North Wales Active... We are a leading outdoor adventure activity provider based in Betws Y Coed, Snowdonia, North Wales.
We have been going for over 10 years.
North Wales Active Staff... All our instructors dont just teach part time they live for the outdoors and are full time instructors. They are enthusiastic and professional and are fully qualified and experienced to safely take you on every activity we advertise. Their passion will ensure your adventure with us is unforgettable.
Below are just some of the staff that work for us...
Jamie Williams - Managing Director
Jamie has over 25 years of climbing experience and blames his uncle for his obsession with all things outdoors! His first job was running the climbing wall in Llanrwst Leisure Centre when he was only 16. Soon after that he joined the army and was given the opportunity to gain his climbing and mountain walking qualifications. Before long he was taking his fellow soldiers climbing, mountain walking and mountain biking in some of the most incredible parts of the world: spending time in Kenya, Europe, United Arab Emirates and of course back home in Wales. Jamie has climbed in Spain, France (many times) the U.A.E, Oman, Kenya and many parts of the U.K. He has worked and trained the British, American and U.A.E armed forces in outdoor activities and development. Jamie also consults for BP on health & fitness in the middle east.
In 2007, after his time in the armed forces and after many years working with other outdoor providers he set up North Wales Active with the goal of providing exciting courses designed to the needs of his clients. Since then, North Wales Active has grown into the successful activity provider it is today.
SPA (Climbing & Abseiling instructor)
ML (Mountain Leader)
MIA Trained (Mountain Instructor)
Kayak & canoe instructor (level 2)
Mountain bike instructor (level 2)
Gorge Walking/canyoning instructor (15 years experience including canyons in Spain and the U.A.E)
Coasteering instructor (12 years of experience)
BP fitness consultant
& IRATA Rope access level 1
Catherine Williams - Office based, instructor & Director
Catherine has recently completed her Master's degree in Social Psychology in which her research led her to study impact outdoor adventure activity has on physical and mental well-being. Catherine has experience instructing in the UK and overseas. Her work ranges from delivering motivational, personal development programmes, to working with young adults with emotional and behavioural problems. Catherine is currently working towards becoming qualified in adventure therapy so watch this space for a new addtion to North Wales Active! Catherine also co-ordinates the North Wales Environmental Outdoor Charter Group. The charter group unites activity providers who wish to ensure sustainable development of the outdoor sector.
Trainee Psychotherapist with the South Manchester Centre for Psychotherapy
Msc Social Psychology - 'An Investigation into Rock Climbers' Motivations, Well-Being and Environmental Attitudes'
SPA (climbing instructor)
Mountain leader - Trained
6 years of Adventure activity instructor experience
Tom Carter - Instructor
We say - Tom has worked for the company for many years. Tom has the patients of a saint.
Tom was born in Birmingham but thankfully his parents made sure that every day of the school holidays was spent somewhere amazing.
With annual visits to the Lake District, Peak District, Devon and Cornwall, Tom’s love of the great outdoors grew and grew. Now with almost 18 years of mountain walking experience and eight years of lead climbing experience Tom has swapped the office for the playground that is Snowdonia! Toms other interests include mountain biking, bouldering, surfing, slack lining and renovating his 30 year old camper van.
SPA (Climbing) Award
ML (Mountain Leader) Award
REC (Outdor First Aid)
Swift water rescue
Jodie Beatty - Instructor
We say - Jodie has worked for the company for a few years gaining more experience over the last 2 years. Jodie is our Nature geek.
Jodie. I am passionately interested in many aspects of outdoor recreation, especially rock climbing, running and mountaineering. I also love camping and bivouacing in wild places and enjoy mountain biking.
I love sharing my passion for the outdoor environment with others, hence for the last 6 summer seasons I've been working in Italy for a personal development company for young people, as a motivational presenter and abseil guide.Over the last 3 years I have gained my Single Pitch and Mountain Leader Award, as well as a Wilderness First Aid qualification to enable me to continue to share my love of the outdoors, and extend my outdoor instructing career.
I have traveled throughout the World, rock climbing in Morocco, Spain, France, USA and Italy, and have developed a love of our cultural place within the Nature. I have just returned from 6 months traveling in New Zealand, having had some amazing experiences in the incredible landscapes the country has to offer.
Summer Mountain Leader
SPA - (climbing insturctor)
Tim Oates - Instructor
We say - Tim is one of our most experienced & Qualified instructors. He's been working for the company for a number of years.
Tim is a British MIC with many years’ experience in mountaineering and expedition leadership across the globe, including a number first ascents and personal expeditions to unclimbed peaks in the Karakorum. Tim is an avid traveller who is always looking for new places to climb and adventure, and a keen Biologist with a love of the natural world.
Gorge & Canyon instructor
Winter mountaineering instructor
Ed - Instructor
We say - Ed worked a lot for us this year (2017) new to North Wales Active staff, we found Ed very personable and proffesional.
Recently returned to the outdoor industry having left the forces, after 6 years working as a medic
for the army, and RAF mountain rescue.
Climbed all over the world, from the Himalaya, to Uganda, and have first ascents in North Africa,
Winter mountain Leader
Gorge & Canyon Instructor