Howie Crook has over thirty years experience of working in the outdoors as a swift water rescue instructor, raft guide, kayak instructor, outdoor facilitator, mountain instructor and Lecturer in Outdoor Education.
Howie’s experience is supported by extensive international kayaking expeditions.
Howie has worked with Mountain Rescue, Police, Lowland Rescue Teams, Lifeboat Crew, Paramedics. He brings direct experience of water rescue from his involvement with Mountain Rescue. Howie sits on Mountain Rescue’s (England and Wales) advisory panel for water safety and is the author of many training manuals and articles on water safety and rescue.
Paul brings extensive real incident experience gained from his background with Teesdale Mountain Rescue Team and as a highly experienced rescue dog handler. Paul has had ‘hands on’ action at several major flood incidents allowing him to give real context to his programmes.
Paul teaches a variety of programmes including swiftwater rescue, rope rescue and rigging for rescue programmes.
When not in the water or on a rope, he works as a teacher of Outdoor Education.
Daz Ready is a highly experienced life-long outdoor instructor and development trainer with extensive experience of delivering swiftwater rescue programmes.
Coming from colder Scotland, Daz is well equipped for jumping into freezing water and manages to maintain a steady smile in the most Baltic winter training session!
Geraint Rowlands has worked as a commercial expedition river guide on every
continent apart from Antarctica. He has also represented at a national level in every white water paddling discipline, which includes Kayak Slalom, White Water Rafting, Down River Racing, and Freestyle Kayaking.
Geraint is one of the Authors of White Water Safety and Rescue and has taught water rescue to Outdoor professionals and Government agencies at home and abroad for almost a decade.
Geraint is a Rescue 3 Instructor Trainer that specialises in boat based rescues and is also an International Rafting Federation Rafting Assessor and British Canoe Union Level 5 Coach. Underpinning his practice is a post graduate certificate in education, a degree in sports science, and HCPC registration as a Paramedic.
Rob Litherland grew up paddling on the rivers and creeks of North Wales. He has kayaked and guided around the world, seeking the adventure of first descents and classic multi-day trips in the deep river canyons that flow off the World’s great mountain ranges. He has been involved in exploratory kayaking trips to Northern India, China, Nepal, Ecuador and Chile, he has also made two descents of the remote and committing Grand Canyon of the Stikine in northern British Columbia.
Rob was previously a full time instructor with Rescue 3 UK and now works freelance as a Rescue 3 Instructor Trainer, SFRBO Instructor and International Rafting Federation guide trainer.
Rob has worked extensively with Fire and Rescue services, HARTs teams, Mountain Rescue, Police dive units and provided safety for numerous film and TV projects.
Ash is based in the Pennines where he is an adventuring dad to his two young children, Callum and Sophie, and Collie dog, Bracken. With 25 years experience in Military, Industrial, Outdoor and Adventurous settings, he has spent time working and supporting a wide range of groups; Exercise Pitch Pole post 2013 Floods with Military, Fire and Rescue Personnel at national training centres, Paramedics, HART Teams, USAR, ISAR and Rail contractors.
Ash holds the Rescue3 Flood, Swiftwater and Swiftwater Boat Operator Instructor Qualifications, is IOSH Qualified, as well as being a Rope Rescue Technician and Advanced SRT. He is a Mountain Instructor, L5 Canoe Coach, White Water Safety Provider, UKCC Course Provider, GWO Work at Heights/Sea Survival Trainer, First Aid and Rescue Instructor.