About This Guide
I currently work as a freelance outdoor instructor, Sea kayak guide and supply teacher.
I have been working for Sea Kayak Cornwall (www.seakayakingcornwall.com), Surf Kayak Skills (www.surfkayakskills.com), Skern Lodge activity centre (www.skernlodge.co.uk) and EBO adventure coaching and guiding kayaking.
I started Kayaking at the age of 19, this was while working at Skern lodge in North Devon (UK). With the Atlantic right on my doorstep I developed a passion for surf kayaking.
I have competed national and internationally in surf kayaking. Achieving a UK ranking of 8th and surfed at the world championship in Portugal 2008.
I have surfed all over the South West of the England and South Wales. I have also surf kayaked in Portugal and Ireland.
My sea kayaking experience developed whilst teaching outdoor adventure at South Downs College and Falmouth Marine School. I taught students kayaking and used the seakayaking for student expeditions.
Since living in Cornwall my passion for exploring the coast by sea kayak has grown. The freedom to explore the beautiful coastline in a sea kayak is a great pleasure and privilege.
I have not attempted any long expeditions however probably not for long. Although many have now circumnavigated the UK, the different personalities and changeableness of my home coast draws me the most to explore more. So perhaps one day soon I might go for a paddle and just keep going round.
I have recently attended the six week intensive Advanced Guide training programme at Sea Kayaking Cornwall and qualified as an ISKGA Advanced Guide
Kayaking and British Canoe Qualifications
ISKGA Advanced Sea kayak guide 2015
Aspirant Level 5 surf kayak coach
Old style level 4 surf kayak coach 2008
UKCC level 2 canoe and kayak coach 2015
5 star surf leader 2009
4 star Sea Kayak Leader 2015
4 star Leader Inland 2009
3 star Canoe
Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning 2010
Open Water Navigation and Tidal Planning 2015
Advanced Coaching process 2011
Climbing and Mountain Qualifications:
Summer Mountain Leader Award 2008
Single Pitch Award 2007
RLSS Beach Lifeguard 2015
First aid 2015
Level 2 dingy sailing 2009
Full Driving licence
Mini bus Licence D1 2014