The EA expedition team is made up of highly experienced expedition practitioners/ facilitators, dedicated to delivering person centred experiences that bridge the gap between aspiration and opportunity.
With many years of expedition experience of leading expeditions around the world the team are recognised professionals, with high level qualifications in activity delivery, safety management and facilitation.
All expedition leaders undergo a rigorous selection process to ensure that they have the right skills, qualifications and experience to make clear decisions in the field to ensure maximum performance and safety.
Suresh Paul, PhD, is founder and director of Equal Adventure Developments Ltd and Principal Advocate for Equal Adventure Registered Charity.
His early interest in outdoor adventure activities saw him sitting at the bottom of an abseil watching children with arthritis struggling to cope with the discomfort from use of a standard climbing harness. This led to his inspiration for the first of over 120 products, the Kite I climbing harness.
Following several years of coaching and one year at the Falmouth School of Art, he completed a BA (Hons) degree in Design with Applied Technology at Sheffield Hallam University and set about his professional life. He launched and ran the Adventure Designs Project at Brunel University, legacies from which form the basis of Equal Adventure.
Throughout this time, Suresh took part and led a number of inclusive expeditions in the UK and further afield. These not only gave him a wealth of personal experiences, but provided invaluable research for equipment design and development, leadership styles and tools to improve inclusion in outdoor adventure activities.
In 2010, Suresh completed his PhD, which examined the creation of resources and coaching strategies to improve access to adventure sport and active lifestyles with disabled people.
James is an adventurer, expedition leader, safety advisor and outdoor education practitioner. With a career spanning over 20 years, he has participated in and led multiple expeditions all over the globe, with a range of clients from school groups to private individuals, TV crews and scientists.
His expeditions have covered all environments, from the highest mountains of the Andes, Alps and Africa, to the frozen Arctic in Greenland and Svalbard, spending time with indigenous peoples in the jungles of Borneo and the bush of Tanzania, climbing into the canopy of the Peruvian Amazon Jungle, canoeing rivers deep in Northern Canada, Finland, Thailand and South America, and trekking across the deserts of Arabia and North Africa.
He has recently returned from a 1600km solo cycling expedition through Europe, following the trail of 3rd Century General Hannibal and his elephants.
James has an interest in developing, training and educating others, and has led many expeditions that develop personal skills and attributes. He believes that expeditions have the power to influence and inspire people to take action socially, environmentally and globally. He has won awards for his educational expeditions, and works with a wide range of clients from schools to businesses to develop, educate and inspire.
Definitions of Expeditions
A journey with an uncertain outcome, a journey with a purpose or a journey to bring back new knowledge or create potential through formative and crucible experiences.
Equal Adventure Expedition aims to deliver expeditions that meet the needs of a broad range of people, with varying needs, aims and functional ability, designed around the participants and focused on developing personal qualities, potential and learning.
Benefits of Expeditions
There is a body of evidence that demonstrates that adventurous and challenging expeditions to remote and wild environments have a multitude of benefits to participants and the wider world.
Developing greater understanding of the environment, cultures and people, personal skills, and social development, increasing potential and performance, as well as creating formative experiences that allow participants to reflect and find new choices and routes that they transfer into their own lives, influence wider society and people around them.
EA Expeditions are professionally facilitated experiences that aim to work with participants to ensure transfer of learning and develop positive change and outlooks.
Developing peoples aspirations into opportunities that last beyond the expedition itself.
Why EA Expeditions
Professionally led by some of the top expedition leaders in the sector, who have years of experiences and a genuine desire to develop potential and change for all participants.
Professionally organised and resourced to support a broad and inclusive approach to planning and delivery. All EA Expeditions are planned to meet and exceed the requirements of the british standard for overseas expeditions BSi8848, and have high standards of safety and management.
Link with all areas of Equal Adventure, with access to supportive and adaptive equipment, training programmes and expertise.
The only fully inclusive expedition organisation.