Meet the team
Founder of Outeractivelife
British Association of Cave Instructors – Cave Leaders Award (OOD)
Canoeing - BCU Inland Level 3 Coach, BCU Sea Level 3 Coach
International Helmsan Certificate
Mountain Bike Leader’s Award (OOD)
Mountain Training – MLTB Mountain Leadership Award, MLTB Mountain Instructors Trained
MLTB Single Pitch Supervisors Award.
National School of Sailing Association Instructors Award
NCA local Cave Leader’s Award (pending)
Royal Yachting Association - Advanced Dinghy Certificate
Royal Yachting Association – Club Rescue Coxswain – L3 Powerboat
WCA Canoe Safety Examiner
WCA Assessor Grade A3K.
Clive has a life time of experience in all things outdoors. He started his journey with military training in the Parachute Regiment and continues his close association as an Instructional Civilian Officer at the Royal Marine Commander Training Centre, Sennybridge.
As a founder member of the South Wales Mountaineering Club Clive has extensive knowledge having climbed all over Britain, the Middle East, North Africa, Costa Rica, Chile, the Alps, Pyrenees and the Pico De Europa.
Clive was the Head of Outdoor Services based at Dolygaer Outdoor Pursuits Centre, (now Parkwood) in the Brecon Beacons for many years. Clive also held senior management roles across the UK. As an adviser, Clive worked from most of the established Outdoor Education Centres in South Wales, Dorset, Northampton, and the Shetland Isles.
Mountain Leader (Summer)
Single Pitch Award
REC2 First Aid
BCU Level 1
Swift Water Rescue
British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Course
Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Assessors Award
Having been mentored by Clive (the founder of Outeractivelife) at the local outdoor pursuits centre since a young lad in shorts Richard enjoys playing with fire and building dens! He’s the hippy of the team and is happy to wander a river bank identifying the wildlife and plants.
He has a passion for climbing and managed a mobile climbing wall allowing others the opportunity to feel the fear but do it anyway!
He comes from a background of developing innovative personal development programmes using outdoor activities to engage disenfranchised members of society to enhance self-belief. He’s worked using outdoor activities to help people address issues such as mental and physical disability, substance misuse and exclusion for schools. Many interventions were positively life-changing for participating clients.
Richard has extensive climbing experience in the Swiss Alps and major routes in the Pyrenees. He has a keen interest in the development of outcrop and quarry areas in South Wales with many new routes to his credit. He's an enthusiastic paddler and surfer.
Richard was the founder member and volunteer instructor with Aberfan Canoeing Club for over 30 years. He has a strong community spirit and is a Trustee of the local community centre and co-ordinator for a local environmental group.
Adventure Training Course Tutor for Coleg Powys for SLDD Outdoor Sports Therapy/ ISRM/First for Sports and Environmental Studies,
Instructor/Tutor of Outdoor Education (NCF&VA),
NVQ Development/Assessment and Recruitment officer.
Specialized Instructional Officer for the MOD (Army),
Paul has always been passionate about the outdoors. His background in Adventure Training started by accident over a chat and a coffee. Paul was asked to lead a small group of trekkers around the Annapurna circuit in Nepal after their official guide abandoned them.
A short time later Paul went on to study Adventure Training and become a Course Tutor for Coleg Powys for SLDD Outdoor Sports Therapy/ ISRM/First for Sports and Environmental Studies. He then became an Instructor/Tutor of Outdoor Education (NCF&VA), followed by the Position of NVQ Development/Assessment and Recruitment officer. His latest move sees him as a Specialized Instructional Officer for the MOD (Army).
Paul’s experienced many expeditions as part of work and just for fun. These include canoe expeditions in Finland, Sweden, Canada, Spain, Scotland and Ireland and mountaineering expeditions in Spain, Andorra, France, Scotland and Ireland.
These are just some of the expeditions “with many more adventures undertaken and with luck many more to come” says Paul.
NVQ L3 Outdoor Education
Swiftwater Rescue Technician L1. SRT-1 and SwifwaterFirst Responder
Police Lifesaving Award
Kayak Coach L2. 3 Star Kayak. Kayak Safety Test
2 Star Open Boat
White Water Competency Course (Military)
Joint Services Mountain Expedition Leader (Military)
Unit Expedition Leader (Military)
Scottish Mountain Leader Board – Summer Mountain Leader
Top Rope and Abseil Supervisor Award (Military)
Single Pitch Supervisor Award
ABCC Preliminary Mountain Bike Coach
Royal Yachting Association – Seamanship 1. plus Dingy Sailing
Emergency First Aid for Outdoor Leaders.
St Johns Ambulance – Emergency Aid
As a former Royal Marine James’s skills make him the perfect outdoor activity instructor.
He’s got a load of skills in kayaking, sailing, hill, and gorge walking and is pretty good at navigation.
James has intimate knowledge of the River Wye having worked for many years as an instructor leading lead river trips. He’s full of fact and extremely skilled.
BA Hons in Adventure Tourism
MIA Mountain Leadership
Climbing Standard 8a E7
BCU Canoe Level 3
Kayak Coach Level 4
Cave Leader Level 2
Since a teenager, Ben has been interested in the outdoors. He started in Scouting and the Air Training Corps. He developed his skills at the Taste for Adventure Centre which was founded by Brummie Stokes. Stokes – an SAS soldier, International Mountaineer and one of the first people to climb Everest after the first expedition in 1962. The Taste for Adventure Centre in Hereford gave inspiration and motivation to young people. Brummie gave people like Ben training in outdoor activities and the confidence to help run the centre. It was a great pathway towards gaining his own GB awards.
After completing his BA Hons in Adventure Tourism Ben travelled to South Africa to climb. He completed a major ascent of Mount Kenya amongst other peaks and then went on to become a ski guide in the Alps. Ben next lectured Sport and Adventure in the University of Worcester and currently works for the MOD as a Civilian Instructional Officer.
All this experience makes him an excellent instructor with a great attitude.