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 last 25 years – including 10 years at the National Watersports Centre for Wales and 10 years with my own Canoe Wales-approved activity centre. I’m a Canoe Wales National Trainer and Advanced Sea Kayak Leader course director.

I now deliver Kayak Essentials coaching courses in North Wales, and many other places in the world.

Most importantly, I’m motivated to help my clients achieve their goals, discover new experiences, gain increased confidence and take their paddling to the next level. Come and join me!

surfing the ebb tide in the swellies, north wales

Kayak Essentials BCU 4 Star sea kayak traning Anglesey

I have a great deal of multi-week expedition experience around the world, including destinations such as British Columbia, SE Alaska, Scotland, Ireland, Patagonian Chile, Mexico, the Aegean Sea and Arctic Norway. I also have plenty of rough water experience in the tidal races of the UK and Canada – and in the surf zones of the Pacific North West.

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 coaching process, linked to a belief that effective coaching must place 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.

Professional qualifications include:

BA (Hons) 2:1 Sport Health & Physical Education
British Canoeing Level 5 Coach (sea kayak, white water kayak)
British Canoeing open canoe leader, moderate water coaching endorsement
Canoe Wales National Trainer
British Canoeing Guide module provider