Qualifications
 

Kayaking and Canoeing

I have been sea kayaking for over 30 years and as a founder member of the Causeway Coast Kayak Association www.ccka.co.uk have introduced many hundreds of paddlers to sea kayaking and trained numerous coaches to all levels. I have a particular love of exploring islands by kayak and have led expeditions off the coasts of Co.Kerry, Co.Galway, Co.Mayo and many times to Co.Donegal and Rathlin Island . I have written ‘A Sea Canoeist's Guide to the Causeway Coast ' and contributed to ‘Oileain'.

 
I am a B.C.U. Level 5 Sea and Surf coach, and Level 4 Open Canoe and W.W. Kayak coach. I have been involved in the development of equipment, techniques, kayak and canoe coaches and the coaching scheme for over 25 years both as a coach and assessor. I am a regular contributor at the Scottish and Irish Sea Kayak Symposiums, and enjoy Inuit style paddling, kayak surfing and have organised many traditional boat gatherings and regattas.
 
Other qualifications
  • Bachelor of Education – Physical Education with Biological Science.
  • Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travelling Fellowship for 1999.
  • BCU /CANI Sea Kayak Coach level 5. A5. Surf Kayak Coach level 5. A4.
  • Open Canoe Coach level 4. A5. WW Kayak Coach level 4. A3.
  • RLSS Beach Lifeguard
  • RYA / MCA Coastal Skipper, Safety Boat Driver, Dinghy and Keelboat Instructor.
  • NIMTB Mountain Leader with Rock Climbing Single Pitch Award.
  • GNAS Archery Leader Award.
  • BOF Orienteering Instructor.
  • Vertex and CCC High Ropes Course Instructor.
  • REC First Aid at Work.
  • Mini-bus D1 Driving Licence.
  • Child Protection Training.
  • Foundation Certificate in Food Hygiene.