Who We Are

Rapid Development is owned and operated by Matt Haydock, a freelance paddlesports coach and guide based in Aviemore, in the magnificent Scottish Highlands.

Matt is never happier than when he is on the water in a boat, ever since his first experience on the urban rivers of North Manchester.  Paddling has taken him to some amazing places, from white water paddling on Norway's creeks to Stand Up Paddleboarding in Malta, open canoeing in the gorges of southern France and sea kayaking in the tide races of the Pentland Firth.

Matt is a highly qualified multi-disciplined coach and guide, holding advanced coaching and leadership awards in open canoe, white water and sea kayak, as well as being a provider of British Canoeing awards in these disciplines.  He is also a member of Team Pyranha Kayaks. 

To go with a huge passion for boating, Matt loves inspiring others to share his passion; whether he is introducing folks to paddling for the first time, developing their skills in more advanced environments or guiding them in stunning wild places.

The aim of Rapid Development is always to give you the best possible experience.  For coaching, we strive to provide you with the optimum learning environment so you can get the best possible individualised experience, and maximise your potential.  "No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care" is a motto we work to, and this shines through in how much we invest in your development. 

If it's an award you're pursuing, it is the same story whether it is training or assessment: the best possible coaching of techniques and skills that work, continued mentored support throughout your journey, comprehensive course notes and useful individualised feedback are just some of the features of our courses. 

If you're joining us for a guided experience, rest assured it will be tailored to your needs, taking you to the best possible venues and wild places to create lasting fond memories.

We also have a number of carefully selected coaches and guides who join us regularly, and they will always share this same ethos.

We hope you enjoy browsing this site, and look forward to welcoming you very soon.

Sponsors and Support

We are proud to be sponsored and supported by some of the best manufacturers and retailers of paddling equipment, including: Pyranha Kayaks, Venture Canoes and Kayaks, P&H Sea Kayaks, Esquif Canoes UK, PeakUK, dewerstone and Go Kayaking North West.

Working in the industry day-in-day-out requires the best possible kit, which is why we choose the best manufacturers and retailers to work with.  Feel free to get in touch with any questions you may have about your next equipment purchase.



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