Nick Taylor, qualified BCU coach and river leader. AALA registered. My passion for canoeing and kayaking began back in 1997 on the beautiful River Dart. I did a six week kayak course at the local adult education centre and quickly became hooked. Pretty soon I was kayaking white water on the Dart and other local rivers, and would spend every spare moment out on the water. Open Canoeing was the obvious next stage for me and I began to learn this skill on the River Wye in Wales. I have returned there for the last 10 years to lead school trips and family holidays and share my knowledge of this amazing river. Canoeing and Kayaking quickly became a family affair and as soon as my son could hold a paddle he would join me for trips, even in the Arctic wilderness of Lapland.
In 2007 I decided to take a group of friends canoeing on the River Wye. I wanted to share my skills, experience and some of the special places I had discovered on the river but once the word was out, it was clear that one trip would not be enough, I was seriously over- subscribed. I quickly ran another but still had a waiting list; people loved it so much, they came again and again and brought their friends and family, and this is how Winding River Canoe began.
Now, many years later, I have canoed with hundreds of people; families, couples, teenagers, students, children and even grandparents. One of my greatest pleasures is to share my passion for canoeing and the outdoors with others, and I am committed to making your experience a memorable one!
Roger Lane, BCU coach. I took up kayaking in earnest when I moved to South Devon in the year 2000 and joined Totnes Canoe Club. Having access to estuaries, flat water, moving white water and some glorious coastline I discovered I was in paddling heaven!
I enjoyed learning personal paddling skills within the Club and after a couple of years took my BCU coaching qualifications. I spend a lot of time coaching voluntarily with the Club, both with beginners and intermediate paddlers and love to see people progress with their skills in a safe, fun and supportive environment. My paddling is spilt between whitewater, estuary and sea kayaking and I love to explore the unspoilt places on rivers and coastline with interesting people.
I have helped Nick and Winding River Canoe with various camping trips on the Wye and the Dart since 2011, enjoying the company of a range of age groups and backgrounds in a stunning surroundings.
Hannah Standen is a qualified teacher Hannah has been inspiring groups in the outdoors since 2005. She has a wealth of experience leading groups in the Great Outdoors. As well as being passionate about canoeing in wild places, she also has a vast knowledge of the local flora and fauna that inhabit the forest, as well as, Bushcraft, wild food and environmental arts and crafts. Her knowledge and enthusiasm feeds into all our work with children, young people and adults.
Stefan Batorijs, BCU coach. I have been paddling for about 25 years, and I still get the same buzz as I did the first day. I love paddling with a group, especially an overnight, as it feels like an exciting expedition, humans in transit, not knowing what’s around the next bend of the river, always new, and at night the song of the river. As an Ecotherapist I regard this as an immensely healing activity/environment, and love seeing people grow with the journey.