Thompson Rivers University

Sharman Learie

Name: Sharman Learie
Position: Co-Chair


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 surfing and paddle sports for over 25 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.

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

Research Interests

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.


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

Courses Taught

ADVG 2070 Ocean Surf 1
ADVG 2260 Ocean Surf 2
ADVG 2270 Ocean Surf 3
ADVG 1050 Guiding Leadership
ADVG 1900 Expedition 1


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