Kayak Coaching from Legendary Adventurer Pete Bray
World record-breaking adventurer Pete Bray is to share his knowledge about sea kayaking through a series of coaching courses in Cornwall.
Through his Truro based new company – Kernow Coaching – Pete is providing one-to-one and small group kayaking coaching for beginners through to advanced paddlers.
Pete, who was born in Plymouth to a Cornish family, is one the world’s most respected sea kayakers with a number of major expeditions under his belt and is accredited by the International Sea Kayak Guide Association.
On his coaching courses Pete welcomes novices looking for professional competence through the Sea Kayaking Fundamentals Level 1 course. Alternatively, experienced paddlers wanting to push their comfort zones with advanced training including night paddling.
He said: “What makes my coaching unique is that I’m able to share many years of experience of expeditions including river and sea in every type of location imaginable – from extreme heat to freezing cold. I’m passionate about encouraging people to enjoy paddling, which is great fun but always having an acute awareness for the importance of safety at all times.”
Now based in Truro, the former SAS diver is one of the UK’s most accomplished endurance sportsmen. He was the first person to kayak across the North Atlantic from Newfoundland to Ireland in 2001. This 4,800km, 76-day expedition is documented in his book Kayak Across the Atlantic.
In 2004, Peter was part of a four man crew on the Pink Lady, a rowing boat sponsored by Apple. The team attempted the fasted row crossing from St John’s, Newfoundland to Falmouth, England. After 39 days at sea and with less than a week to go, the boat was struck by Hurricane Alex and split in two.
Pete saved the lives of his fellow crew mates by diving for the grab bag that contained the satellite phone and then he also dived for the life raft. In June 2005, he was awarded a bronze medal by the Royal Humane Society in recognition for his bravery on the Pink Lady expedition.
In the same year, with three others, Peter kayaked around the island of South Georgia, Antarctica, setting the record for the fastest circumnavigation, completed in 13 days.
These and other adventure, on and off the water, was made possible by Pete’s determination and character.
Pete said: “I am happiest when on the water or on the mountains. I find nowadays people think communication with other humans is done through technology. I want to take people back to the old way of communicating and enjoying what nature gives us most – the scenery, the fresh air, where the only sound is of nature and at the same time, interacting properly with other people. Without realising it, people can also keep fit and healthy.
People interested in booking Pete Bray for kayak instruction can visit the Kernow Coaching website at www.kernowcoaching.com