In summer 2019 we are going on a kayaking expedition to Disko Bay in Western Greenland. Roger Chandler is leading the group through one of the most beautiful and impressive places on the planet. The area around Jakobshavn glacier - the largest in the northern hemisphere - is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It calves enormous icebergs that float north or south depending on the currents and winds. Whales come to feed in the rich summer waters of the bay providing an excellent opportunity to for whale spotting.
John Willacy is a guest coach in the November 2017 Leader Training & Paddler Development Course. John will teach a specialist module which focuses on developing techniques for efficient forward paddling. On this interview he gives advice about how to develop yourself and lists some top training tips.
This post is an interview with Nick Cunliffe. He is a level 5 BCU coach and is based in Anglesey. Nick will be taking part on the Sea Kayak Leader Training (4*) & Paddler Development course that Roger Chandler will be running in November. Nick runs Kayak Essentials.
I was keen to know a little bit more about Nick's passion for kayaking and coaching. I was also keen to ask questions of someone who has been coaching and assessing sea kayak leaders for a long time. I hope the questions in the interview give candidates a little help and support on their journey.
In 2016, Roger Chandler from Coastal Spirit, teamed up with Explora to create a yearly sea kayaking course that supports paddlers looking to fast track their development. The 4 Star Leader and Paddler Development Course has a 2 week duration and takes place in November in Anglesey.
This is the second installment of our Q&A.
In 2016, Roger Chandler from Coastal Spirit, teamed up with Explora to create a yearly sea kayaking course that supports paddlers looking to fast track their development. The 4 Star Leader and Paddler Development Course has a 2 week duration and takes place in November in Anglesey. The idea to create the course arose from the fact that most training courses are delivered over 2 or 3 days and paddlers then practice over time what they have learnt. But what if instead of cramming in, we had plenty of time to learn, fail, develop and achieve?
From wilderness survival to boat building to photography, you have a fascinating background. What brought you to the where you are now?
The wilderness is a deep part of me. Both kayaking and photography have brought me closer to the wild, but it has been my time with indigenous peoples that has given me the best understanding of the magic of the world we live in.