the coaches

Meet our team of passionate coaches  

Being based in the South West of England allows us to use this fantastic local setting to enrich our clients with new experiences, stunning locations and develop their skills.

At West Country Adventures we only use highly passionate and qualified staff to ensure that our clients receive some of the best coaching available. The core team here at West Country Adventures have over 25 years experience coaching and instructing adventure sports.

Paul Roberts

Paul Roberts

HEAD COACH AND DIRECTOR

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Paul has always loved and been enthused about the outdoors since a child. A few things have changed over the years but that passion and enthusiasm is greater than ever before. Paul is qualified in many Outdoor adventure sports, but his main focus is rock climbing and mountaineering.

I am a big believer in the importance of quality coaching. While the basics can often be intuitive, learning and developing more advance techniques and skills can benefit from the appropriate training. I have a real passion for helping others to develop and gain their full potential, working with every client to ensure a personal plan is in place and their outcomes are achieved.

To further Paul’s interest in adventure sports and coaching he has undertaken a Sport and Exercise Science degree as well as being a qualified Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (MCI). Paul is constantly improving his own personal skill level and coaching capabilities.

Paul currently holds the following awards:

Outdoor studies and Exercise Sport Science degree (Bsc) MCI, level 3, UKCC level 2, 4 star Canoe, MWE 

Sam Waites

Sam Waites

WATER COACH

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Sam is an experienced paddlesport coach, leading groups on the sea and on white water rivers across the UK and Europe. He’s spent lots of time exploring and coaching in North Wales, Isle of Wight, Devon and Cornwall, Pembrokeshire and Slovenia but now resides here in South Devon. Sam currently holds the following awards: BCU Level 3 Sea Coach, BCU Level 3 Inland White Water Kayak Coach + 5 Star White Water Leader. Stand up Paddleboard Discipline Support Module provider, Foundation Safety Rescue Training Provider. 
 

Tori Taylor-Roberts

Tori Taylor-Roberts

Director

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Tori has an abundance of energy and motivation for exploring the outdoors. From the age of 20 Tori has been involved with many expeditions, ranging from working on the Catlin Artic Survey to school overseas development expeditions, exploring numerous continents and countries. As well as holding a BSc degree in Geography and Outdoor Education and being a qualified teacher Tori is a Level 3 Kayak Coach, 4-star sea leader, Foundation Safety Rescue Training provider, a Summer Mountain Leader holder and SPA holder.

Tori has a passion to engage females in the outdoor world. Working in the Outdoor sector for over 16 years, Tori knows how most outdoor sports have a higher percentage representation of males to women and wants to ensure Westcountry Coaching courses offer an environment where female clients feel safe, comfortable and engaged; receiving coaching that is tailored to suit the individual needs and takes into considerations key differences with their male counterparts.

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