Gwilym Starks - Director and head of outdoor activities

Gwilym has been working in the outdoors for over 20 years in a part time role 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 and also taught on Outdoor Education and Public Services 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 months Gwilym moves up to the Scottish Highlands and spends time in Europe during the Summer on his bike as well as leading overseas expeditions.

Gwilym holds a vast range of qualifications in Education and Training, Lifeguarding, First Aid and a full range of Outdoor Activities.


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, Level 3 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 currently running our Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training as well as some Level 3 Assessing Qualifications.

Gail is also a qualified Indoor Climbing Assistant, 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/tutors we use will be both 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. We mentor and quality assure all of our staff on a regular basis to make sure that our ethos is consistent across all of our courses