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      John Hamilton

      Enthusiastic | Passionate | Outdoors

      Mini Bio

      I am an individual entirely committed to the outdoors through adventure. I have a passionate appreciation of remote locations via active travel such as kayaking, ski mountaineering, canoeing, mountain biking, walking, etc – especially through sharing experiences with others. I am completely committed to introducing others to the outdoors and all that the outdoors has to offer. I take my partner and two spaniels everywhere I can and take them canoeing and have even taken my 15-year-old spaniel on the ski chair lift often. I play guitar and have supported some of Scotland’s best known traditional musicians. I love Correlejo, Fuerteventura, and have been there 14 times. I love the excitement of paddling white water. I love the snow!

      “I am happiest when I have travelled to a remote area, am camping, enveloped in nature and with great company.”

      Place to Play

      Paddling, skiing, walking and Biking ‘anywhere’ in Scotland.

      Not a lot of people know this

      I own a book that was owned by Robert Burns, Scotland’s greatest poet. His signature is on the inside cover. It has been passed down to me from my Grandfather and Father. Every year I host a Burns supper at my house and sing Burns songs in respectful memory.

      Qualifications Read More
      • Mountain Bike Tutor
      • UKCC Paddlesports Tutor
      • Coach, Inland kayak, Open Canoe, Sea and Surf
      • Tutor /Assessor FSRT, WWSR.
      • BASI Nordic
      • Winter Mountain Leader
      Experience Read More

      For 26 years I held a senior post in Outdoor Education. I am currently the lead liaison for the Scottish Industry for the Health and Safety Executive and Scottish Government during it’s review of licensing. I have been a National Governing Body tutor for over 20 years. I have been Head Coach for the Scottish Special Olympics. I have paddled in Austria, Switzerland and France. I have Mountain Biked in the Czech Republic and French Alps. I have skied in Norway, Italy and France often. For the past four years, I have lead walking groups in Tenerife in November. I will always remain passionate about ‘remote travel’ and sharing these experiences with others.

      Biggest Adventure Read More

      Whilst, not the most remote adventure, I have to say my most challenging but also most rewarding adventure was training athletes and having the responsibility for taking them to compete in the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games. They won Gold and Silver medals in kayaking and presented them at Scottish Government on their return.

      Specialist Subject Read More

      Having worked in the Outdoor Industry for over 30 years I have a passion for supporting and where possible mentoring young enthusiastic instructors. I particularly love when a young person, like me, comes from the concrete jungle. Realises that there are more options for employment other than the office or labour industry and becomes fulfilled through the amazing experiences gained through the outdoors. Working in the outdoors for me is a vocation, not a job.

      Publications Read More
      • Outdoor Learning Modules for Learning and Teaching Scotland
      • The use of IT in the Outdoors

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