We had our eye on Ollie for quite some time and were consistently impressed by his attitude and approach, as well as the quality of his paddling and adventuring.
Leo first met and assessed Ollie in 2007, where he stood out as being exceptional. He has continued to shine throughout his Level 3s and 5 stars in both kayak and canoe.
Ollie has worked seasons as a river leader on the Ardeche, freelanced on the Wye and Usk and paddled extensively in France, Italy, Scotland and Wales. He spent over a year in New Zealand living on the west coast of the South Island running an ecological kayak tour company and safety kayaking.
He has been practicing Bushcraft for quite a few years - it has become a real passion and inspires Ollie to do more and more canoe expeditions. Ollie’s Bushcraft kit is incredible, with lots of homemade bits and pieces - he gets the sign of approval for this alone from some of the smaller members of the Getafix family (and Anna!).
What Ollie can’t do with a chainsaw isn't worth doing (though don’t tell his bushcraft mates).
We love Ollie and are very excited to be sharing some proper adventures with him.