Our Coaches - Please Check Regularly For Updated Information


Roddy McDowell

Roddy owns and runs Kayak Bute and is qualified as BCU 5 Star Leader (Sea) and is a Level 4 Coach. He can assess BCU 1, 2 and 3 Star sea awards. His experience spans 20 years of sea kayaking and is evident in his knowledge of trip planning and expeditions. He is certified by the Centre for Outdoor Ethics as a trainer in Leave No Trace and an accredited Safe Wildlife Operator. In addition to journeying in Scottish waters he has paddled in such diverse locations as the Isles of Scilly, Shetland, the Mediterranean, and North West Iceland.

He thinks journeys are made all the better by the great people we meet along the way.


Tony Hammock

Tony started paddling the year that the Beatles made Abbey Road. He's been a successful slalomist, river racer and surf paddler but sea paddling has always been his deepest passion. Tony paddled and coached as an amateur for thirty five years before going professional in 2004. He now owns and runs Seafreedom Kayak and the Strumhor B&B at Connel near Oban. Vertically challenged and notorious for awful jokes, Tony loves coaching, especially on moving sea water. But he is also an active adventurer himself, often paddling challenging coasts and tide races for fun and expeditioning in the world's wilder parts.


Ollie Jay

A Welshman lost on the English Scottish border.

As a qualified teacher of Outdoor Education (PGCE) and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Health based in North Northumberland, Ollie operates Active 4 Seasons as a sole trader full time having worked in local outdoor activity centres for the previous 12 years.

An experienced BCU level 4 sea and inland coach he has been fortunate to paddle all over the World; Chile; Alaska; BC; Ontario; Morocco; Norway; France; Germany; Bavaria; Austria; Northern Ireland; Scotland; England and Wales.

He aims to get everyone he works with to ‘Develop the Desire for Adventure’ 


Pete Easson

At the age of about 10 or 12 Pete started to teach himself how to paddle on a raft made from bits of tree and some 5 gallon drums. The shaft of his first paddles still had the bark on! This rig even negotiated some (small) rapids. Soon after this he had the privilege of seeing in action, meeting and training on the same bit of water as (to say training with would not be true!) Alistair Wilson. Alistair accumulated about 25 British sprint championships and attended 2 Olympics, finalling in one. At University slalom seemed to be the way ahead. He became the Scottish Universities Champion and got to Div one. On leaving University he worked in several outdoor centres accumulating several coaching awards eventually becoming involved with coach education himself. He continued to compete in most disciplines but specialised in racing sprint and marathon. Over the years he accumulated a number of Scottish titles mainly in marathon and ventured into the Scottish Teams.. A founder member of Linlithgow Kayak Racing he now works for the SCA as a Performance Coach within the discipline of Sprint Paddling.


Myles Farnbank

Myles is an experienced wilderness guide with many years of sea kayaking, canoeing, sailing and mountaineering in many of the worlds wildest places. He is passionate about sea kayak & canoe expeditioning and has paddled in many varied locations from the Antarctic Peninsula, Greenland, Baffin Island, Norway, Sweden, Madagascar, New Zealand, West and East coast USA as well as extensively in his home waters of Scotland. He is an Associate Instructor at both Sport Scotland's National Centres at Glenmore Lodge and Cumbrae and runs a range of paddlesport training and assessment courses in Sea Kayak and Open Canoe.
He works part time as Director of Training for Wilderness Scotland in Aviemore and the rest of his time he lectures in Adventure Tourism at the School of Adventure Studies at West Highland College UHI in Fort William.


Douglas Wilcox

Douglas Wilcox is a keen amateur sea kayaker with a passion for paddle sailing. He has sailed the Scottish west coast since 1959, windsurfed there since 1977 and sea kayaked since 2002. His inspiration has been those mid 18th century pioneers who paddled sailed their "canoes" from the Clyde out through the Firths and Sounds to the Isles of the Hebrides beyond. After experimenting with various commercial and homemade sailing rigs, he was the first person in the Northern Hemisphere to import a Flat Earth rig from Australia. He has been involved in testing prototype sails and paddle sailing kayaks for Flat Earth,  Karitek and P&H. He is a keen photographer and has presented his photos at Symposiums, The Perth Canoe show and on his photo blog: seakayakphoto.com. He writes regular touring articles and gear tests for Ocean Paddler magazine and is currently completing a sea kayaking guidebook for Pesda Press, which will cover the coast from Mallaig to Gretna.


Rowland Woolven

Rowland Woollven is a British Canoe Union Level 5 Sea Kayak Coach specialising in individual and small group sea kayak coaching and guided tours in the Oban area and on the west coast of Scotland.Currently in his 49th year of paddling(!), Rowland now concentrates mainly on the sea, having in the past experienced the varied delights of sprint, long distance and marathon paddling, whitewater racing, down river touring, slalom, surf and canoe polo!   He has expedition experience in Canada, Alaska, Norway and France and in 2012 completed the circumnavigation of Great Britain, becoming the 19th person to do so, the oldest paddler so far and the first to do it with a Greenland-style paddle.   As well as being a Level 5 Sea Coach and Level 3 Surf Coach, he is a member of the WEMSI-International teaching faculty presenting Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician courses across Europe.   He is the author of ‘Sticking With It – A Sea Kayak Odyssey Around Britain’.