falls of lora, west coast of scotland

About Matt

I’m Matt Giblin, the other half of Kayak Essentials!

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I have been working in the outdoors now for about 15 years, in a wide variety of coaching environments. Early experiences as an
activity instructor at an outdoor education centre in Yorkshire led to
employment as a chief instructor at a multi-activity centre in
Shropshire.

In 2003 I completed a BSc (Hons) degree In Outdoor and
Environmental Education at Liverpool John Moores University.
Post-graduation, I gained a passion for coaching skill development and instructor training, with involvement in delivering BCU Coach Education courses.

A move to North Wales gave me the opportunity to further this
experience, to develop my own paddling skills and to work in
challenging settings with diverse groups of clients and students. During this time, I provided BCU Coach Education courses and Coach Update weekends for Canoe Wales & Canoe England.
I also delivered kayaking skills courses at Plas y Brenin National Centre.

In 2008 I completed a PGCE in Physical Education which led to
employment at a sports college in Manchester. I am now head of the Outdoor Adventure Studies department at Hugh Baird College,
Liverpool – delivering BTEC & Foundation Degree courses.

My interest in coaching is not limited to paddle sports.
I have coached rugby league, from university teams to academy and
national teams and coached basketball at university level.

I’ve paddled and climbed across the UK and Europe.
As a BCU level 4 Inland coach, Level 3 Sea kayak coach and a UKCC/BCU coach tutor/assessor, I love working with new and
experienced paddlers alike.

Since 2008 I’ve have been filming and producing our instructional DVDs and have discovered a new passion for all aspects of the process. I hope that future opportunities will see me do more of this work and other related activities.

We’re very grateful to receive support in the form of paddling
clothing and equipment from:

Valley Sea Kayaks

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