Martlet Kayak club is lucky to have a range of experienced paddlers and qualified coaches that volunteer to teach others what they know. Sometimes it is difficult to decide who to ask advice from so this page gives you an idea of who the active coaches and volunteers are:

Name: Dai Thomas

BCU Qualifications: Level 3 Kayak Coach BCU, FSRT provider, Aquatic First Aid Provider, Coach Educator UKCC level 1 and Level 2, 3 star kayak white water assessor

Years in paddle sport: 20+

Best paddling experience: A crisp sunny morning on the Dart in October is hard to beat

Scariest paddling experience: Upper Marteg, Mid Wales in a Dancer!

Likes: Beer,deserted beaches,being outdoors

Dislikes: Faffing on trips,people who dont bring a hat, Marmite

Name:Nikki Jane

BCU Qualifications: Level 1 Coaching Certificate in Paddlesport UKCC

Years in paddle sport:  since

Best paddling experience: Playing with seals whilst sea kayaking in Abel Tasman, New Zealand

Scariest paddling experience:Upper Dart

Likes:Weekends! the outdoors, spending time with friends, photography

Dislikes:Being stuck indoors

Name: Andy Pumphrey


BCU Qualifications: Level 4 Kayak Coach BCU, 3 star kayak white water assessor

Years in paddle sport: 30

Best paddling experience: Guardian Angel Gorge, French Alps

Scariest paddling experience: Bude Cornwall 15-20 ft Surf, “that was a long swim”

Likes: Curry, Kayaking, Cycling, Running

Dislikes: Long queues, being told what to do

Name:Ian Hebborn

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BCU Qualifications:Level 1 Coaching Certificate in Paddlesport UKCC

Years in paddle sport:4 (+ 3 from 20 years ago)

Best paddling experience:Upper Dart, January 2008

Scariest paddling experience:Getting a lift with Ade!

Likes:The outdoors the challenges and rewards that they offer friends, parties, my wife and daughter

Dislikes:Brussel sprouts and swimming believe it or not!!

Name:Marc Woolward


BCU Qualifications:5* Surf Kayak( leader), UK Surf Squad

Years in paddle sport:8

Best paddling experience:

Anytime I get to surf some nice waves alone or with some friends, particularly when one of our local gems are going off. Surfing helps me solve most problems, it changes the way I look at everything.

Placing 5th in Expert HP at the 2008 Santa Cruz surfkayak festival, which is the largest annual surfkayak event in the World, was pretty nice. The waves were large and perfect.

Scariest paddling experience:Had been in Kauai, Hawaii surfing every day at Hanalei Bay Point for a week or so. The wave is pretty fast and technical, but Id been surfing it up to 8 foot faces without any problems. Overnight a 12ft (Hawaiian) swell was due to hit, which can equate to wave faces of over 25ft at certain spots.Read More


Surf kayaking

Kayakers. Almost without exception, the most open, helpful and encouraging sportsmen youll ever come across

Traveling to new breaks, meeting new people

Loves barrels

Dislikes:Crowded surf lineups, full of boardsurfers whore there cos its a cool lifestyle statement.

People who use the beach but dont respect the ocean environment.

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Name:Chris Childs


BCU Qualifications: Level 4 Kayak Coach Inland and Sea, Coach Educator Level 1 & 2 UKCC, Course Director UKCC level 1 & 2, BCU Course Provider, FSRT Provider, 3 and 4 star assessor for Kayak and Sea

Years in paddle sport: If I say that,when I started, you had to hollow out your own log with a flint axe-youll get a rough idea of the number of years.

Best paddling experience: Probably sea kayaking in Anglesey/Pembrokeshire/Jersey (Take your Pick) Fantastic scenery,good company and sea state Jobbly.

Scariest paddling experience:Being pinned sideways against a tree on the river Eden (Carlisle). River in spate and rising all the time:Light fading fast:Everyone else off the river and out of earshot.

Likes: Foreign Travel; Kings of Leon; 3 Berry Crumble & Cowboy films

Dislikes: Marmite!! Travelling around the M25 to get to paddling events, Lenins Tomb and getting wet!

Name: Adrian Fall


BCU Qualifications: Level 1 Coaching Certificate in Paddle Sport UKCC, Trainee Level 2 UKCC Coach,4 star surf(leader)

Years in paddle sport: 7

Best paddling experience: Euthanasia falls, Upper Dart

Scariest paddling experience: Seal launching from the tree on the Dart loop

Likes: The Sun ( I dont mean the paper)

Dislikes: The river Rother in January with the air temperature at -4

Name: Cliff Dargonne

BCU Qualifications: Level 2 Kayak Coach BCU

Years in paddle sport: 15 plus a few as a kid

Best paddling experience: Canadian Twos on moving water, great fun if your partner stays in the boat!

Scariest paddling experience: Town Falls, Dee. My first day on white water!

Likes: Wide open spaces,climbing,Tom Waites

Dislikes: Lager!

Name: Paula Sibley

BCU Qualifications: Level 2 Kayak Coach BCU

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Name: Rob Leatham


BCU Qualifications: Level 2 Kayak Coach BCU. 4 Star Surf (leader)

Years in paddle sport: 9 Years

Best paddling experience: Upper Dart Jan 2009 though it could equally go under Scariest.

Scariest paddling experience: Tryweryn capsized outside the cafe, then went down the next set of drops upside down, cracking my helmet open on the way down!

Likes: A good days paddling, followed by an evening of tall tales, good company and lots of beer.

Dislikes: Egos

Name: Tobin Landricombe


BCU Qualifications: Level 2 Kayak Coach BCU. Trainee BCU Level 3 Surf & Trainee Level 3 White Water

Years in paddle sport: Since I was 9

Best paddling experience: Beach dump outside the Club on the rare occasions when we get sun & a decent dump.

Scariest paddling experience: Coming back from a hard day on a Steep Creeking course to find that Ol had origamied my duvet.

Likes: Apres-surf

Dislikes: Pre-surf (or, indeed, any morning)