(www.sseak.co.uk) Locally based in Shillingstone near Blandford Forum is the UK’s largest SKUK dealer, Steve is a passionate sea kayaker and as well as Nigel Dennis sea kayaks sells a range of tried and tested sea kayaking equipment, and is a local repair centre for sea kayakers in the area.
Steve regularly coaches and leads trips all along the fabulous Jurassic coast.
Over 20 years ago, Nigel Dennis Kayaks (NDK) was formed with the design of the Romany, since then a large range of kayaks have been designed and made in Anglesey North Wales UK under the direction of BCU Coach and world level expeditioner, Nigel Dennis. His boats are synonymous with British sea kayak design. The company is now called Sea Kayaking UK, (SKUK) but the Romany, Explorer and now Pilgrim remain the tried, tested and true favourites of many paddlers worldwide.
These sea kayaks are renowned for their rough water handling, solid secondary stability, superb fit and durable construction. Model families include Romany, Explorer, Pilgrim, Greenlander Pro, and the Triton double. With the exception of the Triton II, all kayaks are available in four layups: Standard, Elite , Carbon/Kevlar, and now the 50/50 layup.
Established in 2015, British Sea Kayaks is the only specialist sea kayaking company based in Plymouth, UK. Rick Cooper had been paddling a Romany Surf for a few years and was very enthusiastic about the NDK brand. It seemed a natural progression to become the official dealer for Sea Kayaking UK in the Westcountry, where the world-famous brand had gone into a bit of a decline and Nigel Dennis was looking for someone to give new impetus and re-kindle interest.
Since 2016, the number of paddlers choosing the Romany, Explorer, Sport, Sportive, Echo and other models from the NDK range has blossomed and British Sea Kayaks, working in close co-operation with our fellow dealership Southern Sea Kayaks (Steve Jones) has stimulated a renewed appreciation of the brand. Between us, we’ve worked hard to deliver high quality kayaks and a consistently high standard of customer service. As a result of our joint efforts, an NDK sea kayak is once again the predominant choice of paddlers in the Westcountry and along the Jurassic Coast, two of the most challenging areas around the British coastline.
Since our humble beginnings, British Sea Kayaks has expanded it’s operation to include coaching, expeditions to Brittany (France) and retail sales of high-quality sea kayaking gear from Whetman Equipment and Reed Chillcheater. We’re an accredited provider for the new British Canoeing Personal Performance Awards and a specialist in adaptive paddling too. We’re truly proud to be a Sea Kayaking UK dealer and expedition centre.
Explora Expeditions was set up in 2015 to support paddlers and outdoor adventurers with courses, trips, holidays and expeditions. We work in the UK, Greece, Greenland and Chile and cover from sea kayaking in the icy wonder of Disko Bay in Greenland to horseback riding with the local horse herders in the Andes. We are a small company, focused on small group travel & training.
Chris established the Reed Chillcheater range in 1999. At that time Chris developed his first fabric, Aquatherm. He constructed four basic thermal Chillcheater garments working with this new fabric, the first ever of their kind. These products soon became award winners for design and innovation and in turn attracted interest from the larger watersports community, noticeably in kayaking.
Since that time the product range has grown from 4 to over 90 items, all of which have evolved surely and steadily through feedback and requests by our customers for lighter, more waterproof, comfortable, warm and durable clothing.
Reed to date have developed four unique fabrics that form the basis of their renowned layering systems: Aquatherm, Aquatherm Fleece, Aquatherm Elite and Transpire Fleece. Reed sell their clothing and accessories world wide.