Meet The Team
Adrien, a Frenchie from Dijon, arrived in 2017 for a ‘visit’ that escalated into falling in love with the vast and unique canyons New Zealand has to offer, (as well as a Kiwi woman) Aotearoa is now home.
For the past 12 years, his experience as a Canyoning Instructor has taken him to many places; Europe, Bali and beyond. Adrien has trained with the International Canyoning Organization (ICOpro) completing the Trainer Level Qualification, running training courses and teaching others the skills to learn his passion. His love for this outdoor activity has taken him on few expeditions and challenging canyons all around the world.
Adrien is a NZOIA (New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association) Canyon Level 2 Instructor and volunteers' for CanyonSAR, a specialist canyon rescue group under LandSAR (Land Search and Rescue), covering the Tasman area. He also teaches Canyoning at Te pukenga Nelson, for the outdoor adventure program.
Camille, a local girl from the Nelson/Tasman region, built on her passion and sense of adventure entering the world of guiding canyoning 6 years ago.
She completed the ICOpro CA123 Training Course and is also a qualified Counsellor. Alongside Canyoning she owns her private business; 'Elevate Counselling and Wellbeing'. Her passion for the outdoors and adventure is leading her on a path towards working in Adventure Therapy, so watch this space!
Alongside her French husband Adrien, Camille volunteers for CanyonSAR, a specialist canyon rescue group in the Nelson, Tasman area.
Whether it’s a weekday or a weekend, you’ll always find Jay out in the wops, hanging off a rope in a canyon somewhere, biking in the hills or paddling down a river! Jay grew up in New Zealand exploring the outdoors from a young age, and now spends his time, sharing that passion with others as much as he can.
This outdoor passion has taken him all over the globe, having just returned from canyoning all through the French, Italian and Swiss alps. He is now back in his home country for the summer season ready to show others his local canyons.
Jay holds NZOIA Canyon 1 and Rock 1 qualifications, as well as being an NZOIA assessor. He also holds qualifications in advanced first aid, whitewater rafting, abseiling and flood rescue as well as volunteering for Land and Canyon search and rescue teams.
But most importantly, Jay loves high fives so get ready for lots of those on his trips.
T, a Kiwi from the Coromandel, chose to follow their love for the outdoors, moving across the country to the sunshine of Nelson to complete a diploma in Outdoor Adventure Tourism and Guiding at Te Pūkenga - Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.
Over two years of study they experienced the serene canyons of the top of the south and spent a summer volunteering in a canyon back up North. Alongside canyoning, T has spent time in many parts of the industry, teaching rock climbing, sea kayaking, and snowboarding as part of their diploma. This helped T discover their passion for helping people challenge themselves, and sharing the beauty of the natural world (perfect for canyons!)
T is a NZOIA (New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association) canyon leader.
Emma, a local, born and raised in the Nelson/Tasman region decided to make her love for the outdoors her career when she enrolled at Te Pūkenga - Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, to study adventure tourism.
Emma has just completed her first year of study and while doing so she was drawn in by the amazing canyons that the top of the south has to offer and decided that they would be the perfect place to spend her summer.
She will be returning to school this year and will be studying to receive her NZOIA canyon leader qualification as well as qualifications in rock climbing, white water rafting and snowboard instructing.