Testimonials

 

Throughout my tenure as DofE Manager at a large independent school for boys, AT&E provided training and expeditions at both Gold and Silver level, including unforgettable overseas expeditions to Madagascar and Sloveina.  It is difficult to imagine a higher  quality service; no stone was left unturned during the planning - particularly with regard to safety - and the delivery of training and expeditions was first-rate.

In my experience, companies in this market are prone to overlooking the importance of efficient administration; Scott and his team provide clear, efficient communication, as well as a great deal of help with regard to the planning of training and expeditions.  This training is very high quality, and delivered in a fun, engaging manner.  Indeed, Scott and his highly experience and professional team always struck an excellent rapport with our DofE participants while never lowering their high expectations.  As a result, boys who were taught, supervised and assessed by AT&E were certainly challenged, but also very much enjoyed the DofE expeditions section.  Furthermore, as DofE manager, I derived huge peace of mind in knowing that the safety of our pupils was never in any doubt, even in the remotest parts of Madagascar.

I cannot recommend AT&E highly enough. If you want your DofE participants to get the most out of their expedition section by receiving high quality preparation and to be challenged while also enjoying themselves, then this is the company for you.

Mr Tim Hingston, DofE Manager, Merchant Taylor School


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I attended the Explorer Medicine First Aid course to supplement my Basic Expedition Leadership training and found it to be an invaluable days training.  The course was superb in that it linked First Aid skills to the outdoors and Duke of Edinburgh qualifications.  A large part of the training involved practical activities and learning which improved my understanding of First Aid dramatically.  The knowledge displayed by Scott throughout the course was fantastic.  I would strongly recommend the Explorer Medicine First Aid course to anyone wishing ti gain a First Aid qualification used in the outdoors.

Mr Richard Raye, Teacher, St John's School Gravesend.

 

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I first met Scott when udertaking my Level 3 BEL training with Adventure Training & Expeditions.  I have attended many training courses over the years, with many different companies and I can honestly say that the one Scott delivered was the more fun, informative and practical I have ever completed.

Following my training I asked Scott to support me in my role as the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Manager at Cranbrook School.  Scott, Michelle and their team came alongside me, training over two hundred participants, delivering the Bronze Expedition Training Framework and six expedition weekends (practice and assessed).  They also successfully deliver a Level 2 Award in Assisting in Basic Expedition Leadership to a number if our Gold Award participants.

I have  learnt a huge amount but, most importantly, I have learnt everything I have needed to confidently run a Programme and lead our own expeditions.  They are both extremely patient, hugely talented and always go beyond what is expected, reasonable or otherwise, and I have no hesitation in recommending Adventure Training & Expeditions.

Mr David Plummer, DofE Award Manager, Cranbrook School

 

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I have been on two international expeditions in the past: one led by Scott, and one by Michelle. In each case they both demonstrated a very special combination of friendliness and professionalism. It is important in my opinion that expedition leaders maintain high standards of health & safety, and professionalism whilst still being party to the amazing adventures and fun that the young people are experiencing. Following these expeditions, I asked Scott to design and implement a D of E bronze training schedule for my school. The pupils enjoyed his teaching style, and have shown real progress. After a highly successful year, I have asked Scott to return for this year for more bronze training.

Dr Neil Higginson, Teacher, Norton Knatchbull School

 

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I attended Scott's BEL course along with a colleague as part of my career development, to enable us to take groups out in to the countryside. The qualification also coaxed me into be involved with D of E in a school in Ashford. The Basic Expedition Leadership course was without a doubt the most interesting course I have been on and as a PEI I have attended a hell of allot of courses. Scott's teaching style is excellent, and encompasses all learning types needs. The course covers everything you will need to know about leading walks in lowland countryside as well as 2 qualifications in navigation, bronze and silver. The part I enjoyed most was the night navigation. Scott also does an excellent Shrek impersonation of "Not now Donkey". We have since enrolled 2 other lads who work with us on the BEL course and have added Adventure Training and Expeditions to our finance list of accredited trainers. I have recommended this course to others and if you are outdoorsy type I would recommend it to you.

Mr Paul Barber, Physical Education Instructor, HMP Elmley

 

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As a school we have used Adventure Training & Expeditions to run Gold Duke of Edinburgh expeditions abroad, and to deliver expedition training for three years. I would recommend them wholeheartedly to any school or individual looking for training or expedition provision. Scott's extensive experience and knowledge of expeditioning is evident in everything he does for us, both in the UK and abroad; not only am I always 100% confident of the welfare of our students when they are in his care, but I and the rest of our staff have learnt a tremendous amount about best practice on school trips from working with him.

All our students and teachers have a huge amount of respect and affection for both Scott and Michelle, and he has always been brilliant at motivating participants to achieve more than they thought possible (particularly when they're half way up a very steep ascent in Nepal, soaking wet and exhausted!). Both Scott and Michelle are very approachable, and they always maintain excellent communication with both us and parents during the planning stages of an expedition. They are always ready to listen to what we want from a trip, and do their utmost to make this happen.

If I had to sum up what sets Adventure Training & Expeditions apart from their competitors in a few words, it would be their integrity, their outstanding knowledge and experience, and quite simply the brilliant trips they have run for us.

Miss Harriet Thompson, Teacher, Merchant Taylor's School

 

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I have been incredibly impress by Adventure Training &Expeditions and their delivery of the Duke of Edinburg Gold Award.  Having been trained on a Level 3 BEL course run by Scott Smith, I had first hand experience of the quality and professionalism of their service.

The Gold DofE training package was delivered in a totally professional manner with great attention to detail.  It included excellent delivery methods both in classrooms and out in the field.  The teaching was always varied, interesting and interactive.

The equipment included the package was of high quality and totally suited the nature of the expeditions.

As a unit leader I found working with Adventure Training & Expeditions to be rewarding.  I have complete confidence in the delivery of all aspects of the package for my students.  I found the staff to polite, knowledgeable friendly people and adaptable. I would highly recommend this company to other schools.

Mr Christopher Waight, Teacher, Hayesbrook School, Kent

 

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Last year I did my BEL training and assessment with you and we talked about how to become a Mountain Leader. It encouraged me to do the Training course and now after almost two years of training and practice and a very wet and windy camp on a Welsh Mountain last night, I finally passed my Mountain Leader Assessment today, needless to say I'm very pleased...

Mr S.Reilly

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Many thanks for the encouragement and an excellent BEL course that made the ML training a lot easier than it would have been. I would like to thank you for delivering a thoroughly enjoyable, informative & exceptionally well delivered first aid course. I have completed many courses over the years and found your course so much better than any others I have attended. Thank you, I shall be recommending you to everyone.

Miss N.Spean Crossfit Co-owner

 

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