Sea Conditions - Being Adaptable
The sea is a dynamic environment, ever changing, because of this each sea kayaking course has to be flexible, to be able to adapt to conditions. If the weather or conditions on the sea are rough, we will aim to use this to our advantage and maximize the relevant training on the water wherever possible. Depending on the level and aims of the course, while also considering the group and individuals sea kayaking experience, this may mean in some cases beginning on a local lake or postponing the weekend or course.
In North Wales, with the Island of Anglesey being a reasonably size (approx 120k) it is normally fairly easy to find shelter. With the various weather forecasts available, accuracy is far better assured these days, which further supports the decision making process regarding which venues are to be used. These decisions will be shared with you.
Perceived negative risks surrounding health and safety seems to have become part of our culture. Risk benefit encourages us to look more closely at the associated gains rather than just the risks.
Coastal Spirit aims to balance risk against the benefit. This is different to simply attempting to remove all risks, and enables you to learn about them. Risks and their benefits will be discussed and shared with you, during your sea kayaking course, so that you can develop your awareness for the future and increase your own understanding. This begins over a coffee were plans for the day are discussed and shared.
We use high quality kit & equipment, which is well maintained.
Roger has been involved in coaching and guiding within the outdoors since 1990 and is a qualified British Canoeing (BC) Level 5 Coach sea, the highest BC award, for Coaching & Guiding. This is a stamp of a "competent, experienced, motivated paddle sport coach with a depth and wealth of knowledge, who can be relied upon to provide practical coaching, advice and guidance up to the highest level". (BC web site).
photo of Roger - taken by Olly Sanders 12/2010
Roger has paddled and led groups in the Southern Ocean and Chilean Patagonia (3 x 3 week out expeditions), the Mediterranean Sea, such as Majorca, Sardinia, Turkey and a circumnavigation of Sicily (1000k in Oct 2010). Throughout the UK, West Coast Canada, and the Gulf Islands and above the Arctic Circle, to Norway's Lofoten islands (10 day circumnavigation of the 5 main islands).
Norway, Lofoten expedition
Rogers coaching and guiding experience spans 20 years. He currently manages the sea kayaking courses, journeys & expeditions and BCU performance and leadership awards run by Coastal Spirit.
Living and working in the heart of North Wales and having in-depth knowledge of the Anglesey coast line, its various venues and conditions, ideally places Roger for Sea Kayak Coaching & Guiding in this exciting area.
Roger has written various articles for:
Roger has worked and led work shops and BCU courses on the following sea kayaking symposiums and festivals:
"There are a number of wonderful things about Roger. He has a very light touch in his coaching, and he's always smiling and encouraging you to relax into the enjoyment of the day"
"And I'm probably learning more from his mentoring now, as my paddling horizons expand, than ever before. I can't count how many questions I've asked... and he's answered. Roger has the knack of making that suggestion that radically changes your thinking and moves your paddling on in leaps and bounds."
"I've just completed a two day 4* Sea kayak training course with Roger. Having been coached by Roger in the past, I choose to do this course with Roger because I knew I would get a great deal from the course. My expectations were certainly well and truly met"