Hi, we are newbie canoeists - have 2(!) Canadian canoes to accommodate ourselves and 4 boys.
I used to do a bit of river kayaking in my yoof and have always been frightened/fascinated by sea kayaking.
We are still recovering from the shock and upset by that horrible canoeing accident in Scotland recently - those 2 families must be absolutely destroyed by events. We know the Gareloch as well, although have never been in/on it. And now never will - apparently it is v tidal.
DH has procured buoyancy bags for the canoes that are ?foam-filled, rather than air-filled like our previous ones.
! I'm a volunteer instructor at local lake, teach Scouts and kids kayaking and canoeing, and a sea kayaker. Scariest moment of my life was when I realised a whale was surfacing under me in Alaska where I was kayaking with my friends (it was either capsize and die or capzise and nearly die).