Successful Grant Application

Successful Grant Application

The Postcode Community Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Heroes on the water are delighted that our recent request for funding was successful. Our project received £2500 from the Trust to fund our winter sessions on the River Loughor as well as the purchase of new Drysuits, PFDs, and footwear.


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Our Newly Qualified Paddle Leaders

Its taken a while but after two long days training on the water with British Canoe Union(BCU) training Provider Getafix Ltd and another two days of assessment , we now have six qualified leaders able to take out up to 12 clients on a variety of crafts , although for our purposes we use Sit on top kayaks.

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Cornwall Kayak Challenge 26th Aug – 2 Sept 2016

Cornwall Kayak Challenge 26th Aug – 2 Sept 2016

Mission - To successfully circumnavigate Cornwall, England in sit-on Kayaks including bike ride. Distance – 170 miles Kayak & 38 miles Bicycle (as the crow flies) Nearer 260 miles given road and tide  

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Gallery - HOW in Action

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Bexhill HOW Stand
Crazy casting trophy
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Group Pic
HOWs 1st fish Sophie and Perch
Jamie earns his Team HOW Cap
Jamie fishing Derwent water
Jim Marsh's donation in memory of his daughter
Luke Pike grip and grin
Luke and Sophie Group Pic
Luke being coached
Luke getting to grips with Yak
Luke inspects Pike
Martyn Stick Fish
Martyn Works hard for his first fish
Neils first Tope
Now Martin rigs and takes his own kayak to the slip
Pete Lane
Robin searches for Perch
Royal Marine and Navy a bit competitive
Steve Maver Donation - Tinkerbell
Tope on for Martin
Van and Trailer at Hawley
Volunteer John Ingham films Matyn and Robin
one is injured

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The HOW Team

Dave Taylor - Treasurer

Dave Taylor - Treasurer

David is not a fisherman or a kayaker but he can add up having studied Chemistry and Maths at Birmingham University. He graduated with honours in Chemistry and was captain of the table tennis team as well as a dab hand with a sabre, foil or epee. Working in International Business for over 30 years he has travelled to most points of the compass and speaks French following a spell running a company in the South of France. Married with two sons he plays tennis and is on the governing council of Weston Favell Academy in Northampton. David takes on the unglamorous roles of Treasurer and keeps all us anglers focused on the necessary but dull administration side of the charity. We call him "Dad".

Ed Gibson - Founder & Trustee

Ed Gibson - Trustee

Ed Gibson, is the Founder and Chairman of South Wales Kayak Anglers, the only official kayak angling club in the UK. An experienced kayak angler with many years experience and a history of fishing from boat angling to commercial fishing. Ed has that rare ability to get things done and loves turning his hand to anything that is a challenge.

Martin Hurst

Martin Hurst

Martin Hurst is a Cumbrian living in Mid Wales. An accomplished allrounder he was one of the original Ocean Kayak Uk team members and represented the uk in 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida in the worlds biggest Kayak Fishing competition. In Summer you'll find Martin afloat in Cardigan bay doing battle with specimen Tope, Bass and Black Bream whilst during Autumn and Winter he'll more often than not be found in his native Lake District in search of the large pike residing in lakes such as Coniston and Derwentwater. Martin is also the organiser of the countrys most well known Disability Sailing and Kayaking day, an annual event since 2009 which attracts around 100 participants

Neil Whitehead

Neil Whitehead

I was born and grew up in Rochdale near Manchester before joining the Army at 18. I spent 10 years in the Corps of Royal Engineers where I served in both UK and overseas postings including deployment in the first Gulf War and tours of Northern Ireland. After leaving the Army I had a short spell as a Prison Officer before eventually ending up as a Dispatch Supervisor for a large distribution company in the security industry.

I have fished from being a small boy for all manner of species in various parts of the world catching fish to over 100lb, but my real passion is for Pike. Or should that be “was” until I was introduced to Kayak Fishing through Heroes on the Water UK nearly two years ago. Now it seems to have shifted slightly to catching as many different species both Sea and Freshwater but from a Kayak.

Our Coaches

Andrew Buckley

Andrew Buckley

Craig is a BCU 2 level coach and 4 star paddler. Despite working abroad for most of the year leading expeditions, Craig volunteers for our welsh section on his trips home.

Craig Rytz

Craig Rytz

Craig is a BCU 2 level coach and 4 star paddler. Despite working abroad for most of the year leading expeditions, Craig volunteers for our welsh section on his trips home.

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller has kayaked since childhood both as a white water paddler, a sea kayaker and a kayak fisherman. He is a British Canoeing Level 4 paddler (Sea), a British Canoeing Level 2 Coach and an International Sea Kayak Guides Association Coastal Guide  A long career in the Royal Navy fostered a deep love of the ocean in him and he now lives and paddles in beautiful west Cornwall.  In  2015 he kayaked solo and unsupported 500km along the south coast of England between Falmouth and Portsmouth and in 2016 also kayaked 100km in 24 hrs - these two paddles raising over £10,000 for charities.  On leaving the Royal Navy in 2017 he set up and now runs Hook and Paddle, a company providing all year round guided kayaking and kayak fishing trips in Cornwall.  Steve is proud to be the SW Lead Guide for Heroes on the Water UK.  He is a successful tournament kayak angler and is angling prostaff / brand ambassador for American Tackle Inc.  Additionally, he is a Member of the Institute of Physics and both a Chartered Physicist and Engineer; he is also a specialist in practical meteorology for outdoor activities.  When not kayak guiding or paddling / fishing for pleasure you will find him at his studio as he is also a professional pastel artist and sells his work through his gallery in St Agnes, Cornwall.

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