About Us


Our team are certified with the best governing bodies in the world. The Australian Surf Institute, British Stand-Up Paddle Board Association, British Canoe Union and Water Skills Academy to ensure you enjoy a safe, fun and memorable experience on the water.

Learn the basics and explore the river wye with our skilled and passionate instructors.

Meet the team

Emma Irvine

Emma is one of the original YOFI instructors and has a wealth of knowledge on the river Wye and a fantastic ability to get even the most nervous newbies paddling like pros in one easy session! Emma is a complete outdoor junkie. Climbing, surfing, mountain biking, SUPing, kayaking. Yup she will try pretty much anything.

Emma is a senior certified instructor with the Australian Surf Institute. She brings this fearless spirit to her teaching and as such is our most loved teacher for our full and half day river adventures.

Katriona Shrives

Kat has adventure in her cells! Be that on water, horseback or two feet. When she’s not here teaching for YOFI she’s running mountaineering expeditions on Kilimanjaro or hosting polo retreats in Columbia!

Kat is certified with the Australian Surf Institute and Water Skills Academy. She is our go-to teacher for all things fun. Be that our social paddle and pint evenings, our hen-do’s or kids clubs.

Alex Green


Alex has been involved in the Watersports industry for over a decade. His passion for windsurfing, surfing and stand-up paddle boarding sees him travelling across the UK to share his skills and knowledge.

Alex is certified with the British Canoe Union and the British Stand-Up Paddle Board Association. He is one of our more senior instructors and loves nothing more than helping you fine tune your SUP skills on white water!

Karen Maidment

Karen was the first teacher to bring SUP Yoga to Gloucestershire in 2016. Karen has a commitment to delivering an impeccable and empowering experience on the water. She thrives on teaching, be that with big kids or little.

Karen is certified with the Australian Surf Institute, Water Skills Academy and British Stand-Up Paddle Board Association. She is the mother-hen of our team, and the one who likes to bring the biggest smiles on the water, she’ll be the one to take you out on the MEGA board!

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