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Sea Kayak Guide Profile: Nic Mead

Sea Kayak Guide Profile Nic Mead

Nic Mead has been a sea kayak guide for over ten years paddling and traveling to over 35 countries around the world.

He is currently head guide and operations manager for Auckland Sea Kayaks and is responsible training and safety for Auckland’s largest guided sea kayak company.

Nic Mead is born and breed in Auckland and spent many years climbing and paddling in New Zealand’s South Island before heading overseas. He found himself in Norway and sea kayak guided the fjords of Norway amongst other things for 6 years.

Nic Mead loves being home in Auckland and now understands why Auckland is the world’s most unique kayaking location.

Nic is a current board member for Sea Kayak Operators Association of New Zealand, (SKOANZ) and is very active in the new Adventure Activity Regulations being rolled out in 2014 by WorkSafe NZ. He also holds an Inshore Launch Masters qualification, Bachelors Degree in Management, is a qualified Coast Guard Boating Education teacher, guest lectures at Tertiary Education level and can be seen out in a sea kayak most days of the week. Nic is passionate about the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park and the various conservation projects that are operating in the Gulf.


Nic Mead sea kayak guide



Skills training before next week's multiday trip with Mahurangi College. @burto1 you legend!
It's just Autumn in Auckland today #rangitoto here we come @visitauckland
Finishing the day with an epic sunset from Motuihe island. We are staying here for a multi day trip with a local high school. Amazing place to stay with kiwi, tautara to name a few 📸superguideeric
Sun's out, guns out. Stunning weather for three days of exploring the Cavalli islands in the tropical far north.
Great paddle past the Candy Cane tower (Mackenzie bay light house) while heading to Rangitoto Island. Stunning paddle with a great group of local high school students  @visitauckland
So nice to float up Williams stream in Parau on the Manukau harbor @visitauckland  thanks to @emr_nz for another amazing event
Motukorea /Browns island twilight tour. Stunning evening with a group of local friends @visitauckland @purenewzealand
Amazing adventures with a Duke of Edinburgh group last weekend. We explored loads of sea caves, learnt about sustainable journeys and the 7 steps of leave no trace @dukeofednz
Stunning morning with flat water as we got set up for another @emr_nz day. Loads of locals learning about how amazing Lake Rototoa is. For those that don't about this amazing sand dune fresh water lake which is located at the northern end of the south head of the Kaipara Harbour should go and check it out. Or even better wait until EMR runs another of their legendary experience days @visitauckland
Gift New Zealand's #1 rated guided experience this Christmas. Sunset sea kayak tour to Rangitoto Island. Escape the city to a volcanic island and see why it's a sea kayakers paradise.