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1993 to 2018 Celebrating 25 years of providing quality outdoor education.

Fun outdoor activities

Fun outdoor activities

Rock climbing, Nordic walking, Scrambling, guided walks and many more fun activities for individuals, families and groups.

Outdoor adventure qualifications

Outdoor adventure qualifications

Outdoor adventure qualifications (National Governing Body Awards) courses for all ages and abilities at venues around the UK.

Outdoor Skills Courses

Outdoor Skills Courses

Move up a gear and learn an outdoor adventure skill such as Caving, Archery, Navigation and GPS or Rock Climbing and Scrambling.

Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Duke of Edinburgh's Award

As an Approved Activity Provider (AAP) we can support your Duke of Edinburgh's Award candidates' expedition training and assessment.

About me 

Eric Grindle, has recently taken early retirement from his role of a principle officer within Children’s Services to establish himself as a full time Coach specialising in Outdoor Education and swimming.  In his role at Children’s Services, Eric had responsibility for the Youth Service, Education Visits and represented the authority on the Outdoor Education Advisers panel.  Eric has been working in the field of Outdoor Education (Mountaineering, climbing and paddlesport) within an informal education setting  since the late 1970s.  In that time he has gained a wealth of experience with youth groups of all ages and abilities.

His personal experiences have taken him across Europe, Africa and the Himalaya.  His work has taken him to all corners of the UK and a range of venues in Europe, North and South Africa, India and Kashmir.

He is qualified to deliver training in risk management and Learning Outside the Classroom INSET’s via the Outdoor Education Advisors Panel,; he can also deliver  Assessor and Supervisor training for staff working on  the D of Ed Award. 

Eric is professionally qualified as a youth worker, has a Masters Degree is Social Policy and remains current in his professional training through CPDs delivered by FPM. Alongside other OAS Staff Eric attends and maintains CPD status with the MT, BCU and IoS, he also attends training offered by professional bodies including BMC, MTA, IfOL and IoS (Institute of Swimming) and in house staff development days.

He holds:-

MT Hill and Mountain Skills Tutor

MT Summer Mountain Leader

LTE: Single Pitch Award

UKMLTB Mountaineering Instructor Award: -Training

BSCA: Mountain/Offroad Leaders award

BCU: Level 3 Open Boat Coach

BCU: Level 2 Kayak Coach

BCU: Bell Boat Helm

BCU: Foundation Safety And Rescue Course Provider

BCU: 4 Star  Sea 

BCU: 4 Star Kayak

ITC First Aid

IOS: UKCC Level 2 Coach Swimming 

MLTA Member

IfOL Member

AMI – Member - Trainee

Eric is a member of the BMC, BCU, IoS and Greater Manchester’s Coaching register. Eric along with other OAS Staff attends seminars and training offered by professional bodies including BMC, MTA, AMI Traineer Member, IfOL, NICAS, BCU and in-house staff development days. Eric has been working for Outdoor Activities Service and Alternative Adventure for over 14 years now. 

Eric continues to explore new areas and develop his outdoor skills.