TJ and Laura both had experience in the outdoors as canoe and kayak coaches before meeting when they both started working at the same outdoor centre.

Since meeting they have been a devoted couple who have remained active as both individual practitioners in their own fields as well as working together on various projects to help, support and progress various individuals and organisations in their chosen disciplines.

Through living and working together they have beco me a tight knit professional team who strive to do the very best no matter what they are doing.

Diverse Coaching was created through this desire to deliver first class training primarily in the outdoor and leisure industry as well as in team building and has experience at various levels.

Diverse Coaching believes in delivering individualized coaching to every one from individuals, large groups, organisations and companies on a customised basis.

Diverse Coaching is based from its home in Bridgwater (Somerset) however runs training courses all over the UK.


TJ (Tobias) Date

TJ has a wealth of knowledge within paddlesports and the outdoors in general through working for the largest outdoor educational provider in Europe as the Chief Instructor for their flag ship centre. TJ has also worked for the British Canoe Union as a Local Coaching Organiser (LCO) and the Institute Of Outdoor Learning as an Internal Verifier developing outdoor practitioners.

TJ is also an active member of the Sea Cadets and is part of the South West paddlesports management team responsible for helping roughly 4000 staff and cadets become active within paddle sports.

TJ has also recently completed a FdSC in Paramedic Science at the University of Worcester qualifying him as a Paramedic and has also previously worked with the ambulance service as a community first responder. This has ment that he has attended many real life 999 calls as well as spending many years as a senior first aider dealing with many minor and serious conditions.

  • BCU Coach Educator (L1+L2 Tutor)
  • BCU FSRT National Trainer
  • BCU Level 3 Kayak Coach
  • BCU Level 3 Canoe Coach
  • BCU Aquatic First Aid Trainer
  • GNAS Leader (Archery)
  • NSRA Youth Proficiency
  • Scheme Tutor’s Diploma (Air Riffles)
  • BOF Level 1 Coach (Orienteering)
  • Insitute Of Outdoor Learning Internal Verifier
  • Qualified Paramedic
  • First Aid Instructor In:
  • HSE First Aid At Work
  • HSE Emergency First Aid At Work
  • Automated Defibrillator
  • Oxygen Therapy and Resuscitation
  • Entonox Delivery
  • RLSS Pool Lifeguard
  • ISRM Pool Plant Operator
  • STA Pool Plant Tutor
  • Professional Trainers Certificate
  • Health and Safety Level 2

Laura Richards

Laura has been involved in the outdoors and especially paddlesports since she was 10 as a flat water racer amongst other activities. Laura started racing as a way of keeping fit and making new friends however the more she did it the more she wanted to compete. As a result Laura competed in sprint K1, K2 and K4 as well as marathon K1 and K2 at a national level and achieved many medals and trophies as well as becoming a national champion in her class in K1 500m.

As well as competing Laura qualified as a placid water racing coach and from this decided to start a career in the outdoor industry.

Once in the outdoor industry Laura worked as a instructor, head of stores and assistant chief instructor for the largest outdoor educational provider in Europe and so has a wide range of experiences.

  • BCU Level 3 Kayak Coach
  • BCU Level 2 Canoe Coach
  • BCU Level 2 Placid Water Coach (Racing)
  • BCU Bell Boat Helm
  • BCU FSRT Provider
  • RLSS Pool Life Guard
  • STA Foundation Certificate
  • GNAS Leader (Archery)
  • NSRA Youth Proficiency
  • Scheme Tutor’s Diploma (Air Riffles)
  • BFA Teacher (Foil Fencing)
  • BFA Teacher Trainer (Foil Fencing)
  • BOF Level 1 Coach (Orienteering)