Meet the Team

Our team

Original Wild has a focus on employing the right kind of people for the right kind of job. We know stepping outside for the first time can be daunting; that’s why we implement a calm, friendly and relaxed approach to instructing.

Our Adventure Team aim to provide you with the best possible experience. Our team employs only the best instructors, uses the latest equipment and doesn’t compromise on quality, safety or fun!

Stay in touch with our adventures by finding us on Instagram @OriginalWild

Scroll down to meet our team.

Kyle

Founder / Director

Kyle discovered his love for the outdoors after training in the Royal Marines and is today qualified to coach across multiple disciplines and adventure sports.

He's worked in the outdoor industry for over 13 years, been on expedition to 5 continents to climb mountains and paddle rivers all before founding Original Wild.

He still lives in Bath and loves to introduce new travellers to the South West.

Laurie

After winning the most amount of hours spent on a SUP in his first season with us back in 2020, Laurie has gone on to become a natural paddlesports leader!

Originally a competitive trampolinist, keen surfer and traveller, he wanted a career change. He's now a major part of the OW family with awesome skills and knowledge of Bath & the South West.

Look out for Laurie on the North coast of Devon and on the hills in the Lake District - he's up for seeking adventure in any weather!

Al

Al has worked in the outdoors for over 10 years in a variety of different settings. He specialises in the therapeutic benefits that nature and adventure bring.

Spending time outdoors and exploring new places, especially hills and forests, is what he most enjoys.

He's great at lighting fires and even better at lying in a hammock! He's even been known to do a headstand on a paddleboard.

Hollie

Having worked in IT for 10 years prior to OW, Hollie knew that the office life wasn't for her. After settling in Bath and discovering the delights of paddling, she finally followed her dreams of working outdoors!

Hollie has always loved being outside; she went camping a lot as a kid and now enjoys exploring new places on her bike. In her own words, 'I sleep better in a tent than my own bed!'

When she's not working she likes to get away bike touring having built her own bike in her spare time. She can also be regularly found sampling the delights of cold water swimming! 'Come on in, the water may be cold but it's good for you!'

Will

Will started super early on his road towards adventure; he knew exactly what he wanted to do and started enjoying the benefits of kayaking at the young age of 7 by joining his local canoe club.

Will is now a fully-fledged multi-disciplined outdoor instructor that enjoys paddling and avocado on toast in equal measure!

Will has future plans to backpack the world and work towards his Mountain Leader qualification over the next few years.

Rachel

Rachel has worked in outdoor education since 2003 - in our opinion she hasn’t had a ‘real job’ in over 18 years! Her work has taken her all over the world but she has now made Bath her home - an obvious choice!

Rachel is slowly exploring the South West coastline this summer in between Original Wild sessions where she maintains that although she *can* backflip off the SUP, there is no need to prove it…

Outside of work Rachel can be found either on or near a body of water, or on a mountain bike winging it down a steep hill!

Oscar

Oscar has been a member of the OW family since 2018 with many years of outdoor experience. Having worked in the highs of Scotland and on the sunny coast of Cornwall, he knows exactly what the UK has to offer! 

He's now a trainee paramedic and a keen all-round adventurer with many epic expeditions under his belt.

When he's not with OW he's dressed in green overalls saving lives around the Bristol area.

James

After backpacking in south-east Asia and living in Australia in his twenties, James' eyes were opened to the possibility of a new and much more enjoyable way of life.

This prompted him to make the sideways shift from construction to outdoor instructing and he hasn't looked back since!

When he’s not working he can mostly be found up the side of a mountain, touring his campervan or falling off a surfboard. James really believes in the benefits of being outdoors and enjoys every second of adventure!