Loel Collins

Senior Lecturer

School of Sport and Health Sciences


Loel is a Senior Lecturer and researcher in the Institute of Coaching and Performance. The institute has an applied research focus and Loel's particular interest lies in in the field of coaching, coach education and professional judgement and decision-making in hyper dynamic environments


Full Profile

Loel’s earlier career was as an outdoor instructor, adventure sports coach, First Aid trainer and Rescue skills instructor. He holds a wide range of high-level UK governing body coaching and guiding qualifications, notably in canoeing/kayaking, free-heel skiing, mountaineering, rescue and emergency care, swift-water and mountain rescue, in all of which he retains a strong professional and recreational interest. He has taught in outdoor education and the National Centres in the UK for over thirty years. He is the author of books, chapters, peer reviewed papers, reviews papers and articles relating to his fields of interest. He also teaches the practical content on outdoor education, leadership and coaching degrees to under and postgraduate students for the university.

He has explored throughout the world and has pioneered remote rivers by kayak and canoe on four continents. His expeditions include journeys in Nepal, Iran, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Canada, Peru, Costa Rica, Zimbabwe and Zambia. He has kayaked extensively throughout Europe and the United States of America. He has competed at international standard in both canoe and kayak and coached members of British team in two world championships.


  • Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2012). 
  • University of Central Lancashire
  • Professional Doctorate in Elite Performance (2014), 
  • University of Central Lancashire
  • British Canoe Union Coach (Level 5), Inland Kayak (1989)
  • British Canoe Union Coach (Level 5), Open Canoe (1992)
  • British Canoe Union Coach (Level 5), Surf (1995)
  • British Canoe Union Coach (Level 5), Sea (2011)
  • Mountaineering Instructors Award (1993)
  • Swift-water Rescue Technician Advanced Instructor (1996)
  • Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, (1996-2002)


Collins, L., Collins, D., & Grecic, D. (2014). The epistemological chain in high level adventure sports coaches. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning. doi:10.1080/14729679.2014.950592

Collins, L., & Onions, C. (2014). Improving the performance of the Quick release rescue harness. Journal of Search and Rescue. Volume 1, issue 3

Collins, L., & Collins, D (2015). The Adventure Sports Coach in Adventure sports coaching. in Adventure sports Coaching: Berry, M., Lomax, J., & Hodgson, C. (Eds); Routledge

Collins, L., & Collins, D. (2015). Challenges in Adventure Sports Coaching in Handbook of Outdoor Studies. Hendersson, K,. Humberstone., & Prince, H ( Eds); Routledge

More publications



MProf in Elite Performance

DProf in Elite performance

BA(hons) Outdoor Leadership

BA(Hons) Adventure sports coaching


Professional Judgment and decision making in Coaching and leadership in the outdoors

The teaching and training of skilful decision makers

External Activities

Safety Committee of the Outward bound trust


Collins, L. (2012, October 20). The Adventure Sport Coach. Presentation at the Scottish Canoe Association Coaching Conference, Glenmore Lodge, National Mountain Centre. Scotland

Collins, L. (2012, December 13). Contextualising the Adventure Sport Coach. Presentation at the Adventure Conference, Northern Irish Mountain Centre. Northern Ireland

Collins, L. (2012, December 13). Risk-Benefit Analysis. Presentation at the Adventure Conference, Northern Irish Mountain Centre. Northern Ireland


Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy