WHO ARE THE OGA?
The Overland Guide Association is a group of like minded individuals who work professionally as Overland Guides or are involved in the industry through training or research, we believe that by working together we are able to improve our industry,
promote Good Practice and set standards that will improve safety and professionalism.
The OGA was founded in 2019 after several years of work by its members providing training and technical advice within the industry. For many years the idea of a trade association was discussed. It has now happened and we hope to help our industry grow and mature.
Nathan says this"
After various stints of employment I travelled to Australia in my twenties and through various twists and turns ended up riding back from there on a 105cc Australian Post bike named Dorothy. I wrote a book about that trip, plus the subsequent trip across America and up to Alaska on the same bike. In the few years that have followed I took up employment with Adventure Bike Rider magazine, editing that for over a year, before going freelance and currently writing for several mainstream titles here in the UK. I also do occassional stints on Adventure Bike TV and give presentations at various bike clubs and events. Nathan is also a Certified Guide
Mark has been riding bikes since he could walk, he has competed and won in National championships. Mark has dedicated his life to the motorcycle industry, he is currently the Chief at the Ktm Adventure Experience at Sweetlamb Adventure Bike Academy. His coaching has become legendary and he his preparing riders for the adventures that our guides are providing. Mark has been a Guide and Coach in many countries and continues to challenge what is capable in the Adventure industry.
JP is the Director of an Adventure Company that has specialised in Adventure for all and has offered a range of Overland experiences for the last 30 years, He is the current specialist trainer in the Overland Guide Courses and has developed them to meet the needs of this growing industry. He provides Health and Safety advice to the adventure industry and consults in many arenas including the education sector. Jp holds many qualifications in training and Outdoor Pursuits. He has also travelled
extensively on Motorcycle and four wheels through the USA, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Gary recently certified as a Commercial Guide
( 2 Wheels) but he has twenty years experience of Overland Adventure
on 4 wheel. Gary has many skills and his expertise in the Audio Visual industry and media is enabling the OGA to progress in the modern world. Gary has a professional background in engineering and can adapt that problem solving to the Guiding world with ease
Jason Wragg (FRGS, FHEA) is currently at the University of Central Lancashire as the course leader and lecturer in Outdoor Adventure Studies. He holds a Master’s degree in Outdoor and Adventure and is currently undertaking his PhD, a sociocultural investigation into Adventures with Motorcycles. This research has included exploring the historical and cultural context of adventure travel by motorcycle and is a cross disciplinary research project into the lived adventurous experiences. Having led on a number of expeditions including Botswana, Zambia, Svalbard and Iceland he has a particular interest in the use of motorcycle in the field for research and field work.