What is your job and briefly what does it involve?
My job title is “the experimental officer in audiology”
This basically means I work in a university and organize and manage the labs and teach some of the MSc and BSc modules and practical’s.
What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?
Curious, cautious, creative
What is your favorite & best stuff:
Food – Most Veggy food
Music – Cosmopolitan
Interests - Cycling, Sea Kayaking, Wildlife Photography
Movies – Any dodgy surfing film, Local Hero, Sleepy Hollow.
Books – Lucky Jim, The Quarry, A Wild Sheep Chase.
What does sea kayaking offer you?
Sea kayaking gets you to beautiful wild places, enables you to have a different perspective on the coastline and wildlife and another way of going on a journey.
What have you achieved, to date through paddling with Roger and Coastal Spirit?
I have gone from a very inexperienced paddler who only paddled for a week once a year to a more competent paddler who has passed the three star performance award.
I have learnt to plan my own trips and have recently started paddling my own trips with my partner. He has offered me support and guidance in preparation for these days with my partner and also provided a day for me on Leadership, positioning and incident management - which mainly meant Roger was in the water a lot!
Why Coastal Spirit?
I liked his coaching and have been paddling with him ever since.
What are you looking forward to and where would you most like to paddle next and why?
West Coast of Scotland - Wildlife, quiet, the journey
Choose 3 words to sum up your time with Coastal Spirit?
Professional, Safe, Inspiring!
"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"