About Us

Olly SandersOlly Sanders

A B.C.U. Level 5 Sea Coach and A.C.A. Advanced Open Water Instructor, Olly has been playing on the Snowdonia and Anglesey coastline for 20 years. His qualifications also extend to the climbing arena where he holds a Mountain Instructor Certificate (MIC), the highest instructor qualification in the UK, as well as being a nominee for the Piolet D'Or - mountaineering's highest International award.

Expeditioning has always played a large part in his life, whether in a boat or in the mountains, and he hopes this will continue for as long as his body lets him!

10 years as a Senior Instructor at Plas y Brenin and owner of Rock and Sea Adventures, his own adventure tour company, has helped him work at the highest level in instructional awards. Running the rescue department also gave him the insight and opportunity to effectively work with rescue services on the sea and in the mountains.

In his spare time you will find him searching for the best cappuccino in North Wales.


Leo HoareLeo Hoare

Paddling since the age of 9, Leo has spent more time in a boat than not.

His love of the sea has taken him on sea kayaking expeditions all over the world. Guiding in Scotland and North Wales has given him regular practice rescuing and a chance to develop new techniques.

A B.C.U Level 5 Kayak and Canoe Coach, Leo worked for Plas y Brenin and now runs his own company, Getafix Coaching.

His repertoire of jokes helps keep his students happy even when they are in trouble and needing to be rescued.



Steve LongSteve Long

Steve Long is an International Mountain Guide and Mountaineering Instructor based in North Wales.

A Senior Instructor at Plas y Brenin National Mountain Center for 14 years, he has refined and taught problem-solving skills to hundreds of amateur climbers and professional instructors, and is the author of “Hillwalking” and “The Climbing Handbook”.

Steve is a member of the British Mountain Guides training panel and has climbed for 25 years all around the world, including big wall climbing expeditions to Borneo, Pakistan, Canada and Australia.

He was chief safety officer for the popular British TV series Jack Osbourne: Adrenaline Junkie in 2005.