Meet The Team

Keswick Canoe and Bushcraft is based in the heart of the Lake District National Park in the bustling town of Keswick and is run by husband and wife team Paul and Claire Weller. All our canoe instructors are highly qualified, experienced coaches, holding relevant first aid awards and have been police checked in accordance with BCU guidelines.

At Keswick Canoe and Bushcraft we pride ourself in having a professional and well respected team, all our instructors are leaders in their field. Find out a little more about them here.

Paul Weller
Paul coaching

Paul has been working and instructing in the outdoors for over 20 years. He is a BCU level 4 canoe coach, level 2 kayak coach and holds the BCU 5 star canoe award. He is also a qualified mountain leader and climbing instructor. Paul has led courses and expeditions throughout the UK and has trekked, paddled and climbed in India, Sweden, Norway, South America, Russia and Nepal. Paul has been in a canoe since the age of 6 and first went kayaking when he was 9 years old. He has a genuine, infectious passion for the outdoors – influenced by his grandfather and their camping trips together when he was young and also inspired by Millican Dalton – Borrowdale’s very own ‘Professor of Adventure’!

Claire Weller

Claire is a keen mountain walker, climber and canoeist. She has trekked, climbed and paddled in the UK, Europe and Himalaya. Claire has a background of over 15 years in business management and customer service – so keeps things running smoothly in the office! She has built productive working partnerships with the National Trust and The Forestry Commission, and is the person that organises and rounds up volunteers for monthly ‘clear ups’ of rubbish on Derwentwater and its islands.

Justin Kyme-Oliver

Justin has lived in the Lake District and worked in the outdoors for over 15 years and brings a huge wealth of experience. He is a Level 3 canoe coach, a Level 2 kayak coach, holds the Mountain Leader award and is also a qualified climbing instructor. In winter, Justin spends most of his time in the Alps ski touring and snowboarding.

When not working Justin likes to spend time with his family, paddle and go biking. He is also a great chef and thoroughly enjoys his food!

Cedric Schofield

Cedric has been coaching professionally since 1989 and his qualifications include Level 4 Canoe, Level 3 Kayak, SPA and Summer Mountain Leader Award and has lived in the North Lakes for over 15 years.

Cedric states ‘life is all about being outside, visiting fantastic places, doing exciting things and meeting great people’.

He is just as happy floating up Derwentwater as he is crashing down waterfalls – He adds, ‘The most important thing is to have a great day out!

David Alty

A woodsman at heart, David is never happier than out in the woods, a whittling project on the go, an open fire blazing and supper in the pot.
David lives in Cumbria and works throughout Britain sharing his passion for outdoor living and traditional skills. An excellent communicator, David will ensure that a day out with him will give you an experience long remembered.

David has studied long and hard at the University of Life and is a valuable asset to the team.

Ed Braithwaite

Ed moved up from the south of England 9 years and has never looked back. He chose to move to the Lake District to work, play and share adventures in one of natures best playgrounds.

He works with a range of groups in a range of disciplines and enjoys sharing and enthusing adventure and education in the outdoors. Ed thinks there is nothing better than to get involved and learn new skills to allow people to have their own adventures.

Shaun Ludden
Photo of instructor Sean

Shaun lives in the Lake District with his partner Jo and has spent his whole life playing out. He is a passionate climber and canoeist and is a full time member of staff with KC&B. Shaun is one of our most experienced instructors.

Shaun says – “Learn through play”, “Never stop asking questions” and “If you’re not living life on the edge you’re taking up too much space”.

Shaun likes Newcastle United, curries, good whiskey, fine beers, punk, reggae and sharing time and energy around a campfire.