ISKGA status: Advanced Guide


South Wales

Mike comes from a mountaineering background and has undertaken expeditions all over the world including Alaska, Bolivia, Peru, Costa Rica and Morocco. His love of the sea led him towards sea kayaking and he thrives on the scope for journeys and exploration that sea kayaking allows.

Mike has an holisitic approach to his sea kayaking and enjoys applying his skills and experience from cold water swimming, open boating and mountaineering to his expedition kayaking.

Mike has a range of paddlesports, mountain, and rescue qualifications which he uses in his role as Senior Instructor for The Outward Bound Trust. He is also a qualified teacher, and has a Masters degree in Engineering.

Mike is a descendent of the infamous pirate queen Grainne (Grace) O’Malley, and her home on the wild west coast of County Mayo is his favourite place to kayak. 

He occasionally writes about his adventures here www.adventurewest.co.uk

Contact Details:

module date trainer assessor tick NGB qualification Document Provided Modules
Advanced guide observation  Simon Osborne/Roger Chandler  tick
Advanced Skills  Jeff Allen/James Stevenson  tick
Advanced Planning   Jeff Allen/James Stevenson  tick
Advanced Leadership   Jeff Allen/James Stevenson  tick
Coastal guide observation
Coastal Skills
Coastal Planning
Coastal Leadership
Generic Modules
Incident Management  Jeff Allen  tick
Sea Survival
VHF license  tick
Food Hygiene
Coaching  tick
First aid RLSS Beach Life Guard  tick
Expedition Skills  Jim Bonney/Jeff Allen  tick
Environmental Modules
Paddling in Ice
Hostile Environments
Tropical Water
Marine Environments