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!

surfing the ebb tide in the swellies, north wales

I have a great deal of expedition experience around the world, including British Columbia, Alaska, Scotland, Ireland, Patagonia, 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 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

Kayak Essentials BCU 4 Star sea kayak traning Anglesey

Professional qualifications include:

British Canoeing Level 5 Coach (sea kayak, white water kayak)
Canoe Wales National Trainer (sea kayak)
British Canoeing advanced water sea kayak leader course director
British Canoeing advanced sea kayak coach course director
British Canoeing Guide module provider

British Canoeing Open Canoe Coach
British Canoeing Surf Kayak Coach

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