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Robin has been ‘into’ outdoor and adventure sports as long as he can remember, luckily his parents encouraged him in this sending him to try any sport he showed an interest in when he was young, and from the unlikely setting of Norfolk UK (very flat and benign) he developed a love for whitewater kayaking and surfing and spent his teenage years and college years kayaking, surfing, hillwalking, climbing, caving, diving and biking around the UK. After graduating as a construction engineer he spent a year in the Uk before leaving on a surf/paddle trip to Asia. Coming to Thailand 24 years ago for a party he got way laid and never really left. He began teaching diving in the Southern Island of Koh Tao and after a couple of years moved to Sri Lanka to set up a diving operation and adventure sports business working with the existing Thailand based dive school, 12 months later he returned to Thailand saw the opportunity for adventure sports here and The Wild Planet was born. Robin’s first love is still whitewater kayaking and now at 46 finding himself ‘the old boy” he is currently trying to master more play-boating moves in order not to get left behind by the younger paddlers. Robin has extensive experience expeditioning in Thailand and can be found paddling or raft guiding on any of our longer whitewater expeditions.
Dave Milne has been actively involved in the outdoor adventure industry since 1988 From mountaineering in England, Scotland, Wales and Greenland to canyoning, scuba diving and white water rafting in Australia. He moved to Thailand in 1998 where he has been teaching scuba diving, as well as heading up outdoor adventure activity programs and IYA programs for International Schools in the region. Dave is a PADI IDC Staff instructor, an SSI Master Instructor, an Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer, a BCU Level 3 Inland Kayak Coach, a Swift Water Rescue Technician and has a BSC (Hons) in Environmental Science.. Dave is Bangkok based where he lives with his wife Ai (also a qualified Scuba Instructor) and his son Joshua. When not in Asia he is a keen skier, and thinks that the only thing missing from Thailand is snowy peaks.
Reto is mostly found in the North of Thailand running our Mae Teng valley multi day expeditions where he lives with his wife and two daughters. A relative latecomer to adventure sports after a career in construction, his fluent grasp of the Thai language and culture coupled with younger years spent in the army and his passion for the outdoors means that in the last ten years he has become a skilled trip leader. Reto has a second role as our community liaison officer and is instrumental in our outreach programs throughout the North. Of course the fact that he is Swiss German means that everything he does is precise making him the ideal logistics organizer for our large group programs.
Num is responsible for the organisation and leading of all of our freelance Thai river guides. He has extensive experience with student groups and logistics involved with multi day raft trips. He has worked with the Wild Planet for almost 20 years years and been instrumental in developing the routes on some of our more strenuous outdoor programs. In addition to his water based skills Num is a skilled ropes facilitator and often instructs on our new staff training programs. In the off season Num can be found on the Nam Wa in Nan running multi day trips with his own guiding company Sabai Dee on Tour.
Num's younger brother and another skilled river guide and a great campfire cook. If Num isn’t at the helm of a multi day whitewater trip, then Noo will be. Noo is also a skilled ropes facilitator and safety guide and also spends the off season in Nan rafting the Nam Wa with Sabai Dee on Tour.
Originally from the USA, Kenny has lived and worked in Southeast Asia since the year 2000. He holds a Masters Degree in Science Education from Montana State University and has 20+ years experience as a classroom science teacher and expedition leader in the USA, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. He’s ridden a bamboo bike across South East Asia to raise awareness for sustainability in the region and paddled around Phuket, Thailand with the GREEN Paddlers to teach people about marine conservation issues in the region. His book entitled As if the Earth Matters is recommended by the National Science Teacher’s Association (NSTA) as an excellent activity guide and resource for connecting students with Nature. As a result of his dedication to the environment, environmental education and conservation he’s been awarded Volunteer of the Year by both the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Organization in the USA and the Malaysian Nature Society in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Most recently Kenny has been a keynote speaker at the ServICE (Inspire, Connect, Empower) conference in Bangkok as well as the Hong Kong Academy Global Issues Network and the Brunei Global Issues Conference. Nowadays, he leads ‘Education Outside The Classroom’ expeditions all over Southeast Asia to inspire students and teachers to make a deep connection with Nature and take action for a sustainable future!
Toby Bell has been a keen water sports enthusiast since growing up on the Red Sea. In his early teens kayaking, windsurfing and sailing became a weekly pursuit at the local water sports centre in the southwest of England. After joining the Army cadet force, shooting, trekking and climbing were added to his hobbies. He competed nationally in rifle competitions and was ranked 53rd in the UK, narrowly missing out on Olympic trials. After graduating from University he continued his passions while travelling through South and Central America, completing his Scuba Divemaster in the carribean. He travelled to Thailand in 2004 to complete his Scuba Instructor course and decided to settle permanently. Since 2009 he has worked with Wild Planet as Senior Instructor on expeditions and residential programs throughout Thailand.
Ned grew up in the scenic Nelson area of New Zealand where him and his four brothers were introduced to the outdoors at a young age. He landed his first "outdoors job" as a canoe instructor doing multi-day canoe trips with a scout summer camp in Canada. Upon returning home he enrolled himself in the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Center (OPC) in the Central North Island gaining a diploma in outdoor education. His OPC diploma covered not just hard skills in white water kayaking, climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking, navigation but also skills in group management, risk assessment and team building. After graduating he landed a job as a glacier guide in Franz Josef on the west coast of the South Island furthering his skills during the weekends exploring the world-class mountains and rivers in the area. After getting itchy feet he went over to Thailand for some work experience with the Wild Planet and fell in love with the people and culture and decided to stay on with the Wild Planet family. Ned is an IRF Raft Guide, NZMGA Hard Ice Guide, Rescue 3 White Water Rescue Technician, NZOIA Kayak Instructor, SSI Scuba Instructor, REACT RIGHT First Aid Instructor & WFR wilderness first responder.
After a short career in IT and banking, Fion followed his passion for the outdoors leaving his native Ireland and relocating to Thailand where he initially worked as with our team in Koh Tao as a dedicated dive instructor before crossing over to Wild Planet and our range of outdoor programs. Fion is an all round outdoor guide covering water, jungle, caves and parks. When not guiding a raft ( his is both an IRF and ADV Res 3 guide) or heading up an MTB program he can be found at his laptop using his IT skills to develop our google based expedition mapping system.