ISKGA Status : Advanced Guide
Location: Cornwall and Devon
Lee has been paddling on and off since the age of 15, initially it was mostly white water and some touring, he then joined the Royal Marines in the early 90’s and represented them in the Devizes to Westminster Canoe and Kayak race three times, the latter in 2012 with his friend who is a triple amputee and they raised just short of £6K for charity. Later that year they paddled as part of the flotilla for the Queens diamond jubilee pageant in Sea Kayaks.
This was the first time Lee had paddled in a Sea Kayak and so began his obsession and endeavour to gain experience and qualifications in his last years of service. In that time, he paddled the English Channel from Port En Bessin to Eastney as part of the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines and became a Level 1 coach and 4-star Sea Leader. After successful completion of his 4 Star Sea he then completed the six-week ISKGA Advanced Guides course.
On retirement from the Royal Marines Lee found regular work as a freelance guide taking recruits during their adventure training and regularly takes PTSD sufferers out paddling helping them recover from psychological wounds using physical activity and the healing power of the Sea.
Lee is a Subject Matter Expert for the ‘Expedition Skills Module’
Lee has drawn on his experience as a Mountain Leader in the Royal Marines where he taught people to operate and survive in harsh environments he has tailored these skills to deliver the expedition skills module of the ISKGA syllabus and is a keen forager.
A passionate wildlife enthusiast Lee is a strong advocate of the leave no trace policy and engages with clients with all aspects of the great outdoors providing informative and fun alternative culinary experiences from a Sea Kayak.