Justine Curgenven

ISKGA Status: Advanced Guide (P)



Justine is an award winning adventure filmmaker and expedition sea kayaker. She has been on challenging expeditions around the globe, including circumnavigating the south island of New Zealand, Tasmania and the Queen Charlotte islands, a solo trip around Vancouver island, a 2500 km traverse of the Aleutian islands and a wilderness journey in Kamchatka with a novice Russian kayaker.

Justine runs Cackle TV and created the highly acclaimed “This is the Sea” series of sea kayaking DVDs. Her films have won over 20 prestigious prizes including best film at Graz Mountain Film Festival and best adventure film at Banff & Kendal Mountain Film Festivals. She’s been runner up in CKUK magazine’s “Paddler of the Year” & a finalist in Canoe & Kayak Magazine’s “Female Paddler of the Year” and “Expedition of the Year”.

She was named as one of the UK’s top 20 living explorers by ‘The Telegraph’ and was invited to meet the Queen at a Buckingham Palace reception for adventurers. In 2016, she won “Media Professional of the Year” at the World Paddle Awards.

Justine represented England in the surf kayaking World championships and honed her rough water paddling skills in the tidal races of North Wales. She now lives in Ucluelet on the west coast. Justine is a SKGABC Level 4 Guide, BCU 5 Stars and Paddle Canada Level 2 Instructor.

module date trainer assessor tick NGB qualification Document Provided Modules
Advanced guide observation  ISKGA  Pending ISKGA ASKL Assessment         
Advanced Skills Yes BCU 5* TICK2
Advanced Planning Yes BCU 5*  OWNTP TICK2
Advanced Leadership Yes BCU 5* TICK2
Coastal guide observation Yes ISKGA Coastal Guide
Coastal Skills SKGABC Lead Guide L4 TICK2
Coastal Planning SKGABC Lead Guide L4 TICK2
Coastal Leadership SKGABC Lead Guide L4 TICK2
Generic Modules
Incident Management
Sea Survival
VHF license Yes
Food Hygene
Coaching Yes Paddle Canada Level 2 Instructor,
First aid Yes
Expedition Skills
Environmental Modules
Paddling in Ice
Hostile Environments
Marine Environment
Tropical Waters