We are Scotland's independent, specialist sea kayak shop owned by sea kayakers, for sea kayakers. We have a huge range of sea kayaks for sale from Valley, NorthShore, P&H, Venture, Perception, Tahe Marine and Epic surfskis. 
We also run great sea kayak trips and courses.

Our brands include Valley sea kayaks, North Shore sea kayaks, P&H sea kayaks, Epic Surf skis and Kokatat & PeakUK sea kayaking equipment. 

Oban is Scotland’s premier sea kayaking centre, located only 2 hours from Glasgow airport and you can paddle from our shop around the islands of the Inner Hebrides, or by ferry to the Outer Hebrides.

We run sea kayaking trips and holidays around the Scottish Islands of Mull, Iona, Colonsay, Jura, Islay, Gigha and Lismore using both double and single kayaks. For the rough water sea kayakers, the Falls of Lora are a 5 minute drive and the tide races Grey Dogs and Gulf of Corryvreckan are also possible as day trips.
By Cathy Wagstaff 05 Aug, 2017
Saturday 26th August 2017
Oban North Pier, 1pm
www.obanseakayakrace.org
Contact Oban Sea Kayak Race directly to book your place.
Our Epic Surfski demo V8 is still available to rent for the event... just let us know in advance
By Cathy Wagstaff 23 Jul, 2017
This summer we are open 5 days a week and closed Wed and Thu, and open every week-end.
Mon: 10-5
Tue: 10-4
Wed: closed
Thu: closed
Fri: 11-5
Sat: 9-5
Sun: 10-5

By Cathy Wagstaff 18 Jul, 2017

As of February 2017, workers have earned an additional $833,000 through Patagonia Fair Trade program.

Apparel workers who make Patagonia clothing earned an additional $833,000 from fall 2014 to February 2017 through our participation in the Fair Trade program. Employees at Nature USA in Los Angeles voted to take their share of the money, which equaled up to six days pay, as a cash bonus to pay for such things as healthcare and college tuition for their children. At Hirdaramani in Sri Lanka, workers chose to use theirs to open a daycare center that provides factory workers with free child care, implement a health and sanitation program, and pay for sanitary napkins and undergarments to improve individual hygiene. And workers at MAS Leisureline, also in Sri Lanka, chose store vouchers to buy food, medicine, toiletries and other personal items. (These indirect benefits amounted to two weeks’ pay.)

Fair Trade is one of the first tools we’re using at Patagonia to raise workers’ wages, improve their living standards and move them closer to earning a living wage.

This is how it works: We pay a premium for every Fair Trade Certified™ item that carries our label. That extra money goes directly to the workers at the factory, and they decide how to spend it. But that’s not all. The program also promotes worker health and safety and social and environmental compliance, and encourages dialog between workers and management. As of May 2016, more than 7,000 people working in factories that make Patagonia clothing had benefited from the program.

Because of its popularity among workers, factory owners and progressively minded customers, and its usefulness to us as a first step to raise workers’ wages, Patagonia’s participation in Fair Trade has grown rapidly. In 2014, we began by offering 10 Fair Trade clothing styles made in a single factory. In spring 2017, we’re selling 287 styles made in ten factories—including the world’s first full line of Fair Trade Certified board shorts and bikinis. By fall 2017, we expect to offer customers some 440 Fair Trade styles made in 12 different factories.

Also of note, most Fair Trade apparel factories are in Asia. But ours is the first apparel company to bring the program to factories in Mexico and the United States. We added certified factories in Colombia and Vietnam this spring, and we’ll be adding factories in Thailand and Nicaragua this fall.

“The benefits of the program have exceeded our expectations,” says Thuy Nguyen, manager of social and environmental responsibility who works on the Fair Trade program. “In addition to the premiums raising wages, our factories have reported improved worker morale and engagement. Since workers actively participate in the program, they understand and appreciate what Fair Trade can do. Few social programs have such a sweeping impact.”

Patagonia is one of more than 1,000 companies representing 30 product categories that sell Fair Trade Certified products. Since the program began in 1998, farmers and factory workers have earned some $400 million in premiums.

Visit fairtradeusa.org to learn more.


By Cathy Wagstaff 02 Jun, 2017
Our vacancy has been filled, thank you to everyone who checked out this page and applied.

You can meet Scott later this month. Passionate sea kayaker, photographer and film-maker, he will be joining us on 25th June for the summer.
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