Roaring 40°s Kayaking has a dedicated team of professional staff and guides whom return each summer to share their passion for Tasmania. You can expect highly skilled and knowledgeable guides that are also, of course, friendly and approachable.
Owner | Kayak instructor and assessor
A born and bred Taswegian, Reg is literally mad about kayaking! Together with his wife Jenny, they own and run Roaring 40ºs Kayaking. He is a seasoned kayaking guide and instructor, holding assessor qualifications with Paddle Australia. Some have discovered the diesel mechanic/engineer lurking beneath the outdoors gear and he specialises in being our lateral thinking ‘fixer’. Normally a man of many words, he described crossing Bass Strait a few years ago simply as ‘hard’. He and Jenny have cycled and kayak toured all over the world, most recently cycling through the remote Indian Himalayas.
Owner | Business manager
An environmental manager and ecologist by degree, Jenny translates much of her experience and scientific intellect to the management of Roaring 40°s Kayaking. She and Reg have created an award-wining tourism operation. A Queensland emigrant, she too is an accomplished and passionate sea kayaker who loves the Tassie lifestyle, the changing seasons and the snow! She shares the love of cycle and kayak touring with Reg. Her competitive streak breaks out on a badminton court having represented Australia and she continues to win gold at National Masters competitions.
Expedition Guide | Surf Ski Paddling Coach
Tory has guided with us each year since our first season in 2013 and contributes superb skills to our team. The wild south of Tasmania beckons each season, ‘It gets under your skin! It’s so beautiful…if I had to choose a second home this would be it’. Tory grew up in a hospitality environment, guests experience restaurant level expedition dining when she is driving the stove. She’s a magician when making ‘something from nothing’ if weather keeps a group in the SW for longer than expected. Not one to take things slowly, she also juggles a teaching degree plus coaching surf ski paddlers.
Expedition Guide | TasTAFE Outdoor Instructor
Growing up, Tom’s family holidayed on the spectacular east coast of Tasmania and these early beachside adventures helped Tom to develop a definitive love of the ocean. Tom is always up for a sea kayaking adventure and has explored some far flung reaches of Tasmania’s dramatic Southern Ocean coastline. Tom has several years of sea kayak guiding and instructional experience and Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour rank as his all time favourite sea kayaking destinations. Between guiding and teaching TAFE Adventure Guiding students, Tom loves mountain bike riding and bushwalking.
Damian (Damo) Cruise
Guide | Mountain Bike Guru
Damo is a Tassie local who finds it difficult to be contained indoors. This coming season will be Damo's 6th guiding for Roaring 40s; he reckons his office is hard to beat! He also works as an Outdoor Education Instructor for local schools. He loves teaching skills but more importantly sharing his froth for the amazing places Tassie has. His favourite kayaking destination is the Tasman Peninsula. "It's world class paddling and it's pretty close to home. There's heaps of amazing wildlife, massive sea caves and huge cliffs! We are very lucky."
Demleza (Melzie) Wall
Guide | U23 World Championship C1 Slalom Team Bronze Medalist 2019
Don’t underestimate this pint-sized paddler, she is a member of the bronze medal winning Australian U23 Slalom team and her power to weight ratio is seriously impressive. If you want to talk technique and tips, she is innately knowledgeable about water skills (we’ve never seen her ‘swim’). A wild child, she grew up in WA in an adventurous family who climbed, mountain biked, kayaked and walked. It might sound like Wall Family Boot Camp to some, but we benefit from having an experienced outdoor athlete and total nature geek in the team. Occasionally Melzie is confined to indoors while she studies Marine & Antarctic Science at UTAS.
Expedition Guide | Surfer
Always keen to be on the water, Pip loves nothing better than paddling or surfing the stunning local coastlines and is always keen to share the experience with others. She loves the feeling of total immersion on trips, the outside world blurs and time seems irrelevant. There’s a real connection to the environment and the people you are with. An experienced bushwalking and kayaking guide, she is constantly curious about the natural world. ‘We know so much about life above the water, yet we are only scratching the surface on what lies below. What better way to spark an interest in this underwater world than to spend some time paddling on it’.
Guide | All-round Adventurer
Hayley is a environmental science student with a keen interest in anything wild!! Whether its wild flowers or white water it all puts a smile on her dial. Growing up on the edge of the Dandenong Ranges she developed a love of the outdoors with the forest at her back door step. After graduating with a diploma of Outdoor Recreation Hayley spent 7 years guiding hiking trips in the Northern Territory and New Zealand. Now a permanent resident in Tasmania she spends as much time as she can kayaking, hiking or with her head amongst the flowers.. and some books.
Guide | Barista
Mischa grew up exploring Tasmania’s wilderness and likes nothing better than getting out on the water or wandering the rain forests and mountains. He’s always had a passion for sharing these places and experiences with others. As well as kayaking with us, he is currently expanding his outdoor skill-set, studying a bachelor in outdoor education and environmental science.
Expedition Guide | Kayak Instructor
Josh is a semi-converted Kiwi who is now calls Tasmania home. Kayaking, bushwalking and biking have always been high on his agenda, leading to a career in outdoor guiding, instruction and education. A deep appreciation for the natural environment developed with professional and personal immersion into wild places. He confesses he is rapidly falling in love with 'the adventure playground that is Tasmania'. Josh holds a degree in outdoor education and is working towards a post-grad qualification in conservation land management.
Jen (JC) Cooper
Guide | Marine Biologist
Originally from the UK, JC is now a permanent Tassie resident after completing the Tas TAFE guiding course. In her academic life, JC is a marine biologist and dive master. She is deeply passionate about all things ocean and enthuses about experiences on, in and around the water. Another of our guide nature geeks, she believes experiencing the outdoors is so positive and transformative. "When we appreciate and connect to special places, it fosters an understanding about the importance of conservation."
Dan (Patmandu) Patman
Guide | New Dad
Daniel has been in Tassie for a decade and when he's not out exploring the waterways and rivers of the south you'll find him walking or running in the mountains. He's an avid gardener creating home in an old apple orchard in the Huon Valley. Daniel is in his second season guiding with Roaring 40s Kayaking after spending many years working in Tasmania's conservation movement. There are a few past/present engineers in the team and this is also another of his skills. Daniel’s journey recently got more adventurous with the birth of his first child!
Guide | Slalom Champion
Rumour has it Tim is able to snap paddles in a single stroke. If you need a tow, he’s the man to hail. A recent WA emigrant, Tim is studying engineering at UTAS, but paddles more like a forestry student. He comes to the team with high level National slalom competition and coaching experience and is another paddle technician to hit up for tips and tricks. He is a total asset on trips and also reduces the amount of food waste that needs to be carried out!
Kayak Guide | Sydney to Hobart yacht racer
Jai is another Tassie water baby and grew up in Huon Channel area. He has been guiding in Tasmania for over 5 years and is a keen kayaker, bushwalker, skier and sailor. Recent achievements include completing the Sydney to Hobart yacht race and skiing down Mt Ossa (Tassie’s highest mountain). In his spare time he is studying Marine and Antarctic Science at UTAS.
Catherine (Caf) Chung
Operational Assistant | Kayak Guide
Caf has loved the water since she was young, whether it be racing in the pool or to the bathtub. At school she particiapted on a kayaking trip guided by Reg himself, and that’s where her passion for paddling began. Since then she has completed the TasTAFE guiding course and is now studying nursing at UTAS. On her days off you’ll find her tinkering on the piano, holding child’s pose, or somewhere amongst the cushion plants and misty mountains.