Sharman Learie

Adventure Guide Diploma, BTM, MA

Teaching Areas
  • Surfing
  • Whitewater Kayaking
  • Rafting
  • Swiftwater Rescue
  • Guiding Leadership

Sharman has traveled extensively in surfing, sailing, sea and whitewater kayaking, rafting, canoeing, ski touring, and climbing. His adventures have taken him to Asia, Europe, Central America, the Caribbean, and the west coast of North America. He has guided and instructed paddle sports for over 22 years throughout Western Canada and the United States.

Sharman is a Surf instructor with the International Surf Association and the National Surf School and instructors Association, an Instructor Trainer with Canoe kayak BC, a Swiftwater Rescue Instructor for Rescue Canada, and a Rafting Trip Leader and Examiner for commercial river rafting.

Sharman is one of the co-founders of Stellar Descents Backcountry Adventures Ltd., a whitewater rafting company that has pioneered numerous rivers in the Robson Valley and he owned and operated for five years. He sits on a chair of the educational and instructor committee for the Canadian Surf Association(BCROA) and a member of Paddle Canadas program development committee for whitewater kayaking.

Sharman has also worked with the Rivershed Society of British Columbia as the Director of Educational Programs and the Fraser Headwaters Alliance, and The Land Conservancy of British Columbia in projects such as the Sustainable Living and Leadership Program, the Salmon Habitat Mapping and Signage Project, the establishing of the Natasha Boyd Wildland Preserve, and in initiating the Robson Valley Economic Development Strategy.

  • Adventure Guide Diploma (Thompson Rivers)
  • BTM (Thompson Rivers)
  • MA Environmental Education and Communication (Royal Roads)
Research Areas

Sharman's research interests focus on watershed and environmental conservation through participation in paddle sports to promote a stewardship connection with the natural world. He is also interested in coastal risk assessments and surf tourism.