Ben is an instructor in a range of outdoor activities, he has worked in the outdoor industry for 10 years. His background is mainly mountain activities, but he can’t stay out of the water, the ideal combination for canyoning. Ben has been canyoning for 12 years. He is co-owner/founder of The Canyoning Company, V7 Academy and one of the UKCA founders.Read More
Ben was born and bred in Edinburgh; he spent most of his childhood in the hills around Scotland. Ben’s love for the outdoors led him to study a degree in Outdoor Pursuits Management at Glasgow University; here he found his passion for climbing and mountaineering. After his degree he spent some time in the Cairngorms and took an intensive outdoor instructor course covering a range of different activities.
After a year out traveling around the world and exploring new cultures Ben came back to Scotland in 2010 to work in various outdoor centres. He found himself settling on the Isle of Raasay Outdoor Centre where he worked as an activity instructor, leading on to becoming a senior member of their team.
In 2013 Ben moved to Perthshire, where he brought his rock and water skills together; working as a canyon and raft guide at Nae Limits Adventure Centre. He spent most of his spare time developing his canyoning skills around Scotland, England, Italy, Switzerland and Greece.
In 2015, Ben joined a canyoning training course delivered by ICOpro (International Canyoning Organisation for Professionals). A short time after this Ben opened The Canyoning Company along with George Yates. Over the last 7 years he has gained valuable experience canyoning and providing canyoning trips and teaching in France, Madeira, Montenegro, Switzerland.
The Canyoning Company now runs guided trips, delivers UKCA recreational and professional training courses, organises international trips, offers technical advice, and strives to develop canyoning around Scotland and the UK.
In recent years Ben and a group of experienced canyoneers and guides from all over the world created V7 Academy; a unique online knowledge base for canyoning technical knowledge available to everyone, it's designed for access on your desktop or mobile device, anywhere, anytime.
Ben is super passionate about sharing his skills and experience and devoted to developing canyoning in the UK.