Sean Smithson

Sean is an adventurer through and through. 12 years ago, whilst stationed in Belize with the army he experienced his first SUP adventure, paddling along the Mopan river through stunning caves and was hooked. On returning to the UK Sean trained with the ASI achieving both 1 and 2 level status. Sean now lives just a stone’s throw from the River Wye and since leaving the forces has undertaken his SUP instructor qualifications with Water Skills Academy. Sean is currently working towards his Expedition Guide and WW SUP Instructor certifications.  Sean’s passion is touring, exploring, and getting back to nature with multiday trips, improving his knowledge of river conservation and supporting ‘leave no trace’ philosophy. Sean heads up our paddleboarding adventures and escapes.


  • WSA Foundation Coach
  • WSA SUP Safety and Rescue
  • WSA Adventure Guide
  • WSA Expedition Guide (trainee)
  • WSA White Water Coach (trainee)
  • First Aid certified
  • DBS checked
River Wye Paddleboarding Adventures Sean Smithson