The SKW Team
Our team members don’t just bring highly competent paddling skills and a range of high level qualifications to SKW. They are perhaps more notable for being very personable and enthusiastic proponents of excellent client experience through kayak play, humour and exploration.
The SKW team have amassed many decades of teaching experience in both the classroom and outdoor education environments. Their combined love of learning and exploration is now largely focussed on the maritime and wild terrestrial environments.
Geth Roberts, PhD, PGCE and UKCC Level 3 Advanced Water Sea Kayak Coach, Moderate Water Inland Kayak Coach, ML (summer), SPA
Hi, I’m SKW’s Mission Director. My formative adventurous years revolved around journeying and climbing in the mountains. A childhood fueled with BBC nature programmes in the very rural West Wales inspired my lifelong interest in Biological Sciences. This resulted in me studying Biochemistry at Bangor Uni followed by doctoral and post-doctoral work in Plant Growth and Development at the John Innes Centre, Norwich.
On returning to North Wales, I embarked on a 12 year career in teaching Science and Outdoor Education, mostly at Rydal Penrhos School in Colwyn Bay. I also enjoyed spending lots of time sea/river kayaking and leading youth expeditions on exotic expeditions. Through sea kayaking I became very interested in Marine Biology and started further exploring the sea by scuba diving.
Kirsty Roberts, BA (Languages), PGCE, UKCC Level 1 Coach, ML (summer)
Kirsty has been exploring the mountains of the UK and European Alps since she was a young child. This love of the hills and European travels brought her to Bangor University to study French, German and Spanish. Following this languages degree, she embarked on teacher training and became a primary school teacher. She has lived in North Wales ever since.
Kirsty has paddled on the sea and in rivers extensively in Europe and led youth expedition groups in SE Asia, North Africa and Central America. As SKW’s Mission Controller she supports our frontline coaching from the office and her van whilst looking after the new Roberts family members.
Paul and Richard
Paul Williams, BSc (Sports Science), PGCE, BCU Level 3 Coach and Advanced Sea Kayak Leader, BC Guide, ML (summer)
Paul has lived in North Wales his entire life and used to be Head of Physical and Outdoor Education at Coleg Menai. He is now SKW’s Head Coach and expert in sports coaching and leadership.
Paul brings a calm and thoughtful ethos to SKW’s coaching. He is a practitioner of mindfulness and has a wealth of local cultural/historical knowledge. In a previous life Paul rode motorcycles for adrenalin and represented Wales in Karate competitions. After a great day paddling Paul loves to enjoy: live music, nice restaurants and fine whiskey.
Richard Janes, BSc, PGCE, BC Advanced Sea Kayak Leader, BC Sea Kayak Coach and Guide
Richard is SKW’s Creative Director. He loves to reconnaissance new coastal venues for their great sea kayaking journeys and hospitality. Following an inspiring guided kayaking holiday, in British Columbia, Canada, Richard returned to SKW to help design our Marine Biodiversity guided kayaking products. This also utilised his expertise as a former Head of Chemistry school teacher.
Richard also has a talent with words to capture experiences, often seafaring-related, in evocative poems. After a few whiskeys (usually with Paul) Richard plays the guitar a bit like Mark Knopfler!
Mirco Goldhausen, Advanced Sea Kayak Leader, BC Sea Kayak Coach, UKCC Level 2 Coach
Mirco is SKW’s favourite German kayak coach. As well as being an awesome tiderace and rock hopping paddler Mirco has also been a top professional restaurant chef. When not coaching for SKW, Mirco makes high quality SKUK Explorer sea kayaks, for Nigel Dennis, in Holyhead.
If you are lucky enough to get Mirco on your course, you can be guaranteed a fun and exiting day!
Amy Apple Goolden, UKCC Level 2 Coach and BC Sea Kayak Leader
Dave Cutts, Sea Kayak Leader, UKCC Level 2 Coach, ML (summer)
Kathy Webb, Sea Kayak Leader, UKCC Level 2 Coach, ML (summer)
Dave and Kathy are SKW’s expert youth coaches. Both have a wealth of experience leading young people in the Alps and UK, both in the mountains and on Alpine rivers. They also lead excellent journeys for adults and are superb company on coastal adventures.
When not sea kayaking they can be found climbing, mountain biking and paddling slalom boats in competitions.
Steve Miles, UKCC Level 2 Advanced Water Sea Kayak Coach, ML(summer), SPA
Steve is an advanced guide and trainer for ISKGA (international sea kayaking guide association). He is passionate about sharing dynamic coastal environments with clients. Expertise earned in both coasteering and extreme sea kayaking has made him one of the best coaches in delivering incident management courses.
Steve has completed some fantastic kayak expeditions circumnavigating: Wales, Ireland, The Roof of Scotland and journeying above the Arctic Circle in Nordkapp, Norway and Greenland.