"There is more to us than we know. If we can be made to see it, perhaps for the rest of our lives, we will be unwilling to settle for less."

Kurt Hahn


  • Professional training and certified at the American Avalanche Institute

  • ​Pro 1 - Professional Member of the American Avalanche Association

  • Alpine & off-piste ski instructor - Irish Association of Snowsports Instructors

  • Emergency Medical Technician - Wilderness Emergency Medical Services Institute

  • Regulated Outdoor First Aid Instructor & Assessor

  • Level 3 Certificate in Education & Training - OfQual

  • Mountain Navigation trainer

  • IRATA Level 1 and rope rescue


My avalanche training was completed and certified by the American Avalanche Institute in Wyoming and subsequently awarded by the American Avalanche Association as a Professional Member at the Pro 1 level.  I am also a ski instructor in the alpine and off-piste disciplines and member of the Irish Association of Snowsports Instructors, a WEMSI Emergency Medical Technician and have the Level 3 Certificate in Education and Training awarded by OfQual in the UK.

I started exploring and climbing in the early 1980s in North Wales and then while at Gordonstoun School in Scotland.  On leaving school I worked as an outdoor instructor at John Rigeways School of Adventure (now Cape International) and by 1991 I was in the Himalayas.  I then swiftly bought a 1-way ticket to New Zealand and followed winters skiing and climbing all over the world.


By chance rather than design, this led me to work with Corporate clients (since the late '90's) designing and running team-building events, leadership development programmes and leadership coaching and behaviour change.  This progressed to operational leadership roles in drilling in the oil and gas industry.​

In addition to being the Course Director and Founder of iamadventure.world and when not running Mountain Safety courses I work through my small, leadership coaching and team building business arkleandco.com.  In this capacity, I have worked in over 30 countries, in 15 different sectors of business and helped a multitude of different people, teams and organisations work together without limit regardless of culture, race or belief. 

Along the way, I have met many remarkable people for so many walks of life who have been very generous to me with their experiences and helped me learn so much about the effect of me on me, me on others and others on me.  This is part of what I Am Adventure is all about.

Paul Swail

Paul is an IFMGA Mountain Guide based in the Chamonix valley. His is one of the few guides to originate from Ireland where he developed his passion for the mountains and rock climbing. Falling in love with the mountains took Paul to the alps at a young age where he realised that he wanted to become a Mountain Guide. He qualified in 2016.


On skis Paul has chased powder throughout European Alps and concentrated a lot of his time in the Ecrin where he spent 4 winters. He has also skied extensively throughout the Tyrol region of Austria, the Mont Blanc Massif along with many smaller resorts in between. While guiding paul is always trying to give his clients the best possible day by finding the best snow and keeping days an interesting as possible while bearing in mind the avalanche conditions, mountains conditions and ability within the group.  His favourite part of guiding is seeking out new adventures and sharing them with clients!


When not guiding, Paul will often be out sport climbing, ice climbing or skiing and during the off season he often travels back to Ireland for some traditional climbing. 

You can find more about Paul here too:  www.paulswailguiding.com


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