Lifetime ambition > To become a backcountry ski guide.
Favourite activity > There’s nothing better than skiing a fresh line down the mountain. I’m also quite fond of mountaineering and pretty much all paddle sports.
Why I became an instructor and chose to work in Scotland > After 2 long years working in an office after school, I soon realised to be put in simply, it’s boring! Since then I’ve been chasing the snow seasons, working at summer camps and now as an instructor for Active Outdoor Pursuits! Why Scotland? Because its class!
Nickname > Rorz
Senior Instructor / Marketing Manager
Life Time Ambition > Work abroad in South America, Canada and New Zealand. Climb some mountains, climb some rocks & paddle some rapids. Return to Scotland and set up a program for challenged youngsters and adults to get active through Climbing, Paddling and Walking.
Favourite Activity > Climbing/walking & Mountain Biking.
Why I became an instructor and chose to work in Scotland > What better office to work in than the outdoors? It has everything, each day is different. Having worked in the music industry for a number of years I decided to pursue a career in what I loved more and here I am! Scotland is a perfect location to develop personally and work in. Plus one day I might encounter Nessie and a haggis on my days out.
Life time ambition > To have a career which I enjoy and be able to introduce people to all the great sports I love.
Favourite activity > Skiing has to be my overall favourite, but I also enjoy mountain biking and climbing almost as much.
Why I became an instructor and chose to work in Scotland > I tried a few of the conventional things like uni, office work, and other ‘normal’ jobs, but found these never really clicked. I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors so thought I’d give this a go and I’ve never looked back! As for why I chose to work in Scotland, simply put its the best place for the outdoors on the UK.
Nickname > I’ve been given a few over the years; Ogg, Toggle, Oggy, Tomo, Shrimp, Tiny, The Great and Mighty Ogg. There are probably more but I’ll respond to anything really.
Senior Instructor / Booking Manager
Life time ambition > my life ambition is to buy an old school VW camper, do it up, add a new engine (I’ll task this to someone more experienced!) put my walking boots on, canoe on top, bike and climbing rack in the back, buy an atlas and set off on my travels to click every country off, firstly aiming to explore new rivers, mountains, cultures and countries in Europe and maybe even reaching Asia. Then one day packing her off in a container to America, where I will fly out to collect her and set off from there.
Favourite activity > My favourite activity has to be canoeing, this is a sport that has grown on me a lot over the past few years. If you had asked my opinion on this sport five years ago it would be extremely different to what it is now. Now however whether I’m paddling the length of a loch, down an exciting section of river or cruising along a canal I know canoeing is the way forward. As my skills and experience have broadened I now appreciate and love the freedom and excitement these fantastic vessels can offer.
Why I became an instructor and chose to work in Scotland > Why not…… working in the outdoor adventure industry is definitely not a job but a way of life. I decided was for me after my first school residential. However, unfortunately my teachers never considered this a suitable career path. After my first Outdoor Job in the Swiss Alps in 2009, I was most definitely hooked. Four hard years of college later and six years of seasonal jobs I found myself at Active! The best job yet! Some days when its drizzly I do miss the Southern French sun and the giant snow-capped Swiss Mountains but even with Scotland’s one week of summer, the vast wild spaces it has to offer still pulls it out the bag for me.
Nickname > Bis, has become my name rather than a nickname, even when someone calls me Elisabeth it takes a few seconds for me to realise they are talking to me!
Senior Instructor / it & maintenance manager
Life time ambition > My life time ambition is to set up my own climbing wall, so that I can help others find a passion for climbing.
Favourite activity > My favourite activity is a hard call between kayaking and climbing; but climbing has to take the win because in a word it is awesome.
Why I became an instructor and chose to work in Scotland > After 3 years of serious climbing my body decided that it needed time to recover. So I thought why not get into instructing instead. since then I haven’t looked back. Why I chose to work in Scotland… simple Scotland is beautiful and if it wasn’t for the midges it would be perfection.
Nickname > I have been known by many nicknames names over my time some rather odd like steroids and wonder-dog, so I respond to nigh upon anything. But my friends call me Jim.
Lifetime ambition > To have my own water sports shack somewhere tropical.
Favourite activity > Paddle sports especially kayaking are my main outlet but climbing has quickly become a rival favourite.
Why I became an instructor and chose to work in Scotland > Work to live not live to work. Everyday I get to go out into a world of adventure and activities, what’s not to love about that. Look around, Scotland is an outdoor enthusiasts playground.
Nickname > Rosiejim, Rosimodo, Soft mint
Life Ambition > To run my own outdoor centre somewhere hot and exotic, and have flip-flop tan lines all year round!
Favourite activity > Paddle sports at the moment, but I seem to change my mind every other day!
Why I became an instructor and chose to work in Scotland > After years of working jobs I hated I thought it was about time I tried doing something I love, and as it turns out, doing a job you love every day is actually pretty great. Who would have thought? So here I am, loving what I do and loving life! And where better than Scotland?! Everything you could ask for as an outdoor enthusiast is right here on your doorstep! B-E-A-dutiful!
Nickname > Schmitty and half-cup are the top two.
Lifetime Ambition > My lifetime ambition is to climb the hinterstoisser route on the north face of the Eiger, it’s one of my great inspirations and to get a chance to even attempt it would be amazing.
Favourite activity > My favourite activity is mountaineering, that alongside mountain biking is where it all started for me. As time has gone on though I have come to love the paddle sports, canoe and kayak, however I definitely favour the open boat.
Why I became an instructor and chose to work in Scotland > I chose to work in the industry quite simply because I loved to participate in outdoor adventure myself, of all kinds. Working in the industry is a great way to inspire others and let them have the same experiences I have. I work in Scotland because it’s the best place in the UK for this kind of work.
senior instructor / centre manager
Lifetime ambition > To win the lottery and live my life out of a van travelling from snow to water to rock all year round.
Favourite activity > I love a jolly good spot of paddling with the lads
Why I became an instructor and chose to work in Scotland > What better job than a job where you do what you do when you’re not doing your job.
Nickname > Liam is fine but I also answer to Mr Incredible, Captain Awesome or Lt Modest .
Lifetime ambition > Simply to have a career doing something I love.
Favourite activity > Skiing in the winter season and mountain biking in the summer season. Please don’t make me pick one!
Why I became an instructor and chose to work in Scotland > After 15 years working in the corporate world and living for my weekends / holidays, I realised that it was time for a dramatic change. I spent a winter season out in Val D’isere and decided that a career in the outdoors was definitely the way to go. I’ve always loved mountain biking, skiing and hill walking so a job as an Outdoor Instructor sounded perfect, it gives me the opportunity to share my love of the outdoors with others. I naturally gravitated towards the Scottish Highlands, where else in the UK would you go?!
Nickname > As a Welshman living in England my friends rather predictably called me Taff.