Thomas Armstrong Read


Hi, I’m Tom and I’ve been paddling for 7 years. I’m a Paddlesport Instructor and my main passion is whitewater river running, however I do like to dabble in a bit of freestyle or chilled canoe touring! You’ll often find me on some of my favourites in North Wales such as the Tryweryn, or down at Holme Pierrepont whitewater course in Nottingham, just messing about!

John Cowie


I am John and I’m a senior coach who has been in the Club since 1997 and is currently the Treasurer and Membership Secretary.  I started my paddling ‘journey’ at the age of 40 after watching the Raft Race at Matlock.  I would say “working on the principle life begins at 40!”  Since then I’ve thoroughly enjoyed his time in the Club.  I’m a qualified first aider, safeguarding and DBS compliant and a Coach Level 3 for Kayak & Canoe with British Canoeing. 

I mostly enjoy paddling my open canoe and very much enjoy passing on my experiences and paddling skills to new entrants coming into the sport at whatever level (young child or older adults and every person in between regardless of ability or individual challenges).

Philip spackman

Hi, I am Philip Spackman and it is my privilege and pleasure to be a member of the coaching team.  I have been a qualified coach for eighteen years and paddling for a little longer.  I am an (old style) BC Level 3 Kayak & Level 4 (equiv) Canoe coach.  I can deliver Start, Discover, Explore, White Water and FSRT. 

As an experienced coach/leader I have led trips pretty much all over the UK including many trips to Scotland.  In the past year I have started touring and sea kayaking – why didn’t I try this earlier?  Just brilliant!  I am always happy to paddle with you whenever you have an hour or two to spare the exception being Sundays when I go to Church.  I try to make paddling enjoyable both for you and for me.

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