About Original Outdoors

OutdoorProfessional.co.uk is the home of the professional-user and structured training courses run by established North Wales outdoor training specialists Original Outdoors.

We are based in the Vale of Clwyd, on the edges of Clocaenog Forest and Clwydian range AONB. We deliver training to clients up and down the U.K. and can respond to client requests at any level.

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Richard Prideaux

Richard Prideaux

Richard Prideaux

Original Outdoors was founded by outdoor instructor and consultant Richard Prideaux.

After several years working as a freelance instructor, expedition and mountain leader and remote-area event medic Richard began developing training courses in the fields of foraging, wilderness skills and navigation.

In parallel to this Richard was an active member of the local mountain SAR team, becoming Training Officer then Deputy Team Leader and Regional Operations Officer, working on several high-profile missing person searches and major multi-agency incidents.

As well as leading the training courses for Original Outdoors and the EST Framework Richard is a keen photographer, writer and has appeared in several national and international television productions on both sides of the camera.

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Our Strengths


We have worked with a wide range of clients, from military personnel and emergency services to media professionals and major international companies and can respond to all training requests.

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We offer a diverse range of existing training courses for all levels, and deliver bespoke training solutions by combining those courses into one package or creating a training package from scratch.

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We are not interested in delivering flashy Hollywood or TV-inspired survival training and consultancy. We want to make sure that everybody we work with can do their job as safely as they possibly can - by delivering relevant, realistic training.

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Our team of instructors come from a wide variety of backgrounds, from expedition leaders and professional educators to former services and SAR personnel. We can, and do, work with clients of all types and make sure the training we deliver matches what you actually do in the field.

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