About Nick

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 25 years and owe many rewarding experiences to my involvement in the sport. Snowdonia and Anglesey are amazing adventure playgrounds, 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 level 5 Coach specialising in sea kayaking, with plenty of experience gained over the years – including 10 years at the National Watersports Centre for Wales and 10 years with my own British Canoeing-approved adventure centre. I have also grown Kayak Essentials, where we focus solely on quality coaching experiences.

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

I’m highly motivated to help my clients discover new experiences, build confidence, reach the next level 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!

My coaching experience includes course delivery at every level of the British Canoeing scheme. I have also coached leaders and instructors in other paddling communities around the world, including Scandinavia, North and South America. I have a deep interest in the process, with a belief that effective coaching places the student at the centre of the experience. I continue to educate myself in this area, with postgraduate studies into many coaching issues.

I value my interactions with all my students, and look forward to meeting you on a future coaching course. For more information, contact me at: info@kayakessentials.co.uk

British Canoeing qualifications:

Level 5 Sea Kayak Coach: advanced water
Canoe Wales National Trainer: sea kayak

White Water Kayak Coach: advanced water
Open Canoe Coach: moderate water
Surf Kayak Coach: moderate water

Sea Kayak Leader: advanced water training /assessment Course Director
Sea Kayak Coach: advanced water training /assessment Course Director
Guide module Course Director: leadership, trip planning, camp craft & expedition skills

Academic Qualifications: 

BA (Hons) 2:1 Sport Health & Physical Education