The Directors of Sea Kayaking Cornwall are well known for their epic circumnavigations and adventures, SKC is a company born of experience as well as award.
Between Jeff, Geoff and Shaun, they have kayaked tens of thousands of kilometer’s experiencing nearly every condition the sea could throw at them. Their in depth knowledge and experience is what makes Sea Kayaking Cornwall unique. All of the team at Sea Kayaking Cornwall are eager to pass on their knowledge and experiences, enabling others to share the environments and places they have been.
Jeff, Shaun and Geoff only use respected and experienced guides/coaches who they know will keep you safe and give you the best possible experience out on the water. Sea Kayaking Cornwall only uses ISKGA Guides to lead their expeditions, both in the U.K and abroad.
The Expedition Paddler
Jeff is the founder of Sea Kayaking Cornwall, he started the business in 2003, just prior to embarking on a 5000 mile expedition to circumnavigate the four main islands of Japan. For Jeff it was essential that he guided others and delivered his courses where there was a solid foundation of experience and practical application. Apart from teaching and coaching others from his hard earned experiences, Jeff is also a British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach (Advanced Waters) Trainer/Assessor and an ISKGA Advanced Guide Trainer/Observer
Sea Kayaking Cornwall was the first commercial sea kayaking business in the South West and the courses have evolved over the past sixteen years to represent a cross section of all that sea kayaking has to offer the enthusiastic paddler and outdoorsmen. Jeff is also the Founder of the International Sea Kayak Guide Association (ISKGA) which is an organisation that trains and endorses the professional/commercial sea kayak guide and is a British Canoeing coach, guide and leader.
As well as running courses, Jeff guides many of the Sea Kayaking Cornwall expeditions at both home and abroad. Jeff knows the Cornish coastline and the Scilly Isles intimately.
Jeff is a world renowned expedition Sea Kayaker, and has chalked up record breaking circumnavigations of Japan, South Georgia and Ireland as well as completing many other expeditions in Norway, Sweden, Alaska, Iceland, Sardinia, Malta and closer to home, Scotland.
He often delivers presentations on his expeditions and runs BC. & ISKGAcourses all over the world.
Jeff is the founding Director of Expedition Paddler and is a subject matter expert for the U.K. military in the area of sea kayaking.
Jeff specialises in Sea Safety/survival, Incident management and rough water rescue and is presently authoring a book on the subject.
Working with Dave Whiddon of the R.N.L.I Jeff developed the first sea survival program aimed specifically at the sea kayaking community.
When Jeff is not paddling or sailing his local Cornish waters, you will no doubt find him either writing for the Ocean Paddler magazine or on an expedition in some remote but beautiful corner of the globe
Shaun started paddling informally by doing touring adventurous expedition paddling with friends in Africa, trips were in a variety of areas that included the upper Zambezi, Portuguese islands of Mozambique and the coastal waters of South Africa.
In 2007 after having sold his printing business and an outdoor adventure farm in South Africa, Shaun moved with his young family to the Greek island of Kefalonia, where he worked as a commercial sea kayak guide for 6 years, he took time to explore and expedition paddle a variety of areas and islands, including trips across the Aegean Sea from Athens to Turkey and numerous Greek island circumnavigations, his main aim was to enjoy his paddling, family and children while they were still young.
In November 2012 Shaun travelled to Sea Kayaking Cornwall as a student and returned again in February 2013 to attend the first ISKGA – (International Sea Kayaking Guides Association) Advanced guide training programme.
In April 2013 a month after completing his training Shaun returned and officially joined the SKC TEAM. Shaun is now a director and business partner to Jeff and Geoff. Shaun is an ISKGA Advanced guide (P) and a British Canoeing Coastal Sea Kayak Leader (old 4*) You will often find him on the water coaching or guiding on SKC expeditions.
Shaun loves guiding, experiential coaching and learning, this is instantly obvious when you meet him and see his enthusiasm for the sport and Sea Kayaking Cornwall.
Ben has a university degree in coaching and is one incredibly talented kayaker. He has been raised in Cornwall and so has an intimate knowledge of the Cornish coastline. He started sailing and kayaking while at school which developed into a continuing passion to coach and teach others in the outdoor. This passion for the outdoors and coaching led him to study it further at university completing a foundation degree in outdoor education and BSc in sport performance and coaching. Ben works full time for SKC, if he is not out on the water coaching and guiding he is busy in the office helping to administrate and develop SKC courses and expeditions.
James grew up in Cornwall with access to watersports on his doorstep. He was able to experience a variety of outdoor sports with family and as part of school. He shares a deep intimacy for the Cornish Coastline and loves to show people his home.
In 2012 James completed an Instructor Training Program gaining qualifications in the outdoors and progressed the most in paddle sports. Since then James has been working full time as an Outdoor Pursuits Instructor progressing to advanced qualifications whilst also completing a Bachelor of Science in Geography.
James’s passion for paddle sports is infectious. He loves to introduce new people to the sport and is able to draw from a range of paddle sport disciplines to which he also holds qualifications. When James isn’t coaching one of our Sea Kayaking Courses, he can be found racing in white water kayaks, playing in freestyle boats or journeying by canoe.”
Chantal was brought up on the sea – her first five years were spent living aboard a small yacht in Cornwall where the tide and the wind were her constant companions. Chantal first started Kayaking when she started school; her father used to kayak from her home to the small village of Flushing and at 16 years old she studied at the Falmouth Marine School, first in practical boat building and then studied to become a water sports instructor. In 2001 Chantal began to assist her father running sea kayaking courses from Maenporth Beach in Falmouth and ever since its conception, has had a strong family connection with Sea Kayaking Cornwall where she now works as a commercial guide. Chantal is a keen surfer and an Aida Level 1 Free diver. She loves to introduce others to the ocean and whenever possible she combines her other passion – Yoga, of which she is also a qualified teacher.
Ian has been kayaking from a young age and began coaching at 16 in his home town of Portsmouth. He is a BCU Level 2 Coach and he has completed the ISKGA Advanced Guides Course. He has now settled in Cornwall after many years exploring the globe which included 10 years working in the Antarctic for the British Antarctic Survey and a winter with Sir Ran Fiennes on the Coldest Journey Expedition. His passion for guiding, exploring and adventuring around the stunning Cornish coastline and beyond will infect all who paddle with him.
He smashed the record for kayaking around Great Britain in 2012 completing the expedition in 67 days. He has been kayaking since he was a child and is incredibly enthusiastic about his sport. His skills at handling a kayak are obvious from the start and he has a great way of passing this skill across to you. Joe is a great person to be on the water with but be sure to ask him about his expeditions as he is a modest soul. We are sure you will enjoy your time on the water with Joe.