Archive for February 2012

Sea Kayak Expedition Skills DVD   Leave a comment

We are delighted that Nige Robinson will be at the Symposium showcasing the new expedition skills DVD that he and Olly Sanders are bringing out . What a fantastic and inspirational resource to refer to .DVD-cover-exp3b  (click here to see preview)


Posted February 28, 2012 by eastbarnby in Uncategorized

Local author and paddler at SKEG   Leave a comment

We are lucky to have the knowledge and experience of Mike Bagshaw at SKEG . He will be leading trips up the coast with a chance to forage for some delicious seashore delicacies and uncover some of the fantastic fossils this coast holds.


Mike is a level 4 sea kayak coach with a distinct natural history bent. ‘I was a marine zoologist first and came to sea kayaking later. I love being in a craft that can get me to really wild places and in amongst spectacular wildlife.’


He has paddled the oceans all over the world including Orkney, British Columbia and Greenland and led expeditions off the west coast of Scotland, the Norwegian fiords and Cyprus. In 2011 he was able to bring his local Yorkshire coast to a wider audience, appearing on television, guiding celebrities around Flamborough Head (Countryfile) and Runswick Bay (Adventurer’s Guide to Britain).


In his day job Mike teaches outdoor education, but he also writes nature columns for magazines and newspapers, often describing his sea kayaking experiences. In 2010 he had his first book published, a sustainable tourism guide to his home county, and ‘Slow North Yorkshire’ is still managing to stay out of the bargain bookshops.

Posted February 27, 2012 by eastbarnby in Uncategorized

Trade Stands   Leave a comment

Exciting news!

The following companies will be bringing their products to the symposium :

Nigel Dennis Kayaks

Rockpool Kayaks

Venture Kayaks

P&H Kayaks


1st Wet & Wild Paddling Shop


A chance to try out different boats , use demo kit, try out expedition equipment from tents to tea cups, stoves to sleeping bags!!

Posted February 25, 2012 by eastbarnby in Uncategorized

Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop   Leave a comment

Sea Kayaking expeditions take us to some of the most beautiful and envronmentally sensitive places.

Although the majority of paddlers treat campsites responsibly, leaving them what we think is pristine, this workshop is an opportunity to learn the 7 principles of no trace camping . Discover how practically issues such as waste disposal and campfires can be managed.

Posted February 22, 2012 by eastbarnby in Uncategorized

SKEG WORKSHOPS   Leave a comment

Over the next few days we will be giving full details of workshops on the symposium

So far we are offering the following workshops, however watch this space for further developments

No Trace Camping (includes certification)

Expedition Fishing – try different equipment afloat


Incident Management afloat

Sea Kayak Sailing

Rescue Exercise with RNLI

Navigation Afloat

Fossils and Foraging For Food – see what you can find on a paddle up the coast

Mid-Trip Repairs and Maintenance


Gourmet Camp Cooking

Laden Kayak Handling


Posted February 20, 2012 by eastbarnby in Uncategorized

Welcome to the SKEG blog!   Leave a comment

We’re very excited to announce the first Sea Kayak Expedition Gathering on the rugged North Yorkshire Coast.

Over the coming weeks we will be posting details about workshops, guest coaches, demo equipment, and of course the local ale !
Keep checking in for regular updates, and please don t hesitate to contact us with any queries: Tel 01947 893333    email:

Posted February 14, 2012 by eastbarnby in Uncategorized

Guest Coaches   1 comment

Nige Robinson


Nige Robinson was born and raised on the spectacular Pembrokeshire coastline and has been paddling and coaching for over 25 years. During that time he has collected two Level 5 coach awards (sea and surf),  His love of kayaking has taken him around the world and he has coached and paddled throughout Europe, North America and Papua New Guinea. His latest adventure was a combined sea kayaking and mountaineering expedition in Greenland. When he’s not on the water he is involved in coaching development and is the chairman of the Sea Kayaking Technical Committee and has also been the Coaching Development Officer for the WCA. Other ‘dry’ projects include co-authoring ‘Sea Kayaking’ with Alun Richardson. He still lives with his family in Pembrokeshire where he co-runs a successful coaching and guiding business Sea Kayak Guides.Nige is a Kokatat ambassador and sponsored by Lendal Paddles and Nigel Dennis Kayaks.

Kim Bull



Kim has been paddling for over twenty years and is a British Canoe Union (BCU) Level 5 Open Canoe Coach, a Level 5 Sea Kayak Coach and a Level 4 Inland Kayak Coach. As well as having a passion helping others to improve their own personal skills he is also a BCU Coach Educator, a UKCC BCU Level 1 and Level 2 Coach Course Director and a UKCC BCU Level 3 Core and Discipline Specific Tutor.

Kim runs his own Coaching business ( and his coaching is unique. He has a Degree in Sports Science and a particular interest in the application of sports psychology to paddlesport. He is a Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Trainer and blends his specialist skills and experience from this area into our world of paddlesport coaching.


You’ll often see Kim paddling for fun – on rivers, lakes or the sea throughout the UK, and you may even meet him abroad as his paddling has taken him to the white water of Europe and the seas of Norway and Alaska.”





Posted February 13, 2012 by eastbarnby in Uncategorized