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Your adventure in safe hands


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The staff are our success.

We are very lucky to have a pool of very talented and passionate freelance instructors to call upon to deliver our programmes.

All of our staff are full-time outdoor professionals and we pride ourselves on only employing highly qualified staff who have extensive careers in the outdoors. 

We purposely keep our instructor team small and very selective. This way we can confidently ensure you that the service you recieve is of the highest quality and you can relax in the knowledge that:

'Your Adventure is in Safe Hands'.


 Nooshka - Adventure Dog

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About Nooshka
Now in her 14th year, she's been with us from the very start. We are not completely sure of what type of dog she is but we suspect she's a  Welsh collie crossed with a Kangeroo. As a pup she could escape over a 6ft fence with ease!

Experience
Since a puppy, Nooshka has been on pretty much every adventure possible! Multi day moutain adventures, canoe expedtions, winter mountaineering and waterports activities. She is incredible, everyone loves her and equally she loves being with everyone.

She is a true adventure dog. Never walked on a lead and will always be with in 50 metres of the group, occasionally returning to check up that everyone is having a great time. Trusted around livestock and loves working with people, mostly for the cuddles and treats she gets.

 

 Alan Barnes

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About Alan
Alan has been involved with The Adventure Element from the very start. A multi-talented instructor he is perfectly at home in the mountains as he is in a canoe.

Regardless of the type of group Alan is working with, he always gives 100% to ensure a truly adventurous experience. Always staying with in safe boundries, Alan is talented at allowing our clients to achieve far more than they ever thought possible in environments and conditions others would certainly want to be at home in.

Alans experience spans working for outdoor centres as a Chief Instructor, River Manager as well as running his own challenge events company. He is also an active member of Keswick Mountain Rescue team so being outdoors is part of his life.

Qualifications
Mountain Instructor Award
Winter Mountain Leader
BCU Level 4 Coach
DofE Assessor

 Luke Armatage

CanoeInstructor

About Luke
An outdoors-man with a mass of talents. A keen fellrunner, mountaineer and extreme allotment keeper,  Luke has boundless energy, strength and ethusiasm for being outdoors. It is hard not to be motivated by his energy.

Luke has a passion for bushcraft, the environment and anything outdoors. Through out a day with him as your instructor he will drip feed interesting pieces of information about eating from the land, bushcraft and survival skills as well as the essential technical and safety aspects of the activity. Its enriching to be outdoors with him.

 

Qualifications
Summer Mountain Leader
Single Pitch Award
UKCC Level 1 Coach
BCU 4 star Leader

 Lucy Wallace

CanoeInstructor

About Lucy

Qualifications
Winter Mountain Leader
Aspirant International Mountain Leader
Single Pitch Award
DofE Assessor

 

 Steve Herd

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About Steve
We have a friendship and working relationship that spans nearly 20 years and had the pleasure of sharing many adventures together.

Steves calming personality has a way of keeping everyone relaxed and focused. When working with groups of any age and in all outdoor situations, he has a talent of keeping calm and never stressing meaning you always feel at ease and in completely safe hands.

Steve is a mountaineer at heart and when not working can certainly be found testing himself on climbs or in the mountains somewhere. He is also a talented paddler in both canoe and kayak. 

Qualifications
Mountain Instructor Award
BCU Level 4 Canoe Coach
BCU Level 4 Kayak Coach
SMBLA Trail Cycle Leader
DofE Assessor

 Tom McNally

CanoeInstructor

About Tom

Qualifications
Summer Mountain Leader
Single Pitch Award
UKCC Level 2 Coach

 James Rutter

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About James
Always with a huge smile and laugh, James is another massive asset to the company. Within seconds of meeting him as your instructor you will feel completely at ease, and feel like you've known him for years. His friendly, helpful and approachable manner shines through.

He is multi-talented, loving both the mountains and boats he is able to offer a superb experience to all he works with. He is always on hand to assist where needed and willing to offer that extra little bit of time and patience to make someone's day.

With a wealth of knowledge and experience both in the UK and Internationally, we are privileged to have James on the team.

Qualifications
International Mountain Leader
Winter Mountain Leader
Single Pitch Award
BCU Level 3 Canoe Coach