Meet The Instructors

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Richard, Ash, Aaron, Rob, Arafat, and the rest of the Canoe Trail coaching team are experienced coaches and are qualified under the BCU UKCC scheme. Between us, we have over 180 years of coaching and paddling experience.  We have also undertaken a large number of the CPD modules including coaching young paddlers, white water safety and rescue, Sea kayak navigation, event management, and others.

We have a large number of friends and associates who can provide tuition in different aspects of the sport. Our team coaching includes GB level athletes, adventurers, DW racers, and experience of all paddlesport disciplines. People come to us for coaching and tuition because we are friendly, break it down into simple steps, offer progression from basic paddling to expert level, and because we have some great kit and stunning training locations. Our team of lovely coaches includes:

Richard Harpham

Expedition Leader, UKCC Level 2, sea kayak leader, canoe leader, SUP qualified, Moderate Water Endorsed Canoe coach, aspirant Advanced Canoe Leader. Advanced white water safety rescue. D of E Gold Assessor

Ashley Kenlock

Expedition Leader, UKCC Level 2, Aspirant Canoe Leader, SUP Qualified, D of E Gold Assessor

Rob Campbell

Level 4 canoe coach, D of E Assessor, former head of paddling at Bedford School, winner of the DW race and jedi master of paddling

Davey Irons

Senior Instructor (Paddlesport), another ninja of the paddling world. Climbing instructor, based in the Highlands

Aaron Buckingham

UKCC Level 2, First Aid Trainer, Moderate Water Endorsed Canoe, advanced white water safety rescue, SUP qualified, First Aid trainer, Advanced Canoe Leader, Advanced Kayak Leader, D of E Gold Assessor, Single Pitch Climbing Award

Marc Nicholson

Level 1 Paddlesports coach, SUP qualified, canoe leader

Arafat Walugembe

Paddle Sports instructor and SUP ninja!

Jay Goss

Level 2 canoe and kayak, GNAS archery instructor, 4 star kayak leader, Single Pitch Climbing Award

Bob Collins

Paddle Sports Instructor, bushcraft instructor, ninja carver

Paul Crowley

Paddle Sports Instructor,

Alan Cooper

Paddle Sports Instructor, bushcraft instructor, 

Adam Mott

A wilderness survival guide, Cyber tracking qualified, ex British Army, Bushcraft instructor, ninja carver and knifemaker

Gideon Clark

General Manager. Trainee instructor. Over 10 years of experience in the outdoor industry.

Roger Palin

Level 4 canoe and kayak coach, Level 5 Ski and Mountain bike coach, SUP qualified, Adventurous activities coach for the Royal Marines

For more info on our staff check out our meet the team page here