About Och Aye Canoe

I started Och Aye Canoe because I love being out on the water and I wanted to share my passion with others. Being out on the water, whatever the craft, is such a ‘switch off’ from everyday life and so peaceful too.  Through my business I want to focus on getting complete beginners out to enjoy this – there is no need to have fancy gear and there is no pressure during my sessions, the aim is to have fun, progress at your own pace, and be safe!

I run most of my sessions in Tayside and Fife, however contact me if you would like a session elsewhere and we can try and arrange.   I pride myself in being able to keep each and every tour personal, unique and custom.

Canoeing River Tay

I have the following qualifications:-

  • British Canoe Union Paddlesport Leader
  • British Canoe Union UKCC Level 2 (canoe) Coach
  • Safeguarding & Protecting Children
  • Outdoor First Aid (16 hrs)
  • British Canoeing Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning
  • Multi-day Touring Award
  • British Canoe Union Paddle Awards Provider
  • Leave No Trace Accredited Trainer
  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Accredited Assessor (incl to Gold level)
  • RYA Level 2 Powerboat Certificate
  • RYA Intermediate Powerboat
  • RYA Advanced Powerboat
  • RYA VHF/SRC Radio
  • RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship
  • RYA Dayskipper Theory
  • RYA Professional Practices & Responsibilities 
  • British Sign Language Level 1
  • British Canoe Union Introduction to Paddle-ability CPD
  • Deaf Awareness in Aquatic Sport CPD
  • Disability In Sport CPD (Foundation)
  • Disability Awareness CPD (Foundation)
  • Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity CPD
  • Coaching the Mind CPD (Intermediate)

I am always looking for ways to develop myself professionally and am regularly attending courses to do this. I am currently training towards becoming commercially endorsed to use a powerboat.  Future goals include becoming a powerboating instructor.

In my spare time I enjoy coastal rowing, relaxation, listening to music and socialising with friends.

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