Formed in 2005, Hatt Adventures is one of the South East’s leading outdoor adventure providers. Hatt Adventures was the vision of owner and director Tom Hatt whose passion and enthusiasm for outdoor sports is second to none. The business started as a small one-man-band and over the years has expanded due to an excellent reputation for providing high-quality courses and experiences.
The team at Hatt Adventures love what they do and this is reflected in the way they run their courses. Tom has always said that the most rewarding part of the job is seeing people trying new things and having loads of fun in the process. As a long-standing business we feel that it is always fantastic to see so many people coming back year after year to further their skills or to try new adventures.
In 2007 Hatt Adventures began providing television and film safety cover under ‘Hatt Safety’ and has worked with some high profile customers including the BBC, ITV, Countryfile and The Bill, as well as working on several music videos by artists such as The Arctic Monkeys, Super Furry Animals and The Last Shadow Puppets. In 2015 Tom achieved one of his dreams and became a member of the British Stunt Register and now works as a stuntman!
Hatt Adventures instructors are highly qualified, experienced and have a passion for teaching and outdoor sports. Click a profile to see more information.
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Adventure is in Tom's blood. He has climbed, kayaked, walked, cycled, dived, surfed and explored many parts of the UK and Ireland. He has also travelled in a number of locations worldwide including regular trips snowboarding in the French Alps, cross-country skiing in the Arctic Circle of Norway and climbing peaks in Nepal and India.
Tom is a highly skilled and qualified instructor and has been teaching outdoor pursuits since 1999. Tom was a former reservist with the Royal Marine Commandos, worked as a Beach Lifeguard and when not running the business or instructing he can be found working as a stuntman in the film and television industry.
Kyle coordinates our operations on-site and behind the scenes. He loves adventurous mountaineering and climbs in both Summer and Winter across the U.K, wherever the weather allows (and often when it doesn't). He is a keen white-water kayaker and can also be found underground enjoying a spot of caving.
A qualified Maths teacher and NVQ assessor part-time, Kyle also has over twenty years of experience coaching and instructing in the outdoors. Working with clientele from technical skills courses, guided experiences to personal development for youth and school groups. Kyle is also able to offer detailed reviews of many local cafes that surround his fav crags, Tea and Cakes are of upmost importance we are told.
Keith is one of the most experienced and well-known climbing instructor trainer/assessors in the South East with over 35 years in the industry. Keith runs our Rock Climbing Instructor courses, learn to lead, multi-pitch courses and is on the British Mountaineering Councils approved expert witness list for outdoor court cases.
Joe is our man in the Lake District and runs most of our learn to lead and multi-pitch courses. A highly experienced outdoor instructor he moved from Lewes in Sussex to be in the mountains and achieve his Mountaineering and Instructor Award. When not clinging to the rocks, Joe can be found fell running, white water kayaking or winter ice climbing in Norway.
Chris has been in the hills since he was young, going out with his Dad as soon as he could. He started working in the sector in the early 90's and has worked all over the UK before settling Sussex. Happiest when out in the mountains, he's often found lurking in a corner of his favourite UK area of North Wales, where he is an Ambassador for the National Park.
He has led expeditions to Africa and South America and is looking forward to a big trip again soon.
Colin's love of the outdoors begun when he discovered climbing at the age of 18, since then he has diversified into mountaineering, kayaking, canoeing, sea kayaking, mountain biking and caving. Colin has worked as an instructor and coach across the UK and as an expedition leader overseas. He also has a deep passion for the outdoor environment just enjoying the experience of travelling in the mountains or along a stunning coastline. Some of his highlights include expeditions in Africa, canoeing across Scotland and trying to remember how to ride a horse in the hills of Egypt!
Kev started rock climbing in 1996 as a method to maintain some fitness levels for his wakeboarding when the cable ski parks were closed in winter. He took up teaching the sport in 2007 and it is now one of his main activities. Kev has climbed in several regions of the world including New Zealand, South Africa, Europe and the United Kingdom. Kev was also the rock climbing instructor for the TV Superstars series screened on Channel 5 in 2008. As well as climbing, Kev is a PADI certified assistant diving instructor and has racked up over 250 dives in many of the regions of the world including the Great Barrier reef, Red Sea, Florida and UK waters. Kev is also a keen cycler and has travelled through Europe by bike completing the London to Paris challenge in 2008.
Levi has been working as an outdoor instructor since 2008 and he has a huge passion for anything and everything in the great outdoors. Levi takes great pleasure in helping people get out into wild, no matter what their experience or background, and his enthusiasm and passion is infectious.
His immense passion for all things mountainous, have taken him to the remotest corners of the UK and across the channel to the Alps in Europe. Levi has a particular love of winter mountaineering and climbing, and can be found out on the hill in all weathers! Levi has his sights set on Polar adventures, with a view to leading expeditions in the future.
Dai's a qualified teacher and Charted Teacher for Leadership. With over 30 year’s experience and his beginnings routed in instructing in the outdoors, Dai has worked on many education projects in the UK, Africa and the Bahamas.
As a whitewater kayak coach and swift water Rescue Instructor, Dai is a water safety professional and volunteers for a Lowland Rescue team. His experiences include white water kayaking in the UK and Europe, mountaineering in the Alps and Russia.
Dai has been an experienced Outdoor First Aid instructor for many years. Ultra trail running, mountain biking, bushcraft and climbing are all sports which make Dai’s experiences in outdoor first aid extensive and real. As an outdoor medic for Lowland Rescue, he has incident management experience working across joint services such as the fire service, ambulance service, coastguard, police etc.
Andy has been teaching in the outdoor industry for over 25 years and has been the BCU kayaking regional coaching representative for the South East for 18 years.
His kayaking and canoeing skills have taken him too many countries around the world India, Nepal, New Zealand France, also gaining gold medal In the National Marathon Championships in K2, and silver in K1 sprint in Belgium.
Andy loves working with adults and young people coaching them in skills such as climbing, mountain biking, archery, team building, and sailing. The last 10 years he has worked with school pupils with special needs, wanting to understand more about these young people he attended a CPD in Disability Awareness and now delivers it along with becoming a director for the British Canoeing Instructor award and F.S.R.T.
Simon started to become involved with the outdoors from the age of 7 through the scout association. Since that time he has followed a path through university gaining a degree in outdoor leadership and gaining experience and professional qualifications on the way. Simon is a passionate climber and open canoeist as well as regularly participating in cycling, caving, kayaking and bushcraft. One thing is for certain Simon is never happier than when he is outside!
Emily spent her childhood playing outdoors in the Surrey Hills with regular trips up to the mountains in Wales. This has inspired a lifelong passion for the outdoors. She is a keen climber, hiker, kayaker and enjoys the odd bit of caving. She is also really interested in wildlife and bushcraft and spent many years working in Environmental science before deciding to move into the outdoor sector in 2014. She enjoys sharing her love of all things outdoors with people of all ages and backgrounds.
Tom has been a keen all-round athlete playing many different sports throughout his childhood. Mainly throughout his life he played semi-professional Ice Hockey with various clubs across the south of the UK. He spent time in Canada youth ice hockey camps. His love for sport leads him to become a personal trainer and then went on to train for the British Stunt Register to become a stuntman. Now he loves all things climbing, kayaking, freediving and scuba diving on or above the water. Always pursuing new adventures and skills his latest interest in motocross!
Climbing Instructor and former reservist in the Royal Marines Commandos, James has a passion for all things outdoors and loves is a strong advocate for adventure in the U.K. He enjoys rock climbing on long adventurous traditional routes, mountain walking and scrambling in summer and winter, ski touring, mountain biking and surfing. Food is one of his other passions and he loves foraging and cooking outdoors. Although James passionately believes the U.K is a fantastic playground and is not to be underestimated he has also spent a bit of time on adventures in other parts of Europe. His previous experiences include Rally navigation and Powerboating and James would like to soon add paragliding to his list of regular pursuits.
Chris has been trekking up mountains ever since leaning to walk but developed a proper climbing addiction once he started university. As president of the University of Sussex Mountaineering Club for 3 years he organised and went on hundreds of trips progressing from walking in the UK to mountaineering in the Alps and has recently been climbing and Kayaking in the Himalayas.
He graduated from Brighton and Sussex Medical School in 2008 and has been practising as a Doctor in the UK and New Zealand since then. Combining these interests he set up a wilderness medicine society at the medical school and teaches wilderness medicine and first aid.
Helen is our accounting guru! When she's not sorting out all the finances, she can be found exploring the beaches and enjoying a nice glass of vino with a fabulous sunset! While Helen would say she's not the most hardcore outdoor adventurer, she's been water skiing on Loch Ness, travelled extensively throughout the world and was the ladies's Middle East International Rally driving co-driver champion, winning the trophy two years in a row!
Richard Keasley is our web developer. He created our site for us and looks after the technical bits behind the scenes.
Richard's main interest in life is gymnastics. He is a qualified instructor (Level 4 Men's Artistic, Level 2 trampoline, Level 1 Women's Artistic) and a gymnastics judge (National Men's Artistic). He is also a teacher trainer (gymnastics tutor) and an assessor for gymnastics coaches.
Richard loves living in Sussex, and spends many hours walking. He enjoys walking the long distance paths (Ridgeway, South Downs Way, Saxon Shore Way). His favourite holiday is camping somewhere quiet.