David Robinson

Corporate Development Officer

As courses manager David has been in charge of the provision and development of LOPC’s courses for a few years now. If you have any questions about attending any courses or developing your outdoor skills he is more than happy to help, just email on si@lopc.co.uk.

David has been kayaking for over 15 years with a wide breadth of experience paddling in places such as Norway, Italy, France and Austria being the career highlights. David is also a keen canoeist and has enjoyed many aspects of the sport including paddling on open lochs in Scotland, white water rivers, racing events and camping expeditions. When not paddling David can be found rock climbing, mountain biking and climbing mountains. Qualifications include: Bsc Outdoor Recreation Management, BCU L3 Kayak Coach, BCU L2 Canoe Coach, MLTE Single Pitch Award, MLTE Mountain Leader Award, plus many more.

Chris Murnin

Deputy Manager

Chris has spent a large part of his life outdoors. More recently in the hills of north Wales and Scotland or the sea cliffs of Dorset. Using this experience to become a well established rock climbing instructor and qualified mountain leader, holding both awards provided by Mountain Training as well as the European Ropes Course Association . Dedicated to the mountain environment at home and abroad, there isn’t much Chris doesn’t know about climbing and rope work.

Chris is also very much part of the paddling world enjoying the excitement of white water kayaking. Currently a BCU Level 2 Kayak and UKCC L2 coach, holding a 4 star kayak award as well. A strong believer in ‘learning through doing’ and likes to spend as little time in a class room as possible, preferring to create the classroom outside.
Chris currently coaches the Discover & Explore paddle sport awards and level 1 and 2 NICAS courses, as well as NNAS and bespoke navigational courses.

Steve Vincent

Senior Instructor & AAP Manager

A keen rock climber/mountaineer, Steve has climbed crags all over the UK such as Wales, Peak district, Scotland, Lake district, Dorset and Cornwall.
Highlights include classics such as Flying Buttress Direct at Stanage and Outside Edge Route at Craig Yr Ogof (136 metres)

Steve’s passion is being in the mountains, more remote the better, his words ‘pure escapism’. Steve is also a kayak/canoe paddler and paddled various rivers and lakes in The Midlands, Wales and the Lake district.  Steve is very experienced and his outdoor career spans over 14 years.  Frequently asked for by various customers Steve is very much a fun instructor to be around who always has a smile on his face. Qualifications include: MLTE Single Pitch Award, BCU Level 2 Kayak Coach and BCU 3 star Canoe Award, Basic Expedition Leader Award plus many more.

Bhavesh Ramji

Senior Instructor

Bhavesh started his outdoor career working for outdoor centres in Surrey and then in Cumbria where he developed a deep interest in Rock Climbing and Canoeing. Climbing for 8+ Years Bhavesh has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this area. A talented climber himself he leads at a 6a+ and has climbed all over England as far north as Northumberland and south as Swanage on the south coast. Bhavesh is known throughout the centre for his grit and determination and ‘can do’ attitude when it comes to climbing, happy to take plenty of falls if it means completing that route he’s struggling on. He holds the MLTE Single Pitch Award and is trained in MLTE Mountain Leader. Currently coaches both level 1 & 2 of NICAS

Bhavesh also holds the BCU 3 Star Award in both Canoe and Kayak and is a qualified BCU Level 2 Canoe Coach. He is also currently working towards holding the UKCC L2 Coaching Award.

Katy Groom

Bookings Coordinator and Senior Instructor

Katy started kayaking at school in 1996. She then carried on paddling at Bicton College while she studied for her National Diploma in Outdoor Recreation. She became a BCU Level 2 Kayak Coach in 2003, and in the same season gained her BCU 4 Star Kayak award in the French Alps. Her love for canoeing became a way of life on the Ardeche in the south of France, working here for 5 months each year in 2000, 03, 04 & 05. Katy completed her BCU Level 3 Canoe Training in Wales in December ’04 before passing her assessment in April ’05.  She then updated her training to the new UKCC endorsed Level 3 certificate in 2014.

She has paddled rivers in the Massif Central in France, French Alps, Wales, Peaks, Lakes & Devon, and also paddled on Lochs and rivers in Scotland. With a wide breadth of knowledge in coaching paddlesport, Katy has been assisting with running the Level 1 and 2 coaching courses since 2009.  2019 saw her complete a long term goal of becoming a provider of the new Paddlesport Instructor Award and the Sheltered Water Coach Award.  Also an FSRT provider and a Bell Boat Helm Tutor, as well as a mentor to the interns at LOPC. Her other passions are climbing and snowboarding, which she does as often as time and money allow.

Paul Taylor

Lead Instructor

Paul has a great wealth of knowledge of the outdoors, he grew up in North Yorkshire where he started camping with his family in the 1950’s at the age of 4. He learned lots of Camping and Bushcraft skills through the Scout Association, and is still involved today as a County Skills Instructor for Leicestershire.

Through Scouting Paul became involved in Canoeing and Kayaking. In 2005 he was part of the Water Team for the European Scout Jamboree held on Alton Water in Suffolk. This was practice for the 2007 World Jamboree also held at Alton Water. Paul was part of the Kayak Team that launched over 500 kayaks each morning and each afternoon.

Recently Paul has enjoyed 4 Summers working as an Assistant Guide Sea Kayaking on the Island of Milos, Greece.

Paul has been involved with the Leicester Outdoor Pursuit Centre for over 13 years. Qualifications include: BCU Level 3 Kayak Coach, BCU Level 3 Canoe Coach, BCU Bellboat Helm, RYA Powerboat Level 2, British and England Fencing – Fencing Activity Leader, The National Small-Bore Rifle Association Diploma [National Youth Proficiency Scheme] IOL Institute of Outdoor Learning Bushcraft Competency Certificate.

Andy Oughton

Freelance Instructor & Coach Educator

Andy leapt at the challenge to develop his love of the outdoors following retirement from a career in print and graphic design.  Andy has, since an early age, enjoyed the possibilities the countryside offers, particularly for paddling. Equally, he appreciates the opportunities being active in the outdoors gives to work with groups of all ages, sharing his skills and interests.

Andy is a Paddlesport Coach Educator and holds coaching awards for both paddling and land activities. Andy’s focus on working with young adults is the reason for him completing his Duke of Edinburgh assessor qualification.

He was formerly chairman of PaddlePlus Canoe Club that meets at the Centre and a representative on various bodies to do with local waterways, including the Canal & River Trust. Andy is also the British Canoeing EMT Local Coaching Officer for Leicestershire.

Keith Hampton

Technical Advisor

Keith has been involved with Leicester Outdoor Pursuit centre for over 30 years and has been paddling for over 40 years. He was a key figure in the establishment of the centre as it is today and has a strong connection and commitment to the centre and its ethos for bringing adventure opportunities to the people of Leicester.

He is a BCU level 5 coach and is involved in the training, mentoring and assessment of coaches across paddlesport and now works for British Canoeing.

He was involved in the development of the British Canoeing Coach Award. 

He is the lead (level 4) IV /QA officer for coach education courses and is national coordinator for White Water Safety & Rescue for British Canoeing

He has wealth of experience as a white water paddler and coach, paddling and guiding many of the major rivers of Europe, central and north America, Africa, Asia and the Himalayas.

His experience and knowledge in competition both as paddler and coach covers Slalom, Sprint and Marathon, WWR and Freestyle with his athletes having success at national, international and Olympic level.

Over recent year, Keith has undertaken new and more personal adventures, from paddling in Svalbard in the Arctic circle in 2010, solo sea kayaking around Mull in 2011 and the Grand Canyon in summer 2012.

He has made contributions to paddlesport publications and looks to continue working in the development of the sport, coaching and coach education and the continued success of Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre.

Howard Jeffs

Technical Advisor

Howard Jeffs has been sea kayaking for nearly 40 years, and in 1983 became the youngest BCU Level 5 Sea Coach of the time. The following year he achieved the same with position with the Mountaineering Instructors Certificate. Although very fortunate to have worked and paddled in most of Europe, Arctic Norway, Svalbard and Greenland, North America, Sri Lanka, Maldives and the Galapagos Islands, his love for the diverse west coast of Britain still remains ever strong.

His particular passion is the west coast of Scotland and her mountains in the winter. As well as an author, involved in sea kayak design and manufacturing, he is also an enthusiastic yachtsman.

Visit him at howardjeffs.com or contact him at h.n.jeffs@btinternet.com

Andrew Nimmo

Freelance Instructor

Andrew has been shooting for longer than he cares to mention and has been coaching young people for the last 10 years. He is an NSRA County Coach which makes him just as responsible for training adult instructors as it does coaching shooters. Andrew is in charge of training and development with the GB Junior Rifle Squad and is one of the senior coaches looking after the development of some of the UK’s top junior shooters. At a club level Andrew works with junior shooters from as young as 8 based in a Buxton Scout Group. This group has developed many shooters who have shot for the National Scout Shooting Team and 4 shooters who have represented Great Britain as juniors, winning quite a few international medals.

Pauline Olivant

Orienteering Coach

Pauline Olivant is a National Tutor for British Orienteering and is a qualfied Level 4 coach. As co-author of the course material she has a really good in-depth knowledge of Teaching Orienteering. She has delivered several very successful courses at the LOPC in the last few years.

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