Gordon is well 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. WEMSI wilderness first aid. Is on the first cohort of the BCU/UKCC Level 4 award, the academic side of this is being delivered by the University of Stirling. And, is studying for an MSc in Performance Coaching (Paddlesports).
Gordon believes that everyone has the potential to achieve more and that a creative and supportive environment can lay the foundations for the greatest advances in personal development. Gordon values the importance of taking time to reflect and learn from the experience, something we could always do more of and that some of his most rewarding experiences are when helping someone else to achieve their potential.
He has a lifetime’s experience on the sea and rivers throughout the world. He 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. He has other projects underway but is keeping them under wraps for now.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
Ken has been involved with Skyak Adventures since the early days and brings over 30 years of sea kayaking experience.
He says “The coastline of Skye offers something for everyone: coral beaches; wildlife; islands to explore; high cliffs and strong tides as well as the beauty of the mountains in the background. A truly world class destination for sea kayaking. Paddling with Skyak has allowed me to meet fellow paddlers from across the globe and to share our knowledge and experience.”
Based on the North Coast of Scotland, he is the secretary and founder member for the local canoe club in Thurso. Besides leading sea kayaking trips around the Scottish coastline, he has lead trips to Norway, Greenland and Croatia.
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.
Mike is the newest member of the Skyak Adventures team. He has huge enthusiasm for both sea kayaking and the Scottish coastline as well as a love of being active and outdoors. He is currently studying for a BA (hons) in Adventure Tourism and holds the Summer ML award. He is also a UKCC Level 3 (sea kayak) coach and holds the Moderate Water Endorsement (MWE) awards.