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""Brilliant! Very clear and detailed pre-course info - gave confidence that course would be good."

"Just wanted to drop you a few lines to say thank you for the experience. I've used a lot of providers for various training needs over the years and by far I rate your coaching above all of them."

"The guys really knew what they were doing and had loads of advice for my development. Awesome! Job's a good'un!"

"Really appreciated your directness and drive as it made the course intense but without losing any quality. I really enjoyed both courses and felt it was extremely good value for money."

"Course very well delivered and coached, good atmosphere throughout and good knowledge."

"Brilliant technical info, lots of things to think about. The course made me realise what I am good at and what I need to do."


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About us

Founded in 2005 by Level 5 Coach Sean McGrath, Wild River is an independent provider of paddlesport coaching, guiding and British Canoeing awards.

"We believe in providing the highest quality coaching to all our clients by using highly qualified and experienced staff."

Based in the English Lake District, Wild River provide a flexible service for anybody wanting to take part in canoeing or kayaking activities either in the UK or further a-field. Whether it is an advanced paddling assessment or a leisurely family canoe trip that you are looking for, Wild River aims to deliver the best outdoor experience to suit your needs and abilities.

Whether you want a training, an assessment or a course to improve your personal skills Wild River can provide it.

Wild River Staff

Sean McGrath
Sean McGrath, Director

Sean is a Level 5 Coach with over 20 years paddling experience and has paddled on most continents around the world. After a qualifying as a Building Manager at Wolverhampton University, Sean turned to the outdoor industry for employment as a way to spend more time paddling whilst maintaining an income, of sorts. Over the next ten years Sean's passion for paddling took him to many different rivers in a variety of boats. More info...

Ian Adey
Ian Adey, Associate Instructor

Ian is a Level 5 Coach with many seasons paddling under his belt, both in the UK and further afield. With a career that first began on the weirs of the Thames, Ian’s passion for paddling has taken him around Europe, to California, Thailand, Ecuador and most recently to Chile. Ian’s friendly manner inspires confidence on the river and his jovial yet safe attitude can be attributed to his seasons rafting in Norway. Ian graduated from the University of Cumbria and it was there that he decided that paddlesport coaching was his calling, since then he has been building up a portfolio of experience to become a well-rounded multi-discipline coach.

"For me coaching has always gone hand in hand with paddling and I have been coaching every year since I was 16. I have also enjoyed getting in to some Scottish multi-day canoe trips recently.

The best days on the water are spent running new rivers with a good group of people and watching the people I have coached progress and to see that smile as they nail the line or move.

As for the future, a return to some Norwegian white water this summer, whilst, as always, trying to cram in as many European trips as possible, as well as planning a trip to some undiscovered rivers of Siberia in the next few years."

Josh Litten, Associate Instructor

My first kayaking experience was when I was 4 years old when my dad sat me on his lap and took me down the Brathay, I have been hooked ever since!

Over the last 15 years I have been pushing my limits in white water kayaking trips and sea kayaking expeditions around the world. During the time I have spent on the river in places such as; Norway, Switzerland, Italy, French alps, Austria and New Zealand, I have met some great people and found some awe inspiring gorges and rapids. Sea kayaking has also offered me the opportunity to travel, spending time in Thailand setting up and running sea kayaking expeditions, and completing large journeys along the west coast of Scotland and the far north of Norway.

My drive for kayaking comes from discovering exciting new places and meeting other enthusiastic people who share my passion. I also relish the opportunity to coach and guide other s to aid their progression into the sport. I can often be found on the rivers of South Lakes or sea kayaking on Scotland’s west coast, I hope to see you on the water one day!

Martin Reid
Martin Reid, Operations Manager

Martin manages the day to day running of the Wild River office, as well as developing the company's website and promoting Wild River courses. Martin is a freelance web and graphic designer and is experienced in marketing and business administration.

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E-mail: martin@torodesign.co.uk



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