Joe Hughes

Joe has over 10 years paddling experience behind him, most of his training took place under one of the sports elite coaches Gordon Brown in the challenging waters around Skye, along with paddling around St Kilda, other locations paddled include the West coast of Nova Scotia Canada most of the West coast and some of the North East of Scotland. Joe is not long back from a 20-day expedition to Greenland.

In 2018, Joe undertook a community fundraising challenge to supply more public access defibrillators for the Isle of Islay, the challenge was to do a continuous circumnavigation of the Isle of Islay, he was assisted by fellow team members who are based on the mainland The first attempt took 20hrs with around 100k completed, but for safety concerns this was stopped, this was completed at the second attempt with 147km and 27 hours of paddling which raised over £13,000.00 for the community in which we have purchased a further 9 public access defibrillators for the island, Joe was joined by John Paschke from Ayr on the successful attempt.

Joe is also a current Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered paramedic with over 25 years front line accident and emergency experience which was one of the factors behind the fund raising for defibrillators, as well as carrying out training for the public, Joe is also one of our First Aid Trainers.


What People Say to Me

We had a great time out on the water with Joe as part of a 30th birthday trip. He has so much equipment and his level of expertise and knowledge of the local area and kayaking made it an excellent experience and we came away having learned so much! Special thanks for his performance after once of us capsized - he was really calm and looked after us well! Would recommend and will definitely be going back out with him if we 're ever back in Islay!

David James

Just the best morning out on the water - Joe is a kind and patient teacher and an expert at kayaking so amazing to hear his tales of kayaking in Greenland and around the whole of Islay in 27hrs for charity. Felt totally safe in his hands plus he is so passionate about kayaking that it makes me want to learn more. He took me out to a fab seal colony who came very close to our kayaks for a nosey. The midway cup of tea was also very welcome. Can’t recommend him enough - do it !

Sharon Brennan

This was definitely one of the highlights of our trip to Islay! Joe was very friendly, responsive and an all round pleasure to meet. He has great knowledge of the local wildlife and environment and really adapts the tours for your interests and different levels of experience. And we got to see a colony of seals! It was a very special experience - we loved the trip and would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting the island.


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