About Us

Kayak Essentials is an outdoor activity partnership dedicated to providing high quality coaching courses and resources.

Led by Nick Cunliffe and Matt Giblin, the adventure began in 2009 when we filmed our first instructional video,
‘Kayak Essentials’. Ten years later, we’ve grown through an exciting series of outdoor projects:

Sea Kayak Essentials: a series of instructional sea kayaking DVDs / downloads

Essential Sea Kayak Coaching Festivals: on the island of Anglesey – popular, well-attended coaching weekends

Kayak Essentials Sea Kayaking:  Anglesey-based, with a wide range of adventure kayaking courses

Kayak Essentials Coach Education: training leaders and coaches in coaching and leadership skills

Essential Adventures: guided trips to exciting UK and overseas destinations

Specialising in sea kayaking, with a strong background in white water kayaking, and with plenty of open canoeing and surf kayaking experience, we have a reputation for high quality coaching.
We encourage independence, and achieve real change in our paddling students.

Nick and Matt have coached together throughout the UK, in Scandinavia and in North /South America.
We make a great coaching team, with complementary skills that get the best from our students.

You can read Nick’s and Matt’s bio pages here. Come join us for a fun, educating and inspiring experience afloat!