The Argyll Coastal Waters project aims to develop water based tourism opportunities in Argyll by providing a number of launch points for kayakers and other water enthusiasts from Ganavan in the North, to Helensburgh in the South.
The capital works comprise;
The Argyll Sea Kayak Trail and Coastal Communities Fund project recognised the opportunity to offer quality vocational training within the local area that can lead to meaningful careers in this sector, linked to the infrastructure and activity developments of the project.
The project is responsible for working within and outwith the partnership to develop opportunities for young people to take up a Modern Apprenticeship in Outdoor Education/Recreation. The qualification is an SVQ Level 3 Modern Apprenticeship.
During the two-year project a total of 12 Modern Apprentices will be recruited and trained, 5 in the current financial year and 7 in the second year. All will be placed with local employers, with supported training and assessment.
The project aims to develop all aspects of paddlesport, from participation at grassroots levels, to increasing the skill-set of club coaches, to providing pathways for competitive aspirations. This will be achieved by the following;
All of the above will allow for a rounded development of paddlesport, utilising the existing participants, introducing new participants, providing a higher profile to potential participants, working with local businesses and developing young people (through apprenticeships and youth programmes).