Adventure Activities in North Northumberland and the Scottish Borders 

Lets make 2022 the year you get outdoors for some healthy mind rejuvenation and possibly some skill development?

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Covid 19 is not going away but the vaccines are allowing us to move about a bit more freely.  Evidence shows that staying fit and healthy helps fend off the virus and spending time out of doors is a great way to help with both physical and mental health. We are offering guided trips or coaching for those who have had the vaccines. 

Please follow the guidelines regarding traveling. We are happy to discuss options for adventures and have the lovely River Till at Etal and the amazing River Tweed and the stunning Northumberland and South East Scotland coastline not far away. 

Open canoeing

Open canoeing

Please check my availability if you have a set date in mind 

Once you have looked through the website and decided what adventure you fancy please check the availability calendar. The calendar can change with bookings coming in so maybe select a couple of options in case the one you want goes between you looking and getting an answer.

Moon state is there for the sea kayakers amongst us (big tides  couple of days after  new or full moon).

Currently the contact form has been removed. If for any reason you have not had a reply to your enquiry please check your junk or spam folder as for some reason replies sometimes go there. Please add a Mob number so I can confirm after replying.  

Developing the Desire for Adventure

We aim to ‘Develop your Desire for Adventure’.

You might have bought yourselves boats which you want to learn to paddle safely either on lakes/lochs, rivers or the sea so why not book some coaching to ensure you can do this safely.

If you are thinking about getting some sort of craft for your own adventures we have a huge range of boats from racing ski to surf kayaks to specialist sea kayaks and general purpose kayaks both single and double as well as a wide range of open canoes to use.

Who is Active 4 Seasons

Self employed and trading as Active 4 Seasons – Ollie Jay is a mature and highly experienced coach and guide. The most experienced coach locally and has been leading adventures here since 2000 and elsewhere since 1991. I have paddled all over the World including Chile, North America, Alaska, Mainland Europe and Africa. I have lived and worked in North Northumberland since ’99 and regularly visit the Scottish Borders and West coast, a very special part of the World. 

Helen Skelton

I have worked with a few celebs including Geordie Robson Green on his Holy Island swim, Adam Henson with Countryfile kayaking with seals on the Farnes, Mike Dilger filming the Guillimot jumplings of the Farne Islands for the One show and the lovely Helen Skelton on a programme about the Vikings landing on the Holy Island of Northumberland. 

If you like videos then why not check out our You Tube Channel.

Guided adventures on the river

I have safely been operating around COVID 19 measures, we are currently only offering ‘Made to Measure’ adventure for individuals, couples or families and small groups, complete beginners welcome. We can offer a trip on the fantastic River Tweed estuary based near High water so this time varies every day! The Tweed is more exposed but Berwick is a historic town so lots to see with amazing bird life.

I can also offer longer and bigger adventures for people who might have done guided trips with us before and want something a bit more challenging or a longer trip please get in touch as we pride ourselves in providing made to measure adventures for all.

Family open canoeing
Family ‘Made to Measure’ canoe adventure

Sea Kayak Gang trips

We have been safely running our popular monthly Sea Kayak Gang trips since May 2021, under COVID restrictions.  Head onto the Sea Kayak page for more details of the 2021 gang trip dates.

Sea Kayak rescues
I got you

No membership required but if interested you can sign up to receive an invite to suitable trips based on your experience and aims and the predicted level of that trip. This is a guided trip somewhere suitable on the North Northumberland coast or Southern Scottish Borders coast ideal for individuals looking to develop their skills in an informal atmosphere with the support of a highly experienced BCU level 4 qualified sea kayak coach to look after you. 

Something different in mind?

How about paddling the length of the amazing River Tweed 

We could get you up and running and train you up on day 1 and 2  and let you continue on your own down to the sea in Berwick upon Tweed. We can provide all the paddling equipment and you just need your camping kit of sort accomodation on route.

or an adventure to the fabulous West coast of Scotland

Sea kayak Isle of Mull adventure

Sea kayaking off the Isle Of Mull

Vouchers available – ideal for that special Birthday present

We offer Adventure Activity Vouchers – ideal for that special Christmas gift or Birthday present. Vouchers are available for any duration of session that we run from 2 hrs to 5 day development courses. Go to the prices page for information. Vouchers are valid for 12 months from purchase and can be redeemed by 2 or more people. Please contact us through the contact page, Facebook or Email for further information or to purchase a voucher.

We no longer hold a valid AALS Licence 

Due to the lack of school business we have let our activity license expire. Please get in touch if you are interested in getting a school of youth group out, especially local schools who we might be able to cater for on a daily basis and we can look at reinstating our license. As a long established provider (started in 2000) we have bags of experience and lots of qualifications. An Adventure Activity Licence allows us to provide adventure activities to unaccompanied under 18’s. We can ensure you get a safe, enjoyable learning experience suited to your specific needs. Please view our education page now

School group open canoe session
School group open canoe session


Ollie has great experience, competence and local knowledge and hence the adventures are fun, safe and well targeted.

One of our 5 star reviews on Yell.com:

We have known Ollie for many years. He is very professional,
helpful and knowledgeable. 5 stars are not enough.
Highly recommended.