Coaches, Trainers and Assessors: Outdoor Instructor Training

We know that adventures are better with brilliant people. Our staff are kind, compassionate and fun.


During the Summer Land & Wave helps thousands of people have adventures in Dorset, Wales and the Alps – we get really, really busy.

During the Winter Land & Wave trains Outdoor Instructors. We run a full time BTEC course in Outdoor Education and from November – March run an incredible Outdoor Instructor Training course.

What makes our training stand out? Our coaches, trainers and assessors; our amazing full time staff and the brilliant specialists that visit us.

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Land & Wave does NOT rely on 2 or 3 people to try and teach everything on our courses; we know that people need to be taught by specialist, knowledgeable, passionate instructors and coaches – the best in the business in fact.

Working with more than 15 coaching and training professionals over 15 weeks of professional training means you have LOTS of different coaching styles, personalities and decades of accumulated experience to learn from.

Outdoor instructor trainers standing in wetsuits looking out to sea

What makes our training really stand out is the number and the quality of the excellent staff  that work with us to make sure our courses are the best we can possibly deliver.


As a trainee you benefit from a huge variety of teaching styles and techniques which will help you learn and enjoy learning. 

Our Coaches; Trainers and Assessors, Winter 2017 – 2018.

#People – We know that adventures are better with brilliant people. Our staff are kind, compassionate and fun.

#Honest – We’re really open and honest when we work with each other. Talking to each other is the most important part of how we stay good at what we do.

#Epic – We give a shit. We want our clients and trainees to have incredible experiences. We want our clients to love the outdoors as much as we do.

Paul Taylor – ‘The Management’

Loves all things climbing. Has spent more time on the Jurassic Coast than the dinosaurs. Challenge him to a Paddle Board race (we dare you).

Specialities: Climbing, Coasteering,

Paul Taylor
Matt Roberts – Lead Instructor 

Matt loves being wet, playing rugby and eating sandwiches, he has boundless enthusiasm, years of wisdom and, occasionally, incredible hair.

Specialities: Mountains, Sea Kayaking, Hair Care

Matt Roberts
Sophie Tanner – ‘The Management’ 

Loves the ocean and jumping in the sea, a wise old sage of Land & Wave with decades of experience working with groups.

Specialities: Bushcraft, Coasteering, Headbands

Sophie Tanner Bushcraft
Jack Campion – Lead Instructor 

Loves a riverHas phosphorescent eye brows and an epic ginger beard, ask him to do the fire triangle rave.

Jack Campion

Specialities:  Kayaking, Coasteering

Owen Senior – Trainer 

Wrote the book on bushcraft (literally), incredible ginger beard, impervious to waves and cold (is quite fat).

Owen Senior

Specialities:  Bushcraft, Coasteering, Canoeing 

Sam Locke – BTEC Teacher, Lead Instructor

Will teach anything to anyone if  she has 10 minutes and a sharpie. Can run a marathon fuelled solely on melon and carrot sticks. Sam graduated Outdoor Instructor Training 2013/14.

Specialities: Teaching, Coaching, Melon

Sam Locke
Graham Milton – Lead Instructor

Once lived in London, loves a kayak, occasionally experiments with restrained facial hair, calm and considered.

Graham Milton

Specialities: Kayaking, Rivers, Blue Steel, Magnum

Jonny Berry – Lead Instructor

Lithe, compact – perfectly formed. Loves a paddle board, has perfected the ‘paddle board pose’.  Jonny graduated Outdoor Instructor Training 2014/15.

Specialities: Paddle boarding, The wearing of hats, Staying warm despite being so damn thin. 

Ray Goodwin – Canoe Specialist 

Wrote the book on canoeing (literally), thoroughly nice chap, decades of experience and knowledge.

Specialities: Canoeing, Canoeing, Canoeing

Ray Goodwin
Will Moy – Climbing Specialist 

Climbs like a fish and swims like a monkey. The only person we know that can surf but not stand on a paddle board.

Specialities: Climbing, Mountains, Dashing Good Looks

Will Moy
Sam Waites – Kayak Specialist

We’ve known Sam for years, he’s an excellent human being and a kayaking wizard. Loves being in a boat, especially on a river.

Specialities: Kayaking, Kayaking, Kayaking

Sam Waite
David Mutton – Trainer

Paddle Boarding guru, master of risk assessment, BTEC teacher extraordinaire. Land & Wave’s longest serving member of staff.

Dave Mutton

Specialities: Paddle Boarding, Teaching, Stubble

Paul Smith – White Water Specialist 

Experienced and approachable, a great coach who inspires confidence. Great to learn from, brilliant to spend a day on (or in) the river with.

Paul Smith

Specialities: Kayaking, Climbing, White Water 

Darren Joy – Coaching Specialist 

A full time BCU Level 5 Coach with a loads of river experience under his boat, a Canoe England national trainer for safety and rescue and leadership awards.

Darrren Joy

Specialities: Kayaking, Coaching, Development

Jamie Corry – Bushcraft Specialist

A mild mannered man of the woods, Jamie’s been helping us with British Bushcraft Association assessments for ages. Large, bearded and slightly Scottish.

Specialities: Bushcraft, Deer, Kilts

We’re always looking for more brilliant instructors, coaches and assessors to help us develop our training courses…

Land & Wave help people have incredible adventures in Dorset, the UK and Europe.

Every winter we run an Outdoor Instructor Training course that we’re really proud of.

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Talking to each other is the most important part of how we stay good at what we do.

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