About Us - Adventure kayak SAAdventure kayak SA

About Us

garden-island-panoramaGarden Island

This is our "office"... Garden Island with the calm waters of the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary in the background.

We enjoy sharing great paddling adventures with you so come and join us soon...we know you will have a lot of fun and exploring this area and our other great locations by kayak and Standup Paddle Board (SUP). Our tours, hire and lessons are such a unique way to explore South Australia's great coastal waters and rivers.

Phillip Doddridge 

The owner/operator of Adventure Kayaking SA. Phil has been paddling, coaching athletes and introducing active adventurers to the joys of kayaking for 30 years. Phil is a Advanced (Level 3) Sea Instructor and Exposed Waters SUP Instructor. He has spent a good part of his life exploring Australia's spectacular coastal waters by kayak, sailing boat, windsurfer, surfboard, SUP and SCUBA. Phil's kayaking adventure log includes experience in all parts of Australia, Europe, and Asia. Personal favourites include several crossings of the notorious Bass Strait, visiting The Neptune Islands (famous location for film footage on "JAWS"), first expedition from Coffin Bay to Port Lincoln, exploration of the Sir Joseph Banks Islands and numerous crossings to Kangaroo Island. Phil is also a Bachelor of Education with 30 years of  experience teaching secondary students.


 Sarah Huxley

Sarah joined the team at AKSA in 2014 and has not looked back since. She loves working with people of different ages, cultures and abilities, the unique surroundings of Garden Island and most of all spending her days with dolphins! Garden Island is such an amazing place to explore and share adventurous experiences with others. It is this adventure that  she finds so amazing. This is definitely not work! Sarah has come from a background of outdoor education working for various schools around Adelaide. She is qualified in a wide range of activities other than kayaking including stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling, sailing, bushwalking, rockclimbing, and mountain biking.


Pippa Holt    

Pippa has been with AKSA since the beginning. In raising three adventurous children she has travelled the world exploring mountains, rivers and jungles. Pippa has been a member of the Management Board of the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary and brings a wealth of knowledge to her tours as well as a lot of fun.


Lisa Sachse

Lisa has been working in the outdoors for the past five years and spends most of her days kayaking, bush walking or mountain biking (if you could call that work!). She thoroughly enjoys exploring South Australia’s beautiful natural environments and believes our state has a lot to offer. Lisa also enjoys getting to know people from all over and having a good laugh and would highly recommend getting active outdoors whenever possible!


beth-powellBeth Powell

Beth has been passionate about being in the outdoors her whole life. She loves being outside, exploring, going on adventures and keeping active. Beth is currently studying at University to become an Outdoor Education teacher as she loves teaching others, encouraging people to get outside and seeing them develop and learn new skills. Beth loves all forms of kayaking, including flat water, sea/surf and white water kayaking. She looks forward to meeting new people and sharing great tours with you.

Sam Ferguson

Growing up in Adelaide, I've spent most of my childhood exploring the outdoors. My love of kayaking came from outdoor education whilst at school. I have spent the last 7 years kayaking all over the state (and country) with friends and for work! I love exploring oceans, rivers and lakes in kayaks as they are able to get to places many other vessels can't reach. Greatest thrill is to share these adventures with new friends!


Tyler Nield

Growing up in country South Australia, I have always had a huge appreciation of the outdoors. I am an aspiring Outdoor Education teacher, recently completing my second year at UNISA. I began learning about Outdoor Education in high school and have developed a true understanding of the importance of getting outdoors through my studies. I love working with people, especially sharing my love of the outdoors, environment and most of all KAYAKING!!