Jason Carroll

My outdoor education started with City of Newcastle Outdoor Education (cnoes) We delivered personal skills training and coach courses locally. This complimented our residential work off sight at Kielder,Wass Water,Patterdale and five day canoe expedtions in the Scottish Borders on the River Tweed.

In 2001 I took over as CNOES manager and moves within the local authority brought me to Newburn Activity Centre as the outdoor manager from 2006 - 2013. 

Paddle Sport has been my consistant thread from kayak surf to the international canoe race "The Liffey Descent" eventually helping me to win the open canadian solo class two years running.  My own Gold D of E assesment was in the Isle of Sky and it will stay imprinted in my memory. I strongly believe being exposed to the outdoors from a young age had a major influence on my long term career choice.

Qualifications

Level 4 Canoe, Level 4 Kayak, Level 3 Kayak Surf, Windsurf Senoir Instuctor, Dingy Instructor, Mountain Bike Level 2 OTC, GNAS Archery Leader, BEL 3 Sports Leader,HML hill and moorland leader, ITC First Aid Trainer, PTLLs Level 4, D32/33 NVQ Assessor, DVLA Mini Bus D1 + E and  HGV 

I put an article together many years back called the "Trim Thing" about paddling on the upwind side. This got me into the art of open canoeing, it has so much range to enjoy from open water to rivers. 

Walking in the hills gives me the time to reflect, when we get busy we forget the important things like simply spending time with family.

Kayaking is where it began for me, playing in the surf at Tynemouth. The North East rivers over the years brought their own challenges. I will always remember my first drop over low force in 1995. 

Thoughts

Over the years i have enjoyed working, studying, challenging and evolving as a person in the outdoors. My own view about what the outdoor environment offers, is like us, it changes, if you respect it, you will learn from it.

ITC First Aid Ltd is a well received first aid establishment in the outdoors with a high standard of delivery. I have been a trainer since 1998 and Tweed Tours is an ITC centre.