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"You would be hard pressed to find anyone that puts more thought and effort into the he delivery of a course than Sean. He puts the effort in to make it enjoyable and mist importantly effective. You will never walk away questioning his ability in the watercraft or his willingness to help you meet your individual goals. There are a lot of people who hold certifications and are "providers", but there are only a few that are truly competent instructors. Sean is one of the great ones."

"Excellent course, really well put together. The equipment was much better than I had been using and made it easier. I gained confidence and was coached through the process rather than tested which was really awesome."

"Sean listened to needs and offered support when required. I know what I need to work on and really looking forward to 4 Star training.”

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Sean McGrath

Sean McGrath Sean McGrath

Sean has been paddling for over 20 years 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.

During this period Sean gained a massive range of experiences, which included:

  • Rafting and kayaking many of the classic rivers in the Nepalese Himalaya.
  • Spending more time than most in the French Alps.
  • Taking Sandhurst officers (and their girlfriends) to the Pyrenees.
  • Going upside down on the Zambezi in a variety of different ways and places.
  • Learning to raft guide in Spanish during a surprise trip to Argentina.
  • Encouraging children to paddle, climb, sing songs and generally enjoy the outdoors, at a number of outdoor centres.
  • Working in various not very exciting jobs to fund paddling trips in Britian, Europe and anywhere else he could get to.

Eventually Sean decided it was time to do something with a view to the future, and to make his mother proud. Sean settled in Nottingham where he bounced rubber rings at the National Watersports Centre and started to develop coaching skills to match his paddling experience.

Sean has since provided adventurous experiences for disaffected young people, homeless people and young people in crisis; managed a very successful instructor training course for young people in Ireland: taught Maths and English and set up a crisis intervention unit in Derbyshire.

Sean now manages a small family of two beautiful little girls and a brilliant wife (who actually does most of the managing). He also runs Wild River and in his limited spare time paddles whenever possible. Sean is also is a representative on the BCU Canoe Technical Group.

His mother is very proud!

British Canoeing

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Training and Assessment Director for Paddlesport Instructor and Coach Courses

Assessor for Advanced White Water Kayak Leader

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National Trainer for Moderate Water Canoe and White Water Kayak

Provider of Advanced and Standard White Water Safety and Rescue Training

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