Our associate guides are all highly skilled and qualified. We call on them when we are busy or feel that our groups will benefit from their particular areas of expertise whether that be marine biology, geology, kayak fishing or other areas of paddle sport.
Howard Jeffs has been sea kayaking for nearly 40 years, and in 1983 became the youngest BCU Level 5 Sea Coach of the time. The following year he achieved the same position with the Mountaineering Instructors Certificate. Although very fortunate to have worked and paddled in most of Europe, Arctic Norway, Svalbard and Greenland, North America, Sri Lanka, Maldives and the Galapagos Islands, his love for the diverse west coast of Britain still remains ever strong. His particular passion is the west coast of Scotland and her mountains in the winter. As well as an author, involved in sea kayak design and manufacturing, he is also an enthusiastic yachtsman.
Dr Lou Luddington is a Marine Biologist whose passion in life is the natural world. Lou is an accomplished sea kayaker and is available as a guide through Sea Kayak Guides to provide expertise on wildlife in Pembrokeshire. Lou has been delivering bespoke environmental training for kayaking and coasteering instructors on all aspects of wildlife in Pembrokeshire for 10 years.
Lou has extensive experience in field and diving surveys in the UK and the tropics. She has worked in marine conservation for the last 10 years and worked as marine conservation officer at Skomer Marine Nature Reserve for 3 years. Lou now runs her own business, Luddington Marine which provides a range of services including diving surveys, marine biology workshops, environmental training for outdoor centres and wildlife guiding. Lou’s all-time best wildlife encounter was sea kayaking with two Minke whales and a basking shark on the same day.
“Pembrokeshire is world class for sea kayaking, with Skomer Island and the Bishops and Clerks on the doorstep there is so much wildlife to enjoy all year round – getting out in a kayak amongst the wildlife is what life’s all about for me!” Lou is also a super-keen surfer and loves snorkelling.