Coaches & Leaders
All our coaches and leaders are volunteers. They all give up their own free time to help to coach and pass on their knowledge to our members. They also run coached club lead trips and lead peer paddles on our local river, weekends away, and events.
I first joined the club in 2004 as I wanted to do a sport with a difference and to be able to introduce my family to and have adventures together rather than apart. I quickly gained my kayak 1 and 2 star in badge form within the first 2 years of kayaking. Then in 2009/10, I had to take a few years out due to health issues and returned to the club in 2013/14, where I was welcomed back and made to feel as I had never left. From the support and help for the club, I then completed my 2 star again but this time in kayak and canoe and not long after my 3 star in kayak. In 2015 I decided I wanted to give something back to the club and help others achieve their goals, so I qualified as a level 1 in coaching paddlesport. I then completed my FSRT and WWSR safety courses, I can say that I truly caught the paddlesport bug and I introduced my eldest son to the sport when he was 5 years old and he was hooked. With this in mind, I then decided to do my 3 star in open canoe as I love the difference between the two different crafts. As a continuation of this, I then did my canoe leadership in open and whitewater. I am now a level 2 coach ( coaching award) in paddlesport and also a kayak leader. I also introduced my youngest son to paddlesport and my wife occasionally paddles in the canoe. I am also journaling into the world of stand up paddleboards too. Why not come and have a go and join a club that will fully support you and all members are made to feel like part of the paddlesport family. I look forward to helping you with your paddlesport journey.
I joined the club in 2014. I started kayaking initially to join my son on the water, rather than being a spectator. After the first season, we both got hooked on it due to the friendly and supportive coaches and a great atmosphere. I wanted to give something back to the club, so volunteered to be chairman and then a Level 1 coach. I have gone on to complete my training as a white water river leader 4*.
My name is Glyn Burlison and I have had the pleasure of being a club member since 2014. When I first came into the club I was a total novice as far as kayaking was concerned. My coaches at the time had no clue as to the hard work that lay ahead, I was a total nightmare. Through their hard work, patience, and perseverance I finally caught the Kayaking bug and decided to give something back to the club who supported and gave me so much. At the moment I am a Level 1 Paddle Sport Coach, Stand Up Paddle Board Level 1 Instructor, Holder of White water Safety and Rescue Certificate, Holder of Foundation Safety and Rescue Training certificate, Safe Guarding & Protecting Children certified and Event Safety certified. I am most happy paddling grade 3 /4 - White water Kayaking. I Love a challenge and truly believe in “If you think you can’t I know you can”.
Hi, My name is Hazel Burlison and I have been a member of the club since 2014. I like the friendly family feel the club has and that we enjoy other social activities as a group. Currently, I am the club treasurer and a member of the committee. In 2019 I became a level 1 paddlesport instructor and I am also a SUP (stand up paddleboard) instructor. I look forward to sharing my love of paddling with others and most of all having lots of fun.
I’ve been Paddling for 4 years, now aged 67, it’s never too late to start! With the support of the members of Durham Paddlesports Club, I have achieved 3 star in kayak. I also paddle canoe tandem with my wife and dog, I can stand up on a SUP. I’m a Paddle Sport Instructor, First Aider, and have attended a White-Water Safety & Rescue course. My passion is to get myself and others outdoors to have fun, develop ourselves, and have respect for the environment. The great things about Durham Paddlesports Club we have a wonderful location to paddle from, is it is inclusive and unpretentious: it doesn’t matter if you just want to potter about on the Wear at Durham, enjoy the scenery from the middle of a lake or you want to challenge yourself on the white water, we will find a way for you to have fun doing what you want to do.
Hi all. My name is Pat Walling and I’m 66 years young. I have been paddling for 5 years. After a lifetime of playing Squash and my knees suffering the consequences, I decided a new sport was needed and water sport seemed to fit the bill. Joining Durham Paddlesport Club certainly did that. I, with the support of the club, have now achieved, 3 star kayaking award, FSRT Certificate, WWSR Certificate, and recently Paddlesport Instructors Certificate enabling me to introduce novice paddlers to the fun of paddling. I have also taken the SUP induction course and although feel a bit wobbly I can stand up and paddle a SUP. Currently, my kit consists of a white water kayak, a crossover kayak, and a canoe, which I paddle tandem with my husband the dog. The support, enthusiasm, and coaching within DPC make this a great club to be a member of. Add all that to paddling in a safe environment next to a World Heritage Site, what more could you want!!!!