About UK Sea Kayak Guidebook.co.uk
It's run by sea kayakers, for sea kayakers and is about sea kayaking.
The aim is to gather and share as much information as possible on sea paddling - anywhere - and to get paddlers out there paddling!
Together with our 'sister' site, the UK Rivers Guidebook.co.uk the Guidebook websites and Community Forum are by far the most used UK paddling sites and we have 5-8000 different visitors per day.
The Guidebooks are totally "non-commercial" - there is no direct financial benefit to anyone involved with the sites.
I'm looking for advice or information about sea kayaking.
Also check out the Almanac which has a massive amount of material ranging from links to previous Community discussions, articles written for UKSKGB and links to useful external resources.
The discussions contain a lot of excellent information from some very experienced and well-informed people - and sometimes quite a lot of banter.
If the banter is a problem for you, this isn't the place for you but thanks for visiting.
I'm a River / Open Canoe Paddler.
I'm having technical problems with the site - how
do I get help?
Is the info here reliable? Anything you read here is the completely untrustworthy and biased opinion of whoever wrote it. Such is the nature of the internet, especially when it comes to a Forum.
Seriously, if you find something you know or feel to be misleading or inaccurate, tell me and I'll update it. The Community is usually excellent at spotting waffle and ill-informed posts are generally spotted for what they are.
Article and Trip Report Content doesn't follow a standardised format, each contributor does so in their own style as this is very much a "community" of paddlers.
Where a topic takes you to a discussion, they haven't been edited in any way. You get to see the original, including all the "off-topic" content and inevitable banter. But it also means you can add to the topic if you want to.
UKSKGB is intended to be an easily accessible resource about sea kayaking, but it's up to you to make your own informed decisions about where to go, in what conditions and when.
The same applies to any of the technical or "gadget" ideas. You should make your own decision whether or not they are right for you.
There are plenty of sites to visit if all you want is to be told what to do by an "expert" - UKSKGB has a different philosophy and encourages input from everyone.
Weather, tides and local conditions all play a significant role in making paddling decisions, as does your own experience and that of the people you choose to paddle with.
There is lots of material in the Almanac to help you.
How do I contribute?
Or, use the Community Pages. You'll need to register and then you can post to your heart's content and enjoy the immediate gratification of seeing your words on the Web - once we've approved your account that is.
My Community post has had " ^ " added
to the title! What's that about?
How do I post pictures and links in a Community
I've found a "broken link"
If its a worthwhile link, tell me. And, if you can tell me the correct / new location, that would be very helpful too!
Our philosophy is to be very "light" on "posting rules". Other than this one.
So, we appreciate the appropriate use of capitalisation and punctuation. Please don't use "txt spk" - you'll have noticed all these things as you browse the forums. Your post will get deleted on sight if these simple requests aren't followed.
Don't bother whinging about it - we don't feel the need to justify moderation / editorial decisions and frankly life's too short to engage in protracted conversations about the rights and wrongs of your post being deleted. So we don't.
You'll also have noticed the lack of "flaming", "spamming" and the other irritants common to many un-moderated groups and forums. There's a reason for that.
A lot of people spend a lot of time making this a pleasant place to be - enjoy the results of that pro-active approach.
What's the Access situation for sea kayakers?
As sea kayaking grows in popularity, the impact on the fragile wilderness areas in which we operate grows too.
Please Tread Lightly in our wild spaces so that we can all share the pleasure of a pristine landscape.
Doesn't sharing info about places to go cause problems?
Don't just paddle the areas described in here, or in books, get out and explore!
Please consider whether you should specifically identify wild campsite locations though. If you do, there's the risk of them becoming over used with all the environmental impact that causes.
Can I use the info here however I like? What about copyright?
But, if you are planning to publish it or circulate it elsewhere, or use other people's ideas for kit or gadgets described in the site to make money, please get in touch.
You will need permission from the individual author of a trip report, article or other content here. Copyright is asserted as appropriate by those authors.
Please feel free to link to any of our content although we'd appreciate a reciprocal link and (where appropriate) an acknowledgement of the source.
Or post about it on the forums - we do ask that "commercial" postings on the Forums (generally those where you seek to make money from a business or event) are posted in the Products & Services Forum.
If you want to advertise things, do it in the appropriate place - and that's generally not the activity specific forums.
If you don't, you'll find we'll move or delete it anyway and please don't whine about it.
After all, it's free to use the Forums to advertise, although we ask for a small contribution to running costs for commercial posts. Details are on the relevant forum pages.
What about safety?
What's in this
This discussion gives an insight into the general philosophy behind the site and Mark Rainsley's attitude to its overall ethos. This ethos still applies.
Some of the advertisers have also supported me with paddling kit on occasion. Believe me, we don't do this for any material benefit.
The work that we (and numerous others) do in creating, maintaining and editing the sites is done in our (limited) free time and although some people work within the IT sector, most of us have day jobs which are nothing to do with websites.
What does it cost to join UKSKGB /UKRGB? Do I need to register
to access the site?
Mike Buckley - Ed, UKSKGB