Mark Kelly

Mark Kelly

Course Tutor & Coach

Relevant Qualifications:


  • Open water Lifeguarding
  • Safety Boating – Powered and non powered
  • Surfing Activities
  • Kayaking (All disciplines)
  • First Aid
  • Team Building Facilitation
  • Mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing (Indoor & Outdoor)
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)
  • Coasteering
  • Mountain Biking
  • Bushcraft
  • Gorge Walking


Teaching you for the majority of your course will be ocean safety and adventure expert Mark Kelly from 4 Elements Adventure. Mark is essentially a real life Action Man – if Action Man had an Irish accent and a profound connection to the great outdoors. Mark works hard all around the world to deliver safety training and advice to people who wish to spend more time outside in both professional and personal capacities.


As the director of 4 Elements Adventure, Mark spends the majority of his time training new outdoor instructors, running beach lifeguard courses, providing event safety and equipping people with the skills they need to work or explore safely outside.


Mark’s passion for adventure revealed itself fairly early on as he became a volunteer instructor at the young age of 16. Since then, Mark has gained invaluable experience all over the world working with many people from highly varying backgrounds. Following on from Mark’s early years as a voluntary instructor, he went on to continue this interest at a vocational level.


He studied for a Higher National Diploma in Outdoor Education and, subsequently, gained a BSC (Joint Hons) in Outdoor Education and Environmental Science at university. Mark’s list of outdoor qualifications has since grown longer and longer as he continually strives to be the best at what he does.


Mark’s infectious enthusiasm for the great outdoors really makes a difference to the way you learn. His wealth of experience will help you understand what it takes to be an effective professional outdoor instructor, instilling in you a sense of pride and passion for the world we live in. Mark is an active practitioner in both land and water sports where he delivers training, coaching, guiding and instructing in a variety of disciplines.


Perhaps the most commendable aspect of Mark’s teachings is his passion for the environment and the upkeep of the natural world. Mark and 4 Elements Adventure have an eco focus in all that they do, not only physically helping to clean the environment, but also teaching others about current issues and what they can do to help. Mark’s ‘leave no trace’ principles add a respectable angle to working outside, which will, in turn, help you to become the best outdoor instructor you can be.


Alongside coaching, Mark’s extensive knowledge and experience has seen him become a trainer & assessor for the RLSS (Royal Life Saving Society), SLSGB (Surf Life Saving Great Britain) and the ISKGA (International Sea Kayak Guide Association), as well as being the latter’s Ocean Safety Representative.