Having taken on over 80 challenges around the world and set almost 20 world firsts, Dean has a large repertoire to draw upon. Whether it be talking about becoming the first person to abseil the UK’s highest waterfall, or swim the UK’s highest loch, or being the first registered blind person to stand up paddle-board from the Scilly Isles to Cornwall, or bungee jump from a helicopter, Dean has many experiences to share.
Dean has come up against many barriers, with many people telling him that it wouldn’t be possible for a blind person to do these things. Over the years he has made contact with some amazing people with a more “can do” attitude, and they have helped him to prove that the naysayers were wrong.
Dean talks enthusiastically about his hunt for adrenaline, and how being registered blind has not held him back. In fact, sometimes this has been his driving force, to prove to himself and the world that being registered blind does not have to be a barrier.
Dean believes that disability does not always equate to inability, and lack of sight does not mean lack of vision.
The audience are in for an entertaining, and alternative look at adventure, and should walk away saying “if that numpty can do it, what’s stopping me!?!”
Dean has talked at the Adventure Travel Show, the Buxton Adventure Festival, the Fort William Mountain Festival, the Scottish Outdoor Pursuits Show, (twice), the University of Dundee, and many private engagements for sports clubs, business groups, and schools.
He has also introduced and shown two of his films – “A Man in a Hurry” and “SUP it and See” – at the Dundee Mountain Film Festival.
Dean has several private, (members only groups), talks lined up for 2017, including the Duke of Edinburgh Award, and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.