Our born and raised Wye Valley team are here to make sure you enjoy playing on the River Wye as much as they do.


Growing up in Symonds Yat as a child, the River Wye was my playground and over the years  I have spent most of my adult professional life as a rowing coach and personal time as a rower and open water swimmer in this river.  As an ex member of the Fire and Rescue Service (with almost 20 years active service)  and an experienced sports coach – health, safety and safeguarding are of paramount importance to me – so when you come to YOFI Paddlesports you know you are in good hands. I am so excited to have the opportunity to share my passion for the Wye Valley and my love of fun outdoor physical activity with you. Whether you want to stand up on a paddle board or sit down in a canoe – we can’t wait to welcome you to YOFI Paddlesports.


I have lived in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley for all of my life and despite time spent travelling other countries, I came to realise how beautiful the outdoors were here, on my own doorstep. Passionate about meeting people and sharing life experiences.

Welcome to YOFI paddlesports! Under the supervision and guidance of our excellent instructors, I am sure you will have lots of fun and create your own memories of the River Wye!  

Corvey and Ellie


Having grown up in Goodrich I have spent my whole life very close to the River Wye; my childhood home was quite literally on the river. I appreciate how lucky I have been, as there is nothing better than spending a sunny day paddleboarding in the Wye Valley. It truly is so much fun and I am sure you will be just as enamoured by the beauty as I am. Please do come and join me for lots of smiles and laughter; I promise falling in is not as bad as you may think.


Hi everyone, I’m Ellie. I am currently in full time education but have recently completed my SUP instructors course to support my passion for outdoor activity. Being the young one amongst the team, I am better equipped at facilitating the younger group paddleboard sessions, where I help develop paddleboard skills in a fun and enjoyable environment. Please do come and join me at YOFI paddlesports where I will be spending most of my summer.


Hi everyone, I’m Lauren,

Currently based in the Forest of Dean.

I’ve been paddling for nearly 2 and half years and whilst originally starting with kayaking, I soon came to realise how much more fun I had with Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)!

I’ve been working on the River Wye for just over a year as YOFI’s hand pulled Ferrie operator but have recently passed my SUP instructors course with an aim to introduce more people to the experience of SUP!