Gordon is one of only three doubly qualified level 5 coaches (sea & Inland kayak) in Scotland. This is the highest coach award achievable in the UK. He has a lifetime's experience on rivers and the sea. He has guided on rivers in Nepal where he ran the first river safety course for kayakers supporting commercial rafting. He has trained both British and American Special Forces. He is also the Scottish representative on the BCU level 5 development team, and has written the chapter on sea kayaking for the latest edition of the BCU Handbook. Gordon has written his own successful book on sea kayaking skills and produce DVDs. Gordon Co owns Skyak Adventures
In essence if I’m having an adventure and supporting others achieving their dreams I’m a pretty content person!
Nigel Dennis started his kayaking career by the circumnavigation of Great Britain in 1980 with Paul Carffyn. This expedition was the first successful circumnavigation of Scotland, Wales & England taking 65 kayaking days. This was the start of Nigel's career in coaching and Sea kayak expedition. In 1995 Nigel Dennis Kayaks was formed and since then a range of kayaks have been designed. This range can be used from the beginner to advanced sea kayakers. The kayaks have been used on many expeditions and are now available at Nordkapp Trust Expedition Centres around the world.
Phil is a BCU Level 5 Sea kayak coach from Wales
Howard has been sea kayaking for nearly 40 years and has worked and paddled in most of Europe, Arctic Norway, Svalbard and Greenland, North America, Sri Lanka, Maldives and the Galapagos Islands, his love for the diverse west coast of Britain still remains ever strong. His particular passion is the west coast of Scotland. The author of A Practical Guide to Sea Canoeing, he is involved in sea kayak design and manufacturing.
BCU Level 5 Sea Coach and the owner of the best and widest collection of sea kayaking books known to man.
Nicky introduces herself
I have been kayaking now for over 40 years which is pretty frightening and been a sea kayak coach for around 30 of those mainly in the local club setting. As a retired Geography teacher most holidays have been spent on kayak trips or trekking to remote areas. This year has included paddles in the Lipari Islands, Gozo, Malta, Brittany, Spain, Holland, Mauritius and Baja. I have also spent 12 weeks in Greenland in the Disko Bay area and of course spend time in the local waters around the Channel Islands. My expertise lies in the soft skills of interpreting the landscape and seascape that we travel through and I like nothing more than guiding groups and opening their eyes to what they are seeing around them and helping them understand the weather, tides and currents and the geography and geology of the coast.
Mike is a BCU Level 5 Coach Sea, 5 Inland and 4 Surf.Mike works as an instructor on training courses at the Tollymore Mountain Centre. He has been involved in canoesport for many years and has had a major impact in the development of canoeing both locally and nationally, particularly with young people. He has been involved in the administration of canoesport, through the governing body, the Canoe Association of Northern Ireland. He established Seaboard Canoeing Association, a club for young people in the South Down area.
Ken holds the BCU Level 5 Coach (Sea), Coach Level 4 (Inland) and Coach Level 3 (Surf) awards and has run numerous sea kayaking courses in Scotland. He is based in Thurso and he has organised many kayak competitions (national and international) including 2 world kayak surf championships. He is the secretary and founder member for the local canoe club in Thurso. Besides leading sea kayaking trips around the Scottish coastline for the Club, he has taken Club trips to Norway, Greenland and Croatia. Thurso is another area which offers very challenging sea kayaking due to the strong tides of the Pentland Firth .
BCU Level 5 Sea Coach, 3 Inland and 4 Surf with an interest in marine electronics.
Donald has been expedition paddling in Scotland and abroad since the mid 1970s, and an active coach in both sea and river paddling since 1977. He holds BCU level 5 Coach Awards in both Sea and Inland kayaking. Donald is one of only a few who have kayaked the Orkney-Fair Isle- Shetland crossing, and was expedition leader for the first successful return kayak trip to St Kilda, 42miles into the Atlantic Ocean
Rowland Woollven, introduces himself.