Tom Keith

Adventure Tour Guiding : Sea Kayaking

The Nunatak Adventure Tour Guiding students who chose sea kayaking as their specialisation skill cluster, spent their first week learning basic paddling skills, deep water rescue techniques and how to interpret weather.

Our group of nine students and two teachers – Tom Keith, from Roaring 40ᴼS Kayaking and Gemma Gooley spent the first day in the classroom, then headed down to Short Beach in Sandy Bay for their first paddle.  After a quick briefing, the group paddled from Short Beach to the Hobart Waterfront and back.  With the wind picking up, there was also time for a quick skills session before heading back to TasTAFE.

The next day was spent at the Clarence Aquatic Centre, where the group had the chance to learn and practice a variety of vital rescue techniques, including the wet-exit; self-rescue with the aid of a paddle float and how to assist others back into their kayak from the water.

Unfortunately, the final day of class for the week was cancelled due to the extreme weather and flooding in Hobart, but the short introduction to Sea Kayaking Guiding left the class eagerly awaiting their next session on the water.

Thank you to our wonderful teachers and guides for the day!

Student Profile : Tom Keith

Tom Keith

  1. Where are you currently working?  All over the place at the moment!  I’ve been working in the tourism industry – with Roaring 40’s Kayaking and Tas Walking Co, and also with Tasmanian schools on Outdoor Education programs and with World Challenge on overseas schools expeditions.
  2. What do you love most about your job?  The variety.  The outdoors.  Great people.
  3. When did you complete your training?  I completed the Certificate IV Outdoor Recreation in October 2014.
  4. What did you value about your training at TasTAFE?  It was such an intensive course in outdoor leadership with so many amazing trips in the outdoors whilst refining our hard skills.  The level of peer learning in the course was also exceptional.
  5. How has your training helped you with your Guiding career? The phone hasn’t stopped ringing since finishing the Certificate IV.  It has really helped to broaden my workload and introduce a bit more variety.
  6. What is your most memorable moment you have experienced on a trip? 40 knot winds and soaking silver-grey rain so heavy that the sky was indistinguishable from the sea on my first trip as an expedition sea kayak guide in the Southwest Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area.
  7. If you could invite anyone on a trip, who would it be?  David Attenborough
  8. If you could give one piece of advice for someone contemplating a career in the outdoors, what would it be?  Being in the outdoors is so much more rewarding than indoors. Learn to love being outside. Tom Keith Tom Keith Tom Keith Tom Keith

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