It began with a pure passion for wild places, particularly the coast and mountains of North Wales. With a sense of adventure and respect for the environment Roger Chandler was inspired to share this part of the world with others. Exploring the coast by sea kayak, is a wonderful way to connect and get up close to nature.
Roger was introduced to hill walking at an early age by his parents and then to inland kayaking by his dad and brother.
From being involved with a youth club he choose to pursue a career in the Outdoors, working in various centers and projects, ranging from the role of instructor, operations manager and technical adviser.
During this time Roger gained further national governing body qualifications, such as the level 5 sea kayak coach. Level 5 coach, is the highest British Canoeing (BC) award and identifies a competent, motivated individual with a depth and wealth of knowledge, who can be relied upon to provide practical coaching and guidance up to a high level. This is a highly respected award accross the globe.
Roger is a BC UKCC 4 star leader , UKCC 5 star leader sea trainer and assessor, as well as safety training course provider with the BC Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning (CNTP) and the Open Water Navigation and Tidal Planning (OWNTP) course. He holds a national diploma in youth work, a degree in development training, has over 20 years experience of working in the outdoors and is the director of Coastal Spirit. 2017 marks 10 years for Coastal Spirit!
Roger has paddled and led groups in the Southern Ocean and Chilean Patagonia, the Mediterranean Sea, such as Majorca, Sardinia and Turkey with a circumnavigation of Sicily (10/2010). Paddling throughout the UK with a 1000k paddle round Wales (using the canals inland), West Coast Canada, the Gulf Islands and above the arctic circle, to Norways Lofoten islands. He has paddled solo out and back to the Isles of Scilly, lead a group across the English Channel and crossed to Ireland. In 2013 he achieved along time dream and paddled the 900 nm around Ireland which can also be seen on the P&H Blog in a summarised format here. Early on in 2016 he paddled with good friend Barry Shaw, around Mallorca, Menorca and completed the 60 km open crossing form Menorca back to Mallorca
Roger is a pro paddler with P&H sea kayaks, sponsored by Reed Chill Cheater Ltd with aquatherm spray deck, UK made Mitchell Blades paddles and Kokatat paddle gear. He has also achieved a Highly Commended, Profesional Coach of the year award 2012, through Canoe & Kayak magazine and more details can be seen by clicking on the photo opposite.
Roger is passionate about protecting the ocean and promoting cleaner seas. He is proud to be a member of the 250 club and support Suffers Against Sewage (SAS).
Roger believes strongly that it essential to ensure his personal skills and ability are maintained at a high standard, so on his days off over the Winter, he goes paddling (just started Stand Up Paddleboarding - SUP). He is highly dependable, passionate, cheerful and really enjoys being under the stars next to a driftwood fire ...
Articles writen by Roger Chandler
Expedition to Norway ~ A paddle around the five main islands and a distance of 400k to Norway's Lofoten islands.
A solo paddle down in the SW to the Eddystone Lighthouse
Performance and leadership training and assessment courses in Italy Sea Kayaking BCU course Sicily
Sonja developed her passion for the outdoors when she was introduced to the world of the sea and living by the coast of North Devon whilst training to be a Paediatric Nurse. During this time she learnt to wave ski, body board and mountain bike and later became a competent open canoeist and sea kayaker!
Sonja relishes the simplicity of expedition life and discovering new shores and locations from her boat, sleeping under the stars and exploring wild and beautiful places.
Sonja is a BC Level 2 Paddlesport Coach and has canoed and sea kayaked extensively in the UK, Finland, Norway and the Lofoten Islands, Turkey, Sardinia, Canada and the Gulf Islands and has paddled 750k of the Sicilian coastline.
She has extensively coached and mentored others in their personal development and held senior leadership and managment roles, as well as having worked as a volunteer project manager in Patagonia for Raleigh International and is currently undertaking a PGCE.
Sonja provides freelance Life and Leadership Coaching and runs Coaching Wales www.coachingwales.co.uk
Articles writen by Sonja Ezergailis:
"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"
"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"