Contrary to popular belief, my first passion for outdoor sports was sailing, especially multihulls, something which I continue to this day for personal pleasure. However I was also lucky enough to be allowed to wander the foothills of Snowdonia from a very early age.
In 1983 I became the youngest British Canoe Union Level 5 Coach, Sea. The following year, I repeated this achievement with the Mountaineering Instructors Certificate, both still the highest qualifications available in the UK and held in the greatest esteem throughout the world!
In 1987, I wrote, produced and personally published “A Practical Guide to Sea Kayaking” (Hyperlink). Having sold over 5,000 copies worldwide, it was seen at the time as the authoritive guide on the sport and is still in demand to this day. No longer in print, it is available direct in CD/ADOBE format (Hyperlink).
I have been fortunate enough to have trained, mentored and assessed many of today’s prestigious/prolific BCU Level 5 Sea Coaches, something which I continue to do to this very day. I have been involved in the creation and development of other countries sea kayak coaching & guiding programs, in particular Holland (NKB) & Canada (Paddle Canada). I was also instigative in setting up and running the first Anglesey Sea Symposium.
I have had the pleasure to have been been involved in expeditions to many exotic locations in the world such as Artic Norway, Maldives Islands, Alaska and the Galapagos Islands. Sri Lanka to Svalbard, Greenland and North America, to name but a few?
In some form of capacity, I have worked for all the UKs National Centres, Plas-y-Brenin (1980 to 1987) (Hyperlink), Glenmore lodge (Hyperlink), Plas Menai (Hyperlink) & Tollymore (Hyperlink). I also continue to instruct/guide, and/or work alongside many other prestigious companies, in this country and abroad. Wilderness Scotland (Hyperlink), Isle of Wight Sea Kayaking (Hyperlink), Coastal Adventures (Hyperlink), Skyak Adventures (Hyperlink), World Challenge (Hyperlink), British Schools Exploring Society (Hyperlink), Anglesey Sea & Surf, Ice Warrior (Hyperlink) Hebridean Pursuits (Hyperlink) etc.
We are not new to this business, I have been visiting the Scottish highlands in winter for over 35 years and sea running kayaking trips along the British coast, in particular the West Coast of Scotland for over 30 years.
On all our courses, guided trips or when numbers dictate; we only use fully qualified staff, many of who will be BCU Level 5 Coaches, MIA or MIC’s. However not only are these staff current, active and highly qualified, they also have a huge wealth of experience working with varied client groups in a range of environments throughout the world. Be in no doubt, you are in very safe hands!