Watt is Kayak?

Our club is a quite small amongst some of the other SU giants, but we make up for that by being a friendly and welcoming environment. We cater to a range of skill sets – whether you’ve spent years on the water or never set foot on a boat, we’ve got you covered.  

Joining our club is an amazing way to see some of the natural scenery of Scotland, from the borders to Glencoe, we do trips to various rivers and lochs every other Sunday, plenty of opportunity for an adventure – not to mention the occasional weekend trip.  There are also plenty of socials and lots of super people to meet!


Every year we participate in a kayak polo tournament at Pinkston involving a lot of other Scottish universities, we also compete in white water sprint events though out the year.

Some of our competitions include: SUCC freestyle, Glasgow SUS competition, North esk race


Tuesday19:00-20:30Balerno Swimming PooL
Last Friday of the Month18:30-20:00Pinkston (Glasgow)
Every other Sunday08:00-09:30Various

Weekly practice sessions at Balerno swimming pool, monthly sessions at Pinkston Watersports in Glasgow, a safe, artificial, white-water environment and wild water trips every other week. We have fun expert coaches to help develop your skills in the sport, so you can enjoy your trips and competitions more. 

We meet on Tuesdays at 6:30pm at the shed (next to the music cottage, just outside Oriam) for a pool session, where we typically practice our skills and play some kayak polo.

For our monthly sessions at Pinkston, we meet at 5:30pm outside the shed, this a great time to dip your toe into the water of river rapids in a safe space, especially if you’re feeling nervous about any river trips. 

We also go on river trips every other week all over Scotland, these rivers range in grade from 2-4 but sometimes we also slow it down by doing a calm loch trip to take in the scenery.

Committee 24/25

President – Matthew Smith

Vice-President – Robbie Smith

Treasurer – Aaron Kyle

Trip Coordinator – Ben Stobie

Secretary – Daniel Bar

Social Media Officer – Charlotte York

Social Secretary – Keria McCaffrey

Social Media

Instagram: @hwukayak

Facebook: Heriot Watt Kayak