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Paul Parkinson - Centre Manager


Centre Manager and Safety Officer for Educational Visits
Carnyorth Outdoor Education Centre
Mountain Leader Summer, British Canoeing Level 4 Canoe Coach, Climbing Wall Instructor


My experience goes back to 1979 when I started working as an instructor in an Outdoor Centre in Derbyshire. From there I went to do teacher training which included Outdoor Education. After graduating I worked for about a year in an Outdoor Centre on the edge of the Lake District where I worked with both adults and children who had a wide range of disabilities. I then started teaching in a primary school in Leicestershire where in 1989 I worked in a Primary School in Auckland New Zealand. In 1992 I moved to Cornwall to take up a post as Deputy Head in a Primary School. In 1996 I became Headteacher of a Primary School. In 2010 I retired from headship. I joined Cornwall Outdoors in April 2011.

I have been involved with climbing and Mountaineering since I was a teenager, since then I have climbed in Scotland, Wales, the Lake District, The Peak District, the high Alps and the Pyranees.

I qualified as an Inland Kayak Instructor in 1982 and a level 4 Open Canoe Coach over 10 years ago. I have paddled extensively in England, Scotland and Wales. I have also paddled in France.

I am a keen sailor and have sailed across the channel and around the south coast

Favourite Quote

My most memorable experiences are guiding a party across the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt and climbing the Orion Face Direct on Ben Nevis.