The main person behind the dream is Craig McSween. From Victoria with an avid sporting background, he was drawn to the warm Queensland weather over 20 years ago and found
himself submersed in the many wonderful water sports we have here.
With a degree in Human Movements and Sports Science his work has included a vast selection of positions including sporting coach, swimming instructor, white water river guide & trainer, sea kayaking guide, canoeing instructor, Rescue 3 Instructor (white water & emergency technician), sea kayaking instructor as well as business entrepreneur.
In 1998, with years of sea kayak guiding experience behind him, he convinced his partner to launch into the world of sea kayaking by establishing a sea kayaking tour operation, namely Splash Safaris Sea Kayaking Adventures. This move saw him paddling around the waters of Hervey Bay and Moreton Bay, following his experience in Far North Queensland, paddling around Hinchinbrook and the offshore islands around Cairns and Mission Beach.
From there on, he continued his pursuit of understanding more about the sport with many courses and paddling expeditions. With his instructor/coaching skills he was able to incorporate the teaching of sea kayaking and has since become a contracted instructor for Queensland Canoeing.
With such a deep involvement in sea kayaking, the need for gear and accessories grew and in some ways, Craigs' love of gadgets and toys really didn't help! Eventually, Craigs' knowledge of gear and accessories reached a point where many paddlers were seeking his advice on gear and where they could source the items. This led to the eventual establishment of Adventure Outlet in 2004.
With over 16 years of teaching sea kayaking and running Splash Safaris Sea Kayaking Adventures behind him, he is a great source of advice. Not only has he seen and tried alot of kayaks and gear out there on the market, he is now conducting reviews and test paddles for magazines and manufacturers. In 2009 he and 2 mates successfully crossed Bass Strait in sea kayaks unsupported.
When you are dealing with Adventure Outlet and Craig, you know the advice and information you will receive will most likely be the most educational and updated information you will find. Being a retailer, we are unbiased and only recommend products we have tried and tested to ensure we understand what we sell.
We are proud of the business we have established, knowing we are able to assist people get out there on the water in crafts that are suitable for them and the conditions they will be paddling in.