David Southern

What is your job and briefly what does it involve?


Medical Consultant in Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Resuscitating sick people, getting them to survive big operations, caring for them afterwards and hopefully getting them back home


What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?

Tenacious, loyal, fair


What is your favorite & best stuff: food/music/interests/weekend/ movie?

Food – variety. Although I struggled with Japanese food in the hot, humid Tokyo summer


Music- life long fan of Led Zeppelin after seeing them as a teenager. Robert Plant still does good gigs. Wish I could play an instrument; piano perhaps


Interests – enthusiastic tennis player but only to a modest standard


Weekend – One day kayaking followed by a relaxed day with friends (and then another day kayaking for a 3 day weekend)


Favourite Movie – “Ghost”. Romance isn’t dead. My wife Sue is the light of my life. Kayaking had the potential to separate us or bring us together more. So I bought Sue a boat!


What does sea kayaking offer you?

Escape, exercise, scenery, wildlife, challenging water


What have you achieved, to date through paddling with Coastal Spirit?

Soooo much !  Recently achieved 4* leader award which for me was independent confirmation that I can consider my self a competent paddler and leader.


CS has given me the skill and confidence to take on rougher water, longer distances, overnight trips. I look forward to doing lots of these in the near future


Why Coastal Spirit?

CS is not the only coaching I have had. But it is the best. Roger is so perceptive when assessing paddlers skills, confidence and potential. He helps people achieve their own goals, rather than ones set by the coach or by British Canoeing


What are you looking forward to and where would you most like to paddle next and why?

I would most like to paddle in the Scillies but don’t think I will achieve this until 2016 because it seems logistically difficult.  So I’ve settled for second choice and booked a week in Pembrokeshire with my wife Sue.

Both places have stunning scenery – and are warmer than Scotland !


In 2017  Dave has planned to take his wife Sue to Mexico, Baja and do a 4 day paddle, to see the stunning wildlife and share the experience - this was a great success and so was the whale sightings!!


Choose 3 words to sum up your time with Coastal Spirit?




(Sorry, that’s 4 really)

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Tavi Murray

"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."

Stella King

"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"

Simon Turnbull

"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"

We come recommended
Thanks very much for an excellent weekend! ... We appreciated all you put into the weekend's arrangements, the sea kayaking and your coaching to meet all our differing needs and aspirations .... paddling amongst the sea birds and seals was pretty magical and uplifting. 
Cathy & Jerry Dorset