Canoe Expeditions Skills - Galloway

A mini adventure in the beautiful Galloway Forest - learn and develop your canoe journeying skills and bushcraft as we complete a circular journey through moorland and forest... wild camping under the stars.


This is a short introduction to using the open canoe as a craft to allow you to journey. Our canoe expedition skills course has been put together to allow you to attend such a course with minimum interruption to your busy working life.

The course is two and a half days long and will cover the following elements to allow you to expedition under your own steam.

Canoe Based Skill And Safety:

Efficient paddle strokes for travelling

Efficient turning and control strokes

The ability to work as a team in a boat

Decision making on open water

Understanding weather and, in particular, wind and fetch

Improvised sailing

Rafting canoes

Dealing with a capsize

Deep water rescue techniques

Packing a canoe and adjusting its trim

The merits of different packing systems in different circumstances

The art of portaging (a true wilderness skill)• Introduction to poling



Campcraft, Cookery And Expedition Skills:

Choosing and organising your campsite

Expedition/group tarp systems and knots

Choosing cookery equipment for canoe journeys

Choosing food and devising menus for canoe trips

Campfire cookery

Everyday wilderness axe skills

Personal equipment for canoe journeys

Emergency equipment for canoe journeys (and how to use it)


Camping by the loch side – 1 night spent in a remote wildness campsite.  

£275 - to book, contact Alan at Mountain Water Expeditions.