#Developing Desire for Adventure

‘Made to Measure Adventures’ based in the beautiful North Northumberland close to the Scottish Borders

Specialising in Guided trips or Coaching using Canoes or Kayaks on rivers or the sea

Let’s make 2022 the year you get outdoors and enjoy this amazing area. Many studies show the benefits of exercising in the great outdoors – it improves both your physical and mental welfare.

Open canoeing

Open canoeing

River kayaking

Sea Kayaking

Who is Active 4 Seasons

Self employed and trading as Active 4 Seasons – Ollie Jay is a mature and highly experienced coach and guide (23rd year in Northumberland this year). Learn more on FAQ page

Why Active 4 Seasons 

Plenty of companies out there so why me? Basically I offer great value, by far the most experienced provider and I match the activity to your aims and objectives. ‘Made to Measure Adventures’ so no large groups of mixed abilities, you get just what you want. If you are in the fantastic North Northumberland or Scottish Border area looking for adventure be that coaching or guiding and want something special drop me an email. Some of my clients have been coming out with me for 13 years doing a different adventure each time!

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

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.

The moon state is shown for the sea kayakers amongst us (big tides (Spring) occur a couple of days after a new or full moon).

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Covid 19 does not seem to be 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. 


Please follow any 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. 

Guided adventures on the river

I have been safely operating over the last 2 years of COVID 19 measures, we have been offering ‘Made to Measure’ adventure for individuals, couples or families and small groups. 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 upstream of the Stephenson Railway bridge.

I can also offer longer or more challenging adventures for people who might have done guided trips with us before or have some experience. If you are looking for something different 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 2022 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. 

Some ideas:
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 or sort accommodation on route.


an adventure to the fabulous West coast of Scotland by sea kayak. Happy to offer these out of the busy season when I tend to be working solidly on the local rivers and coastline.

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.