We're About Teaching How To Get The Most From Paddling And Having A Good Time Doing It
Ski Paddling is an Australian based business dedicated to helping people to develop their performance on Surf Ski's and Ocean Ski's.
Whether you're paddling to compete, catch waves or just have fun you will enjoy it so much more if you know:
- How to choose the right equipment for your paddling objectives,
- How to configure your equipment to suit your size and paddling style,
- Learn the correct padding technique to generate more power with less fatigue,
- Exercises and drills to help you correct your technique and develop your paddling strength, and
- so much more.
We decided to offer online training for Ski Paddlers for three main reasons:
- Ski Paddling is growing extremely fast and Buck can't keep up with demand using just traditional methods,
- There's a lot of information on the Internet but it's all over the place and some of it is questionable, and
- Buck's students rave about his approach so much that we felt it was a good idea to share it with the world.
We're also very keen to promote surf ski paddling and ocean paddling and have decided to donate a percentage of all our earnings to doing so. For us it's not about the money, I's about building a community of like minded people around a common interest and having fun!
We hope that you are looking to get the most from your paddling and have fun. If that's what you're looking for then join with Buck and Keith to make it all possible.
This is Who We Are
My wife Jen and I moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2000 after 20 Years in the Royal Australian Navy (Combat Systems – where I worked as adventure trainer/instructor running courses in paddling, caving, abseiling, and lead climbing). We were both looking for a challenge so we became Surf Lifesavers.
In 2001 I was introduced to Surf Ski Paddling and ever since have had a passion to show others what I have learnt from various coaches. I hope to help people fast track the length of time it takes to learn to paddle by using all my experience over my career in the Navy and Surf Lifesaving.
I am president and coach of a Ski Paddling club called Mooloolaba Paddlers INC that I helped form in 2013.
Since the club’s formation I have been involved with improving and advancing the skill level and technique of new and novice paddlers. We now have approximately 120 members ranging in age from 12 years to 70 years of age.
In 1994 I competed in the AVON Descent white water paddling event in Western Australia, which is a grueling 103 km down river event involving rapids and long flat water sections over 2 days.
In 2006 I won a gold medal in the World Lifesaving Titles for 50 year male surf ski paddle relay.
In 2014 I received a Silver medal male 45-49 year Double surf ski at the Australian National Lifesaving Titles.
I have received numerous medals for surf ski racing at branch and state masters championships level including a Silver medal 210 year beach relay Australian National Lifesaving Titles 2014.
Completed courses in Navy:
- Certificate 4v Training and Instructor
- Abseil Instructors and rescue Course
- White water rescue Course
- Level 1 Triathlon Coach 6 years
- Level 1 Swim Coach 5 years
- Strength and conditioning coach in Royal Australian Navy
Courses completed after the Navy:
- Level 1 Surf Sports Coach for 10 years
- Learn to Swim Instructor for 6 years
- Certificate 4v training and assessment (Surf Lifesaving) Queensland
- Surf life saving
- Completed Bronze medallion 2000
- Have been a surf lifesaver for 15 years
- Surf lifesaver training officer
- Involved with community surf awareness/ education programs with schools and Army
Coaching masters in surf life saving for board/ski/swimming and running gym/circuit strength and conditioning classes for surf clubs for over 15 years.
I am relatively new to ski paddling and am learning from Buck. Here’s how it all started…
I belong to a group of ocean swimmers called The Mooloolaba Beach Bums and many of their members are ski paddlers. After swimming each morning, we often chat over coffee at a local coffee shop. I happened to mention that I really envied watching the ski paddlers catching waves. So they encouraged me to talk to Buck about how best to get into paddling.
I was encouraged by my first conversation with Buck. One of his club members lent me a ski to try and I was hooked at the first session (even though I spent more time in the water than on the ski). So I decided to get into it and bought my first ski.
My paddling ambition is to catch runners in the sea off Mooloolaba Beach. I realise that I’ll need to get a lot better before being capable of doing that. I want to get there as soon as I can and that’s why I take lessons from Buck.
You can read about some of my experiences as a beginner on Buck’s group on our blog.