Ben has Irish origins but grew up in the adventure playground of the far North of Scotland. He started kayaking seriously in 1993 and has led many exciting expeditions around the world, from an unsupported kayak crossing of the Irish Sea to wilderness journeys on extreme white water rivers in the Himalayas. Ben has worked year round, full time, as an outdoor leader/coach since 1997 and holds the highest British leader qualification in both sea and river kayak.
Ben grew up on the sea and is also a sailing instructor and holds a commercial boat masters licence. He spent 10 years running a survival training centre on a remote uninhabited island in the north west of Scotland teaching people how to live off the land as well as kayaking, mountaineering and expedition skills.
During the winter months he runs a ski school (Momentum Snowsports) in the famous French resort of Courchevel, he also holds the highest level of ski instructor qualification.
He has a fun and friendly character and an infectious enthusiasm for the great outdoors!
Ben’s Qualifications: British Canoeing: Advanced Sea Leader, 5 Star White Water Leader, aspirant Performance Sea Coach, Level 4 White Water Coach, Level 3 Sea and Canoe Coach, 4 Star Surf. Other qualifications include BASI: L4 International Ski Teacher Diploma, RYA: Dinghy Instructor MCA: Boat Masters, MLTB: Summer Mountain Leader and SPA