Simon is relatively new to the Club but has fully thrown himself into everything we do. He has dusted off his kayaking skills to take on the role of a kayak coach and has already supported paddlers at the Gower, Thames trips and on our home waters. He has also stepped up as communications officer…
Our Club Coaches
All our coaches are volunteers. Without them, our Club would not function.
They freely give their time, expertise and encouragement to help us all improve, whether we are novice paddlers or looking to hone our skills. They all have a Coaching or Paddlesport Instructor qualification, First Aid and are DBS checked.
Club Coaches & Paddlesport Instructors
Stuart ensures that all of the Club’s policies are fit for purpose and that we have clear operating procedures for all our activities.
As a Paddlesport Instructor, Stuart provides a calm and patient approach to support every paddler develop their confidence and challenge their skills.
Justin always gets really positive comments from the many new members he has helped get onto the water for the first time. He has brilliant patience and is calm and supportive. He is a really valuable coach who is also responsible for lots of excellent river trips.
Meg is the first point of contact for all coaches and instructors. She sorts out the rota for the season so that every Club session is covered by the number of qualified leaders needed. Meg also leads on training for coaches to make every coach still feels challenged in their own paddling and their leadership skills.
Nicola joined the Club in 2017. She found a Club that is full of lovely people ready to share their enthusiasm, expertise and skills.
As Chair, Nicola’s role is to coordinate the Committee and make sure every officer can achieve what they want to for the Club.
The Safeguarding Officer makes sure that all our coaches and instructors are up to date with their DBS checks and First Aid training. Kate is the first point of contact for members, volunteers, young people and parents with any issues concerning safeguarding. Each volunteer is responsible for the risk assessment for their planned trip, but Kate can advise. On the rare occasion that there is an accident, Kate makes sure it is reported correctly following British Canoeing guidelines.
Steve, a long term member of club, enjoys whitewater, surf and sea kayaking, as well as the odd open canoe paddle. Steve is now bringing his extensive experience of paddling, coaching and the Club to develop a new role, that of Awards Officer. Steve will lead on the British Canoeing Awards for all members who want to formally progress their skills.
Darren joined the club in 2015, shortly after buying a sea kayak. Then soon discovered white water river running… And got hooked. Now he enjoys a range of disciplines. As a Paddlesport Instructor, Darren is hoping to gets lots of other people hooked too.
As Events Officer, Darren wants to support lots of trips – river paddles, camping, whitewater, off-the-water socials and build up a calendar of core events. Do get in touch if you have any requests or suggestions for trips and events.
As Paddlesport Instructor, Dave reveals his patience with new paddlers and his passion for the Club.
Dave now oversees all the Club’s kit, checking that it is all safe but that we also have the best boats for our members. Dave will also process any requests that come in from members to borrow kit for trips.