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Adventure Activities Northumberland - mainly watersports


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Despite any error messages popping up contact form is working – please only send one enquiry, I will get back to you as fast as I can – very busy!!!!

Adventure Activities in North Northumberland and the Scottish Borders 

2021 is going to be the year of outdoor activities

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Covid 19 does not seem to be going away but the vaccines will hopefully allow us to move about a bit more freely in coming months? It has been shown 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. Currently we can offer single families activities for guiding or coaching and up to 5 individuals for specific coaching. 

Please follow the guidelines regarding traveling. We are currently not sharing vehicles so we need to do an out and back so will use the lovely River Till at Etal or the fantastic River Tweed estuary if the tide permits or the coastline not too far away. Rock climbing can also be managed with appropriate measures in place.

Open canoeing

Open canoeing

Please check availability if you have a set date in mind (I am currently heavily booked up so might not be able to reply to last minute requests, sorry) 

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 so please get in touch via the contact sheet or direct email thanks. The calendar is constantly changing with bookings coming in thick and fast 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, these are not bookings!

Contact form

Currently the contact form might be sending you an error but they are getting through so please don’t keep trying as I then get multiple enquiries to sort. I am struggling to keep up with enquiries so please check availability as there is only me and I can’t be with 2 groups at one time. Thanks.

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 I can confirm 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 later this year when things might become more normal 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 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

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

Guided adventures on the river

We are back open but due to COVID 19 measures we are only offering ‘Made to Measure’ adventure for individuals, couples or families, 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.

Family open canoeing
Family ‘Made to Measure’ canoe adventure

Sea Kayak Gang trips

We will be running our popular monthly Sea Kayak Gang trips again from May 2021, COVID restrictions allowing.  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. 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?

In the past we have guided clients  along the Great Glen Way by sea kayak

Great adventure but the weather can be a challenging.

Given the right conditions i.e. some nice Westerlies to help us surf along the lochs 4 days is a great achievement!

Loch Ness

Caledonia canal trip

Vouchers available – ideal for that special Birthday present

We offer Adventure Activity Vouchers – ideal for that special 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.

Sea kayak Isle of Mull adventure

Sea kayaking off the Isle Of Mull

Making Contact

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 enquire about booking an adventure or get further information. You can always Email directly or go through Facebook messenger, Twitter or Instagram 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.

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.