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Ben Brierley

Ben has been kayaking for over 20 years and has led many exciting expeditions around the world, from an unsupported kayak crossing of the Irish Sea to wilderness journeys on extreme white water rivers in the Himalayas. He holds the highest British leader qualification in both sea and river kayak.

Ben grew up on the sea and is also a sailing instructor and holds a commercial boat masters licence. He spent 8 years running a survival training centre on a remote uninhabited island in the north west of Scotland teaching people how to live off the land as well as kayaking, mountaineering and expedition skills.

During the winter months he runs a ski school in the famous French resort of Courchevel, and he holds the highest level of ski instructor qualification

He has a fun and friendly character and an infectious enthusiasm for the great outdoors!

Ben’s Qualifications: BCU: 5 Star Sea Kayak Leader, Level 4 kayak coach, Level 3 Canoe Coach, 4 star Surf – BASI: International Ski Teacher Diploma – RYA: Dinghy Instructor MCA: Boat Masters – MLTB: Summer Mountain Leader and SPA

James Mitchelmore

James was born in Torbay and grew up exploring the diverse coastline, varied rivers and rugged moorland that the area has to offer.

His kayaking adventures, over the last 20 years, have led him to France, Italy, New Zealand, and most parts of the UK, including the Isles of Scilly, North Wales and Scotland.
He has also paddled the entire Devon and Cornish coastline, both North and South, as well as completing a solo crossing from Lands End to the Isles of Scilly.
When James is not sea kayaking, he can be found indulging in his other outdoor passions, which include; white water kayaking, climbing, surfing and coasteering.
He has a huge enthusiasm and love of the great outdoors, and he continues to live and work in South Devon where he can enjoy pursuing his outdoor activities in such a beautiful environment, and share his knowledge and experience with others.

James Qualifications: BCU Level 3 Coach and 5 Star Leader in both sea kayaking and inland paddling, as well as a 4 Star Leader in Open Canoe. His other qualifications include; RYA Day Skipper, Powerboat Level 2, Walking Group Leader and SPA climbing award.

Lizzy Murphy

Lizzy has been paddling for nine years in several different types of crafts. It all started off leading school children on 2 day descents in the south of France. Teaching open canoeing and experiencing wild camping in the beautiful, hot gorges of the Ardeche. The bug then became infectious and she continued learning new skills and seeking new places for adventures and now does a lot of river paddling all over Scotland with the occasional summer trip to the French Alps. Lizzy has been teaching and guiding on the sea now for the past 3 summers, exploring the west coast of Scotland and its brilliant islands. She loves organising trips so she can share her knowledge and passion with others.

Lizzy’s Qualifications:BCU Level 3 Inland Kayak Coach, BCU Level 2 Kayak Coach, UKCC 4* Sea, UKCC 4* Canoe, UKCC  5* Inland, BASI ISIA (Level 3), BASI Adaptive Level 2, SPA Trained, RYA Safety Boat Coastal.

Elisabeth Hadley

Elisabeth started canoeing in her teens in the Lake District during summer holidays, paddling on Lake Coniston. Later at Bristol Polytechnic she joined Bristol Canoe Club and started getting seriously into white water kayaking.

Eventually her profession as a sculptor and artist led her to a move further south to Brixham. It was here, through the Ibex Canoe Club, that Elisabeth discovered a passion for sea kayaking, participating in many club trips and also getting into coaching as a way of putting something back into the sport.

Elisabeth has paddled white water on many of the UK’s best rivers, as well as some of the French Alps classics.

Her sea kayaking has taken her from Devon and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilley, through North Wales and Scotland, and all the way to New Zealand. Some of her more notable achievements include a crossing to Lundy Island and back, kayaking the entire Devon and Cornish coastline, circumnavigating Anglesey in two days, and exploring the stunning Isles of Scilley.

One of Elisabeth’s most well known local pieces of artwork is her Mermaid sculpture, which sits on the rocks at the entrance of the River Dart near Dartmouth Castle.

Elisabeth is a BCU Level 3 Sea kayak coach and BCU 4 Star Sea kayak Leader.

Paul Hurrell

Paul is a passionate about sea kayaking and has a huge amount of experience and an impressive list of qualifications.

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