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About Us

Safe and Sound Outdoors is a trading name of Safe and Sound Outdoors (2007) Ltd which in addition to providing Outdoor Experiences for individuals and school groups, also provides outdoor education for challenging Young People. We currently employ 3 full time members of staff and have a number of highly skilled and qualified freelance staff on our team. We provide high quality outdoor activities in a range of subjects. We are registered with AALA who oversee all of our activities delivered to under 18’s. We also subscribe to IOL and have an LOTC quality badge.

Safe and Sound Outdoors was set up by Craig Forde in 2007 with the aim of the company being to offer good, quality outdoor education to schools and youth groups using a small focused group of instructors dedicated in their chosen field. In addition to offering high quality outdoor education we have also in recent years begun focusing in different areas in particular staff training and development and Duke of Edinburgh Awards. We have worked with a number of clients including Shropshire County Council, New Reflexions, BT, Yoursuresave.com amongst many in offering first aid courses and staff training and development.

Since 2007 we have grown to our current size with our staff team but still focus on our aims that we set at the start of delivering high quality.

Craig Forde


Craig has been working in the outdoors for the past 11 years both full time and as a freelance instructor. He stumbled into it after training as an accountant for a while. He has in the past managed a variety of outdoor centre both here and abroad. He managed the YHA in Llangollen when it was an activity centre for up to 100 young people. Most recently he has been involved in setting up an outdoor programme for Mentors for young people, a residential childcare group.

Craig has led a variety of groups in numerous different locations both here and abroad including leading 15 young people on a month-long expedition to Nicaragua in order for them to complete their Duke of Edinburgh gold award. Having travelled extensively in his younger years he draws on experiences gained in Africa and Asia and incorporates those into his working life.

A passionate outdoor enthusiast he enjoys nothing better than passing on his skills and knowledge to others through the outdoors in training courses and taster sessions. Having had the benefit of taking part in outdoor education trips as a young person he fully appreciates the benefits of the outdoors as a teaching platform.

 
Rich Slater


1: What’s your favorite outdoor sport?

Kayaking/ mountain biking.

2. Who is the most inspirational person to yourself?

Too many to name- anyone who gets my passion boiling to go and push myself

3. What’s your favorite cheese?

Gouda - soft yet strong with a slight nutty flavour.

4. Where in the world would you like to visit before you hit 50?

The Lena river in Russia from source to sea.

5. What’s the best thing about living in Wales?

A beautiful area which you can feel as if your in the middle of no where, that always has something to offer and the pubs are great too.


Freelance Staff

At Safe and Sound Outdoors we regularly employ freelance staff to cover our ever expanding programme of activity and clients. All our staff are thoroughly vetted and undergo a rigorous staff training and induction programme. All staff have enhanced CRB checks made and all relevant NGB’s are checked and verified. They all also have current first aid qualifications in line with their NGB’s.

All staff qualifications can be obtained from our head office if required.

Safe and Sound Outdoors is fully recognised by the AALA (Licence number R1422) and as such has a Licence to teach under 18’s the following outdoor activities:

We have a good team of instructors who have all been chosen for their skills in the outdoors and also their ability to work with a variety of groups. They all hold the minimum NGB qualifications and undergo staff training on a frequent basis.

Here are a few of them:-

Pete Smith


Pete joined the company firstly as a freelance instructor but recently has become an integral part of the staff team. His main role is in the company is to attract new business and develop links with others. He has attracted a number of clients and is always striving to develop Safe and Sound Outdoors. He is integral to our staff training and Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

As a keen traveler and outdoor enthusiast he has visited a number of countries and experienced many varied cultures which stand him in good stead for his working life. He always strives to be the best in what he does whether that be climbing difficult walls or negotiating travel in foreign climes.

 
Hillary Larwood


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5. What’s the best thing about living in Wales?

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Steve Worth


1: What’s your favorite outdoor sport?

Trouble is I’m jack of all trades, master of none! Skiing in the winter, climbing in the summer and thinking about skiing in the winter! I bought a surf board about 3 years ago and there’s something pretty addictive about flailing around in the water.

2. Who is the most inspirational person to yourself?

Bit of a tough one to answer. My dad said to me when I was younger do what you want, as long as you enjoy what your doing. I guess because I try and follow that, he was! Pioneers in Climbing like Joe Brown or Don Whillans, massive impressions on me when I first started out climbing, the stuff they did with the equipment they had, amazing!

3. What’s your favorite cheese?

Parmesan

4. Where in the world would you like to visit before you hit 50?

Alaska. Two words: Heli-skiing.

5. What’s the best thing about living in Wales?

There’s so much to do in Wales that you dont have to go anywhere else! Mountains, rock, rivers, sea.

 
Warwick Redway


1: What’s your favorite outdoor sport?

Kayaking / Canoeing

2. Who is the most inspirational person to yourself?

Dad

3. What’s your favorite cheese?

Anything blue vein is good, saying that any cheese is good including jokes!

4. Where in the world would you like to visit before you hit 50?

Russia

5. What’s the best thing about living in Wales?

Free prescriptions! Joking apart, friends and scenery

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