Adventure Activities in North Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.
Additional SKG date added due to lots of interest – 1st Nov 2020.
I am open for business with social distancing in place.
Once you have looked through the website and decided what adventure you fancy please check the availability calendar – ‘Private booking’ means I am already booked but empty dates might be free, thanks.
Latest news effective from 18th Sep in Northumberland and 24th England wide:
As far as I can make out an English family (who live in the same house) of 5 or less can travel to the area for outdoor adventures with us. 2 Scottish families up to 5 people can also travel or do activities with me in Scotland.
Activities include open canoe and sea kayak guiding, open canoe hire (Etal only). Out and back trips only. We will need to socially distance so some coaching i.e. learning to roll is impractical but guided trips are fine.
From Northumberland County Council website:
15. Can I travel outside the area for work or school?
Yes, people living inside and outside of these areas can continue to travel for work or school. Workplaces and schools themselves should also be implementing covid-secure measures.
- for the purposes of education or training
22. What are the changes to playing sports?
You can continue to take part in organised sporting or licensed physical activity. This can be in any public place – indoors or outdoors – but not in a private outdoor space like a garden or inside a private home.
You should only be playing team sports where the relevant governing body has published guidance on how to do so safely. (British canoeing has done this). Activities must be organised by a national governing body, club, registered instructor/coach, business or charity, and/or involve someone who has received an official licence to use equipment relevant to the activity. In all cases, the organiser must conduct a risk assessment and ensure compliance with COVID-19 secure guidance.
23. Can I travel to play sport outside of the areas with restrictions?
Yes. Please wear a face covering if using public transport unless exempt.
26. Can I still go on holiday?
You can still go on holiday within the UK or abroad, but you should only do this with people you live with (or have formed a support bubble with). You need to follow any rules in the area you visit and be aware of the self-isolation rules when travelling to and from certain countries.
People can visit the region on holiday but must comply with the local restrictions.
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. Also if you add a Mob number we can confirm a few days after replying via text.
Developing the Desire for Adventure
We aim to ‘Develop your Desire for Adventure’ so if you have a plan to beat the 24 Hr distance record by solo kayak or race across New Zealand or paddle across or around Scotland for charity or indeed have a local trip in mind just drop us a line and we will sort you out with specific training to suit you. We have a huge range of boats from racing ski to surf kayaks to sea kayaks and general purpose kayaks both single and double as well as a wide range of open canoes to trial.
Who are we
Your host – Ollie Jay is a mature and highly experienced coach and guide. He is the most experienced coach locally and has been leading adventures here for 20 years and elsewhere since 1991. Ollie has paddled in various places including Chile, North America, Alaska, Mainland Europe and Africa. He loves Northumberland and the Scottish Borders and so has chosen to live and work in this special part of the World. Here he is checking the forecast on the HF radio in Alaska a few years back now.
Check out our You Tube Channel
If you like videos then why not check out our You Tube Channel.
Guided adventures on the river
Due to COVID 19 we are only offering ‘Made to Measure’ adventure for individuals, couples or families (Max 5 people), complete beginners welcome. Alternatively 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.
If you have been on an adventure 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.
Sea Kayak Gang trips
We run a monthly Sea Kayak Gang trip. Head onto the Sea Kayak page for more details of the 2020 gang trip dates – now available on the calendar too!
This year the theme is going to be on moving water skills and how to enjoy ourselves safely, hopefully based around the Farnes weather permitting!
No membership required but if interested you can sign up to receive an invite to suitable trips based on your experience and aims. 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.
Last year we guided 4 clients along the Great Glen Way by sea kayak
Weather was a challenge especially day 1 but things slowly improved with some nice Westerlies to help us surf along the lochs in 4 days – a great achievement!!!!
A recent testimonial:
Ollie has great experience, competence and local knowledge and hence the adventures are fun, safe and well targeted.
Please feel free to browse the website by hovering your cursor over the various headings. These will reveal drop down menus that you just click to get more information. You can then decide if we are the right people for you to come to. Please contact us here to book an adventure or get further information. You can always Email directly or go through Facebook messenger if that suits you better. We will try to respond as soon as possible. Occasionally I do head away to work in remote places with no signal or connection so please be patient but by all means try again if you don’t get a reply after a week as it may have gone to a spam folder?
Lots of activities available
We offer a range of adventure activities mostly on water (open canoeing, river and sea kayaking and surf kayaking) but also on the rocks (single pitch rock climbing) and trails (mountain biking) of North Northumberland. We work with clients elsewhere in the UK with the West coast of Scotland being a favourite of ours.
AALS 3 year Licence holder, third one in a row!
Unfortunately it looks like AALS is going to be no longer but not in the near future! As a long established provider (started in 2000) we have bags of experience and lots of qualifications. In May 2018 we gained our third three year licence (not everyone gets one of these!). 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.
We offer Adventure 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 people. Please contact us through the contact page, Facebook or Email for further information or to purchase a voucher.