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.