Bay of Fundy Sea Kayak Symposium September 22-25, 2017

Coaches

Coaching Team - Fundy 2017

2017 Coaching Team

2017-coach-announcment

Chris Audet
Christopher is the Outdoor School Director for Maine Sport Outfitters in Rockport ME and has been a registered Maine sea kayaking guide since 2001 and a rec guide since 2004. He is an ACA instructor and has earned his BCU 4* award. He has been instructing everything from level 1 basic strokes and rescues up to level 5 tidal current workshops for the past 8 years including training paddlers to be Registered Maine Sea Kayaking Guides. He is nationally board certified in Sports medicine/ Athletic Training. When Christopher is not on the water he is the Trainer and Physical Education teacher at Camden Hills Regional High School and the lead singer in the Van Halen tribute band Balance. He currently lives in Searsport ME with his wife Jeannine and their 3 dogs. Christopher is also a member of Team Core and enjoys sharing the sea with as many people as he can. Christopher brings a stoke to paddling like no other person we know.

Chris Audet

Searsport, MA

Jackson Kayaks

Santiago Berrueta

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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

Santiago Berrueta

Montreal, QC

Gordon Brown
Gordon believes that everyone has the potential to achieve more and by ensuring that he cultivates a creative and supportive environment he can lay the foundations for the greatest advances in personal development. Gordon places great value on the importance of taking time to reflect and learn from the experience. 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, has archived his MSc in Performance Coaching (Paddlesports). He has a lifetime’s experience on the sea and rivers throughout the world. He is the co-owner of Skyak Adventures 

Gordon Brown

Skye, Scotland

Michael Bowersox
 Originally a native of California, Michael found paddling and his home in the waters of the Pacific Northwest. Learning to kayak in university as a flat-water sprinter, crashing waves, tidal races and the smell of salt led him down the path of sea kayaking, first as a guide in the Salish Sea and San Juan Islands, and now as an instructor and Programs Manager of Next Adventure, an outdoor store and school in the hipster capital of Portland, Oregon. Dedicated to environmental stewardship and the growth of paddle sports, Michael paddles and teaches from a variety of craft to provide new insights and perspectives on water, all coming back to his connection to the sea. He is excited to keep learning and growing as a paddle sports coach, especially in new places and environments. Simply put, there is nothing he enjoys more than messing about in boats.

Michael Bowersox

Portland, Oregon

Maggie Byrne
Maggie calls the 46 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline in Indiana her home (that’s right — Indiana!).   In 2010 she earned her first instructor certification, and she has been planning, organizing, and teaching kayaking classes under the auspices of the Northwest Indiana Paddling Association ever since.  Maggie loves coaching, and it is her goal in life to take advantage of every opportunity to become a better coach, and to always be learning more about sea kayaking. When it is absolutely necessary, she manages a grant program for the Lake Michigan Coastal Program of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, where she actually has a tiny measure of influence over the quality of the water that enters Lake Michigan.  Maggie is an aperient UKCC Coach Level 2.

Maggie Byrne

Griffith, IN

Kirk Dauphinee
Kirk has loved the water from a young age. Growing up, he canoed many lakes in southwestern Nova Scotia with his grandfather but it wasn’t until later that he discovered his passion for Sea Kayaking. He holds Paddle Canada Level 3 Sea Kayak Skills, Paddle Canada Level 1 Sea Kayak Instructor, Paddle Canada Advanced Flat Water SUP Skills and Instructor, BCU Open Water Navigation and Tidal Planning.  Kirk in recent years has explored the tidal waters of Scotland and beyond. He has devoted a great deal of time into his personal development. He is a true ambassador for Nova Scotia as paddling destination and is always keen to talk with people about the water around Nova Scotia. Kirk is a member of the event planning committee as well as part of Team Core

Kirk Dauphinee

Dartmouth, NS

Team Core 

Matt Delong

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.

Matt Delong

Barrington, NS

Team Core

 

Mike Gilbert
paddle canadaMike was born in Quebec and spent his summers at the lake with rowboats and canoes.  After high school and university in Ontario he moved to the west coast in 1981 and, after many years of coaching hockey, sea kayaking became his passion.  Mike currently teaches paddling in Vancouver and around Vancouver Island. Mike owns B.C. Kayak Centre and partners with Blue Dog Kayaks teaching Paddle Canada courses, clinics and classes.  He is also the Founder of Paçantic Risk Management Corporation.
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.

Mike Gilbert

Vancouver, BC

Jarrod Gunn McQuillan
Jarrod feels at home in the outdoors with a particular passion for being on the water.  Jarrod has been paddling since 1998, first enjoying the beautiful lakes and rivers of Ontario from the seat of his canoe with his wife Heather. He started exploring the coast of BC by sea kayak in 2006 and has now found a home on the beautiful East Coast.   Jarrod loves being on the water and welcomes any opportunity to share his passion for paddle sports.  He works as a biologist with the Province of PEI. Jarrod is a Paddle Canada Level 3 aspirant sea kayak coach and hold his level 4 Paddle Canada skills.

Jarrod Gunn McQuillian

Morell, PEI

Amanda Harrington
  I was wondering after all these “years” you’d like to meet? To go over, how much I want to paddle with you. To coach again, at Bay of Fundy Sea Kayak Symposium.. 2017!
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!

Amanda Harrington

Alma, New Brunswick

Matt Kane
  Matt grew up paddling on the south shore of Long Island  and gravitated towards sea kayaking after relocating to the Hudson Valley over ten years ago.  After one season as an assistant guide with Hudson Valley Outfitters, he achieved his ACA Instructor Certification and began to work with beginners and intermediate paddlers soon therafter.  Matt spent over five years as the Lead Guide and Instructor with the operation and took an active lead in planning, safety implementation and team building; he has helped hundreds of paddlers get the most out of their time on the water.   Matt is an ACA Open Water Instructor, pursues BCU training and is a Wilderness EMT.  He currently helps to direct instructional programming at Hudson River Expeditions, in his home town of Cold Spring, New York.    Additionally, Matt owns and operates Paddlesports their premier event is the Hudson Valley Paddlesport Symposium.

Matt Kane

Coldsping, New York

Raphael Kuner

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

Raphael Kuner

Grenzach-Wyhlen Germany

Trevor Killam
Growing up on the east coast, Trevor has always had a strong passion for the ocean. It wasn’t until early in the millennium, though, when he was first introduced to the world of sea kayaking by his wife. It is now what consumes him in his free time. He is currently certified with Paddle Canada Level 3 Sea Kayak Skills, has BCU accreditation and Level 2 Paddle Canada Instructor, which gives him the opportunity to introduce the sport to new people. Trevor is a proud serving member of the Canadian Forces for the last 22 years. Trevor started a great online group for paddlers in Nova Scotia called Paddling Places

Trevor Killam

Dartmouth, NS

Trudy Killam
Trudy was first introduced to kayaking in high school where she competed in K1 and K4 competitions. Although the urge to get on the water never left her, it wasn’t until 2004 that she discovered the exciting possibilities of sea kayaking.  A natural coach, Trudy has motivated and mentored fellow kayakers in a recreational capacity since 2004. She currently holds Paddle Canada Level 3 Sea Kayak Skills, Paddle Canada Level 2 Sea Kayak Instructor as holds British Canoe Union accreditations, and enjoys kayak surfing, rock hopping and learning new skills. Trudy is an enthusiastic instructor for the Committed 2 the Core coaching team. She paddles year round and dreams of the day when she can quit her real job and kayak full time.

Trudy Killam

Dartmouth, NS

Andrea Knepper
Andrea Knepper, LCSW, founded Chicago Adventure Therapy (CAT) in 2006 and has been the director since then.  She has a broad range of clinical expertise and outdoor leadership experience.  Andrea has been teaching paddlesports and leading adventure travel trips since 1998. In October of 2015 she earned her 5 Star Sea Leader Award, becoming one of 7 American women in the country to hold the award.   In August of 2016 she became the second American to earn the UKCC Level 3 Coach Award.  She also holds a 3 Star in Open Canoe and her ACA L3 Instructor Certification.

Andrea Knepper

Chicago, Illinois

Christopher Lockyer
  c2tcChristopher the driving force behind the Bay of Fundy Sea Kayak Symposium. It was his vision to have an event run in Nova Scotia to bring paddlers from all over the world  to paddle this wonderful area. The Bay of Fundy is his home and it brings him joy to see other enjoying this area of the world.  He has been paddling since the early nineties in locations as far away as the UK, New Zealand, Iceland, Norway as well as countless places in North America. A graduate of Acadia University with a degree in Recreation Management, Chris is currently the owner of Committed to the Core Sea Kayak Coaching. www.committed2thecore.com  His passion is getting people out onto the sea and using the conditions and natural environment for them to reach their potential and personal goals. He is the only British Canoe Union Coach Level 5 Coach in Canada and is a Paddle Canada Level 4 Instructor and senior Instructor Trainer.  Sponsors: “P&H Pro sea kayak team member”, “Kokatat Watersports and “Lendal team paddler”.

Christopher Lockyer

Valley, NS

Team Core

James Manke
stohlquist-logoJames is an international Greenland kayak instructor local to Victoria British Columbia. His passion is shared around the globe and it has taken him to some amazing destinations, most recently back from Japan where he taught advanced kayak rolling at their annual sea kayak symposium. His favourite past time is kayak surfing at local point breaks and the infamous Skookumchuck Narrows where he can put his skills to the test. You can often find James indulging in his passion rolling around in local waters, practicing the 35 Greenland rolls. James is the founder of All Things Qajaq and an active member of The Hurricane Riders, a diverse group of rough water sea kayakers who push each other to new limits. James’s approach to instruction is easy to understand and he gives students the opportunity to teach in pairs to better help them understand the process. His refined instruction helps his students understand not only how to roll consistantly but gives them well rounded theory on how all the rolls are accomplished so they can continue to progress. Starting with a fear of the water himself, James has a calm approach and the ability to teach students who are anxious or timid. Many of his students have outstanding success as a result. His ongoing sponsors include Sterling Kayaks, KajakSport and Maui Jim. As the Marketing Director of Stohlquist Canada, James represents the brand as a Pro Team member, Global Ambassador and product expert.”

James Manke

Victoria, BC

Sean Morley
Sean Morley is an ACA L5 Advanced Open Water Instructor, L4 Open Water Instructor Trainer, L3 Surf Kayak Instructor and L2 SUP Instructor. He runs River and Ocean, a paddlesports coaching collective in the Bay Area of California and is Event Director of Paddle Golden Gate, a biennial destination event for ALL paddlesports enthusiasts on San Francisco Bay and the Marin Headlands. In 2004 Sean achieved his childhood dream by completing the first solo circumnavigation of the UK and Ireland by sea kayak; the first ever to include all of the inhabited islands. The 4500 mile expedition took 183 days and is the longest kayak journey ever undertaken in British waters. Sean has competed internationally in a number of paddlesports disciplines but loves nothing more than to share his passion for paddling by coaching new and developing paddlers. He is supported by Werner Paddles. Sean provides personal coaching in sea kayaking, surf ski racing, kayak surfing and SUP. He is available to train and motivate your staff in retail sales, guiding and instructor certification.

Sean Morley

San Fransisco, California

Sid Sinfield
 He first qualified as a coach way back in 1989. Since those early days he has coached across a wide range of ages, abilities and disciplines. He holds the BCU Level 5 award in Sea Kayak and Open canoe as well as being a Level 4 in WW kayaking and Surf Kayaking. Originally a teacher of Science and Outdoor Education he now works at Plas y Brenin which is England’s National Mountain Sports Centre. He coordinates the paddle-sports coach education programs here and as such have been active in delivering and assessing all of the BCU coach education programmes from Level 1 to Level 5. As well as working on the water he also instruct mountaineering and rock climbing. He has been fortunate to work and paddle throughout the UK as well as Canada, Siberia, Greenland, Norway, Portugal, France, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark and Germany. He recently achieved his time Masters Degree in Performance Coaching as well as being on the new BCU Level 4 pilot program.  

Sid Sinfield

Wales, UK

Barb Todd
Barb has been paddling for years throughout the coast of Maine and beyond, as well as the lakes and rivers of Maine. I really enjoy lively waters, currents and tidal races, but I also enjoy the supreme simplicity of the calm waters and finding special  that most people don’t get to see.  I enjoy helping learning kayakers improve and gain confidence in themselves. The kayak offers so much freedom. Barb recently became a 4 Star leader and enjoyed all elements of sea kayaking

Barb Todd

Orrington. Maine

Dwight Welch
Dwight grew up on the lakes and rivers of Maine but only discovered sea kayaking after moving to Nova Scotia in 2005. He is an avid year-round paddler and has been leading day trips and instructing paddlers since 2011. Dwight’s paddling interests range from recreational touring to rock hopping and surfing. As an instructor, his greatest satisfaction comes from helping novice paddlers challenge their apprehensions while building their skills and confidence. He is an asprient Paddle Canada Level 2 instructor, has attained Paddle Canada Level 2 skills and completed his Paddle Canada Level 3 skills in 2016.

Dwight Welch

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Robert Wright
Rob loves paddling anything, anytime, anywhere.  He has sea kayaked from coast (Atlantic: Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Chesapeake) to coast (Pacific: Vancouver Island, Baja Mexico-Ensenada) to coast (Gulf of Mexico-Florida Everglades).  His home base is paddling the nooks and crannies of magnificent Georgian Bay, Ontario, with forays to Lake Superior.  Rob also paddles white water (Ottawa, Madawaska, Black, Salmon, Manitouwabing and Gull rivers in Ontario).  His canoeing roots include Georgian Bay, Temagami and the French, Missinaibi and Noire rivers. Rob’s works and volunteers in the environmental field and he is particularly keen to share his love and enthusiasm for both the environment and paddling with beginner and adaptive paddlers.

Robert Wright

Toronto, Ontario

 

 

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