Steve’s personal background in recreational and competitive outdoor activities, combined with 25 years of academic and professional training, positions him uniquely within the ranks of outdoor activity providers in the UK.
His extensive practical experience in all the major outdoor activities is underpinned by a specialist understanding of the theory behind the practice - it's a rare combination. This guarantees an expert and personalised approach as well as a commitment to supporting people to realise their adventure sports ambitions.
Born and brought up in Cumbria, where he has also spent most of his adult life, Steve originally studied Psychology and Physical Education, before training as a teacher of Physical Education, Geography and Outdoor Education. During his 10 years of secondary school teaching, he progressed to become Head of Physical and Outdoor Education.
Shortly after completing his first Masters degree, Steve moved to become Curriculum Leader for Outdoor and Environmental Education within Cumbria Adult and Community Education. He was instrumental in developing, directing and managing a highly regarded range of courses encompassing vocational and academic training, National Governing Body (NGB) qualifications, recreational courses, expeditions and an extensive summer programme for over 400 children.
Following 10 years in that post, Steve gained a scholarship to further his research into skill acquisition and motor learning in outdoor education based at the University of Edinburgh.
His passion for coaching, guiding and adventure led him to set up Steve Banks Outdoors so he could continue to provide high quality outdoor and environmental experiences for individuals and groups. He caters for all levels of ability and ambition, and seeks to actively engage individuals fully in their own adventure learning and experience.
He is respected amongst his professional colleagues for his expertise in how people learn outdoor skills, and for his supportive, learner-centred approach to coaching and education. Steve also has a passion for the natural world and is keen to encourage an understanding of connection and consequence between people and the environment.