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Ellen Openshaw Highland Adventure School

"I've had a few coaching sessions with Jonny now and every time I've come away with the feeling that I can conquer all the rivers in the world! Jonny is confidence inspiring. He makes you think about your paddling and then makes you test your ideas. Jonny has a fun and positive attitude but is calm when needed. He's a very stylish paddler himself which makes for clear demonstrations and inspires you to paddle with style yourself.  Very much recommended!"

Ian Highland Adventure School

"Jonny is a brilliant and inspirational climbing, scrambling and mountaineering instructor…and a good laugh too! Jonny’s been my go-to guy to make big outdoor goals come true for years – Climbing the Three Old Men (Hoy, Stoer, Am Buachaille) in 3 days, my first multi-day AID climb, big mountaineering and scrambling routes across the UK and further afield.  He makes every experience stress free, fun and I’ve always learnt loads and come away feeling empowered and inspired to be better than I am – he has a talent for that. 

Ian Grabowski
Classic Rock Climbing

giani Highland Adventure School

"Jonny came across as very enthusiastic, positive and knowledgeable. He didn’t rush through things, picked up on my weaknesses and corrected them immediately. Jonny is also very friendly and a pleasure to paddle with! Top marks on all by me!"

Jess Legatt Highland Adventure School

"Jonny knew how to get me to focus and when to take a step back and let us play.  He would question me loads to make sure I was figuring out the answers myself which has made me a really curious and eager learner."


"Jonny Hawkins is an amazing instructor! He can provide excellent coaching to all skill levels, and has helped me improve so much as a kayaker. I cannot recommend him enough!"

Melissa Schapero

Improver Kayak Coaching

WWSR Highland Adventure School

"Thanks for a fun and very useful weekend. I learned new skills, had new challenges whilst still feeling safe.  I liked your delivery style by keeping it relaxed whilst still treating things appropriately & seriously so we could learn without feeling under pressure."

Bob Prtitchard–  Learn to Lead course
Again Jonny, thanks for a very enjoyable course and for the way in which you imparted the information in such a professional and agreeable manner. 

Richard Smith–  Intro to Scrambling course
Thanks for such a brilliant two days.  Jonny is a really enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructor and he taught us in a very logical manor.  We both feel equipment to go and plan our own scrambles now.  Can't to come back for the Advanced course!

Sarah Campbell –  Trad Improver course
Thanks for a brilliant weekend on your Trad Improver course.  We visited two great crags and you gave us so many hint and tips to help us develop our climbing skills.  You taught us at the perfect pace and were very clear with all your explanations.  Totally recommended, we will be back.


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