Dan has probably spent about 98% of his life so far outside. Or at least trying to be outside! This was all achieved by choosing practical outdoor based courses all through his education, and getting fully involved in anything that includes the ocean or the mountains. In a typical weekend, or if he’s got a spare hour or two, you’ll find Dan outside surfing, cycling, exploring or practicing his new sport - kite surfing, no matter what the season!
At university Dan studied Outdoor Education, allowing him to spend five days a week working towards instructor qualifications. These ‘tickets’ have allowed him to take clients out kayaking, sailing and mountaineering, to name a few, and get paid for it!! With five years as a freelancer, Dan has led well over 20 overseas school expeditions, visited many amazing countries, climbed exposed mountains, paddled pumping rivers, surfed gnarly waves and eaten his fair share of mystery dinner dishes from foreign roadside restaurants in various corners of our wonderful world.
Duke of Edinburgh has also been a massive part of Dan’s working life and a keen favourite. As a trainer and Gold Assessor, Dan’s seen hundreds of young adults through every aspect of their award, and will continue to do so as The STC’s Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator.