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Senior & Lead Instructor Team

Jonny Channon, Senior Instructor, Belmont Centre

Jonny Channon, Dounans Lead Instructor

Jonny Channon, Senior Instructor, Belmont Centre

Jonny started at SOEC in 2014 and in 2016 became Lead Instructor at Dounans before moving to Belmont as Senior Instructor.  He has a very enthusiastic approach to running sessions making sure the group get the most from their outdoor learning experience but also having fun along the way.  In his role as Senior Instructor, Jonny supports the other staff during their sessions, aids in the development of the staff and develops sessions.

From a very young age Jonny spent most of his spare time outdoors playing in rivers, pushing his bike to the top of steep hills and riding back down and climbing trees.  This led to a strong belief in experiential learning as this is the way he learned growing up.  If it hurts it’s probably best not to do it again. It wasn’t until he volunteered for the Princes Trust that he started to pursue a career in the outdoors.  Since then he has worked in Scotland and France as an Outdoor Instructor and has studied Outdoor Education achieving a Degree in 2015.  For someone who has never been very academic this was a huge achievement.

While working and studying in the outdoors Jonny has had the opportunity to undertake a variety of different outdoor sports in England, France, America and Spain. These have all been great experiences, however he still feels his best adventures have been in Scotland, whether it’s canoeing the lochs and rivers, canyoning in the Highlands or climbing in the Trossachs.



BA (Hons) Outdoor Education

Single Pitch Award

UKCC Level 2 Paddle sports Coach

4* Open Canoe Leader

Archery GB Leader

SRA Level 2 Raft Guide

Mountain Leader Award (Training)