Benjamin Donner

ISKGA Advanced Guide


Telephone: +358 44 980 77 88

Base of operation: Turku

Ben is the owner and head coach of Aavameri, a Finnish sea kayaking company with most of Europe’s greatest kayaking waters as its playground and work field. Ben has over 1500 nights in the open air behind him, instructing sea kayaking, sea safety and survival, white water paddling, leadership, winter mountaineering and more. Much of his work focuses on guide coaching & assessment, but he as much enjoys taking groups out kayaking in his favorite waters and arranging international expeditions. He has guided and coached around the world since 1995, with places such as the Norwegian Lofoten and Helgelandskysten area, northern Wales, western Sweden, Cornwall, Greece, Scotland and of course his own top pick,  the Finnish Archipelago Sea with its 40.000 islands as regular playgrounds.

Ben holds the highest level coach and assessor certificates in Finland and is amongst others a BCU 5 Star Sea Leader and WMA Wilderness First Responder. He has created the biggest Nordic sea kayak symposium Hanko Sea Kayak Gathering (HSKG) and brought the Nordic Sea Kayak Instructors Certification body NIL in Finland, but today focuses on his company which offers courses, expeditions, day tours, expedition support in Finland.

“Coaching people into the world of sea kayaking and training kayak guides to develop as inspiring, safe and skilled leaders is my greatest passion. Success is a big grin on a kayaker’s face and knowing that you helped someone to want more of the amazing experiences of the sea.”

Benjamin Donner

Advanced Guide

ISKGA - Advanced Guide
Module Date Trainer/Assessor Tick
Advanced Guide Observation 2015-03-26 Sea Kayaking Cornwall
VHF License 2014-04-02
Coaching BC Lvl 2 Coach, EPP Lvl 4 (Red) Assessor
First Aid 2015-02-15 NARS Beach Lifeguard
Continued Professional Development
First Aid & CPD Log
Module Provided Modules
Advanced Skills
Advanced Planning
Advanced Leadership
Coastal Guide Observation
Coastal Skills
Coastal Observation
Coastal Planning
Coastal Leadership
Incident Management
Sea Survival