Shrewsbury Canoe Club
Introducing our awesome volunteer coaches and leaders...
Our coaches and leaders have either obtained British Canoeing recognised coach or leader awards, or they have been assessed by the club as competent to coach or lead groups to a described remit. They look forward to meeting you soon.
Name: David Coan
Coach / Leader Qualification: Level 3 Coach for sheltered water canoe, SUP and kayak. Paddlesport touring leader open and white water (G1 and 2)
Club Approved Remit: Sheltered Water and swimming pool. Whitewater G1/2
Your favourite Craft: Love them all but now getting into sup
What you love about paddle sport: There is something for everyone all ages and abilities plus the quiet of being with nature with one or two friends to the fun of crashing down a bit of white with lots of friends
Name: David Southern
Coach / Leader Qualification: Sea Kayak Leader and Coach
Club Approved Remit: 4* Sea Conditions, Moderate Inland Water
Your favourite craft: Sea Kayak
What you love about paddle sport: Escapism and wildlife (both meanings!)
Name: Duncan Smalley
Coach/leader qualifications: Old BCU coaching qualifications - Senior Instructor Inland Kayak, Advanced Inland White Water, Advanced Canadian, Level 3 Surf Coach
Club Approved Remit: W/water up to Grade 3 Surf sessions
Favourite Craft: Prijon Sea Yak, North Shore Voyager Expedition,
P & H Surfer Mark 2
What you love about paddle sport: it provides 'Challenge by Choice' for all irrespective of ability, keeps me fit, continues to enable me to push my own boundaries and affords superb opportunities to experience total freedom in beautiful settings.
Name: Grant McKelvie
Coach / Leader Qualification: White Water Kayak Leader (G2/3)
Club Approved Remit: Sheltered Water & G2/3 WW
Your favourite craft: Kayak
What you love about paddle sport: The adventure and the complete distraction from everything else. I really enjoy introducing juniors to the sport, and helping them gain confidence on the water.
Name: Karen Darby
Coach / Leader Qualification: BCU Level 2 Coach
British Canoeing Remit: Sheltered Water
Your favourite craft: 'anything that floats' but love sea kayaking and open boating most of all
What you love about paddle sport: I just LOVE my sport and always have done! I love the journeying, multi -day expeditioning aspect most of all - the quiet places that it takes you to, stunning scenery, amazing wildlife encounters. I also love the 'movement of paddlesport', the cadence on a day when its all going well, smooth, effortless, easy.....
Name: Matthew Dunn
Coach / Leader Qualification: Level 1 Coach/White Water Leader
Club Approved Remit: White Water up to Grade 3
Your favourite craft: 40 year old Pyranha Mountain Bat
What you love about paddle sport: Paddle sport, its all about the; Thrill, Contentment, Escapism, Expressive, Adventure, Nature-spotting, Fresh air, Watching people succeed, Making friends. In a nutshell paddling has shaped my life and I love it.
Name: Nick Morrall
Coach / Leader Qualification: Level 3 canoe coach, Level 2 kayak coach with 4*
Club Approved Remit: Waters up to Grade 3
Your favourite craft: Depends on the river. Canoe or Kayak
What you love about paddle sport: The freedom to explore places and spots you don’t often get to see. Also just having a great time with great friends.
Name: Steve Saunders
Coach / Leader Qualification: Old style L2 Coach, 4* WW Leader
Club Approved Remit:
Favourite Craft: For WW its a Mamba 8.1, for Sea its the Scorpio
What you love about paddle sport: For me its the love being on the water taking in all the beautiful scenery & wildlife that’s around. Love the challenges of new rivers and learning how to efficiently read & then run them with a group of paddlers. Helping others to enjoy the same
Name: Sue Couling
Coach / Leader Qualification: Advanced Water Sea Kayak Performance Coach, White Water BCU Level 3
Club Approved Remit: Anything going!
Your favourite craft: Anything that floats
What you love about paddle sport: Adventure in beautiful places with like-minded people
Name: Toby Roberts
Coach / Leader Qualification: White Water Leader, Level 1 Coach
Club Approved Remit: Leading WW G3, Flat water coaching
Your favourite craft: Ripper Kayak
What you love about paddle sport: Immersive nature of the sport; it can be what you want it to be. The social aspects, paddling in groups or pairs. Paddling is what you want to make of it!
Name: Dylan Tomlinson
Coach / Leader Qualification: Polo Coach
Name: Stephen Thomas
Coach / Leader Qualification: White Water Leader
Club Approved Remit: Grade 3 White Water
Your favourite craft: Kayak
What you love about paddle sport: Fitness, friendship and the ability to scare yourself *just* enough
Name: Claire Quigley
Coach / Leader Qualification: Level 2 Kayak coach, WW Kayak leader and Sea Kayak Leader, Swift Water Rescue Technician (SRT)
Club Approved Remit: WW up to G3, 4* Sea Conditions, Moderate Inland Water
Your favourite craft: Your favourite Craft: My 20+yo Pyranha Sub7 and My Nigel Dennis Romany
What you love about paddle sport: Wildlife, freedom, that moment where everything comes together without having to think about it, big waves, little waves, friendly stoppers, friends, team work, seeing my buddies improve, journeys, holidays.... where do I stop? what's the word count allowed? Why use 2 words when I can use 500?