2017 Coaching Team
Santiago lives and paddles in Montreal with his wife Patricia and is busy raising a little guy named Salvador and runs a sea kayak school and outfitter: Kayak Latitude North. During several years he lived in Baja, Mexico guiding multi-day sea kayak trips. He graduated from the National Outdoor Leadership School as a sea kayak instructor and owes most of his kayak skills to the BCU system. A BCU coach since 2009, he also became a Paddle Canada instructor in 2012 and loves teaching kayaking from coast to coast and internationally. In Santiago’s approach to coaching we find some of his daily mantras: never stop learning, keep pushing your limits, and have fun along the way. He travels around teaching at various events in Canada, US, Mexico and Chile for which being fluent in Spanish, French and English really helps. Santiago likes exploring the world by sea kayak, in doing so, he paddled for 42 days the -almost- entire length of the Baja peninsula, In 2014 he went to Wales where he got his BCU 5* sea leader award. He is part of Stohlquist Canada Pro Team and Werner Ambassador. You can reach him at www.kayaklatinsdunord.com
Matt DeLong is a proud member of Team Core (2015). He is passionate about introducing folks to rough water kayaking, taking advantage of the tidal features, surf, and whitewater in the southwest of NS. A patient coach and effective communicator, Matt enjoys assisting others gain new skills and confidence in their paddling abilities. He also has a keen interest in developing kayak culture and enjoys meeting new people through the sport. He’s paddled extensively in British Columbia and Nova Scotia and loves his new home paddling area of southwestern NS. He is a Paddle Canada sea kayak instructor (2009) and a certified guide with the Sea Kayak Guide Alliance of BC (2010). Matt is the lead guide and coach of Candlebox Kayaking based in Shelburne, NS.
Mike is presently the Regional Director for BC and President with Paddle Canada. Mike is a Paddle Canada Level 4 skills and Level 3 Instructor. We welcome him to the 2017 coaching team.
Jarrod Gunn McQuillian
I will be spending my winter season guiding in Milford Sound, NZ. After spending a winter season in Australia in 2016. Where I have planned and paddled a 10 Sea Kayak Expedition in the Whitsundays. I have been extending my paddling skills and locations during the off season of the Canadian summers. I competed at the 2016 Australian Free Style Kayaking Nationals and obtained a Silver medal in the Woman’s K1 and Squirt boating divisions. Amanada hold certification with Paddle Canada and is a graduate from the Adventure Tourisium program offered at the NBCC campus in St Andrews New Brunswick. Amanda has coached at all Bay of Fundy Sea Kayak Symposium!
Raphael “Raff” Kuner paddles and lives in Europe. He is one of the rare ACA Instructor Trainers on that side of the big pond. Raff is as well certified as SUP L2 IT Educator, Open Canoe L3 IT Educator and IT in WW Rescue. He teaches mainly in Germany during the summer, where he runs a watersport-center and a outdoor-camp. The rest of rest of the year he is living the dream as coach, guide and NRS brand ambassador. Website