Flying Gecko is owned and run by Jenna Sanders

A bit about me
I have been working in paddlesports for about 20 years, starting out as a freelance instructor and working up to centre manager, before deciding to become self employed. From this time I have built up extensive experience of staff training and development, safety management and coaching a wide range of paddlers.

At the end of 2018 I decided to go it alone and start up Flying Gecko, to concentrate more on what I really enjoy - being out on the water with paddlers, leaders and coaches, helping them to achieve their paddling goals, and to have a great time doing so.

Jenna Sanders
Jenna White Water Canoing at Kinlochleven

I am a performance coach in both advanced open water canoe, and open water SUP.
I'm an advanced white water canoe coach, as well as holding the BCU level 3 white water kayak coach award, and the SUP coastal leader.
I'm a provider of many Paddle UK awards in personal performance, leadership, coaching and safety, across the SUP, canoe and kayak disciplines.

I am a really proud to be a part of Paddles Up Training's National Trainer team, helping to train and moderate providers of the Coach Award, PSI, SUP I, Paddlesport Leader, Touring Leader, PSRC and IOWSR.

I'm a member of the touring technical group, and chair of the canoe technical group, and really love being able to play a small part to help shape the new content and awards that BCAB develops.

My Ethos
The learner is always my top priority. I aim to run my courses with no ego, where the focus is on positivity and kindness. I work hard to create a friendly and enjoyable learning environment, where experimentation is encouraged and making mistakes is valued and embraced for the learning that it provides. My aim is to help paddlers, leaders and coaches develop into independent learners with the ability to problem solve, be creative, and to analyse their own performance. I want everyone to leave my courses feeling more capable and fired up then they started.
My aim with everyone that I work with is to be a small part of their long term enjoyment of the sport. With this in mind, I coach with future development in mind, rather than just the quick fix now. Long term health, fitness and motivation to paddle are essential components of this. I hope to help my learners to foster an exploratory and playfull attitude towards, and a genuine love of, paddling. My comittment to your development doesn't end when your course does - I am always happy to chat, help out and listen to you when you need a bit of guidance in anything paddling related!
I am also committed to my own ongoing learning, development and curiosity about paddling and coaching. I'm always learning and I love it! I've recently embarked on an MSc in coach development at Leeds Beckett University, and I'm really excited to see where this next bit of learning takes me.

If you want to know a bit more about what makes me tick, and what I love about coaching paddlesport, here is some of me chatting about coaching:

And if you want to know a bit about the business, and what makes it work, have a look at these posts from the Adventure Collective:
Part 1
Part 2


White Water Stand Up Paddleboarding in Stratford
Flying Gecko Logo

Why Flying Gecko?
Amongst my non-paddling related interests, I'm a bit of a reptile geek, and flying geckos are the coolest of them all. They may not be the most colourful, or the most flashy looking, but they are awesome little creatures.

A Flying Gecko
Canoe Coaching on the Severn
Jenna Sanders Kayak
Stand Up Paddlers from a Sea Cave
Jenna Paddling Abbey Rapids
Rolling Success!
Jenna in a waterfall on the River Tarn