BCU 5 Star Training/Sea Kayak
BCU 4 Star Award/Sea Kayak
BCU Level 3 Coach/Sea Kayak
BCU Level 3 Coach/Surf (Aspirant)
BCU Three Star Award Canoe
ACA L4 Sea Kayak
ACA Coach IT Aspirant
TSRA Certified Solo Open Boat
Wilderness First Responder
President of Sweetwater Kayaks, Russell’s excellent product knowledge enables our customers to be outfitted to best suit their paddling needs. In addition to sea kayaking, his outdoor background includes mountain biking and climbing. These sports have taken him all over the world; Scotland, France, Switzerland, Canada, Andorra, Spain, Morocco, Hawaii, and North America. Among Russell’s many talents, he is also a professional musician. He plays guitar in the band, “Sisemore“. Their music is available on iTunes and tangoradio.com and at the shop. He has appeared on Saturday Night Live. In 2005, Russell organized the Labrador 2005 Expedition and paddled down the northeast coast of Labrador (Some call it one of the most challenging coastlines in the world.)
He has paddled in Florida (all over the state), the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Mexico, San Diego, Deception Pass, Washington, Alaska, Scotlands’ Outer Hebrides, Wales, Cornwall, Alaska and many places on the east and west coast of the United States.
He and his “Team Sweetwater” won the IR Vacation to Hell grant, and in the summer of 2008 paddled in the High Arctic of Canada’s Baffin Island. A DVD and presentation has come out on that expedition.
He has written articles for Canoe Focus Magazine as well as developed paddling and adventure DVD’s.