I have been a Technical Advisor to the industry for over 18 years to centres, schools, organisations and expedition companies throughout the UK, Europe and as far afield as Asia and currently advise over 20 organisations encompassing activities across the adventure and education sphere. These include all Climbing and Mountaineering activity, all Kayak and Canoe activity and Combined Rock and Water based activities as well as Ropes Course and Climbing Wall activity.
I have been involved in the Physical Education, Outdoor Education and Adventure Industry for nearly 30 years, beginning with River Kayak and Surf Kayak and grew into Sea Kayaking as well. This was closely followed by Climbing and Mountaineering, Coasteering and Gorge Walking.
Throughout this time I have been a Teacher, Lecturer, Senior Instructor and Manager of centres as well as having my own company (AcwaTerra) running for over 20 years. I am the most qualified Kayak Coach in the British Canoeing system; holding the British Canoeing L5 in three disciplines of Kayak (White Water, Sea and Surf Kayak) and the highest assessor grades to accompany them (A5 in each). This is further reinforced in that i am a Coach Education Director, Advanced Safety Provider, Navigation Course Director, a National Trainer and Technical Panel Member. This has been reinforced with a water and safety training background in Surfing, Surf Life-saving and Sea and Surf Kayaking as well as Open Water Swimming and Triathlon.
I am also an MIC, IML and MT course director for ML (Summer), SPA, CWA, CWLA and have provided CPD workshops in the past for AMI members on the Art and Science of Coasteering and Technical Advice Provision. I have a number of other strings to my bow, including Triathlon Coach, Personal Trainer, previously Head Coach to the GB Women’s Rafting Team and Ski Instructor to name a few.
Personal time is spent either clinging to rock, with a paddle in my hand in a boat or on a board, with planks on my feet skiing and ski touring or flying helicopters, but most of all my time is enjoyably spent with my partner and daughter.