Welcome to the Black Isle Sea Kayak Symposium website.

We’re delighted to announce that the Black Isle Sea Kayaking Symposium is planned once more for 2019…..!!

We started running the Symposium in 2015 and after a short break last year, we would like to invite you to join us for a great weekend of sea kayaking coaching, skills development, day trips, and incident management. The event runs from Friday 6th September to Sunday 8th September, based once again at Cromarty on the Black Isle. 

The pages on this website are being updated to reflect the programme and the coaches as details are confirmed.

If you would like further details about the event, then please email us at: info@bisks.co.uk.

As with previous years, we are running an Early Bird Booking scheme with a discounted price of £120 for the weekend. If you would like to take up this offer, it runs through to the 31st May 2019.

Please download and complete the BISKS Early Bird Booking Form. Please ensure that you save your form and either email this to info@bisks.co.uk or send by post to: Adventures Unlimited Scotland, 7 Windsor Court, Albert St, Nairn IV12 4HS.

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We are a small Symposium, catering for around 60 sea kayakers and one of our main aims is to raise money for Adventures Unlimited Scotland, who provide specialist, quality outdoor activities in the Highlands of Scotland. Adventures Unlimited Scotland works with a wide range of clients, both able bodied and those with disabilities. To find out more about Adventures Unlimited Scotland, read more here.

Our other main aim is to provide a high quality coaching  and a great experience in a friendly symposium. Where possible, the programme tries to take account of what you ask us to provide when you book.

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In 2016 we were fortunate to have the attendance of the Coast Guard Helicopter from Dalcross, just outside Inverness, on Saturday, whilst on the Sunday, the inshore lifeboat from the North Kessock RNLI lifeboat station joined us for a rescue scenario.

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In the meantime, if you would like to register your interest in the 2019 Symposium and make sure that we provide you with a reminder of this great weekend, please email info@bisks.co.uk and we will send you full details as soon as they are available.

Cromarty is a great base from which to paddle the Moray Firth and to explore the coastline. The area offers a wealth of contrast between industrial activities; you can paddle around North Sea oil rigs dodging the support vessels whilst enjoying the natural environment of the North Sea. Cromarty is famous for dolphin watching and a host of sea birds can be viewed on the cliffs of the North and South Sutors. There is great historical interest in the Cromarty Firth too, with gun emplacements on the cliffs from the First and Second World Wars, and the wreck of the warship “Natal”.

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Simon Sims, the organiser of the Symposium says:

“This is always a fun filled, friendly event and we have attracted over over 50 sea paddlers to previous Symposiums. We are hoping to make this an even better event this year and hope to attract some of our previous participants as well as attracting new kayakers to the weekend..  As well as being a great weekend on the water, importantly the profit from this event goes to Adventures Unlimited Scotland, who provide canoeing and kayaking activities to local young people with disability and disadvantage, so it’s a great cause to support”.