Aaron Buckingham - Senior Coach

Aaron has a passion for paddling, starting at the age of 9 doing canoe slalom with the local Viking Kayak Club. 

His passion for kayaking soon led him to be the junior British Champion in the Double Canoe with his brother Dean.

Alongside the slalom kayaking Aaron also played polo for Viking Kayak Club, giving Rich a good run for his money! At the age of 15 Aaron swapped slalom kayaking for white water rafting and represented Team GB at the U23 world championships in Costa Rica in 2011, a fantastic experience that has put him off rice for life. Aaron is a UKCC Level 2 coach with moderate water endorsement in whitewater kayak. Aaron is a 5 star canoe leader and a 4 star white water kayak leader. Aaron is a qualified first aid trainer providing First Aid Training from First Aid at Work to 2 and 3 day NGB and Outdoor REC courses.

Aaron has known Richard from a young age and was a team member of the Big 5 Kayak Challenge, (paddling the source to sea of the River Thames ) when he was just 14. After finishing school Aaron moved to Wales to pursue his outdoor instructor dreams, gain qualifications and expand his experience. Aaron now holds a wide range of qualifications from first aid to climbing and mountain biking to kayaking. Alongside this Aaron has spent many months travelling in New Zealand and Europe paddling famous grade 5+ white water sections like the Wellebruke on the Ötztaler Ache and the Nevis Bluff on the Kawarau. Aaron returned to Canoe Trail biannually to help with the Bedford River festival and do kayak displays off the big air ramp. He is now back for good to help with the expeditions and courses that canoe trail runs.