Peter Clark – Founder of Kayaking World
Peter Clark discovered the pleasures of paddling surf skis and long boards in the mid '60s, whilst an active member of Bondi S.B.L.S.C. (Surf Bathers' Life Saving Club), where he also rowed as stroke in both the junior and senior 'A' boat crews. In 1972 he joined the Nepean Canoe Club and extended his passion for paddling to include building fibreglass kayaks, canoes and wave skis. In 2002 Pete completed work on his first timber kayak, a 5.8 metre cedar strip-built design called the Guillemot Expedition Single, designed by Nick Shade. He is also a PADI qualified SCUBA Rescue diver. Pete's passion for sea kayaking and strong commitment to customer service, coupled with his vision of building a professional operation to support this rapidly growing sport, lead to the founding of Kayaking World in early 2005. A relative new-comer to the Central Coast of New South Wales, Pete has paddled extensively in New South Wales, Tasmania and the Whitsunday Islands off Queensland. He has also paddled in the lakes and rivers of Austria, Germany and Sweden. In 2007 Pete was accredited as an Australian Canoeing kayak instructor and he has served as President / Chairman of NSW Canoeing Inc. In 2013 he completed Bob Cooper’s Advanced Outback Survival Course in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Pete had spent most of his business career in senior executive management roles in Sales & Marketing and held positions from product management through to CEO. He has also lectured in Entrepreneurial Management & Small Enterprise Management at UWS and in Sales Management, Industrial Relations Management and Direct Marketing at Hunter Institute of Technology. His post-graduate qualifications include Master of Business Administration (MBA), ISNS Coaching Certification, Master Trainer in Situational Leadership, Diploma of Remedial Massage, Certificate IV in Assessment & Workplace Training, Radio Trades Certificate, Accredited Facilitator of AT&T System Selling Skills, Accredited Sales Skills Assessor, NLP Practitioner Certification, and Accredited Facilitator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. In addition to his civilian roles, Pete was Commissioned as an Officer in the Australian Army in 1986, and served as a platoon commander of 103 Field Workshops in the Royal Australian Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (RAEME), and later as Second-in-Command of the Main Divisional Signal Squadron of 8 Signal Regiment, (RASIGS). Peter Clark is a Justice of the Peace in and for the State of New South Wales.