Gordon is well qualified and holds the British Canoe Union (BCU) Level 5 Sea Kayak award, in addition, he holds Level 5 Inland Kayak, Level 3 Surf. American Canoe Association (ACA) Advanced Open Water Instructor. WEMSI wilderness first aid.
Gordon believes that everyone has the potential to achieve more and that a creative and supportive environment can lay the foundations for the greatest advances in personal development. Gordon values the importance of taking time to reflect and learn from the experience, something we could always do more of and that some of his most rewarding experiences are when helping someone else to achieve their potential.
He has a lifetime’s experience on the sea and rivers throughout the world. He has trained, tutored and assessed many of the kayaking staff at outdoor centres around the UK.
Gordon produced his own sea kayak rescue video “Over… and Out” way back in 1993, and far more recently the DVD’s “Sea Kayak with Gordon Brown – Volumes 1 & 2″ with Simon WIllis. Volume 3 is well on its way to being completed. As an author he has written; “Sea kayak – A Manual for Intermediate and Advanced Kayakers” and also the chapter on sea kayaking in the latest edition of the BCU handbook. He has other projects underway but is keeping them under wraps for now.
He is the organiser of the Scottish Sea Kayak Symposium and is always in demand as a guest coach at sea symposia throughout the world.