Our qualified members of staff are on hand to ensure that you get the very best experience when you visit us!
Head of Centre
Has been involved in outdoor education since 1994, during which time he has gained a great deal of experience in both personal and instructional roles. He is a Level 4 Kayak Coach, a RYA Coach Assessor, SPA and ML holder and an RYA Power Boat Instructor. His spare time is spent running rivers, sailing & developing his kite surfing skills.
Is a qualified teacher holding an Honours Degree in PE and Sports Science. She has been involved in outdoor education for many years and brings a wealth of experience to the team. Annie is a RYA Senior Instructor/Coach Assessor and holds a variety of other awards in canoeing, kayaking and mountaineering.Her spare time is spent on the water, in the hills, socialising with friends, & with her partner & young children.
Has worked as a freelance tutor in a number of outdoor centres over the years, where he has gained a vast amount of experience. He is an MIA, BCU L2 coach, Mountain Bike Instructor and an RYA Dinghy Instructor. Most of his spare time is currently spent competing in various road races and time trials.
Has worked in a variety of outdoor centres in the Lake District since 2000. She is a keen & active sailor, kayaker & kite surfer. In addition she is an accomplished horse woman. She holds her RYA Senior Instructor, BCU L2 canoe & kayak coach, ML & SPA.
Sarah has been involved in the outdoors since 2003. She holds her summer ML, SPA, RYA Senior Instructor & BCU L3 kayak & L2 canoe award. Sarah spends her spare time walking, kayaking, canoeing & sailing with her husband & young son. She is currently working her way through the Munros.
Has worked as a freelance tutor for a number of years and many years ago was an apprentice tutor here. He now holds a wide range of qualifications including RYA Senior Instructor, RYA Power Boat Instructor, MIA and BCU level 3 canoe and kayak coach. Whenever he is not working he will be found juggling his time between his young family and various canoe or mountaineering trips.
Joined us in January 2010. He is a Geography graduate. Alex is a keen & accomplished windsurfer and kitesurfer. He holds his RYA dinghy instructor award & has previously taught sailing & windsurfing. Alex is now an Advanced Dinghy Instructor & Senior Instructor, and a Start windsurfing Instructor level 1. In addition he also holds his ML & SPA.
Steve has been a tutor here previously. He left twelve years ago to work in variety of other outdoor centres, but rejoined us in January 2020. Steve brings a wealth of experience to Water Park.
He is RYA senior instructor, a windsurf instructor, summer mountain leader, BCU L3 coach. Much of his spare time is spent sea kayaking.
Sarah has lived and worked as an instructor in the lakes for 21 years. She started alongside Garry at Water Park in June 2000. Left in 2002 to freelance and gain experience in other centres and areas. Sarah loves being in the mountains, especially in winter, sea kayaking expeditions and mountain biking. If she is not out and about she is at home working in the garden.
Amber has previously worked at outdoor centres in South Shields, Windermere and Coniston. Amber has done her summer mountain leader training and is a kayak instructor and powerboat driver. In her own time she enjoys participating in all outdoor activities. She hopes to progress her coaching and personal skills in all the activities Water Park has to offer.
Emily is a PE and School Sport graduate and has previously visited waterpark with her university. She enjoyed her time so much that she decided to become a trainee here. She enjoys being in the outdoors and cannot wait to develop her skills and knowledge in the many activities waterpark has to offer. In her spare time Emily likes to go on hikes and take lots of photos with her camera.
Finding her passion for outdoor activity on her Duke of Edinburgh’s awards, Jenny has joined the Water Park team and looking forward to gaining qualifications in outdoor education during her time here. Working her way through the Wainwrights, if she is not at the centre then Jenny is likely roaming the hills or paddling in a tarn.
Jenny has been with Water Park since we started and has a vast knowledge of the centre. She runs the office & the domestic side of the centre. She deals with all invoices and is generally the voice at the end of the phone. Jenny and her husband run a sheep farm just down the road from the centre.
Kaileigh joined us as Head Housekeeper in October 2016. She is responsible for maintaining the high standards of cleanliness you have come to expect. She also organises the rest of the housekeeping team. In her spare time Kaileigh and her two collies can often be seen paddling a kayak.
Becka joined our team in March 2019. In between raising three young children she also finds time to work on the family farm.
Joan joins the housekeeping team after working for the NHS for 40 years. Now she helps out at a local charity baking cakes and loves spending time wither Grandchildren
Chris started out as a PE and environmental science graduate, then went on to do a masters degree in English linguistics. She has previously worked as an instructor at a local outdoor centre and also as an advanced swimming teacher and coordinator. Chris has a keen interest in travel and has visited, Nepal, China, India, Sweden and the Alps before settling down to run an English school in Japan – where she lived for some 20 years. Chris can now be found climbing a Wainwright or two with her friends.
Jackie’s food always gains massive compliments from clients. Before joining us she worked for a cheffing agency and prior to this ran her own successful hotel business in a village near Water Park. Prior to this was a senior flight attendant on aircraft. Baking is Jackie’s speciality.
Caz is our second chef. Prior to joining us she had been chef at a number of other local outdoor centres. Her spare time is spent travelling, walking her dog and enjoying her grandchildren.
Kate joined us in November 2016 as the third member of our chef team. Kate works here two days a week and runs a dog grooming business on the other days. She has a young family who all enjoy spending time in the great outdoors.
Has been with the Eric Wright Group for many years. He is now based at the centre and keeps everything functioning and the grounds looking neat and tidy. Jimmy is a keen gardener himself & grows a fine array of vegetables.
Assistant Grounds Manager
Dave’s a retired teacher who has always had a keen interest in the outdoors. He ran the D of E Award in his last school and led student expeditions to countries including Iceland, Nepal and Malaysia. In his spare time he loves to go fell walking, canoeing and cycling and he and his wife enjoy going off for adventures in “Angus”, their VW camper.