About Sea Kayak Alice

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My name is Alice McInnes, and I coach and guide sea kayaking so I can share my enjoyment and passion for this sport. I aspire to provide personal attention and tailor my  coaching to the individual. I started sea kayaking in 2009, having spent many years in the mountains walking, climbing and biking. I  fell in love with sea kayaking and the sport that gives you everything from 360 degree views, close encounters with marine life, weather that can be literally thrown at you, access to the best beaches in the country, and a friendly international community of fellow paddlers.

I work in partnership with Sea Kayak Argyll & Bute to give you more dates, more locations and more  coaching opportunities.

Kayak Qualifications

  • UKCC Level 2 kayak coach
  • 5 star sea kayak leader aspirant
  • 3 star white water kayak
  • Outdoor First Aid (REC level two)
  • Foundation PaddleAbility

The UK and Scotland has arguably the best sea kayaking in the world. I am lucky to have paddled many areas, including:

  • Skye
  • Shetland
  • Arisaig
  • North-west Scotland
  • Clyde and the Cumbraes – Bute and Arran, Great Cumbrae and Wee Cumbrae
  • Firth of Forth and East Lothian – the islands of the Forth, including Bass Rock, St Abbs
  • Firth of Lorn – Lismore, Shuna
  • Summer Isles
  • Small Isles – Rum , Eigg, Canna
  • Isles of Scilly
  • The Farne islands
  • North Wales
  • Cornwall
  • Brittany’s surf and tideraces.

My aim is to paddle around the entire coastline of Scotland, and in 2016 I paddled from Skye to Thurso and in 2017 made it around Dunscansby Head and soon hope to continue my journey.

I also paddle on rivers and understand the value of continual learning. I’ve completed a course on coastal Interpretation,  understanding weather and climate and tidal habitat.

Female focused

I am a founder of the Women’s Sea Kayak Festival, an all-female event which helps promote female paddlers on and off the water with an all-female coaching crew.

Started in 2012, it is Scotland’s only all-female sea kayaking event, and has proven that there is both interest and demand for female-specific events and for female voices on the water. I am passionate about helping more women get out and enjoy time on the water. A spin-off sister festival now runs in Devon.

I’m an active member of the Lothian Sea Kayak Club and the online community SSKEG (Scottish Sea Kayaking E-group).