Gordon is highly qualified and holds the British Canoe Union (BCU) Level 5 Sea Kayak award. In addition, he holds Level 5 Inland Kayak, Level 3 Surf, American Canoe Association (ACA) Advanced Open Water Instructor and WEMSI wilderness first aid. He is on the first cohort of the BCU/UKCC Level 4 award, the academic side of this being delivered by the University of Stirling, and is studying for an MSc in Performance Coaching.
He has a lifetime’s experience on the sea and rivers throughout the world and has trained, tutored and assessed many of the kayaking staff at outdoor centres around the UK.
Gordon produced his own sea kayak rescue video Over… and Out way back in 1993, and far more recently the DVD’s Sea Kayak with Gordon Brown – Volumes 1, 2 & 3 with Simon WIllis. As an author he has written Sea kayak – A Manual for Intermediate and Advanced Kayakers and also the chapter on sea kayaking in the latest edition of the BCU handbook. As ever, he is working on other projects in the background, including another book.
He is the organiser of the Scottish Sea Kayak Symposium and is always in demand as a guest coach at sea kayak symposia throughout the world. During the past 12 months Gordon has provided inspirational coaching at events in Israel, Nova Scotia, Chile, Seattle and San Francisco.
Morag is a BCU Level 4 sea kayak coach and has previously been a GP working on Skye. She has trained in sports, expedition and high altitude medicine. She is an experienced paddler and mountaineer having climbed all 284 Munros and paddled most of the Scottish coastline. It is her voice you will hear on the phone and also her hand which writes the emails. Morag can sometimes be coaxed away from her desk to lead expeditions, which is her favoured role.
Rowland is a British Canoe Union Level 5 Sea Kayak Coach, specialising in individual and small group sea kayak coaching and guided tours in the Oban area and on the west coast of Scotland.
Currently in his 50th year of paddling, Rowland now concentrates mainly on the sea, and has expedition experience in Canada, Alaska, Norway and France and in 2012 completed the circumnavigation of Great Britain, becoming the oldest person so far, the first to do it with a Greenland-style paddle and only the 19th person to complete. He is also a BCU Level 3 Surf Coach, and a member of the WEMSI-International teaching faculty presenting Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician courses across Europe. He is the author of ‘Sticking With It – A Sea Kayak Odyssey Around Britain’.
Nick has been with Skyak Adventures for six years and in that time has helped develop many of the courses on offer here. He is a mountaineer and holds the MIC award as well as having recently completed the BCU Level 5 Sea Kayak Coach. Previous guiding experience in New Zealand has set him up well for Skye.
Donald has worked at Skyak Adventures for the past three years and now has his own business to keep him busy. He does still come to Skye and he always has chocolate or cakes to share. He is a BCU level 3 (sea) coach with five star.
Kate is a British Canoe Union Level 5 Sea Kayak Coach – one of only 5 females in the world who hold this award. She loves nothing more than exploring the shores of the west coast of Scotland, camping on white sand beaches and spotting wildlife. In a former life Kate was a veterinary surgeon, but now when not kayaking she enjoys caving and cookery.
Kevin is a BCU Level 4 coach and is soon to finish his UKCC Level 3 coaching award. He has been working with Skyak for a year now and has moved from Fife to Skye to spend more time paddling. Before his career in sea kayaking he had over 15 years’ experience in river kayaking and has been on expeditions to Austria, India and Nepal. Now he loves exploring the coast and islands including trips to far-off destinations like New Zealand, New England and Greece, and he always surprises his fellow paddlers with his Michelin class camping meals all cooked from scratch with fresh ingredients, herbs, spices and plenty of chilli on the beach followed by a dram round the fire.
Tricia, our newest team member, joined Skyak in the summer of 2015 to support Morag in the office with admin and marketing. She is a scuba diver and has recently taken up kayaking, having enjoyed a course with us last spring. As a (mainly warm water!) diver, she loves to be on, in or near the water and can often be found swimming or snorkeling in the bay at Armadale.