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Paddling Info

Sea Kayaking Instruction

Sydney Harbour Kayaks
Kayak hire, sales and instruction. Based at the Spit Bridge, Mosman. Experts in teaching paddling techniques.
Expedition Kayaks Australia
Specialist kayak and canoe equipment dealer and instruction. Contact Rob Mercer for tuition, Sydney.
Region X Kayak Experiences
Sea Kayaking instruction and equipment sales. Based in Batemans Bay, NSW.
Jervis Bay Kayak Company
Sea Kayaking instruction and equipment sales. Based in Jervis Bay, NSW.
Kayaking equipment dealer, hire and instruction. Based in Pittwater 40 minutes north of Sydney
Perth Canoe Works
Kayaking equipment dealer, hire and instruction. Based in Perth, WA.
Kanuschule Versam
Kayak training and equipment sales. Based in Switzerland.

Sea Kayak Equipment

Kayaking World
Kayak sales and test paddling available. Based in Sydney and Gosford.
Canoes Plus
Kayak sales and instruction. Based in Melbourne.
Paddlesports Australia
On-line rafting and paddling equipment. Based in Australia.
Adventure Racing Equipment
Lightweight kayak and camping equipment. Online store in Australia.
Ecomarine Ocean Kayak Centre
Sea kayak equipment and training. Based in Vancouver, Canada.
Kuster Sport
Kayak and camping equipment. Based in Switzerland.

Sea Kayaking Information

NSW Sea Kayak Club
Sea kayak club and Information resource site in Australia.
Adventure Network
Information resource site on adventure sports, camping, and travel.
Boat Links.com
The Mother of All Maritime Links.
Canoeing Australia
Canoeing body for Australia.
Kiwi Association of Sea Kayakers
KASK is New Zealand's national sea kayaking body.
Kayak On-line
Kayak Online - a quick and easy way to find kayaking info.
Paddling.net is your #1 resource for information on Canoes and Kayaks.
Sea Kayaker Magazine.
US Sea Kayaking Magazine.
Sea Paddler
General sea kayak information.
Wavelength Paddling Magazine
Canadian Sea Kayaking Magazine.
Kayaking World
Retail store in Gosford, NSW. Good range of kayaks.

Destination Info


Bula Fiji
Fiji Islands Travel & Accommodation Guide: Fiji Visitors Bureau
Fiji Guide
Rob Kay’s Fiji Islands Travel Guide
Nanuya Island Resort
Nanuya Island Resort: Blue Lagoon
Finding Fiji
South Pacific Organizer
Fiji Travel Info Sheet
DFAT Australia, Fiji Information Sheet
Tourism Fiji
Fiji Travel and Accomodation Information


Panama Travel Info Sheet
DFAT Australia, Panama Information Sheet
Biodiversity Panama
Biodiversity and Tourism in Panama
Explore Panama
Explore Panama
Panama Info
Panama Information


Tonga Info Site
Kingdom of Tonga, Information site
Travel Info Sheet
DFAT Australia, Tonga Consular Information Sheet


Travel Info Sheet
DFAT Australia, Australia Consular Information Sheet
Hinchinbrook Travel Info Site
Information on Hinchinbrook Island from Hinchinbrook Ferries
Mission Beach Resort
Accommodation Mission Beach, Queensland Australia


Travel Info Sheet
DFAT Australia, Croatia Consular Information Sheet
Croatia Travel Info
General Croatia Information


Turkey Travel Info Sheet
DFAT Australia, Turkey Consular Information Sheet
Turkey Timeless Tours
Specialist Turkey Travel Agent


Australian Antarctic Division
Antarctic Information Site

The High Arctic

Svalbard (Spitsbergen) Info Site
Svalbard, Norway: The Arctic Pearl Website
Travel Info Sheet (Norway)
DFAT Australia, Norway Consular Information Sheet


Greenland Guide
Official Travel Guide to Greenland
Travel Info Sheet (Denmark)
US Department of State, Greenland Consular Information Sheet


Your Guide to Scotland
Scottish Canoeing
Scottish Canoe Association
Scottish Sea Kayaking
Scottish Sea Kayaking Photo Gallery

Our Team

Toby Story

Director, Senior Guide, Chief of Operations

Toby Story has been working for Southern Sea Ventures since 2005, guiding trips from the Tropics to the Polar regions. He has led trips in Norway, Greenland, Spitsbergen, Fiji, South Georgia, Antarctica, Tasmania, West Papua and the Philippines. Toby Story is...

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Megan Grover

Trip Consultant

Megan Grover has been involved in the adventure travel business for over 25 years. She has worked as a travel agency manager, in sales training for a major retail chain, reservations manager for an adventure wholesaler and has run the Southern Sea Ventures’ office for over 15 years. Megan’s travels have taken…

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Jane Newman

Trip Consultant

Jane Newman has worked in the travel industry in a variety of roles since 1996. Jane has specialised in travel sales, reservations and worked extensively with non profit organisations creating and implementing itineraries for their charity challenges. Jane has travelled extensively throughout Southeast Asia, South America...

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Al Bakker, Founder

Chief Consultant

Al has paddled whitewater and sea kayaks for 42 years in North America, South America, the South Pacific, Japan, Australia, NZ, Antarctica, South Georgia, the High Arctic and Greenland, Russian Far East and all across Europe. He has led commercial sea kayak tours for the last 27 years and developed sea…

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Eamon Larkin

Senior Guide

Eamon comes from a background in adventure and outdoor education with over 15 years experience working with students and schools, now teaching and assessing potential guides. He has a passion for travel and trekking through various countries, learning languages along the way. Eamon lives on the south...

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Sandy Robson

Senior Guide

Sandy Robson is Australia’s most experienced female sea kayaker. Sandy has led commercial sea kayaking trips in Australia and Fiji.  2019 will see her fourth season guiding for us in Fiji’s Yasawa Islands.

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Daniel Stavert

Senior Guide

For over a decade Daniel has been guiding sea kayak expeditions around the world. From the cold and ice of Antarctica, Greenland and the high arctic, to the tropical waters of Fiji, Raja Ampat, and northern Queensland. A keen climber...

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Dr. Garry Miller PHD.

Specialist Lecturer.

Gary’s career spans over 40 years of research since he first studied polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba for his MA in Zoology. After completing his PhD in biology in 1986, he has spent many years studying and observing whales, seals, penguins and seabirds around the world. For 30 years, Gary has ....

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Heather Kirkpatrick

Senior Guide

Heather Kirkpatrick has guided on many expeditions including sea kayaking, white water rafting and mountaineering in remote locations on all seven continents, after graduating from both science and outdoor education. She lives in Tasmania where she loves exploring her local coastline and has even...

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Matt Edwards

Senior Guide

Matt loves to explore and to show others the many natural and cultural treasures this world offers. Matt's entering his fourth season with Southern Sea Ventures and will be branching out from the tropical waters of Fiji to the wonders of Antarctica. Matt's a resident of British Columbia, Canada, where he...

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Enrico Carrossino

Senior Guide

Enrico runs our Italian and Corsican sea kayak programs and with his incredible knowledge of Italy and passionate love for his country he makes our sea kayaking adventures a smorgasbord of cuisine and culture. He is a certified whitewater and sea kayak instructor…

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Josko Matusan

Senior Guide

Bio coming soon...

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Henry Murray

Senior Guide

Henry Murray is our Fijian expert. Born in the Yasawa Islands he has guided kayak and fishing trips in the Yasawa for more than two decades. Henry's intimate knowledge of all the reefs and outdoor cooking experience adds an extra special quality to his trips.

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James Thorp

Senior Guide

James Thorp has been working for Southern Sea Ventures for the last couple of years, guiding trips in the Tropics. James has a world wide resume leading and instructing whitewater kayaking, whitewater rafting and sea kayaking programs in the polar regions, Nepal, India, Mexico, South America, Canada, New Zealand, Norway…

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