Dan Johnson

Dan Johnson

Activity Instructor

Favourite Place for Adventure:


Any of Cornwall’s best kept secret surf spots!


Relevant Qualifications:


  • ISA level 1 Surf Instructor
  • SLSGB Surf Coach & Safety rescue Award
  • Level 1 SUP & Kayaking instructor
  • Lead Coasteer Guide
  • Level 3 Outdoor First Aid Qualification
  • SPA Climbing Wall Award trained


Aiding Mark throughout the course will be qualified instructor and keen traveller Dan Johnson. Dan’s job during the course will be to lead various sessions and to provide you with the essential skills and knowledge needed to be an outdoor professional. Dan will also be on hand to help course participants understand the finer details of what it takes to work at somewhere like Newquay Activity Centre. If you’re thinking of getting into centre work once you’re qualified, Dan’s the man to speak to!


Few people understand the lure of travel and adventure more than Mr Johnson. Having spent the first 18 years of his life in countries such as Bahrain, Turkey, China, Thailand and Cambodia, Dan has an extensive wealth of worldly experience. The opportunity to learn and appreciate so many different cultures has shaped him into the extremely well-rounded and knowledgeable outdoor instructor he is today.


Growing up overseas, Dan spent the former years of his education in various international schools. Thanks to an opportunity provided through his Thai school, Dan completed a trek to Annapurna Basecamp in the Himalaya mountain ranges of Nepal. This incredible experience at the age of just 16 had Dan hooked on adventure and helped set the tone for his years to come.


At the age of 18, Dan returned to England to attend Chichester University where he studied Outdoor & Adventure Education for four years. Dan’s third year saw his suitcase full again as he hopped on a plane for a year-long designated work placement. This time away from university afforded Dan his first opportunity to work as an outdoor instructor, completing his first seasons overseas.


Dan has spent time working as an instructor in Malta, Tenerife and Newquay, leading activities such as rock climbing, abseiling, coasteering, zip-lining, kayaking and team building. He is also an experienced surf instructor having worked at a surf camp in Tenerife and here at Newquay Activity Centre. Being a self-confessed water baby, Dan’s passions lie within any and all of the many ocean activities the world has to offer. If he wasn’t in the ocean as a child, he was in the pool and it’s the happiness that water brings that fuels Dan’s enthusiasm for instructing.


Best memory about the outdoors:


The first time I lead climbed a 7a graded route in Malta after having trained for months to get the moves down!