Jaime Sharp
Kayak Supervisor
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I started whitewater kayaking at the age of 12, after going on 7 day family canoe trip on the Whanganui River in New Zealand at the age of 11. I loved the river though wanted my independence and longed to kayak, my uncle took me along to some pool sessions with the local whitewater club where I learnt to roll, and that was it I was hooked. I was soon paddling technical rivers on the weekends and playing Competitive Kayak Polo at school, I also dabbled a bit in Surf ski racing, though it was the fun of running rivers and surfing waves that had me hooked. I headed to University to train as an outdoor instructor and guide, and I was soon teaching whitewater skills and guiding rafts in the summer breaks.  A complicated shoulder injury lead me to sea kayaking in my early 20’s as a form of rehabilitation, and opened my eyes to a new form of paddling and a profession change. I have worked as a sea kayak guide and instructor all over the world for over 12 years, having also lead some personal extended sea kayak expeditions in some pretty far out places (most notably the first Circumnavigation of Svalbard Archipelago Norway by Sea kayak in 2015, with Tara Mulvany and PG Porsanger). I love the feel and challenge of dynamic water; it is what got me hooked to whitewater originally and why I still paddle on rivers today, however in the ocean you can find features that rival any class 5 run on a river, and the surf... well who doesn’t like to surf? I am a big believer that whitewater makes you an strong paddler, though paddling long boats makes you think more, combine them, and strive to master both, and you open a huge world of possibility in all realms of paddling

On top of kayaking Jaime is an adventurer at heart and indulges in all forms of adventure as well as being a semi pro photographer (his images appearing in numerous kayak magazines) and short film maker, all this on top of still leading group adventure trips all over the world