Our Team

In 2019, Seapoint Canoe Centre is celebrating 30 years of teaching paddlesport, we have been hosting thousands of people on canal, river and sea. We are a registered charity and most of our coaches work voluntarily. A number of our coaches have special expertise in coaching people with physical and learning disabilities.

 

MEET THE COACHES

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Dave Barker

Founder of Seapoint & Senior Coach

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Jamie Houghton

Senior Coach & Trustee

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PAUL HARRIS

Senior Coach

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SAMMY DEANS

Level 2 Coach with MWE

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TONY PARKINSON

Level 2 Coach

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LISA GRIFFITHS

Level 1 Coach

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AMY BLAKER

Level 1 Coach

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TOM WHITE

Level 1 Coach

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DAVID WELLER

Level 2 Coach

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JOHN AKERS

Level 1 Coach

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DAZ BLYTH

Level 2 Coach

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TERESA FORRESTER

Level 2 Coach

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MARK HUMPHRIES

Level 2 Coach

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KEVIN HOUGH

Level 2 Coach

 

NEWS: SEAPOINT COACH BECOMES BRITISH CANOEING AMBASSADOR

Several people who began learning the basics with us have gone on to become paddle-sport coaches themselves! One such person is Amy Blaker who trained at Seapoint and has become a British Canoeing ambassador. 

She is a Level 1 Coach at the centre when she has a spare weekend.


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I got into the sport through local clubs and am now the President of the University of Kent Canoe Club and I coach at Seapoint Canoe Centre. I now want to pass on all the time and effort my coaches in previous clubs have spent with me by offering up my experience and support to all newcomers, regardless of gender and acting as a peer and role model to female newcomers to the sport.

I’ve been paddling for about 8 years and have got to know several inspirational female paddlers over this time. However the vast majority of people who have shaped my paddling career have been male. Whilst this is not a problem, I feel as though young women like myself would progress more quickly and become a stronger part of the paddling community if female instructors and role models were celebrated equally.

At the 2018 Hurley Classic event, I hopped on the water on the Friday evening for a sunset surfing session with a few others; amongst them was slalom athlete and white water superstar, Nouria Newman. My first few attempts at dropping into the wave were feeble but Nouria encouraged me with a few words of advice. If I can exert only a fraction of the effect this had on me on others then I will be extremely happy.

- Amy Blaker

See more of Amy Blaker and her work for British Canoeing on their website