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

Coach Pat O

Pat O – Chair / Coach

The Chair has the final word! But Pat leads the committee in discussions so mutual agreement is reached. She also makes sure we have good communications with Buzz Active (our landlords) and represents the Club within the wider local community.

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Justin E – Coaching Officer / Coach

Justin is the first point of contact for all coaches and instructors. He sorts out the rota for the season so that every Club session is covered by the number of qualified leaders needed. He also leads on training for both coaches and members.

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Coach Nick BC

Nick BC – Coach

Nick has completed the British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader Award so he can take Club trips out into the sea, through the surf and beyond!

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Coach Sarah D

Sarah D – Coach

Sarah D works as a sports instructor in schools and so is excellent with Junior members and novice paddlers who want to conquer new skills.

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Coach Gordon A

Gordon A – Coach

Gordon A has returned to the Club after many years and we are delighted to have him leading groups and helping paddlers build confidence on the water.

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Coach Ian P

Ian P – Coach

Ian P is a passionate coach and is versatile across kayak, canoe and SUP. He has built up a reputation for creating excellent day trips both locally such as Bodiam as well as further afield to the River Thames, up by Maidenhead.

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Coach Nick C

Nick C – Coach

Nick C is an expert in the canoe. He paddles in style… His beautifully crafted wooden canoe, he bought in the 1960s is the envy of anyone who sees it. And he rarely even gets his feet wet!

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Coach Iain P

Iain P – Coach

Iain P is our longest standing coach. His natural habitat is the surf and so can always be found heading up a trip to the sea when the weather is right for catching a wave.

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Coach Charlotte F

Charlotte F – Coach

Charlotte F is a real force of energy but also a model of patience as a coach. She is excellent with the Junior members and novice paddlers as well as adding humour to Club trips.

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Coach Luke T

Luke T – Coach

Luke T has been with the Club since his youth. As well as coaching, he also runs Brighton Canoes where you can get excellent advice on kit and a CVCC discount!

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Tom J – Coach

Tom J can be seen doing amazing playboat tricks, which have included launching off the bridge and dropping into the Cuckmere. As well as kayak somersaults, Tom is also excellent at coaching more staid paddling techniques.

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Coach Carol L

Carol L – Coach

Carol L is definitely the Club Mum. She is to be found in a canoe providing excellent coaching. She is also the brilliant BBQ queen on all our special events.

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Coach Tony L

Tony L – Coach

Tony L is one of our long-standing coaches. He also joins his wife, Carol in running the BBQ at all our special events.

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Coach Colin B

Colin B – Coach

Colin B could be seen as the Club’s own Tom Cruise as he is an adventurous free climber. On the water, he is an experienced coach and he leads, with his wife Liz, the annual Allier trip that includes some French whitewater.

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Coach Liz B

Liz B – Coach

Liz B is one of our longest-standing coaches. She leads, with her husband Colin, the annual Allier trip that includes some French whitewater.

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Coach Ali L

Ali L – Coach

Ali L coaches across all crafts but her passion lies with the SUP. When the weather is not blowing a gale, Ali is happy to introduce people to SUP-ping or help you build up your speed.

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Coach Steve D

Steve D – Coach

Steve, a long term member of club, enjoys whitewater, surf and sea kayaking, as well as the odd open canoe paddle. Trainer in Safety and Rescue skills.

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Megan E – Junior Officer / Paddlesport Instructor

Our Junior Officers represent the voice of our younger members. They recommend events, equipment and training that junior members want. Most importantly, they are a friendly face down at the Club for any junior members. Megan has a particular focus on members aged 12-16.

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David M – Coach

David is a Level 2 Coach and loves to get his open boat out as much as he does his kayak. He used to struggle to get away from the family to coach at the Club… He has solved this now as his children come along and paddle too.

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