The Organisers and Volunteers…..

The Black Isle Sea Kayaking Symposium relies on a number of Organisers and Volunteers who provide very valuable support both in the organisation of the event as well as support to the coaches over the weekend of the Symposium. We have provided a pen picture and photographs of the organisers and volunteers  – do look out for them over the weekend of the Symposium and say hello.


Simon Sims

Simon Sims is the founding director of Adventures Unlimited Scotland (CIC) and the brains behind the Black Isle Sea Kayaking Symposium – which also qualifies him as the main organiser of the event. Simon has been kayaking for over 30 years and is a BCU Level 3 Sea and Inland Coach as well as a BCU Level 2 Canoe Coach. He also teaches sailing and powerboating and in his spare time, Simon also enjoys skiing and cycling. Professionally, Simon runs a learning support department in a large High School in Inverness and he’s a qualified teacher of the visually impaired.

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Simon Sims


Margaret Pearson

Margaret is a BCU level 3 Sea Kayak coach and a 4 star Leader. She masterminds the flourishing sea kayak programme for the Inverness Canoe Club. She also coaches at the Scottish Women’s Paddle Symposium.

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Margaret Pearson


Justin Grant

Justin is a UKCC Level 2 coach with Moderate Water Endorsement, a 4 star Leader and an expert on everything that flies (in the bird world at least)! He can also fix most things that can go wrong on a sea kayak! He’s also rather adept at spotting and fixing paddlers “bad habits.”

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Justin Grant


Tania Mackie

Tania Mackie is a UKCC Level 2 Canoe and Kayak coach with Moderate Water Endorsement for sea kayaking as well as being a 4 star Leader. Sea kayaking and exploring the wonderfully varied coastline of Scotland go together and Tania enjoys both paddling and coaching with friends, family and folk who just want to go on adventures. Tania coaches at the Scottish Women’s Paddle Symposium and on a regular basis for the Inverness Canoe Club.

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Tania Mackie


Angus Mackie

Angus is a UKCC Level 2 coach and a 4 star Leader. He took up sea kayaking a few years ago and finds it rather addictive, especially exploring and photographing the Scottish coastline from a sea kayak! He’s also the person behind this website….

Find out more at: www.scotland360.co.uk

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Angus Mackie


Barney Johnston 

Barney is a multi talented outdoor instructor and qualified teacher of Craft and Design. Barney regularly teaches climbing and canoeing to our groups and also has a passion for landrovers and all things mechanical. He has worked at a number of outdoor centres including Outward Bound at Fort William, and has travelled extensively abroad.

Barney Johnston