Instructor Intro: Richard Bassett-Smith
Kia ora everyone
I am Richard and will be joining you as one of your instructors along with Karlee for the adventure/s we are about to have! I’m an Aussie and Melbourne is my hometown but I do love to travel 'across the ditch' (Tasman Sea) which is where you'd find me right now, in New Zealand, which has become a second home to me.
I've been living on the wild West Coast of New Zealand's South Island - where there are plenty of rivers to be paddle and mountains to explore and climb. In any given year there can as much as nine meters (almost 30 feet) of annual rain fall which makes the outdoors pretty exciting at times. But right now, I'm hanging out in the sunshine on the ocean among the golden beaches and forests of the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park, where I'm sea kayak guiding in the lead up to our semester together.
I am excited to share all these amazing places in Australia and New Zealand with you as we travel along the East Coast of Australia, exploring the Noosa Everglades, learning to surf, and then traveling almost the length of New Zealand. We'll be learning about ourselves, growing individually and as a team, and making so many great memories.
My advice for you is to embrace the challenges and give everything a go. The opportunities you have now don’t come around every day and I'd love to see you make the most of them!
I am looking forward to joining all of you in Brisbane very soon,