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 knowledgable guides that are also, of course, friendly and approachable.
Reg is a Tassie local and literally mad about kayaking. Together with his wife Jenny he owns and runs Roaring 40ºs Kayaking and is a qualified sea kayak and white water instructor. When not guiding or instructing, you’ll find Reg on the water. Recently, just for fun, he paddled across Bass Strait! More than anything, he loves exploring Tassie’s remote southwest wilderness by water. Spectacular coastal scenery, mountains, fresh and saltwater stratification, changeable weather-there’s nothing like it anywhere else in the world.”
An Environmental Manager and Ecologist, Jenny now owns and operates Roaring 40ºs Kayaking with husband Reg. She too is an accomplished and passionate sea kayaker who loves the Tassie lifestyle, the changing seasons and the snow!
Lead expedition guide and ‘super-chef extraordinaire’, Tory heads the call of Tassie’s southern wilderness each year. “It gets under your skin! It’s beautiful, and my favourite place in the world”.
Thomas van Sant
Thomas loves Tasmania and really enjoys showing off what our beautiful state has to offer. He is a white water kayaker who realised how much more of Tasmania he could explore if he took up sea kayaking. In his free time, Thomas loves diving, catching and eating delicious Tasmanian seafood fresh from the ocean. Hot tip, Thomas has a rather large sweat tooth, so if you find your expedition trip is lacking sweet treats, you may find the red head red faced.
Tom grew up in Launceston, holidaying on Tasmania’s beautiful east coast, where he discovered his love of kayaking. Tom is an experienced white water kayaker and sea kayaker, and while he loves spending winters paddling Tasmania’s pristine and wild rivers, sea kayaking on Bathurst Harbour and Port Davey is his favourite paddling destination.
Katharine (Kat) Byrne
A Tassie girl who’s spent most of her life exploring the Tasmanian wilderness and also works part time as a bushwalking guide. Kat loves travelling recently spent a winter in Norway. She is passionate and knowledgeable about all things Tasmanian and has a particular interest in Indigenous and European history.
Damian (Damo) Cruise
Damo is a Tassie local who's into pretty much anything that involves being outside - climbing, hiking, riding, rafting and kayaking. He is an experienced kayaker and has paddled in many areas around Australia. His favourite place to go kayaking is the Tasman Peninsula. "There is so much to see. Heaps of wildlife, deep and dark sea caves and huge cliffs!".
Demleza (Melzie) Wall
Melzie has grown up with the outdoors as a second home. Her passion for marine biology inspires others to take note of the world around them. Aside from being a total nature geek Melzie is a member of the Australian U23 whitewater slalom team. This coupled with her years of coaching and high levels of exuberance make her fantastic fun out on the water.
Always keen to be on the water, Pip loves nothing better than paddling Tassies amazing coastlines and is always keen to share the experience with others. While also working part time as a bush walking guide, Pips is excited to be joining Roaring 40s Kayaking for her second season. "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!"
Will grew up in Tassie and has spent most of his life learning about and exploring the Tasmanian Wilderness, somewhere he believes is the most beautiful place in the world. He has spent the last few years travelling and working as a cycling and bushwalking guide, most recently working on a 3 month cross Canada cycling expedition. Will is looking forward to now spending more time on the water in his first season with Roaring 40°s Kayaking!
Hannah is an outdoor enthusiast both on and off the water and passionate about sharing and caring for the natural environment! She has been guiding in Tasmania for the last 6 years, with winter seasons in the Northern Territory and a summer in New Zealand! Recently returned from a winter expedition sea kayaking around the western and northern isles of Scotland, her worldly experiences, as wonderful as they are, always remind her how fortunate she is to call Tasmania home!
Mischa has grown up exploring Tasmania’s wild places and likes nothing better than getting out on the water or wandering the rain forests and mountains of our state’s amazing wilderness. He’s always had a passion for sharing these places and experiences with others and completed his Certificate IV in Adventure Guiding over winter. After studying and living in China, he can also speak Mandarin.
Another new member to our team this year, Abbie will be assisting with operations and administration. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Art and a Diploma of French Language at the University of Tasmania. Abbie is passionate about travel and tourism and recently returned from an academic exchange to France. She is also a keen kayaker, sailor and bushwalker and has represented Australia at athletics and Tasmania in Badminton.