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Phone 61 3 59 665110
0418 105337
Address: PO Box 45
Warburton, Vic 3799.

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Mal Cowell

Malcolm began climbing, kayaking, and skiing in 1970, developing personal skills whilst studying for a degree in geology and environmental science and later a teaching qualification. Several seasons of Scottish ice climbing, alpine mountaineering in France and Switzerland, white water kayaking in the U.K and France were undertaken before beginning his professional instructor experience with the The National Mountain Centre, Plas Y Brenin in the late 1970s.

Arriving in Australia in 1981, he worked as an outdoor education lecturer at tertiary institutions, as an adventure guide(sea kayaking, skiing, rafting, climbing)in Australia, as a mountain and ski guide(Mt.Cook) in New Zealand and as an outdoor education teacher in schools. As well as professional instruction, he has three decades experience of summer and winter climbing and skiing in Europe, New Zealand and North America; climbing in the Karakoram Himalaya, Pakistan, the Garwhal Himalaya and Kashmir, India; sea kayaking the Fiordland coast of New Zealand, the west coast of Scotland and much of the coast of SE Australia; river kayaking and rafting from the Herbert in Queensland to the Franklin in Tasmania. After a two month solo expedition exploring the coasts of British Columbia and Alaska by sea kayak, purchase of a 34ft yacht based in Vancouver, has allowed further exploration of this area by sea kayak and yacht.

Malcolm is an Australian Canoeing(level 3)and British Canoe Federation Senior Instructor and has Marine Board qualifications for charter boats. A member of the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association with summer and winter guides training, professional avalanche and British Mountain Leadership Certificates, Malcolm has worked as a Field Training Officer for the Australian Antarctic Division at Casey Station. He has Full Registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

Company History

Spindrift International Guiding began as vehicle for introducing clients to climbing, rafting, ski touring and sea kayaking in the early 1980s.

The emergence of Wilsons Prom Sea Kayaking and marine and mountain training reflect the company's expansion and diversification into other recreational pursuits. Wilsons Prom Sea Kayaking was established to facilitate skill development and provide sea touring opportunities available in the beautiful yet challenging environment of Wilsons Promontory and Corner Inlet.

Last modified: July 10, 2010