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 Geoff and Shaun, they have kayaked tens of thousands of kilometers 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.
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.
The South African Irish Greek “SOULPADDLER”
Shaun loves guiding and experiential coaching, this is instantly obvious when you see his enthusiasm for the sport. He has kayaked extensively around the world both personally and professionally.
His sea kayaking journey has given him the opportunity to obtain knowledge, a varied coaching and teaching style, obtained from a life lived in different parts of the world.
He has coached, guided, taught and been invited to symposiums and events in the UK, Ireland, Greece, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Israel, Iceland , South Africa, Zambia, ,Zimbabwe, Mozambique and believes the journey has only just begun as every location offers new experiences, new people, new cultures and most of all something new to learn………
He is now living in Cornwall and keeps a humble view that he is still “advancing his paddling” continually moving forward to offer clients high-quality customer care, courses and expeditions.
In 2007, having sold his printing business and an outdoor adventure farm in South Africa, Shaun moved with his 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 2013 he joined Sea Kayaking Cornwall as a co owner and director.
Shaun is a British Canoeing Leader and an ISKGA Advanced guide. He has mentored and trained ISKGA coastal and advanced guides from around the world, completed Arctic survival training and REC level 5 first aid training. When he is not attending to business affairs or replying to your emails as quickly as possible you will find him on the water coaching or guiding on Sea Kayaking Cornwall expeditions with his alternative approach.
Geoff joined Sea Kayaking Cornwall as a co-owner and director in 2019. He has had a connection with Sea Kayaking Cornwall for over 10 years coaching and guiding with the team for over 3. He brings a wealth of experience with him off and on the water. Geoff had a career in the fire service for 30 years, starting as a firefighter and ending with a senior position having completed many roles both regionally and nationally. There is not much he has not seen or experienced in a long and successful career in an environment where risk assessment and risk management is key and crucial.
Geoff has a sound understanding of business management having developed and worked in outdoor centres, SME businesses, risk, incident management, first-aid and something he personally strives for on a daily basis – ‘caring for people’.
His very considered, calm and empathetic approach to coaching and guiding is spoken about and thoroughly enjoyed by many of our customers.
Geoff has a thing for circumnavigations. So far he has paddled around Great Britain, the Emerald Isle and some smaller landmasses. He is currently planning his next adventure
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.”
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.