ABOUT US

POSSIBLE IS EVERYTHING.

MEET OUR TEAM

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Amy Sutherland

Managing Director

Certificate in Outdoor Recreation (Instruction) Single Pitch Rock Climbing
Certificate in Outdoor Recreation (Leadership) Bush Walking
Outdoor Recreation Bush Walking 

Pre-Hospital Emergency Care
Instructor Certificate of Resuscitation

Amy is our amazing Manager. With her ability to make the impossible happen, she helps keep everything and everybody going in the right direction.

Every now and then a group will be fortunate and have her instructing them out in the field, where Amy has a fantastic energy and an ability to get people to push well past their limit.

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Will Impelmans

Industrial Coordinator

Certificate in Outdoor Recreation (Instruction) Single Pitch Rock Climbing
NZOIA Bush 1
Archery Foundation Coach
Pre-Hospital Emergency Care
Asbestos Identification & Safe Removal 
Industrial Rope Access (Elementary Rope Skills), and Fall Arrest Systems Training
Ropes That Rescue – Team Rescue Skills

Our industrial coordinator, Will, is the leading force behind our industrial training. With a huge amount of knowledge and lots of time spent working on ropes he loves to share his skills and passion with groups. Will is always looking to make each course just right for the client, making their job easier and safer.

When he isn’t teaching you can often find Will out rock climbing, hunting, or mountain biking.

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Dave Fenton

Senior Outdoor Instructor

Bachelor of Sport and Recreation
Certificate in Outdoor Recreation (Instruction) Single Pitch Rock Climbing
NZOIA Rock 1 & NZOIA Bush 1
Pre-Hospital Emergency Care
Instructor Certificate of Resuscitation
Asbestos Identification & Safe Removal 
Industrial Rope Access (Elementary Rope Skills), and 
Fall Arrest Systems Training

Dave is a fun, engaging and energetic instructor who works in all branches of Adventure Southland. He is one of the most experienced members of our team who can tailor his teaching to any audience.

A keen kayaker, rock climber and alpinist, Dave has dedicated a huge amount of his personal time to building his expertise in these areas. As a volunteer member of Land Search and Rescue these skills have been called on many times.

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Justine Guillemenot

Outdoor Instructor

Bachelor Degree Leading, Management and Organisation of Outdoor Activities and Tourism
Diploma in Sport and Social Coaching
Leaders Advanced Wilderness First Aid
Pre-Hospital Emergency Care

Justine has international experience in the outdoor education sector. This began during her years of further education in France, and was continued during her time working in Australia and Hong Kong, before finally joining the team at Adventure Southland in 2016.

Her passion for learning overflows onto those around her, making her a stand-out educator for Ropes Course sessions, school camps, holiday programmes and more.

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Robert Pownceby

Outdoor Instructor

Certificate in Outdoor Recreation
Diploma in Outdoor Instruction & Management
NZOIA Bush Walking Leader
NZOIA Kayak Leader
Pre Hospital Emergency Care
Archery Foundation Coach
Asbestos Identification & Safe Removal 

Robert has a real talent for making camps amazing. His charisma, skill, and passion for the outdoors make him a real asset to our instruction team. If you’re on camp with Robert, be sure to keep an ear out for one of his infamous “Dad” jokes.

When the warmer weather sets in Robert will ditch the slopes in favour of the white water in his kayak.

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Nick Edwards

Outdoor Instructor

Certificate in Outdoor Recreation
Diploma in Outdoor Instruction & Management

NZOIA Bush Walking Leader
NZOIA Kayak Leader
Pre Hospital Emergency Care
Archery Foundation Coach
Asbestos Identification & Safe Removal 

Nick tells us he’s pretty awesome.. and we tend to agree. His wide range of skills make him a very versatile member of our team, and a favourite amongst our regular clients. 

Nick is passionate about getting out and active, so when he’s not off for a run with his 4-legged friend Cooper, you might find him scoring on the footy field.

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Bailey Allen

Outdoor Instructor

Intermediate First Aid
Skills Active Bush Leader (Level 4)
Certificate in Outdoor Recreation (Leadership) Abseiling 
Archery Foundation Coach

Bailey began his time with us in 2018 as a Gateway student through his high school. His passion for the outdoors and excellent rapport with our clients saw him join our team full time in 2019.

Bailey is at home in the water and on his days off can often be found with his surfboard at Colac Bay, or behind the boat on Lake Wanaka.

 

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Rachel Crago

Outdoor Instructor

Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Applied Science

Rachel joined our team in 2020 after completing work placement with us during her study. As well as a passion for the outdoors and a wealth of knowledge, she brings a bubbly personality and infectious energy that our clients can’t get enough of.

Rach grew up at the beach, so any excuse for a swim, kayak or fishing trip is good enough for her!

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Kristin Fenton

Administrator/Graphic Designer

Bachelor of Applied Media Arts (Visual Media)

More of a inside person, Kristin can usually be found chasing up paperwork or creating some sweet promotional material. Her background in graphic design, and an eye for detail, mean that she keeps everything running smoothly and looking great.

On occasion, she’s tricked into heading into the wilderness with Dave and their two boys. Lake Hawea is a favourite camping spot.