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Meet the team

Whenever you book with us – whether it's for coaching, a Paddle UK course, or joining us on an adventure – one of our three team members will be there. This means you'll always know who you're booking with. If you're looking to work with a specific team member for coaching, please contact us before booking.

 

Joshua Telling

Owner of Rapid SkillsPaddle UK National Trainer.

 

Discipline:

Whitewater kayak, Open canoe, Paddle boarding

Paddling experience:

17 years

Current boats:

Zet Cross, Venture Prospector 115, McConks 14

Paddle of choice:

Werner Stikine

Favourite piece of kit:

NRS Jakal Drysuit

Countries paddled in:

England, Wales, Scotland, France, Zambia, Uganda, Chile, Nepal, Slovenia, Norway,

Canada.

Favourite paddling spot:

Nepal

Brand ambassador for:

Canoe and Kayak Store, Zet Kayaks, NRS, Dewerstone, Surf Plugs, McConks

Paddle UK qualifications held:

  • Advanced Whitewater Kayak Leader

  • Advanced Whitewater & Open Water Canoe Leader

  • Stand Up Paddleboard Inland & Open Water Leader

  • Advanced Open Water Canoe Coach

  • Whitewater Canoe Coach

  • Whitewater Kayak Coach

  • Stand Up Paddleboard Open Water Coach

  • Advance White Water Safety & Rescue

  • Rescue 3 - WRT Pro

  • Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning

  • Wilderness First Responder

  • Level 3 Award for First Responders

  • Level 3 in Administering Emergency Oxygen

  • Short Range VHF Radio

 

Paddle UK Trainer/Assessor Roles:

  • White Water Kayak Award + Progressive Kayak Award

  • Canoe Award + Progressive Canoe Award

  • Sheltered Water SUP Award

  • Paddle Safer Award

  • Paddlesport Safety & Rescue

  • Introduction to White Water Safety

  • White Water Safety

  • Paddlesport Leader

  • Paddlesport Touring Leader

  • Open Water Canoe Leader

  • White Water Canoe Leader

  • White Water Kayak Leader

  • Paddlesport Instructor Award Tutor

  • SUP Instructor Award Tutor

Joshua Telling
Tom Botterill

Tom Botterill

Paddle UK Whitewater Technical committee member.

 

Discipline:

Whitewater kayak, open canoe, paddle boarding

Current boats:

Zet Cross, Mad River Explorer 14, McConks SUP

Paddle of choice:

VE Flyte, 200cm, fibreglass straight shaft.

Favourite piece of kit:

Watershed Dry Bag

Countries paddled in:

England, Wales, Scotland, Slovenia, Chile, Norway, New Zealand, India, Nepal.

Favorite paddling spot:

Pucon - the town of paddlers surrounded by some of the best whitewater in the world

Brand ambassador for:

Canoe and Kayak Store, Zet Kayaks, Dewerstone, Surf Plugs, McConks

 

Paddle UK Trainer/Assessor Roles:

  • White Water Kayak Award + Progressive Kayak Award

  • Sheltered Water SUP Award

  • Paddlesport Safety & Rescue

  • Introduction to White Water Safety

  • White Water Safety 

  • White Water Kayak Leader

  • SUP Discipline Specific Module 

  • Paddlesport Instructor Award Tutor

  • White Water Kayak Coach Tutor

Holly Marshall

Holly Marshall

 

Discipline:

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Current board:

McConks 11.4 SUP

Paddle of choice:

McConks Carbon Teardrop 

Favourite piece of kit:

Palm Atom Pants

Countries paddled in:

England, Wales, Norway, Australia

Favorite paddling spot:

Norway

Paddle UK qualifications held:

- Sheltered Water SUP Coach

-Paddlesport Safety & Rescue

- Level 3 Outdoor First Aid

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