Prime Paddling

Prime Paddling Ltd offers a combined 22 years of coaching experience, working alongside the Scout Association, Girl Guiding, Combined Cadet Force and the Royal Navy to provide paddlesports experiences and training to both adults and youth.

The directors, Alex Merrifield and Nathan Cole first started as a partnership in 2019. Now they have formed Prime Paddling as a Limited Company in April 2021.

If you would like to get in touch with Prime Paddling email us at We can answer any questions that you have and arrange a session for you and/or your friends and family.

Meet The Team


Alex Merrifield

Director of Prime Paddling

Alex set up the company alongside Nathan, to continue his passion for providing watersports to the local community. He started out his instructing life by teaching Scouts at Gosport Scout Kayaking in 2010 and has developed a wide range of skills and qualifications ever since. Our main British Canoeing Award provider, Alex, can normally be found out on the water running a Paddlesport Instructor Award or an FSRT.

Alongside running Prime Paddling, Alex is a Full Time Primary School Teacher in a local school where he loves teaching. His main drive is to give everyone the chance to get out on the water.


Nathan Cole

Director of Prime Paddling

Nathan is a keen paddler and doesn't finish a session without getting wet! His favourite part of Prime is jumping on the water for a Taster Session where he gets to join in all the fun.

Nathan also started his paddling career at Gosport Scout Kayaking back in 2008 and has taken his love for paddling all over the country to provide sessions for Scouting, Girl Guiding, CCF, Cadets, businesses and many more paddlers.

He loves every minute of it.

The Rest of the Team

We have a fantastic team and we are forever growing and expanding the team and our skill sets.


About Our Staff

All of our staff, that are part our school offer, are part of the scouting movement. As scout leaders we run activities for young people on a regular basis. Why don't you experience it the scout way, get stuck in, be prepared and gain skills for life!


All of our staff hold a current DBS Enhanced and Barred Disclosures.


We have public liability insurance of £10 Million covering our coaches for the activities that we provide. 

Risk Assessments

We have detailed and comprehensive risk assessments for all our activities and venues. These can be provided on request. We can also arrange preliminary visits for staff members to visit the site and ask any questions needed.



We just had an amazing session, I don’t think my daughter has laughed that much ever (mainly at her Dad falling in). A great mix of fun games (including jumping in) and skills. Alex and Nathan were friendly and great with our daughter.



Head Office/Registered Business Address:

16 Vixen Close, Fareham, PO14 3ST

Waterside Operations Address:

Brodrick Hall, Clayhall Road, Gosport, PO12 2BY

07596 005613

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