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Developed by the Scottish Canoe Association (SCA).

The Scottish Paddlecast is an opportunity for you to learn about the different sides of the SCA and paddlesport in Scotland as we talk about a range of subjects, interview a variety of guests, and tap into a wealth of knowledge. Subscribe now to keep up-to-date with new episodes.

November 11, 2022

People of Paddlesport Ep 14: The Paddlewell Initiative

On this episode of the Scottish Paddlecast, hosts Roger and Lara speak to Alastair Garrow, retired crisis negotiator in the police force. He has developed the Paddlewell Initiative, a groundbreaking wellbeing programme for Scottish police officers coping with poor mental health. The paddling programme gives police officers mental health support outside of the police environment, and works to help de-stigmatise conversation around mental health. 

September 30, 2022

People of Paddlesport Ep 13: SUPer Gran

On this episode of the Scottish Paddlecast, hosts Lara and Roger chat to Jenny who started stand up paddle boarding later in life. Listen now to hear about Jenny's story and the challenges she faced, what motivated her and the fun time she now spends with her grandkids on the water. 

July 29, 2022

People of Paddlesport Ep 12: Safety

In this episode of the Scottish Paddlecast, Hosts Andy and Saira chat to Callum, Lara and Roger about all things safety. This episode is especially aimed at those new to paddlesport - Listen now for an engaging conversation that runs you through what to expect when paddling!

June 28, 2022

People of Paddlesport Ep 11: Starting Young

In this episode, we meet young Paddler Ailsa who describes her journey to becoming a Coach at just 16 years old. She talks of her journey, the support she received, the challenges she overcame and the gratification of the entire experience alongside her coach and mentor, Poppy.

October 14, 2021

People of Paddlesport Ep 10: World Sight Day

Steve Beevers has been a sports enthusiast all his life. Since being diagnosed with Stargardt's Disease - a genetic eye disorder that causes progressive vision loss - he has had to adapt the sports he does. He has not let this stop him though, and has recently taken to sea kayaking. Join us in this episode to hear about Steve's varied life, and his experience of taking to the water with sight loss.

Released on World Sight Day 2021. 

October 7, 2021

People of Paddlesport Ep 9: The Dyslexic Advantage in Coaching

In this episode we welcome none other than canoe coach legend, Tom Sibbald. Tom takes us through how having dyslexia has affected his life and his coaching, and how he has adapted to doing things differently - and that having dyslexia is not always a negative thing. Tom talks about a book called The Dyslexic Advantage - which is available here both as a traditional book and an audio book. 

August 24, 2021

People of Paddlesport Ep 8: Improvise - Adapt - Overcome

In this episode we welcome SCA Coach of the Year 2019 Fraser Porter, who was very suddenly diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Failure that same year. Fraser talks us through his paddling journey, the events that took place leading to a kidney transplant, and how he's working to get back on the water. 

May 11, 2021

People of Paddlesport Ep 7: Canoeing - the Medicine for Life

Shetland paddler, Alain Cook shares an open and honest account of his personal experience of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. From his (long) journey to diagnosis, to learning to live with this condition and realising that canoeing is his 'medicine for life'; it's an inspiring listen and there is so much that everyone learn from him. Released for International CFS/ME Awareness day, 12th May 2021. 

March 25, 2021

People of Paddlesport Ep 6: Don’t Stop Me Now

Jonathan Riddell, a keen White Water kayaker shares his journey of recovery from a serious head injury. He explains the long-term, but hidden, physical challenges that this has left him with. His drive and motivation to continue his paddling shine through and what he has since achieved is quite remarkable.

February 24, 2021

People of Paddlesport Ep 5: Promoting Female Equality in Paddlesports

This week, members of the SCA Female Equality Group share their insight into how role models and supportive networks have a positive impact in recruiting and retaining female paddlers.  They share their approach to promoting female equality in paddlesports and offer some great advice for those looking to get into paddling.