I was literally born into the outdoors way of life, my parents were Cub and Scout leaders along with their friends and my God parents. I was taken on my first camp when I was about 6 weeks old.
Growing up I was always happiest when I was outdoors, building dens and shelters, climbing trees etc. At 14 years old I received a copy of Lofty Wiseman's SAS Survival handbook, and my passion for survival was born.
Apart from Cubs and Scouts I was lucky to be sent on various activity holidays growing up. Throughout my career I have been lucky to have worked with and been trained by some of the very best in the business from the worlds of Survival and Bushcraft. I have worked all over the UK and beyond and have taught children and adults from all walks of life and all levels of both physical and mental abilities.
I specialise in Survival and Bushcraft but I have also had a lot of experience of being an outdoors instructor teaching Paddlesports, High and Low Ropes, Abseiling, Archery, Team Building, Navigation and First Aid.
In my spare time I am a district Scout leader, working with local Scout groups and leaders to help build their outdoor knowledge and I have been an active member of my local volunteer search & rescue unit including their flood rescue team. Where possible I love to get out into the woods with my friends or in my kayak or open canoe on the river.
I continue to be a student of Bushcraft and Survival as I believe that you never stop learning and I am constantly attending specialised courses to improve my knowledge and skills. I also have an extensive library of books that I draw on to make me a better instructor. Over the past year or so I have made a name for myself for my friction fire lighting skills and have really enjoyed developing bow drill and hand drill as a speciality. This August I was delighted to be given the award of Bow Drill Master by my friend and mentor Dave Watson an LPIOL and one of the UK's most respected authoroties on Bushcraft.
My Qualifications include:
Institute of Outdoor Learning approved Bushcraft Practitioner (FBC Certificate holder)
Approved Survival Instructor
Bow Drill Master
GB Archery Instructor
UKCC Paddlesports Coach
Swift water rescue technicican
Wilderness First Aid Certificate
High Ropes Instructor
Search & Rescue Technician
Craghopper brand ambassador
I too got into the outdoors from an early age thanks to my grandparents and I've been lucky enough to have carried that passion for the outdoors into my working life where I have done a lot of work with youngsters with a variety of challenging behaviours.
Here I realized some specialized work could be done and I helped set up a therapeutic outdoor and Bushcraft programme. In 2011 I spent the season working for a large Bushcraft company where I soon discovered I had a real talent for outdoors cooking and was regularly cooking three meals a day on open fires for groups of up to sixty students in all weathers. I also learned to instruct and teach Bushcraft and Survival techniques and when not working as an instructor I am often out in the woods or sat carving and whittling. I hold a GB Archery instructors certificate, I am also first aid trained and CRB/DBS cleared and currently working towards my IOL Bushcraft Competency qualification. You'll often find me by the camp fire whipping up a banquet using on the most basic of equipment and ingredients.