Gary Thomas

Gary has been Canoeing 15 years and Kayaking for about 5 years. Presently
vice-president of Paddle Newfoundland & Labrador.

He is a Paddle Canada certified Advanced Lake Tandem Instructor and
Intermediate Lake Solo Instructor with certications in Tripping, Costal
Canoeing, Poling, Moving water and holds an Advanced Wilderness First
Aid Certification with CPR.

Has Administered and taught at the Annual Skills School for the past 3 years.
This is an annual event held by Paddle NL and sanctioned by Paddle Cannada.

He is passionate about teaching all aspects of paddling and has been involved with the training of hundreds of canoeing students.


Corey is currently one of the most active canoe and kayak instructors in the
province and is a strong advocate of the Paddle Canada national program.
He has been instructing since 2005 and is continuously refining and
progressing as a paddler, instructor and instructor trainer.  He is passionate
about helping people move along their own paddling paths and encouraging
them to appreciate outdoor pursuits.

He is currently a member of Paddle Canada’s Canoe Program Development
Committee (PDC) and has served as the Newfoundland and Labrador Regional
Director on its Board of Directors.  In 2008 he played a key role in designing
and launching the existing Paddle Canada canoe certification program and is
enthusiastic about its national promotion and implementation. He is past
president of the Newfoundland and Labrador provincial canoe club and
remains very active in the provincial paddling community.

An enthusiast of canoe/kayak tripping, Corey has travelled extensively throughout the lakes, rivers and coastal environments of Newfoundland and Labrador.  He feels strongly that the process of travelling throughout wilderness is unparalleled in terms of self awareness, self reliance and total escape from today’s society.  It is an activity that is great for the soul.   

Corey Locke - Course Director
 Call: (709) 728-6120
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