Adam Harmer


Hi I’m Adam Harmer. I have been working in the outdoors for over 20 years. I’ve paddled across the globe from my home in North Wales, UK and Europe to New Zealand, Kenya, Uganda, Chile, Peru and to North America as a British Canoeing level 5 White Water Kayak Coach, Level 4 Sea Kayak Coach and Level 4 Canoe Coach.

For the last 12 years I have been working at Plas y Brenin, the National Outdoor Centre in Wales, here I have worked in a boat but also in the mountains as a Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor. I have also for the last 8 years been working part time as a senior lecturer in Outdoor Education at Liverpool John Moores University. I have also worked for British Canoeing and Canoe Wales, both delivering Coach Education and Leadership courses but also as a moderator and now sit on a few technical chair committees. Above all this I just love messing about in boats and having fun. I am all about developing a skilful performance, but also striking the balance of adventure and independence amongst the people I paddle with.


Bill Vonnegut

If you find yourself paddling on the open coast from San Francisco to Oregon, you could possibly run into Bill. He has a passion for paddling coastal waters and is an ACA Level 5 Sea Kayak & Level 3 Surf Kayak instructor with many years of practical experience in dynamic water. Bill teaches from experiences gained (good and bad!) while paddling where the Pacific Ocean meets its energetic shores. Years of experience in these waters combined with having taught well over a hundred roll classes makes him an excellent resource if you are looking to improve your roll. Bill especially loves sharing his enthusiasm with new paddlers and the excitement this generates in them toward learning new skills and techniques. He approaches coaching by giving students information relevant to the course at hand and how it relates to real life paddling situations. You can find his postings on kayak related topics on several websites including Canoe & Kayak Magazine & The Paddler. Links to these or more info about Bill can be found on his website at


Chris Bensch

After coaching for Alder Creek Kayak for the past 10 years, Chris has moved to northern Washington to start his own paddling school, Captain Salty's School of Skills and Grit. A sponsored paddler by Current Desgins Kayaks he competes, guides and coaches all in aspects of paddlesports. Being a student of the water he is always looking to develop and pass those skills on to others, whether it be a raging whitewater river or a calm lake he's all about helping you get the most out of your experience.


Christopher Lockyer

Christopher is 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. 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”.


David Santaniello

After relocating to Santa Cruz, David was immediately drawn to the sea. He soon realized that kayaking would be the best way to explore the rocky and dynamic California Coast, and it quickly became one of his passions. When he’s not coaching, you’ll most likely find him paddling among the rock gardens around Monterey Bay and Big Sur. 

Since completing his Masters in Earth Science, David has pursued a career in paddlesports and is an ACA Level 5 Advanced Open Water Sea Kayak Instructor and a British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader. He is fortunate to be able to share his passion full time by instructing and guiding with Kayak Connection. From leading guided tours and running kids kayak camps to teaching rock garden and surf zone classes, David loves sharing his excitement for paddling and helping others become more comfortable and confident on the water!


Don Cheyette

Don runs Seattle Adventure Sports, Seattle's premier adventure resource. He is a passionate outdoorsman, whether leading wilderness survival classes, working with kids, expedition canoeing or surfing the sea. He feels most at home around boats and the water. In 2014, Don completed a 37 day circumnavigation of Vancouver Island. He has been fortunate to guide in Alaska, Patagonia and the San Juan Islands, as well as paddle in Norway and Spain.

Don has managed to work in and explore some unbelievably beautiful places with some incredible people. Don's current leadership and coaching qualifications include: BCU 5* Sea, 4* Open Canoe, the new (UKCC) Level 2 Coach, Moderate Water Endorsement Canoe, and he is a practicing Wilderness EMT. Don tries to blur the line between work and play, and seems to have ended up with a pretty fun line to walk along in his life. He is looking forward to helping you reach your adventure goals. For more info about Seattle Adventure Sports and Don, check out


Ernie Martin

Ernie is a San Francisco Bay Area native whose first and fondest memories are as a small child growing up on his father’s boat. He has been active in water sports his entire life ranging from water skiing and wake boarding to surfing and whitewater rafting. His favorite types of paddling include long boat surfing, playing in tide races, and transitioning through complex surf zones. He has paddled along many stretches of the West Coast from Oregon to as far south as Mexico.

In his classes he is an encouraging and patient instructor.  Ernie has been known to go out of his way to create a comfortable learning environment for his students, which he believes is crucial to the learning process and finding success on the water. Ernie is an ACA Level 4 Open Water Coastal Kayak Instructor, certified in Wilderness First Aid and teaches for California Canoe and Kayak.


Gordon Brown

Not through planning but more a chance purchase meant that Gordon Brown would become a sea kayaker. His first sea kayak when he was nine was a great starting point and taught him the basics. The club he joined was focused on kayaking on salt water rather than fresh and it was the expectation that everyone coming through the club would also start on the coaching path to help develop newcomers.

Leaving school before undertaking any exams in order to work in the family garage was not his best move. Alongside being a motor mechanic, he was coaching in three clubs and working his way though the British Canoe Union coaching scheme, becoming a Senior Instructor in both Sea and Whitewater Kayak. In 1991 he attended BCU Coach training mainly out of personal interest and as part of the preparation for the course produced the world’s first sea kayak rescue video ‘Over… and Out’ (Stable Recordings). Gordon thought that making an instructional video would be easier than writing 1000 words on some aspect of the sport. He was wrong.

Encouraged by the tutors on the course he set his sights on completing the coach award and was assessed in both Whitewater and Sea disciplines in 1992. At this time he became involved in delivering sessions at various symposia around the British Isles and was the main organizer of the Scottish Sea Kayak Symposium, which has run since that time. Leaving the motor trade in 1996 allowed Gordon to achieve BCU Level 3 Surf coach and set up a freelance coaching business while working part-time as a design engineer, quality manager and fabricator/welder. This in turn led to being invited to work in Nepal for three months in 2000 where he designed, ran and delivered the world’s first course for safety boaters supporting commercial raft trips. On returning to Scotland he, and his now wife Morag, set up Skyak Adventures on the Isle of Skye, going from strength to strength and developing sea kayaking there.


Helen Wilson

Helen Wilson is the owner of Greenland or Bust. Helen is internationally known for her rolling and traditional skills instruction. She has traveled to Greenland several times to participate in the Greenland National Kayaking Championship and/or to guide expeditions on the east, south and/or west coasts. Helen performs rolling demonstrations, presentations and instructs at events worldwide. She is the organizer of the US Storm Gathering Symposium.

Helen has two DVDs, Simplifying the Roll with Helen Wilson and Yoga for Outdoor People, and has written skills articles and features for several publications; including Sea Kayaker Magazine, The Masik, Ocean Paddler Magazine and Canoe & Kayak. She is on the Board of Directors and the Secretary of Qajaq USA, and will be transitioning into the President role in October. She is also the Editor of Qajaq USA’s publication, The Masik, and is the head of Qajaq USA's Outreach Committee.

Helen is an ISKGA Coastal Guide and an ACA Instructor with an ACA Rolling Endorsement. She holds the DGI Certification (Denmark coach certification) and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and a Wilderness First Responder. She is also the Curriculum Publications Managing Editor and a Field Instructor for NOLS.

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James Manke

James is an international Greenland kayak instructor local to Victoria British Columbia, Canada. His passion is shared around the globe and it has taken him to some amazing destinations. His favourite pastime 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 and inspire each other. James’s approach to instruction is easy to understand with very refined instruction helping his students understand not only how to roll consistently 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. His ongoing sponsors include Sterling Kayaks, Gearlab Paddles and Maui Jim. James also represents Stohlquist as a Pro Team member and Global Ambassador.


Jeff Laxier

In 1996, Jeff started teaching kayaking. A lifelong waterman and nature lover - teaching kayaking has become a way for Jeff to share his passion for water and nature with others. In 2005, Jeff founded Liquid Fusion Kayaking. Liquid Fusion Kayaking is an instructional kayak company based on the North Coast of California. From dry and mild to wet and wild, Jeff and his partner Cate Hawthorne instruct and guide sea kayaking, whitewater river kayaking, surf kayaking, rock gardening/rock hopping, and nature history tours. With 20 plus years of experience teaching multiple disciplines of kayaking, Jeff has honed his instructional skills for all levels and is a master at skill refinement and application and fun. When not teaching, Jeff is likely to be messing about in kayaks on the sea, running down rivers, or carving waves in the surf.

Jeff is certified by the American Canoe Association(ACA) in Advanced Whitewater Kayaking, Coastal Kayaking, and Surf Kayaking. He is certified with the British Canoe Union (BCU) as a Level 3 Sea Coach and holds a 4 Star award in both surf kayaking and sea kayaking, and a 3 Star award in Canoeing. He is certified in Wilderness First Aid, CPR, and Lifeguarding. A former member of the San Diego Mountain Rescue Team and the U.S. Marine Corps, Jeff has a dedication to exhilarating outdoor activities that know no boundaries.


Jeffrey Forseth

As a mid-continent paddler, Jeff's desire to meet the sea on its terms means having to travel (a lot!). He considers himself equidistant from both coasts (and a bit further from Europe) and relishes the similarities and differences these environments offer. He has also embraces the relationships he developed along the way. His love for the challenge of the sea can't be left at personal challenges and explorations, so he focuses his attention to develop the skills of local paddlers as well as paddlers of the coasts to enhance their experiences of ocean paddling. His enthusiasm to share his passion becomes a contagion for his students and peers to explore their limits; and his experience and training are but a tool for them to do so.


Jennifer Yearley

Jennifer specializes in individualized coaching and mentoring to help students reach their personal goals, with a particular focus on empowerment, inspiration, and long-term development. She travels extensively, teaching and training on both the east and west coasts of North America. Jennifer sees her own personal road as being one of ongoing continuous development, both as a paddler and as a teacher, a philosophy that frames all aspects of her work with her students. The learning never stops! Jennifer teaches and guides locally in the greater San Francisco Bay area, as well as at workshops and symposia from Nova Scotia to Baja.

Jennifer is an ACA Level 5 Advanced Open Water Coastal Kayak Instructor, a British Canoeing Advanced Sea Kayak Leader (BCU 5 Star), and an ACA Level 3 Coastal Kayak Instructor Trainer.


Kelly Marie Henry

Kelly is a surf obsessed, rough water loving, paddling fanatic. Her positive energy and enthusiasm for kayaking encourages and inspires both experienced and novice paddlers alike. As a coach, she strives to help paddlers at all levels expand their personal boundaries, build confidence, and develop independence. Her current coaching and paddling certifications include ACA Level 5 Advanced Open Water Coastal Kayak Instructor, ACA Level 4 Surf Kayak Instructor, and British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader.

Kelly attributes many of her most memorable life experiences to paddlesports including a 6-week coaching and sea kayaking adventure in Taiwan and representing the United States in the 2017 World Surf Kayak Championships. After several years of coaching and surf kayak competitions in Coastal California, Kelly packed her bags, paddles, and kayaks and moved ‘across the pond.’ If you fancy a trip to North Wales, you’ll likely find her surfing the in tide races on Anglesey or climbing in the mountains of Snowdonia. Kelly is grateful for continued support from P&H Custom Sea Kayaks, Mega Surf Kayaks, and Werner Paddles.


Kenny Howell

Kenny’s journey through the paddling universe began in 1978 on San Francisco Bay in a folding Klepper kayak. Next stop was the Sea of Cortez, and then onward to far flung destinations from Alaska to Costa Rica. From the Hawaiian Islands to Florida's Gulf coast, Kenny keeps searching for the perfect paddle day. "Sometimes, the perfect day is racing across the Molokai Channel on my surfski with 100 other athletes. Another day, it's messing around on SUPs with my kids on an alpine lake, or canoe tripping with friends into a secluded campsite.” For two decades, Kenny wandered the wilderness of the American West and Baja California guiding sea kayak and whitewater raft trips. He has paddled dozens of whitewater rivers in North America and Central America, and once kayaked across the Sea of Cortez from the Baja Peninsula to the Mexican mainland and back (the first known crossing in single sea kayaks). He now enjoys competing in surfski races, especially downwind events. He has won the annual Tsunami Rangers extreme conditions race a few times, and was the first place solo paddler in the 2015 California 100 miler. He works for Epic Kayaks from his seaside home in Montara, California, and teaches surfski clinics wherever there is water.

“I believe paddling is for life, and enjoy sharing what I have learned about paddling efficiently, injury free, for fitness and pleasure – whether for the recreational boater or the serious racer.”


Laura Zulliger

Laura’s first foray into sea kayaking was a month-long sea kayaking trip through southeast Alaska in high school. She left Alaska with an awkward PFD tan, hundreds of bug bites, and an insatiable addiction to paddling. Now with over 10 years of coaching experience, Laura is an ACA-Certified Level 5 Advanced Open Water Coastal Kayaking Instructor and an L4 Whitewater Kayaking Instructor. In addition to sea kayaking, she teaches whitewater kayaking, canoeing, surf kayaking and rolling. From helping students master skills for playing among the waves, rocks and swell of California’s energetic coast to introducing students to the local whitewater bounty of nearby rivers, Laura is grateful for the opportunity to work with paddlers at every stage of their development. She teaches independently and with California Canoe and Kayak, Sea Trek, and California Women’s Watersport Collective. In spring of 2017, Laura and Kelly Henry embarked on a 6-week adventure in Taiwan in which they paddled the East Coast of the island nation and taught classes through Formosa Kayak School. She’s honored to be a regional ambassador for Kokatat. See what Laura’s up to at her website: On the Sea with LZ.


Lee Richardson

Lee Richardson is a sea kayaking guide at Ocean River and a professional kids’ sports coach. His academic achievements include degrees in Environmental Science and Education. A love for outdoor activities and adventure sports led him to sea kayaking in 2009, and soon after he joined the Ocean River team, where he found a home to pursue his passion of teaching sea kayaking. He currently owns Richardson Sport in Victoria, the Lower Mainland and is the founder of EcoQuest Camps ( His expertise in this field has him consulting as a staff trainer for other companies in the recreation industry. Lee currently holds certifications of Paddle Canada Level 4 Skills, and Paddle Canada Sea Kayak Level 3 Instructor. and Paddle Canada Basic Instructor Trainer. He enjoys rough water paddling, taking his family on kayak trips throughout Vancouver Island, and kayak fishing.

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Marcel Bieg

I owe so much to paddle sports; my character, passions, personality, relationships and even my life. I have always believed in a balanced life, so for me if I owe something or someone one I better make good on it. This may be by repaying my teachers by continuing their teachings, honoring a mentor by becoming a mentor, or simply trying to convey the joy I have felt within an activity to others who could grow their lives through the activity.

This is why I am so dedicated to Experiential Education and kayak Instruction. I not only want to provide people the opportunity to learn to paddle, but ultimately learn to grow as people, individuals and within their community. The best way for me to do this and insure success for these individuals is learning how to be the best teacher I can be. The ACA has provided me with the tools to be a paddle instructor and the rest of my education has provided me with the knowledge to be a reasonable life instructor. Together I have been able to use paddle sports as the mechanism for growth.

I feel so much passion is missing in our world today due to several factors. I believe art, dance, science, and nature can all aid in reviving some of this passion. Paddle sport is my main instrument in reestablishing this idea and love for life. By insuring that I am teaching to the highest standards of quality has aided in planting this passion in so many students; many of which I would have never connected with without the experiences I have had through my own paddling path.


Matt Giblin


I’m Matt Giblin, the other half of Kayak Essentials

I have been working in the outdoors for over 20 years. I’ve paddled throughout the UK and Europe as a British Canoeing level 4 White Water Kayak Coach, Level 3 Sea Kayak Coach, Advanced sea kayak leader and canoe coach. My coaching work see's me traveling across the UK delivering skill development, coach education and leadership courses. 

I’ve had a varied career so far which has included working in outdoor educations centres and teaching Physical and Outdoor Education at both secondary school and more recently University level. I have a passion for coaching and love working with and mentoring aspirant and current coaches. Having recently been awarded a Masters in Sports Coaching I hope that I can blend coaching theory with practical applications to create vibrant and effective coaching sessions.


Meaghan Brosnan

Meaghan has been in some sort of watercraft since she was old enough to hold a paddle, but it didn’t truly become an obsession until she started playing the Washington coast in 2007. An active duty career as a Coast Guard Officer has exposed her to many stunning paddling locations; she has paddled, toured or surfed the coasts of Guam, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, Virginia, Scotland and California, and many rivers in between. She enjoys sharing the fun of continuously learning with her students. Meaghan is an ACA Level 4 Open Water Coastal Kayak Instructor and is the Safety Officer for Paddle Golden Gate.


Michael Bowersox

Michael Bowersox was born to paddle, and born to teach. Originally a native of California, Michael found paddling and his home in the waters of the Pacific Northwest over a decade ago, and now cannot imagine home anywhere else. He has spent much of that last decade in the paddle sports profession, including guiding in the San Juan Islands, leading the outreach and education Portland outdoor store Next Adventure, and recently starting his own part time coaching service. Now, he has expanded his love of teaching and passion for stewardship to become a full-time high school Special Education Teacher.

Outside of the classroom, he has focused on sharing his passion for paddling with new communities and removing barriers to paddling through advocacy work as a Stewardship Ambassador for the Lower Columbia River Water Trail, his local waterway. 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. He is an Instructor Trainer for the American Canoe Association, dedicated to fostering new paddlers and instructors.

He is excited to keep learning and growing as a paddle sports coach and high school teacher, especially in new places and environments, with the goal of tailoring each day to the goals and needs of his students, whether in the classroom, or the water. You can reach him at for the custom class or guided trip of your dreams, or head to to explore his stewardship work with the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership.


Mike Kowalsky

Mike is an ACA Level 5 Advanced Open Water Coastal Kayaking instructor based in the San Francisco Bay Area, coaching through River & Ocean ( and California Canoe & Kayak (, and a brand ambassador for Current Designs ( He is dedicated to helping others build the paddling skills, safety practices, and confidence needed to explore the coast and play in dynamic rock gardens and surf.


Nick Cunliffe

I’m Nick Cunliffe, one half of Kayak Essentials!

I’m an active kayaker / coach, based in North Wales. I’ve been paddling for about 30 years and owe many rewarding experiences to my involvement in the sport. Anglesey is an amazing adventure playground, with a wonderful outdoor community and a real sense of place. I love North Wales for its world-class paddling environments.

I’m a British Canoeing sea kayak Coach, with 10 years experience at the National Watersports Centre for Wales and 10 years with my own adventure sports coaching centre. For the last 10 years I have also grown Kayak Essentials, where we focus solely on quality coaching experiences.

I offer Kayak Essentials courses in North Wales, and many other places in the world. I’ve gained coaching and guiding experience in North / South America and continental Europe, which continues to inform the development of my coaching life.

I’m motivated to help my clients to gain greater independence, build confidence and achieve their goals. I believe in coaching that enhances long-term skill development and independent learning, while maximising the amazing fun that we can have ‘messing around in boats’. Come and join me!


Paul Kuthe

Paul Kuthe started his paddling career as many before him have; Cruising down the river with his father in a Grumman Canoe. It didn’t take long before he and his Dad discovered kayaks. Realizing he was losing his bow partner, Paul’s father never looked back and bought two Perception Dancers.  They took their first whitewater class, and for the next couple years, paddled the Class III and IV rivers both in their home state of Missouri and all over the East. As a kid, Paul always felt an equal on the water, crediting paddling with bolstering motivation, self-esteem, and maturity all while keeping him too busy to cause much trouble.

Tragically, at the tender age of 12, Paul lost his father to a heart attack on the Arkansas River in Colorado. Teaching kayak classes and going on trips with the Missouri Whitewater Association became both a necessary outlet for teen angst and an amazing opportunity to start a professional coaching career at an uncommonly young age.

Paul came to Alder Creek in 2004 at age 20 as an ACA certified whitewater instructor and worked his way up to the busy job of Program Director.  Soon after moving to Oregon he was making appearances in numerous film projects taking him to the very brink of what can be done in a sea kayak for National Geographic. He was asked back time after time as a guest coach at the top international symposiums in the years to follow.  Paul served as a Marine Technical Advisor to Paramount Pictures and made appearances in national television ad campaigns for companies like Keen Footwear and Tampax. He even worked a day on the set of the popular TV show ‘Portlandia’ personally coaching actor Fred Armisen and serving as an expert consultant.  Despite the long list of accomplishments, Paul’s most proud of his volunteer efforts spent cleaning his local rivers and fighting for access to clean water, even gracing the pages of the NY Times in defense of free flowing rivers.

It was during those adventures that he learned the importance of coaching, commitment, and operating in the moment with intense focus and determination while simultaneously managing fear and self-doubt. The natural world, like the business world, can be one of life’s greatest teachers if you ‘attend class’ on a regular basis.

Paul, now a proud father of two boys, spends many of his paddling days on quieter waters handing down the skills and life lessons paddling brought him as a boy.  He still enjoys dropping tall waterfalls and surfing through deep sea caves and coaching paddlers on the water is something he will always do. Now days… he gets to do it mostly for fun!

Paul launched his own performance coaching organization called Tributary Coaching LLC to bring his knowledge, coaching skills and techniques of elite level athletes to the business world creating positive change in the lives of professionals striving for the same sort of success and happiness.

Paul is a TetraKey qualified Lead Trainer and Performance Coach with over two decades of coaching and training experience.  For more information email


Roger Schumann

Roger Schumann Roger is the owner and lead instructor of Eskape Sea Kayaking in Santa Cruz, California. With over 20 years of teaching experience, he’s a regular coach at kayak symposiums on the West Coast from California and Oregon to Baja and Chile, as well as the East Coast and Scotland. His certifications include ACA Level 5 Instructor-Trainer Educator of Advanced Open-Water Kayaking, Instructor Trainer of Surf Kayaking and SUP and Whitewater Kayak Instructor. Roger is the award-winning co-author of the guidebook “Sea Kayaking Central and Northern California” and “Sea Kayak Rescue.” His latest book is “Falcon Guide’s Basic Illustrated Sea Kayaking”.


Ryan Rushton

As a resident of Southeast Alaska, Ryan is fortunate to live and work on one of the world’s most rugged and beautiful coastlines.  Inspired by the sea, mountains and people he shares the water, his aim is to help develop boaters rise to the level where they have their own amazing experiences.  Ryan’s approach is student-focused and influenced by coaching at top symposia, leading expeditions along remote coastlines, training instructors/guides and running courses around N. America. “I really enjoy working with paddlers at all stages of their development – helping them achieve their goals – evening what they didn’t think possible! No matter how serious you are about your boating, it’s all about having fun, discovering and having and adventure!”.

Ryan is an ACA L5 Advanced Open Water Instructor Trainer Educator, ACA L5 Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Instructor and a BCU 5* Leader. Ryan has been involved with the ACA since he became a sea kayak instructor in 2001 and has lead and taught coastal kayak students and instructor candidates around the world. Some of his favorite places to teach/play are coastal Georgia, Maine, Bay of Fundy (NB/NS), Wales, N. California, and the Pacific Northwest. Of course, his favorite is the coast of Alaska! Ryan maintains the website/blog The Open Coast (, where you can read published articles, learn of upcoming courses and more. Ryan is grateful for continued support from Tiderace Sea Kayaks and Lendal NA Paddles.


Sean Morley

Sean created the River and Ocean Paddlesports Coaching Collective, and is the owner of Performance Paddlesports, the US West Coast dealer for Valley Sea Kayaks, Mega Surf Kayaks, Tiderace Sea Kayaks and Reed ChillChater Paddling Gear.

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 several paddlesport disciplines and loves nothing more than to share his passion for paddling by coaching new and developing paddlers.

Sean provides personal coaching in sea kayaking, surf ski racing, kayak surfing and SUP. He is also available to train and motivate your staff in retail sales, guiding and instructor certification.


Sev Piper

Sev first discovered paddling through the whitewater canoe while living in the desert Southwest, but as a Pacific Northwest native, could not be kept at bay from the ocean. Since combining the beauty of a paddle with the memorizing command of the ocean through sea kayaking, Sev has never looked back.

Sev's true love for the craft and drive for the pursuit of mastery was inspired by his first solo trip, when he was caught by an unexpected storm on California's Lost Coast. Since then, he has taught, guided, and explored up and down the Pacific Coast from Alaska to Mexico teaching and guiding for numerous organizations. Sev teaches from his personal experience paddling in a variety or setting from tidal races to surf zone, or extended expeditions and even enjoys taking his sea kayak down classic whitewater runs traditionally reserved for creek boats.

In addition to a host of other outdoor certifications, Sev is an ACA Instructor and holds a degree as a Master of Education. When not in the ocean, Sev can be found running through the mountains, however what goes up, must come down and will always be found returning to the sea.


Ted Tetrault

Introduced to paddling just a few years ago while attending college at SUNY Plattsburgh’s Expeditionary Studies program, I quickly found myself spending most of my time paddling sea kayaks, whitewater kayaks, and open canoes. Ever since, I’ve worked as a paddlesports guide, instructor, and coach in Scotland, Southern Patagonia, the Baja Peninsula, the Adirondacks, and the San Juan Islands. The bulk of my formal development as a paddler has been through British Canoeing while working in Scotland on rivers in open boats and whitewater kayaks along with a few trips to Pembrokeshire, Wales for sea boating. I’ve done personal expeditions in all of the above locations as well as sea kayaking on the Olympic Coast of Washington State, paddling various bits of the Maine coast, and having done a 6-week whitewater paddling expedition in Nepal in 2017. I love to paddle all environments and all crafts and when not paddling personally I like rock climbing, trail running, and other various outdoor sports. Currently I’m working in Washington State through the end of the summer as a coach for Blue Otter Outfitters and sea kayak guide for Anacortes Kayak Tours. 


Todd Johnstone-Wright

Todd is an adventure sports coach and educator who has worked in outdoor pursuits for over 20 years. He is the Director of Adventure Sport at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont and owner of Synaptic Sport LLC., a consulting group serving sports coaches, adventure sport coaches, and educators. At his core, Todd is a teacher, instructor and coach whose focus is on creating highly differentiated and fun learning experiences for any ability level, both on and off the water. He is one of only four North Americans to successfully assess as a British Canoe Union (BCU) Level 5 Coach Sea, and one of three to complete the British Canoeing Level 4 Performance Paddlesport Coach Certificate. He is also an American Canoe Association (ACA) L5 Advanced Open Water Instructor Trainer Educator, ACA L4 Whitewater Instructor Trainer and ACA L4 Surf Kayak Instructor. Todd serves as an instructor educator for SOLO Wilderness Medicine where he works with diverse groups to include, components of the armed forces. Additionally, Todd has earned a Master’s Degree in Education and a second Master’s degree in Performance Coaching at the University of Stirling, Scotland. He also holds awards in the ski, climbing and mountain bicycling disciplines. He is a team paddler for P&H Kayak and an ambassador for Northwest River Supply (NRS). Kayaking and adventure sport have afforded Todd the opportunity to paddle, climb, ride and ski throughout North America, South America, Africa and Europe. He feels it’s a privilege to be present whenever and wherever learning is happening.


Trey Rouss

Trey Rouss was born and raised in Arizona, but educated in the oceans, mountains and deserts all over the USA. Trey is the owner of The Power of Water in Lansing, Michigan and is on the staff of the Michigan State University School of Kinesiology. He holds certifications in ACA L5 Advanced Open Water Kayak, L4 White Water Kayak, L2 Essentials of SUP - Instructor, L3 White Water Kayak, L2 Coastal Kayak, L2 SUP - Instructor Trainer, and British Canoeing Coach One. Trey is also the organizer for The Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium and a member of Team P&H.