Q&A With Grizedale Site Manager: Paul Brady
Is it a bird? Is a plane? Nope - it's just Grizedale Site Manager, Paul Brady, swinging through the trees!
Paul joined the Go Ape tribe back in March 2007, starting as an instructor and making his way up the (rope) ladder to become Construction Team Member, Deputy Manager and now Site Manager; a position he's held for the past 7 years.
We recently caught up with Paul - and were rather surprised to learn that he once had a huge fear of heights!
What made you join the Go Ape family?
After leaving school I worked as a Chef for almost fifteen years - I started to grow disillusioned with my career choice and wanted a new challenge. My housemate at the time was the Manager for Grizedale and he convinced me to give instructing a go, even though he knew perfectly well I was scared of heights! I initially managed the Rivington site, before moving back up to Grizedale where it all began in April 2014.
Did you experience Go Ape for yourself before taking the job?
Yes - I completed Go Ape once before I joined. Well, when I say 'completed,' I missed out on the Tarzan swing due to sheer fear! I loved the experience in a weird kind of way, despite being nervous all the way round. I felt a great sense of achievement when I finally got my feet back on solid ground.
What do you like about working for Go Ape?
The two main things I enjoy are the people I work with and the customers who visit us. Each day is different and the job is never dull! Our instructors are what make Go Ape so great and their enthusiasm and enjoyment of their jobs is great to be a part of. Our customers come to us for a great time and an exhilarating experience, which means they are here to enjoy themselves and are up for fun - that's what makes our jobs so enjoyable!
What makes your site unique?
Grizedale is the first site to offer 4 full activities, with our Zip Trekking Adventure coming on board in July last year. With over 3km of zip lines zip-zagging their way through the forest, we're proud to be the first site in the Go Ape family to offer this unique experience. Grizedale is also home to the highest platform and obstacle in Go Ape - at over 18m our site 5 zip platform really tests your nerves!
Finally, tell us a story that'll put a smile on our faces...
When I was managing the Rivington site, we had a film company visit us to film an episode of Don't Tell The Bride. One of my female instructors stepped forward to be filmed as part of the programme, and she was really excited. When the day came, she arrived to work looking immaculate - uniform ironed, hair and make-up done, the works.
The day went really well, apart from the grotty weather, and we all waited eagerly for the episode to be aired and when the day came, we all watched with baited breath. The bride was filmed flying through the air on the zip line and swinging through the trees on our Tarzan swing and it all looked great. But, the only slight hiccup was that with all the editing of the film the only actual footage of my instructor was of her bright pink spotty wellies walking away through the mud! Some people said that was the best bit!
Fancy taking on the highest Go Ape platform? Or the UK's best Zip Trekking Adventure? Book a trip to Go Ape at Grizedale Forest.