Rohan Kloper

ROHAN KLOPFER

Operations Manager, B.Ed (Outdoor Ed), B.Arts (Recreation Leadership)

My first paddling adventure in the outdoors was on my 16th birthday when I paddled down the Howqua River with two friends. We felt such a sense of achievement and exhilaration that I just knew that this was going to be my new journey. I had always liked the outdoors but paddling was the ultimate experience. The question was; how could I make it happen?

As in any industry, to be taken seriously one needs qualifications, so I enrolled at Victoria University to complete a Bachelor of Recreation Leadership followed by a teaching degree, Bachelor of Outdoor Education, These courses confirmed my philosophy and belief in Outdoor Education and most importantly made my parents happy!

It is now 10 years that I have been teaching adults and children how to enjoy the outdoors. I believe that safety and skills are crucial to having fun. I have thoroughly enjoyed the last 5 years teaching outdoor education at a private school; planning and running day programs as well as extended trips for secondary students. The students have taught me so much.

I would love you to experience my passion for the outdoors by joining us for a sea kayaking adventure at my new venture, EastCoast Kayaking. It is a great way to discover local water ways as well as improve your fitness and quality of life. I love the fact that sea kayaking has a low carbon footprint.

Raia Wall

Raia Wall
Guide &  Project Officer, 
B.Sc (Hons) Geology, GraD. Dip. Ed. (Sec.), Adv. Dip. Business

 

Peter Costello
Instructor

Peter is an active member of the Victorian Sea Kayak Club and a very enthusiastic and patient teacher. He loves to introduce new paddlers to the sport and is a regular Instructor on our Sea Starter Courses at Sandringham.

Steve Vegh

Steve Vegh
INSTRUCTOR

Steve’s passion for kayaking started at 15 years old, living close to the Danube where kayaking is one of the biggest sport in Hungary.

He joined a local Canoe Club in Budapest and since then paddling was part of his life, learning to paddle on the mighty Danube and carry on the strong Hungarian canoeing culture. He has achieved and won many multiple local and international Championships as a Junior and Senior.

Steve has been paddling in Australia since 1984, winning many championships in a variety of craft. Some of his achievements are:

  • Australian Champion in Canoe and Kayak - sprint / marathon since 1984 – 2015
  • Five times Murray Marathon winner TK-2 relay
  • World Masters Champion in 2002, 2009, 2007, 2015 - world champion in singles and with mixed doubles K2
  • Outrigger Canoe Champion: 2005 , silver medal in Coffs Harbour in 2011.
  • Ocean paddling is Steve’s passion: Ocean ski and Outrigger Canoe. He has competed in several Ocean races, local and around Australia.

As a kayaking coach with over 20 years experience and mentor for several top paddlers in Australia, Steve teaches  athletes from beginner to Olympic level in all different crafts and has developed a special method for people to learn efficient paddling stroke and training strategy. He also teaches kayaking where people have a physical disability - Paracanoe.                    

Steve loves teaching  and sharing his lifetime kayaking experience with other people. One on one sessions or group sessions, give him great pleasure when other people can achieve their best.

 

Matthew Renshaw
Instructor, Dip. of Outdoor Recreation

Matthew graduated from Chisholm Institute's Diploma of Outdoor Recreation. Matt's love of all things water has taken him around the world! He guides a large range of adventure activities and can always be found with a mischievous grin no matter what the conditions!

Brent Coviello
Instructor, Dip. of Outdoor Recreation

With a diploma in outdoor recreation, Brent Coviello is passionate about the environment and facilitating the benefits of experiencing it. With a love of the outdoors, his all-round experience extends further to:

  • Bushwalking guide Mountain Biking guide
  • Youth work Top rope climbing and abseiling
  • OHS Wilderness 1st aid (32 Hour)
  • Rafting guide (Grade 3) Sea kayaking guide
  • Swift water rescue Trip planning and Risk Management
  • Flat water canoeing guide Community SLS Certificate
  • Food handling course

Brent also shares the spirit of adventure and travel. His adventures abroad led him to participate in number of outdoor expeditions. He has hiked the mountains and caved on volcanos in Central America. In the Sth Americas, he sailed for four days in the Galapagos islands, hiked in the Andes on the Inca trail to Machu Pichu and the Amazon in Peru. Brent has also travelled to Germany to snow board and hike in the Alps. In Sth Africa, he explored the famous Table Mountain and surfed its beaches. With adrenaline pumping in his veins and an unique spirit for adventure, Brent went to Zimbabwe where he rafted down the Zambezi river, not to mention travelling and surfing the coast of Mozambique and the east coast of Sth Africa (the garden route) !