David Girling


Lecturer - Sport, Fitness and Outdoor Activities


  • Personal Academic Tutor
  • Lecturer Sport and Fitness & Outdoor Activities
  • Programme Leader – BA (Hons) Outdoor Education and Learning
  • Module Leader – BA (Hons) Outdoor Education and Learning


  • BSc Honours Geography and Outdoor Studies
  • SCA Aspirant Level 5 Inland Kayak Coach
  • SCA Aspirant Level 5 Open Canoe Coach
  • MTS Summer Mountain Leader
  • MTS Single Pitch Supervisor
  • SS Alpine Ski Leader
  • SC Trail Cycle Leader

Professional Membership

  • Member - Scottish Canoe Association
  • Previously a member of the Scottish Advisory Panel for Outdoor Education
  • Member - Institute of Outdoor Learning Research Hub
  • Trustee of Stramash


  • +44 (0) 1738 877 438
  • David.Girling.Perth@uhi.ac.uk
  • Room 904, Academy of Sport and Wellbeing, Perth College UHI, Crieff Road, Perth, PH1 2NX, Scotland, UK.


  • 20 years experience in outdoor education, with particular interest in melding educational constructs with activity provision
  • Outdoor instructor, sports coach, management trainer and educator through the outdoors.
  • Vice President, Board of the Scottish Canoe Association
  • Pioneered remote rivers by kayak and canoe on multiple continents. His expeditions include journeys in Nepal, India, Canada, New Zealand and throughout Europe.

Research Interests

  • Accreditation processes within Outdoor Education particularly Scottish Curricular opportunities for Outdoor Learning
  • Learning mechanisms through the use of the Outdoor


  • In conjunction with the Royal Scottish Geographical Society creating “The Expedition” an educational outdoor learning resource linking Sir Ernest Shackeltons Imperial Trans Antarctic Expedition of 1914-16 with the Curriculum for Excellence at SCQF level 5 and 6.
  • Creating, organising and delivering the Perth and Kinross Adventure Festival for four consecutive years to 3000 participants per festival.
  • World number 54 Stone Skimming Championship - 2016

Favourite Activities

  • Sea Kayaking
  • Inland Kayaking
  • Open Canoeing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Climbing
  • Mountaineering

Favourite Athletes

  • Inspired by Allan Ellard & Mikey Abbott, to get out kayaking and explore wild places and have fun.
  • Callum Strong – An ex-student of David’s who has taken the baton and now runs rapids David quakes at! Callum is pushing the envelope in expedition kayaking with a big smile on his face.

David Girling