R Woollven Sea Kayaks


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On the shores of Loch Ness Rowland Woollven Fiona having fun! Surf launch! Rob goes sea kayak caving At rest in Loch Sween Seil campsite Arctic Tern Preparing for a night paddle Bouncy Seas in the Firth of Lorne Castle Stalker Evening Paddle from Port Appin Heather Explores Maiden Island Incident Management Course Action! Calm in the Firth of Lorne Steph's Second Day at Sea! Mette - Danish Ninja Paddler! Ninja Rolling! Fun on Loch Ness Sunset over Lismore Otter

Rowland Woollven

  • BCU Level 5 Coach (Sea)
  • BCU Level 3 Coach (Surf)
  • Nordkapp Trust Sea Guide
  • Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician
  • Mountain Instructor Award

Rowland Woollven started paddling whilst at school and progressed through the disciplines of down river touring and racing, canoe polo, slalom, sprint, marathon and long-distance racing before settling on sea and surf kayaking as his main interests. Now a Level 5 BCU Sea Coach (Assessor Grade 5) and a Level 3 Surf Coach, he is also one of a worldwide handful of Nordkapp Trust Sea Guides, having developed an interest in Inuit paddling and rolling using the Greenland paddle. He has qualified as a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician and instructs on the ‘communications’ and ‘drowning’ modules of the course held annually at Glenmore Lodge.

Rowland has worked on a large number of kayaking symposiums in the UK and USA, both as an on-water coach and as a principal speaker and lecturer. His main area of interest for sea expeditions is South East Alaska and the west coast of British Columbia, where he has led several major trips, including a 6 week circumnavigation of the Queen Charlotte Islands (1998). Other expeditions in the past have taken him to Norway and France. Closer to home, in 2008 he paddled three quarters of the mainland British coast – finishing rather later than planned in 2012. Details are on the Round Britain page. In early summer 2009, Rowland built a skin-on-frame Greenland rolling kayak – in which he can often be found – but not always ‘right side up’!

Rowland now lives in Oban on the west coast of Scotland.

What’s Available?


  • Personal Skills
  • Incident Management and Sea Kayak Safety & Rescue Training
  • Traditional Inuit Skills and Greenland Paddling
  • British Canoeing Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning and Open Water Navigation and Tidal Planning Courses

All prices on application, as every session is tailored to you.

Forthcoming Course Dates

  • None currently scheduled; please enquire if you would like a course or assessment organised.
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