About Us

About Us

Venturesafe instructors are seasoned, experienced, mature, and fully qualified with various extensive adventure, military, coast guard, national ambulance service, mountain rescue and overseas experience.
This includes various climatic conditions to include marine, underwater, arctic, jungle, desert and mountainous environments.

They are male and female and aged from their 20’s to 50’s. They come from a variety of military and civilian disciplines.

All are also well travelled adventurers and adventure sports enthusiasts involved in various adventure disciplines including diving, climbing, mountaineering, kayaking, parachuting, sailing, power boating, off roading / overlanding and motorcycling.

Most importantly they run easy going, effective, informative, memorable and fun courses.


Venturesafe are a fully accredited and approved Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) Approved Training Institution for the provision of First Aid Response, Cardiac First Response and Advanced Cardiac Full Response. The Institution Faculty are highly experienced instructors as well as being variously qualified as Advanced Paramedics, Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians.

Leave No Trace

Venturesafe are committed to the Leave No Trace code of responsible outdoor recreation and education. We have accredited Leave No Trace Instructors on the staff.

Leave No Trace is an Outdoor Ethics Education Programme designed to promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships. As increasing numbers of people seek the beauty and exhilaration of outdoor travel and recreation, our collective mark on the environment and its natural processes increases. Litter, water pollution, disturbance of vegetation, wildlife, livestock and other people are all indicators of the need to develop a national ethic that protects both natural and cultural heritage. Techniques designed to minimise the environmental and social impacts in these areas are incorporated in and promoted by the national Leave No Trace education programme as the following seven principles:

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Be Considerate of Others
  3. Respect Farm Animals and Wildlife
  4. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  5. Leave What You Find
  6. Dispose of Waste Properly
  7. Minimise the Effects of Fire

Our MD

Our MD, Ruairí has had a long military background after 27 years service as well as being an adventure sports enthusiast with a passion for adventure, diving and the outdoors.
He was a Cavalry Officer by trade, specialising in ISTAR ( Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance), formerly a Cavalry Squadron Commander and Chief Instructor of the Cavalry School.
He has served overseas on numerous overseas missions with tours to the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans, as well as training courses with the British, Dutch and Austrian Militaries.
He is a former Chairman of the Defence Forces Council for Adventure Training, with responsibility for Diving, Parachuting, Kayaking, Rock Climbing & Mountaineering, Sailing and Adventure racing.He was also the Diving Officer and Chief Instructor in the Army Dive Group for many years, having been a member for 25 years.
Ruairí is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society with the Institute of British Geographers and has completed their Off Site Safety Management Program. He has been a leader and medic on numerous Expeditions, particularly Diving expeditions and a member on many more.
Ruairí’s love of diving led him to become a Diver Medic and Diver Medic Instructor and then on to become an Occupational First Aid Instructor, a First Aid Response and Cardiac First Responder Instructor with PHECC (Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council ) and an AHA ( American Heart Association ) Instructor. He is also qualified as an ACFR (Advanced Cardiac First Responder),  Wilderness EMT ( Emergency Medical Technician ) with WEMSI ( Wilderness Emergency Medical Services Institute ) and Mountain Rescue Ireland.
Don’t let his background fool you, Ruairí runs fun, interesting and memorable training. He has the ability to break the most complex problems down into easy to digest bite sized chunks with a healthy dose of humour dropped in.
Additional Instructor qualifications include Leave No Trace Accredited Trainer, Manual and Patient Handling, Infection Control, Fire Safety, Working at Heights ,DSE & Ergonomics Assessment , Diving, Power Boat Cox’n, Management of Aggression and Violence in the Workplace as well as formal qualifications in Training Development, Delivery and Evaluation (QQI6)

He is even a qualified playground inspector!

Some of the things Ruairí is fond of saying :
“Knowledge is light in the rucksack, and cannot be left at home “
“A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are built for”
“Amateurs train until they get it right, professionals train until they can’t get it wrong”