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Gary Peverill: a thriving career in Adventure Sports

Gary Peverill is a Trainer Facilitator for Adventure Sports at South Devon College and brings a wealth of experience in the industry that is invaluable to those wanting to pursue a career in this field. Here, Gary shares these experiences and achievements to inspire the next generation of what can be done with an Adventure Sports qualification.

What is your background?

I have worked in outdoor education for 25 years, starting in an outdoor centre in Worcestershire teaching Canoeing, Kayaking, Sailing, and Power Boating.

I then spent a fair amount of time working abroad in the French Alps as a kayak guide which led me to working on the Ardèche River as a senior river leader and then reached a position in senior management for an activity centre.

Once I returned to the UK, I started work at Duchy College in Cornwall, and became the head of water sports where my interest in coaching grew massively.

During this time I travelled the world canoeing and kayaking looking for new rivers to paddle and ways to push myself in the sport.

That all brings me to my current position here at South Devon College where I have worked for over 14 years. I am a part-time Trainer facilitator and teach a wide range of outdoor sports whilst running my own business called Inspiring Adventure. I am currently a British Canoeing Level 5 coach, Course Director for most leadership and Coaching courses as well as a National trainer for canoe and kayak leadership qualifications.

What are your proudest achievements and favourite parts of your job?

During my time at the College, I have trained and inspired students to develop their skills and experiences in the outdoors. It’s been fantastic and very satisfying for me to see them around the country working, enjoying their job, and teaching the next generation too.

One of my favourite parts of the job is taking the students away on expeditions and trips and showing them some of the exciting places they could work.

How is it working at South Devon College?

I have been very lucky to work with some amazing outdoor practitioners and people who really want to help students. We have some great equipment and facilities, such as canoes, kayaks and climbing equipment to deliver high quality practical sessions.

What are your aspirations for the future?

I want to continue to expand our network of employers so that there are even more opportunities for students to take up after their studies and also find some awesome new places to go kayaking.

Many people experience success like Gary has in this industry and you can too. If you’re interested in studying Adventure Sports, there are a range of options including degree level studies at University Centre South Devon. To find out more, come along to the next Open Event on Wednesday 22nd January 2020 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. You can also get in touch by emailing [email protected] or calling 08000 380 123.

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