Lochwinnoch & Paisley Kayak Club was formed in 1995 by the amalgamation of Lochwinnoch Kayak Club and Paisley Kayak Club.

The LKC’s history goes back to 1980 when John Webster and Bob Sommerville (both rangers at Castle Semple Loch at the time) formed the club so that people from the Lochwinnoch area could be introduced to the sport.

The club is affiliated to the SCA and is predominantly a whitewater and surf kayaking club, although we do have many paddlers interested in other disciplines (e.g. Touring, Slalom, Canadian, Racing/Marathons, Sea Kayaking etc…) so everyone is more than welcome.

The Club endeavours to provide interesting and varied trips for all levels of club members. Activities consist of regular day trips, overnight and weekend trips on various rivers, Lochs and at the coast, as well as non-paddling / social events. Basically anything else we can think of to keep our members paddling time up.

The club Used to be based at Castle Semple Loch, in the village of Lochwinnoch, which was used for our weekly loch session. The club is now amalgamating with Garnock Kayak Club (primarily sea kayakers) and loch nights are now based at Kilbirnie Loch from late April to October around 7pm and have a schedule of events on to keep people amused for weeks.

For the folks who aren’t quite so keen on cold water the club also has pool sessions based in Garnock swimming pool (and sometimes at Johnstone pool). These sessions are great for the training of beginners, as it allows them to gain some confidence in capsize and rescue techniques in a warm, clean environment. For the more experianced paddlers it is also an ideal opportunity to learn to eskimo roll and other advanced techniques.


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