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David Welch

I started sea kayaking in Auckland in the early 90’s, and within a few years had enough experience and a qualification to guide commercially. I worked for eight years in the Abel Tasman and overseas in the Norwegian Fjords. Now living in Christchurch, I have managed a couple of kayak retail outlets here, but these days I volunteer my instruction skills at club level. I’ve kayaked many locations in both North and South Islands, but d’Urville Island is still my favourite multi-day trip.

Currently there are four sea kayaks in the garage, and I like to think I have a different kayak to suit the type of paddling I am intending to do, rather than one boat for all uses. Sea kayaking as a sport becomes much more interesting accordingly!

The number of networks and clubs we have around the country do a fine job of promoting sea kayaking and keeping people’s interest in the sport by running training forums, trips and maintaining a high profile with regular meetings and the like. I believe KASK keeps all of our networks connected and working toward the aims of sea kayak promotion, safety standards, coastal access and advocacy in many areas of common interest. As sea kayaking in its many forms becomes even more popular, the KASK organisation has much to offer the new and even not so new paddler. Let us keep that momentum going for the enjoyment, safety and well being of all sea kayakers.

I endeavour to get on the water at least once a week. Whether it be a multi-day or single-day trip, or just a few hours out rolling or surfing (or both!), every moment on the water is a great one! See you out there some time.


KASK's aims are to:

1. Promote and encourage the sport of sea kayaking
2. Promote safety standards
3. Develop techniques and equipment
4. Deal with issues of coastal access and protection
5. Organise sea kayak forums around the country
6. Publish the Sea Canoeist Newsletter and the KASK Handbook