9 years to construct a successful Tasman crossing.


It was the ultimate test for years of coaching/mentoring concepts.

After years of coaching sporting and life concepts I wanted to up the ante and place these trainable concepts under complete pressure.

The Tasman achieves that and then some.

It offers a situation that places ultimate stress on every component imaginable: Then the paddle starts!


Planning – Logistics – Innovation – Stress management – Risk management – Physiology – Injury prevention – Fitness – Technology research and application – Nutrition – Seamanship – Resilience -Human performance and overlaying it all with attitude and perspective. 


We all have it, most of us in spades.
The problem is that we don’t often control it because our resilience is usually reactionary.
We can, and often do, survive anything from family and friend’s mortality to catastrophic forces of nature or life altering injury.
The issue is, with increasing prevalence in society, we lack proactive resilience because generally society and our parents tend to look for ways to make life easier and not present challenging situations that encourage resilient qualities.
So, we have it in buckets, but less and less commonly are we able to promote those strength traits into daily life and goals.

It is often promoted in the form of motivation and challenges -that gives you some knowledge but not a significant understanding.
To instill change it firstly requires an attitude adjustment that seeks the positive rewards of a challenge rather than evasion of the effort it requires.
This process alone can be a tectonic movement for some.
Then it requires experience ideally in a graduated and targeted goal process.
Then it requires ownership of the process.

I can tell you how I combated big waves, claustrophobia or fatigue.
But that doesn’t mean you can comprehend it.
I can show you an experience of a graduated learning situation of those concepts.
But you still don’t own it until you have challenged the concept under your own design and motivation by challenging your limits in your activity. I can tell you how to do a triathlon but your best performance resides in your willingness to accept the entire costs and efforts of that performance.

The devil of teaching this concept is in the detail. Climbing a mountain or a high rope course or a team building event is only part of the picture.

Learning the piano. [or anything] You can learn at a comfortable or acceptable rate but those with resilience will tolerate more discomfort and sacrifice to learn at an accelerated rate usually applying more effective and complex goal routines. They are the ones willing to sacrifice more for their objectives.
They are the employees/team we all want.
It is easy to confuse this with being told to do it or having the drive from an obligatory and/or structured sense.
The short-term result may be similar, but the process delivers less reward satisfaction and does not promote loyalty or passion to the task.

To acquire resilience, it is a process of infusing a careful combination of attitude, habit and action.



Brilliant combination of interest and information

Scott Donaldson closed day one of our Data Summit event in September 2018. The in-depth account of his epic 61-day solo paddle from Australia to New Plymouth was entertaining, funny and gripping. Seamlessly weaving the vital role of data into his presentation meant the audience was hanging off every word as Scott recounted the physical, mental and technical struggles involved during the planning and execution of this amazing feat.

Rachael Milicich
General Manager, System & Partnerships, Stats NZ


Scott is the real deal

– a modern day adventurer who has overcome massive challenges and failures to ultimately prevail in becoming the first person to kayak solo across the Tasman sea. Scott carried us through his epic kayak adventure on the high seas with classic kiwi modesty managing to enthrall us all with his stories whilst we watched the drama unfold on the big screen behind him. After his presentation we had a lengthy and highly entertaining Q&A session in combination with James McOnie. It was a pleasure and a privilege to have Scott and his kayak join us for the gala dinner at the NZ orthopedic association annual scientific meeting.

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Email enquiries to scott@tasmankayak.com