Venturesafe instructors are seasoned, experienced, mature, and fully qualified with extensive adventure, military and overseas experience.
This includes various climatic conditions to include marine, underwater, arctic, jungle and desert environments.
They are male and female and aged from their 20’s to 40’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, off roading / overlanding and motorcycling.
Most importantly they run easy going, effective, informative, memorable and fun courses.
Our MD, Ruairí has had a long military background after almost 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, Rock Climbing & Mountaineering, Sailing and Adventure racing.He was also the Chairman, Diving Officer and Chief Instructor in the Army Dive Group, having been a member for 25 years.
Ruairí is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society with the Institute of British Geographers.
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 ) Heartsaver Instructor. He is also qualified as a 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 health dose of humour dropped in.
Additional Instructor qualifications include Manual and Patient Handling, Infection Control, Fire Safety, Working at Heights ,DSE Assessment , Diving, Power boat Cox’n and Management of Aggression and Violence in the Workplace.
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”