Gwilym Starks - Director and head of outdoor activities

Gwilym has been working in the outdoors for over 20 years in a part time capacity and became a full time instructor in 2007 after leaving the Police Force.

He headed up Outdoor Education at an Independent School for 3 years but left to get away from the desk and get out more. He also worked as a lecturer at a College teaching on Outdoor Education and Public Services BTEC  courses at both FE and HE levels.  

He has qualifications in climbing, mountaineering, kayaking, canoeing, diving and mountain biking as well as having a teaching certificate. He is also able to deliver a range Lifeguard and First Aid courses.

As well as providing training to novices, Gwilym regularly directs instructor training courses and has mentored a number of instructors through their consolidation periods.

Although normally based in the South West, during the Winter Gwilym moves up to the Scottish Highlands and spends time in The Alps during the Summer as well as often leading overseas expeditions to Tanzania, Kenya, Borneo, Malawi or Zambia.


Crys O'Connell - Head of Lifeguard Training

Crys is an experienced trainer with specialisms in water rescue and first aid. She mentors new trainers and regularly delivers lifeguard and first aid courses.

Crys has returned to training after leaving a career in the police service and is now based on the Isle of Wight.

Her experience and enthusiasm is supported by a range of formal qualifications including LLM Employment Law, BA Law & Leisure, NEBOSH General Certificate in Health & Safety, Award in Education & Training and RLSS National Trainer Assessor in various disciplines.

She will be working on the majority of our RLSS courses throughout the UK and overseas




Gail is an experienced trainer and college lecturer. She will be joining us in 2019 to manage and teach on our Education and Training courses.

Gail is also a qualified Hill and Moorland Leader, Mountain Bike Instructor and NNAS Tutor so she will also be out and about working with groups on the hills.



Any other instructors we use will be both fully qualified and experienced.

All will be members of the relevant association such as Mountain Training Association, Royal Lifesaving Society or be a British Canoeing updated coach and are hand picked by us to ensure quality delivery.