Adam Harmer

I have been an adventure sports coach for over 20 years, with a great deal of coaching and guiding experience throughout the UK, Europe and around the world.

I have been working at Plas y Brenin for over 10 years. I work on a variety of courses and disciplines, across the whole range from a range of paddlesports including coach education, to rock climbing and up in Scotland on the winter program.

I also worked for over 10 years as a senior lecturer in outdoor education at Liverpool John Moores University, delivering a wide range of programs to undergraduate students, in the UK and overseas.

I’ve been resident in North Wales for years with access to the best crags for rock climbing, to exceptional rivers and a coast that could be argued as some of the best for its tidal flows and features in the world, why would I base myself anywhere else?



  • Mountaineering Instructor Certificate
  • British Canoeing Level 5 White Water Kayak Coach
  • British Canoeing Level 4 Canoe Coach
  • British Canoeing Level 4 Sea Kayak Coach
  • British Canoeing Coach Education Trainer and Assessor
  • British Cycling Mountain Bike Leader
  • PGCE in Outdoor Education from Bangor University



I have plenty of ambitions – staying fit, climbing harder, paddling further or faster, and exploring new destinations.

Longer-term I hope to return to Kenya, for some new discoveries and I’m also trying to tie something together in Norway, involving boats and skis, but that’s as far as it’s got at the moment.

Short-term, I’m hoping to have a crack at a few silly stand-up paddleboarding ideas.



  • Member of Beeline Britain (a straight-line journey from Lands End to John O’Groats and winner of the Kendal Film Festival ‘Peoples Choice’ award.
  • A previous winner of the Yukon 1000, the worlds longest kayak and canoe race.
  • Member of the super successful Below and Beyond Macchu Picchu expedition.
  • Member of the again successful Below and Beyond Mount Kenya expedition.
  • Paddled and Rafted the Grand Canyon, USA.


Academic Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Outdoor & Environmental Education