MEET THE TEAM

Jordy

DIRECTOR & LEAD GUIDE

Qualifications – (BSc Outdoor Education & Physical Education, BCU Canoe & Kayak Coach, ASI Level 2 SUP Coach/Level 1 Technical SUP Coach/ASI Trainer, RLSS Beach Lifeguard, Rescue3 Swiftwater Rescue Technican & Flood Responder & more)
 
Jordy has been in the industry for 13 years now, but passion for the outdoors and physical activities began as a child growing up in the countryside climbing trees, sea swimming and riding motorbikes. This was further bolstered throughout secondary school with an ever growing love for adrenaline and loathing for academics. This energy was directed into a notable stint in the schools Combined Cadet Force (CCF) where in his final year he served as Regimental Sergeant Major of the UK’s largest contingent. 
 
After a diagnosis of a degenerative eye condition scuppered plans to become a Royal Marine Commando, Jordy found himself in the next best place, the prestigious SHARE Centre Outdoor Instructor intensive training scheme class of 2008! Under expert guidance from the country’s top trainers he gained several qualifications, a wealth of experience and suffered many hangovers. This was followed by 3 year’s in Liverpool John Moore’s University studying more in depth the theoretical subjects of the Outdoors (psychological, social, physical, therapy & more).
 
After University and gallivanting around the world working as a guide in the UK, UAE & Kenya, Jordy returned to his roots in NI in 2014. Since then he has held senior positions in many Indoor & Outdoor Adventure companies before founding Active Adventures NI in 2019.
 
When not running sessions, answering emails/messages or washing the mountains of kit (yes we do wash the wetsuits), Jordy can be found hillwalking, swimming, running or attempting to do yoga, calisthenics, BJJ & Muay Thai. Very much a jack of all trades, but certainly a master of none.
 

Josh

SENIOR GUIDE & FIRST AID OFFICER/TRAINER

Qualifications (Emergency Medical Technician, FREC Level 4, RLSS Beach Lifeguard, Rescue3 Swiftwater Rescue Technician, ASI Level 2 SUP Coach & more) – Starting out in the Outdoor Industry over a decade ago, after a brief stint in University Josh found himself managing an Outdoor Activity Centre in Liverpool. From there he took flight ending up in Colorado training as a Raft Guide. He has an extensive background in white water and has guided rivers in North America, Central America and Africa. Josh is also a keen surfer and climber, but enjoys most outdoor pursuits as a whole. 
In addition to working in the outdoors, Josh is also an Emergency Medical Technician in an ambulance, a trained FREC 4 First Responder and First Aid Trainer & Assessor. 
It is safe to say that Josh enjoys an adventure and once cycled 3000+ miles across the United States for a bet!
His favorite local spots include Whiterocks beach and Ballintoy for the good waves, great views and incredible geology.

Shane

Senior Guide, lifeguard trainer & adventure therapist

Shane is a RLSS Beach Lifeguard Trainer Assessor, level 1 Irish Canoe Union kayak instructor, level 3 training and education facilitator and currently working towards accreditation as a CBT Therapist. Shane spent two years as a university officer cadet where he discovered a passion for group leadership and adventure training. In the next two years Shane shadowed instructors at activity centres around northern ireland. After completing his BSc Psychology from Queens University he worked for two years as a community development worker and training coordinator for a suicide prevention organisation, where his skills in group facilitation and project management flourished. Following this, Shane completed a one year instructor training program at Achill Outdoor Education Centre, where he completed level 3 river paddling skills, swift water rescue training, mountain leader training, powerboat licence course and rock climbing instructor training. He has since worked in many notable Outdoor Centres across Northern Ireland.

When not working for Active Adventures you’ll find Shane kitesurfing, hiking in the Mournes or planting vegetables at his farm in Newry. 

Fun fact: Shane’s earliest expedition into the extreme sports started at 16, when he saved his lunch money, bunked school and completed 6 skydives!

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