the results.

Tay Descent Video, Staring FCC's Finest

The SCA are running a major new event, the Tay Descent, in October alongside the Paddle exhibition. This promotional video was filmed last month and stars several paddlers from Forth CC.

Joint Clubs BBQ

Four canoe clubs around the area met at Seacliff beach for a day of paddling, surfing and barbecue. See the photos.

Slalom Success at Fairnilee

Last month several Forth paddlers went to the slalom at Fairnilee. Jonny got 3 or 4 trophies: British U12, 3rd place in Div2, and 'The Trophy for Most improved' Helen came 2nd in Div 2. Bradley was 3rd in the Junior Championships. Michael 1st in Div2 and promoted. And Davie Dickson himself won the Vets championships!

Edinburgh's Festival of Sport

Festival of Sport Logo
We'll be running taster sessions by our boathouse at Harrison Park on Saturday June 12th from 13:00 to 18:00. This is part of Edinburgh's Festival of Sport. All welcome, just turn and up we'll get you started with paddling.

FCC Committee Meetings

Minutes are up for the February committee meeting.

Boathouse keys won't be changed for 2010 but renewal or return is required for all key holders.

Club boat hire can be payed in advance for a whole year instead of the usual £2 a time charge. £60 for anyone competing for Forth, £120 for non-competitors. Pay the treasurer.

Everyone is reminded to sign the diary when accessing the boathouse.

At the May committee meeting we decided to restructure club nights. Starting in June we will hold sessions for beginner and inexperienced juniors and seniors in 4 week blocks. Pre-booking is required. See club nights page for information. The last "open" club night will be May 20th.

Forth Polo Team Plays for the First Time

Forth's first polo team in many a year were invited to play as a last minute substitution in the Scottish division. In our first ever game we beat our adversaries from Strathclyde. Teams from Aberdeen and Lochwinnoch proved more fierce competition. Thanks to Theresa for her organising enthusiasm.


Summer Courses

Our summer courses for 8 to 12 years olds have been announced. See the Summer Courses webpage for details.

Glasgow to Edinburgh Marathon Open for Entries

The Glasgow to Edinburgh marathon is open to entries. This is a two day event along the canals of the central belt for both serious and fun racers. See Glasgow to Edinburgh Canal Challenge leaflet for more details.

Sports Relief: Neil Baxter takes BBC Presenters Along the Caledonian Canal

Edinburgh paddler Neil Baxter has taken BBC Scotland presenters Fred MacAulay and Dougie Vipond along the complete length of the Caledonian Canal for Sports Relief. Up a Long Creek will be broadcast on Wednesday 17th March 2010 at 21:00, BBC One Scotland. See the Up a Long Creek programme page for pre-trip interviews.

Order Now for Club Clothing

Kristina is getting an order together for clothing in club colours with our crest. Let her know what you want to order Kristina.Medovcikova(at)

All the designs are based on blue colour and yellow signs - on the front the club logo and on the back a yellow cross with Forth CC above it

Success at the Whitewater Races

Forth had success at last weekends whitewater races on the Tay. Jonathan won the MK1 Division B gaining promotion to Division A while Cynthia retained her title as Scottish Womans Champion.

2010 Membership Subscriptions Now Open

Membership subscriptions for 2010 are now due. Prices are unchanged from last year. You can find instructions on how to sign up on the membership page.

Slalom and Sprint Coaching Module Courses

In the spring, the SCA is hosting a series of BCU discipline-specific modules for both Slalom and Sprint. These full-day modules are designed to provide coaches with the additional knowledge to deliver coaching in the disciplines and will be delivered at a subsidised rate to candidates thanks to Sportscotland funding.

The Slalom workshops will take place on 13th February (Inverness) and 14th February (Stirling Uni), with the Sprint modules taking place the following month on 13th March (Aberdeen Boat Club and 14th March (Low Port Centre, Linlithgow).

Get the registration forms on the SCA website.

Sprint in 2009

Our sprint paddlers had a successful 2009 guided by our coach Kristina. At the Scottish champs we had 15 paddlers and took 7 gold, 11 silver and 8 bronze medals. We had three paddlers at the British champs and came in 6th in K2 500m, 5th in K4 500m and 5th again in the K4 1000m.

Fitness sessions are ongoing over the winter, contact Kristina if you are interested. Lightning sessions will start again in the Spring.

2009 AGM on January 20th

The (delayed) Annual General Meeting for 2009 will be on Wednesday January 20th 2010 at 19:30 in the Ettrick hotel. See a map.

Winter Paddling

It might be 10 degrees below zero but that doesn't mean the paddling has to stop.

Forth on BBC News

Forth Canoe Club was on BBC News again. Club paddlers David Florence and Stuart Pitt were discussing their hopes for an artificial whitewater course in Scotland to help bring slalom training facilities in line with those in other countries.

See the video on BBC News.

Slalom Success in 2009

Forth has had another successful year in slalom competition. Jonny was 3rd in the under 12 british champions at Fairnilee and has been promoted to division 2, the youngest paddler in the division. Michael won the J16 Scottish champs at Grandtully. Poppy won the division 3 women's event down in Manchester.Bradley was British under 14 champion at Fairnilee and Scottish under 16 champion. Helen won division 4 earlier in the year and then won the division 3 at Alva.

The Fox Found

Much loved plastic slalom boat the Fox was lost on the river Ericht some weeks ago following a capsise north of Blairgowrie. It disappeared without trace until kind fisherman Moray picked it up last week 10 miles downstream and full of mud in the River Isla. Many thanks to Moray for taking it home and contacting us.

Dean Village Death Drop

Ben, Jonathan and Teresa went for a canoe down the water of Leith including the weirs which attracted a large audience of passers by.

Winter Fitness Sessions at Forth CC

Sprint coach Kristina will be running winter fitness sessions from 26 October 2009 to mid March 2010. Come along to keep yourself in shape over the cold months.

Tuesdays - Meggetland RC - weights and general fitness sessions, 6-7pm £2/session

Thursdays - Sciennes PS - swimming sessions, 6-7pm - £2/session

E-mail Kristina.Medovcikova(AT) for details.

Rapids Tamed at Wet West Paddle Fest

canoe photo Forth made its first showing at the Wet West Paddle Fest when Jonathan and Felix took to the River Garry and River Morriston along with some 200 other canoeists. The Garry provided plenty of surfing practice while the Morriston was a roller coaster ride. The event provided many chances for both paddlers to practice their rolling skills. See the photo album for the action.

Grandtully Slalom Win for Forth

Forth Canoe Club ran our annual Division 1 & 2 slalom at Grandtully at the end of August. We were kept busy with a large number of entries. Competitors from Forth put in an impressive performance with Bradley getting 2nd place Div 1 K1 on Sunday and promoted to Premier Division, making him the youngest padder in Premier. Michael came in 4th place Div 2 K1 and was awarded 1st J18 on Saturday.

Committee Meeting Minutes 25 August 2009

Forth Canoe Club

Minutes of Committee Meeting Tuesday 25th August 2009, 7.30pm – 10pm

Whitewater Maps Online

Forth CC is proud to present Whitewater Maps. Created by the Open Whitewater Maps project, part of OpenStreetMap, the free wiki map. See the world from a canoeists view!

Loch Ard Adventure

Several paddlers from Forth went on an adventure to Loch Ard. We had lunch at the island bothy, seal launched off Duke Murdoch's Castle, explored Rob Roy's cave and discovered the source of the River Forth. See the photos.

Forth Paddlers Rock the Edinburgh Canal Festival

FCC made a big contribution to this year's Edinburgh Canal Festival which was a great success, despite the weather! Narrow boats plied up and down the canal all day, with passengers of all ages waving to passing craft and people on the towpath. We started off the day by joining the 'wee boats voyage', paddling from Harrison Park down to Lochrin Basin, together with hand-built craft (Canadian canoes, a currach and a coracle) made by community projects in the city.

Rat Race Polo at Forth

Forth's boathouse became a stage on the Edinburgh Rat Race this weekend. The Rat Race is a two hour race around the city including various challenges along the way. We introduced over 300 people to canoe polo, many of whom had never been in a boat before.

FCC Autumn Slalom 2009 at Grandtully

Forth's Robert Philips at Grandtully

Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August

Come and join in the biggest annual event on the FCC calendar!