Aaron Price – Owner / Operator / Operations Manager / Guide
Since college, I have always known what I wanted to do for a living; it was not in an office but outside teaching and guiding in the outdoors. I have a Diploma in Outdoor Leadership and Management from Otago Polytechnic, and after I graduated I have always found work in the outdoors.
Whilst working in NZ, I have done a lot of freelance work as well as a season in the Abel Tasman (sea kayaking) and Queenstown (snow making).
In 2008, I got a job in the UAE as a lead instructor for International School groups. We taught various activities – climbing, abseiling, kayaking, canoeing and team building. Passing on my enthusiasm for the outdoors is what I love.
After meeting Nat in the UAE, I moved to the UK. I found a job at an outdoor activity centre for children and loved it. Whilst I was working over there, I came up with an expedition I would like to do and so started planning that. It is my largest expedition to date – to circumnavigate Great Britain in a tandem sea kayak. I teamed up with my good mate, Russell/Scrat for this expedition. This was a massive undertaking, as we were the first ever to attempt this during winter and also the youngest. It was an amazing adventure and I learnt a lot about myself. Unfortunately we did not complete it due to an injury I sustained, but I will go back to complete it one day!
Since returning to NZ, we have started to build our lives here in the Marlborough Sounds and are loving every minute of it. My passion for this industry and sport has never failed me so I can’t wait to help everyone have that same experience.
Nat Price – Owner / Operator / Office Manager / Guide
I was born and raised in the UK but now have residency and intend to stay here in NZ for a long time.
I met Aaron back in 2008, in Dubai and it just so happens that he helped to inspire me in my pursuit of a career in the outdoor industry. My childhood had consisted of camping holidays with biking or walking so I already had ‘the bug’. I am a very keen runner and biker which has led to my lifelong ambition to complete an Ironman one day – Watch this Space!
I was in Dubai on my gap year, working with International children and I absolutely loved it. So when I returned to the UK, I pursued a Diploma in Outdoor Activities at my local college. Once I was qualified, I also worked with Aaron in the outdoor activity centre before we moved to NZ in 2011.
Our plan in NZ was to work and save money for an 18 month bike expedition through Australia. However when the opportunity arose to buy Sea Kayak Adventures, where we had already been working, we chose to explore that option. And here we are today! Building our life, showing all of you lovely people out there how awesome sea kayaking and mountain biking is, here in the Marlborough Sounds!
Alex Tande – Guide
That’s right he is back . . .
Constance Bell – Guide
I grew up on a farm in the landlocked state of Iowa where I did not find my passion for kayaking until finishing my degree in art and mathematics. Shortly after graduation my adventurous spirit led me on a paddling trip on Lake Superior, I’ve been hooked ever since.
Over the years I travelled to and from enjoying everything from competing in an adventure triathlon, running rapids to sea kayaking. I finally moved to the north woods of Wisconsin where I have spent the last two years as a kayak guide within the archipelago of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Between sea cave tours and island hopping I honed in the skills to certify as Level 3 Coastal Kayak Trip Leader through the American Canoe Association (ACA). On my days off I do not hesitate to get back on the water – surprise – to practice my rolls, read a book by Atwood on the beach or hike to a waterfall. My journey has now led me to New Zealand where I cannot wait to share my passion of kayaking and explore the breathtaking Marlborough Sounds.
Nick Rose – Guide
I am a qualified outdoor activities instructor from England and I love the great outdoors!
I am especially passionate about kayaking, I have paddled in lots of different countries and I have lots of experience in different disciplines, including white water, sea and touring. I have also competed in surf kayaking!
My other love in life is surf boarding. I am always looking for the next wave and I am excited to see what New Zealand can deliver.
Lexi – (the real Boss)
I am awesome if I do say so myself! I am a pure bred Border Collie who loves to swim, play and most of all meet new people. I was born in May 2014 and living at SKA is a massive learning curve as a pup. I’m into my teenage years now so I’m rebelling every now and then to keep Mum and Dad on their toes! There are lots of dangerous things in this place but my loving parents are awesome and look after me. If you are coming to visit, then I will gladly say hello and even give you a kiss if you ask nicely but please ask Mum or Dad first (they are a bit protective).