I have been working as an outdoor educator since 1987 and have been lucky enough to learn from and work with some of the best practitioners in the field, to teach a wide variety of clients in multiple land and water based disciplines all in some of the most spectacular locations Europe and North America have to offer.
My specialization is Paddlesport but my professional resume includes skiing, backpacking, climbing, navigation, outdoor living skills, personnel development, youth work, problem solving etc. etc.
I started kayaking on remote sea lochs in North West Scotland. Since then I have paddled, guided, coached and been coached extensively in the United Kingdom, and throughout Europe and North America.
I hold qualifications in many adventure sports, including sea kayaking certifications at the highest level from the British Canoe Union (Level 5 Coach Sea and 5 Star Assessor Sea, UKCC Coach Level 1 and 2 Director, Level 3 Coach Whitewater) and American Canoe Association (Level 5 Advanced Open Water Coastal Kayaking and Level 4 Whitewater Instructor).
After nearly 20 fun filled years of being constantly on the move I took a “Proper Job” with the Expeditionary Studies B.S. and M.S. at SUNY Plattsburgh. I am currently the head of paddle sports and outdoor living skills for Expeditionary Studies and in my spare time continue to teach classes for other paddling schools, present at kayak symposiums and organize/works on BCU and ACA certification courses.
One of my biggest pleasures in life is helping people improve their understanding of technique and environment to enable them to have more fun and be safer in the outdoors.