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 30 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 sea kayak Coach, with 10 years experience at the National Watersports Centre for Wales and 10 years with my own adventure sports coaching centre.

For the last 10 years I have also grown Kayak Essentials, where we focus solely on quality coaching experiences.

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

I’m motivated to help my clients to gain greater independence, build confidence 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 academic 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

British Canoeing Course Provider

Sea Kayak Leader (moderate water) Training /Assessment Course Director
Sea Kayak Leader (advanced water) Training /Assessment Course Director

Core Coach Tutor
Sea Kayak Coach Tutor / Assessor
Advanced Sea Kayak Coach Tutor / Assessor

Personal Performance Awards Provider (across disciplines), including:
Coastal / Advanced Sea Kayak Award

Guide module Course Director: leadership, trip planning, camp craft & expedition skills

Other outdoor certifications:

UK Mountain Leader (summer conditions)
UK Rock Climbing Instructor

Academic Qualifications: 

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