The Fluid Adventures Team

Qualified Kayak and Canoe Paddlers

Whether you are joining us at one of our seasonal pop-up hire locations or for a day long tour of the Hamble or Chichester Harbour, you will be accompanied by one or more of our friendly team.

All of our staff are hand-picked based on their skill and experience. They are all trained in how to use our kit and have spent loads of time on the same water you will be enjoying so you are in good hands.

Our people have all undergone formal training and have clocked up hundreds of hours on the water at sea, on rivers and even at the top of waterfalls and challenging white water runs!

Here you can meet the team and learn more about them.

Phil Smith

Phil Smith

Phil is the Director of Fluid Adventures, if you contact us to talk about bookings or to make arrangements for trips it’s likely him you’ll be talking to. He has had the benefit of paddling in some fantastic places all over the UK (Dartmoor, Anglesey, Pembrokeshire, Wales and Scotland to name a few), as well as in the USA, Gibraltar and Greece. Phil has a long history of “boating” and has a strong belief that a rainy day on the water is better than a good day in the office.

If you go on any of our more advanced courses, you’re likely to have Phil coaching you.

Qualifications:

  • UKCC BC Level 3 Training (Sea Kayak and White Water)
  • UKCC BC Level 2 Coach
  • Advanced Water Endorsement Training (Open Canoe Open Water, Open Canoe White Water, Sea Kayak)
  • Moderate Water Endorsement (Open Canoe, Sea Kayak and White Water)
  • BC 5 Star Leader (Open Canoe and Sea Kayak)
  • BC 5 Star Leader Training (White Water)
  • BC 4 Star Leader (Surf Kayak and White Water)
  • BC 4 Star Leader Training (Touring)
  • RYA Senior Instructor (Dinghy Sailing)
  • RYA Advanced Powerboat Instructor
  • RYA Yacht Master
  • RYA SRC Assessor
  • First Aid
  • BC Safety Awards: FSRT, WWSR, AdWWSR, CNTP, OWNTP
  • BC Assessor for 1 Star, 2 Star, 3 Star Open Canoe, 3 Star Touring Kayak, 3 Star Sea, 3 Star White Water and FSRT
  • Aspirant 4 Star Provider Open Canoe and Sea Kayak
  • Sports Coach UK – Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults

Fred Curtin-Sewell

Fred Curtin-Sewell

Fred Curtin-Sewell

Fred is the other full time member of the Fluid Adventures Staff team. He has a massive passion for being afloat in a kayak or canoe. Fred has spent time paddling white water kayak all over the UK, as well as abroad in the French Alps.

Having focused on spending time paddling, Fred is now working hard at progressing his qualifications so they can catch up with his personal paddling ability.

You’re likely to meet Fred if you book on our trips/tours, or non-qualification courses.

Qualifications:

  • UKCC BC Level 1 Coach
  • UKCC BC Level 2 Coach (Training)
  • BC 5 Star Leader Training (White Water)
  • BC 4 Star Leader Training (Open Canoe, Sea Kayak, Surf)
  • BC 3 Star (Open Canoe, Touring Kayak, Sea Kayak, Surf Kayak, White Water)
  • BC Safety Awards: FSRT, WWSR, AdWWSR, CNTP
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • RYA Sailing Level 2
  • First Aid
  • BC Assessor for 1 Star
  • Sports Coach UK – Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults

Shena Mathers

Shena Mathers

Having discovered a passion for paddling a few years ago, Shena decided to utilise her skills and love of the sport to turn her hobby into a way of assisting others to experience the freedom, gratification and spectacular scenery that kayaking and canoeing can offer.
In addition to fulfilling her own paddling ambitions, her immediate coaching goals are to introduce newcomers to the fundamentals of paddle sport by offering fun and informative sessions in suitable environments. In parallel to this, she will continue to work with the team  and external providers to progress her higher level paddling qualifications, with a view to achieving British Canoeing’s Coach Level 2 and BC 4* Sea / Moderate Water Leader in due course.
Shena also assists Phil in the day to day running of the company, ensuring we aim to achieve the high standards we set ourselves. She is therefore a main point of contact for all company administration and marketing.
Qualifications:
  • BC UKCC Level 1 Coach
  • BC 4 Star Leader Training (Sea Kayak)
  • BC 3 Star (Open Canoe, Touring Kayak, Sea Kayak)
  • BC Safety Awards: FSRT, CNTP
  • First Aid
  • Sports Coach UK – Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults

Simon Waller

Simon has been paddling all round the world and has a speciality in expeditioning.  His canoe exploits include muli-day trips in Sweden, Scotland, France and Spain.  He is happiest in an open canoe, but is happily transferring his skills to his new love sea kayaking.
Simon is also happy on land holding the Mountain leader award and Single pitch award, Simon has lead more than 300 expeditions on land and has worked in many challenging areas of the globe.  If it’s an outdoor sport Simon has probably done it and is most likely working towards an instructor certificate.

Qualifications:

  • BC Level 3 Canoe Coach
  • UKCC BC Level 2 Coach
  • BC 4 Star Training (Sea Kayak)
  • BC 3 Star (Kayak, Touring Kayak and Sea Kayak)
  • BC Assessor for 3 Star Canoe Touring, 3 Star Open Canoe, FSRT
  • SPA Assessed
  • ML (summer) assessed
  • Winter ML (trained)
  • BEL3 course Tutor
  • Lowland leader and expedition module tutor
  • APIOL
  • GNAS
  • DofE Gold Assessor
  • MBLA Trail cycle leader
  • Belbin Tutor
  • CTC National standards cycle trainer (provisional)
  • RYA Safety Boat
  • Basic expedition leader
  • REC Emergency first aid Level 2
  • RYA Dingy instructor trained (action plan)
  • Local cave and mine level 1 trained
  • Local cave level 2 trained

Other Staff

During School Holiday Periods, and weekends, Fluid Adventures frequently employ freelance coaches to help with providing our paddle sport coaching. We have a very strict screening process to ensure that we only contract in coaches who have a proven track record of being both active paddlers, and excellent coaches. All our freelancers receive frequent input from our Director to ensure they are offering the best possible experience to you.