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  • 2013 Sea Kayak Race Oban 2012 Sea Kayaking 1 Sea Kayaking 2 Skatewing Skimboarding Skydiving tandem Snorkeling Western Australia Snowboarding Speed Riding tandem Sphere ing Stunt Plane 2002 Stunt Plane 2011 SUP Caledonian Canal aka Great Glen SUP Kerrera SUP Loch Awe 2015 SUP Loch Tay SOLO SUP Scilly to Sennen SUP UK s Highest SUP Club SUP Blog Swimming Corryvreckan Gulf Swimming English Channel Swimming Forth River 2014 Swimming Lamlash Splash 2013 Swimming Lamlash Splash 2014 Swimming Lamlash Splash 2015 Swimming Location X 2011 Swimming Location X aka Loch Etchachan 2012 Swimming Monster Swim 2013 Tank Driving Thundercat Powerboat Trekking Nepal 2010 Wakeboarding Water Skiing White Water Rafting Nepal White Water Sledging Windsurfing Wing Walking Zip Slide Zorb Blind swimmer makes loch history By Heidi Soholt Sunday Times 4th August 2012 BLIND extreme sports fanaticDean Dunbar has never let disability stand in his way and yesterday he became the first person to swim across Britain s highest loch Dunbar took 15 minutes to swim the 900m length of Loch Etchachan in the Cairngorms 3 000ft above sea level He braved a water temperature of between 8C and 10C while snow lay on the ground nearby The 43 year ol from Perthshire has rod cone dystrophy a degenerative condition that has robbed him of most of his sight Speaking after his successful attempt he said I m over the moon The adrenaline buzz is kicking in and I think I ll have a smile on my face for the next few days I got severe cramp from the cold after about five minutes in the water and my legs were seizing up on me it was worth the pain though Dunbar was also injured while biking up to the loch I went over the handlebars and smashed into some rocks

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  • energy drinks and a water gun She uses the water gun to keep Dunbar from veering off a strictly prescribed track devised to make the swim more efficient Whenever he swims too far to the left or right Rhona squirts the gun at his head to alert him Dunbar needs to be guided because he is registered blind Not that it is obvious Walking with the Cyprus Weekly along the uneven beach at the rock he strolls along with more confidence than some of the tourists visiting the site chatting about his charity swim As a child on family holidays I crossed the English Channel many times by ferry I knew that people had swum this crossing and I had always thought them to be crazy As I got older and took on my own adventures I often wondered if I was crazy enough to take on the Channel swim The thought normally crossed my mind whilst I was preparing for my next adventure and knowing that I needed to dedicate a large amount of time to take it on the time never seemed to be right Dunbar s adventures include bungee jumping from a helicopter white water sledging the world s highest commercially run waterfall being thrown by the Dangerous Sports Club s Human Catapult participating in the gruelling five day Hebridean Challenge adventure race and setting a time record around the Isle of Wight in a Thundercat power boat These are just a handful of extreme sports tasks he has taken on over the years usually in order to raise money for needy causes In 2010 I decided it was time for the Channel At the same time I had been invited to take on a major trek in Nepal towards the end of the year I had naively thought that I could do the training for both throughout 2010 and hoped to take on the Channel in 2011 Dunbar explained But when I spoke to some Channel swimmers I was told that this would not be a good idea This meant that the swim would have to be put off until 2012 Throughout the spring and summer of 2010 he set his plans in motion He booked his crossing which entailed a very strict process with its roots in the first swim in the late 19th century and pilot boat found himself a coach and found out the basics I was put in touch with a local swimming coach Colleen Blair She was highly recommended to me by the British Long Distance Swimming Association and on meeting her I understood why She was very positive from the beginning and has proven to be a huge font of knowledge and great teacher She swam the English Channel when she was 18 and is one of only nine people to have swum the treacherous North Channel from Scotland to Northern Ireland Dunbar learned that the most efficient stroke for this long distance swim would be front crawl He had

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  • Biking Mountainboarding Paragliding Power Kiting Quad Biking River Bugs Rover Boarding Royal Marine Assault Course Sandboarding England Sandboarding Western Australia Scad Diving Scrambling Scuba Diving Sea Kayak Race Oban 2013 Sea Kayak Race Oban 2012 Sea Kayaking 1 Sea Kayaking 2 Skatewing Skimboarding Skydiving tandem Snorkeling Western Australia Snowboarding Speed Riding tandem Sphere ing Stunt Plane 2002 Stunt Plane 2011 SUP Caledonian Canal aka Great Glen SUP Kerrera SUP Loch Awe 2015 SUP Loch Tay SOLO SUP Scilly to Sennen SUP UK s Highest SUP Club SUP Blog Swimming Corryvreckan Gulf Swimming English Channel Swimming Forth River 2014 Swimming Lamlash Splash 2013 Swimming Lamlash Splash 2014 Swimming Lamlash Splash 2015 Swimming Location X 2011 Swimming Location X aka Loch Etchachan 2012 Swimming Monster Swim 2013 Tank Driving Thundercat Powerboat Trekking Nepal 2010 Wakeboarding Water Skiing White Water Rafting Nepal White Water Sledging Windsurfing Wing Walking Zip Slide Zorb Blind Dean in whirlpool challenge By Heather Greenaway Sunday Mail 7th August 2011 Extreme sportsman Dean Dunbar will today attempt to become the first blind person to swim across the Corryvreckan Gulf The treacherous stretch of water between Jura and Scarba in the Inner Hebrides is home to the world s third

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  • Marine Assault Course Sandboarding England Sandboarding Western Australia Scad Diving Scrambling Scuba Diving Sea Kayak Race Oban 2013 Sea Kayak Race Oban 2012 Sea Kayaking 1 Sea Kayaking 2 Skatewing Skimboarding Skydiving tandem Snorkeling Western Australia Snowboarding Speed Riding tandem Sphere ing Stunt Plane 2002 Stunt Plane 2011 SUP Caledonian Canal aka Great Glen SUP Kerrera SUP Loch Awe 2015 SUP Loch Tay SOLO SUP Scilly to Sennen SUP UK

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  • a half miles He added As a child on family holidays I had crossed the English Channel many times by ferry I knew people had swum this crossing and I had always thought them to be crazy As I got older and took on my own adventures I often wondered if I was crazy enough to take on the swim The answer is yes Dean who has also wing walked white water sledged and been flung from a human catapult is attempting the crossing to raise funds for the Soldiers Sailors Airmen Families Association and a local blind charity Former gym instructor Dean suffers from the rare rod and cone dystrophy which has left him with badly blurred peripheral vision He started to lose his sight when he was nine years old He recalled I could see the teacher writing but I couldn t see any words even though everyone else was copying it down I didn t want to seem different so I asked my mate if I could copy him That went on for a couple of weeks before he grassed me up At the time a specialist told Edinburgh born Dean he had opticatrophy registered him as partially sighted and told him to sit at the front of the class with a magnifying glass in the hope that the problem would clear up in a few years But in 1996 at 27 while he was working at a blind school in Exeter his eyesight deteriorated overnight Dean who is married to GP Rhona 42 said The doctor I saw was very blunt He said You re going to be blind by the end of the year so get a guide dog and learn Braille I cried but being around those kids made me realise it could be a lot worse I decided I had to make the best of it Dean who has travelled round the world got his taste for extreme sports in a tandem skydive in 1998 two years after he lost his sight Since then he has been constantly on the quest for the next big buzz The feeling provides some consolation for not achieving his aim of joining the forces which he tried to do at 16 He said The recruitment officer wasn t very sympathetic when I told him I was partially sighted so that was the end of it My grandfather was a great military man and the forces still hold a special place in my heart That s why I want to raise money for the SSAFA Dean who has taught his black Labrador collie cross Stumpy to guide him round obstacles runs the Extreme Dreams website which details all his daredevil antics and thanks the adventure firms who have helped him He said I hope my website inspires other people with disabilities to chase after their dreams and try new sports It s also my way of thanking all the open minded organisers and instructors who have risen to

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  • Royal Marine Assault Course Sandboarding England Sandboarding Western Australia Scad Diving Scrambling Scuba Diving Sea Kayak Race Oban 2013 Sea Kayak Race Oban 2012 Sea Kayaking 1 Sea Kayaking 2 Skatewing Skimboarding Skydiving tandem Snorkeling Western Australia Snowboarding Speed Riding tandem Sphere ing Stunt Plane 2002 Stunt Plane 2011 SUP Caledonian Canal aka Great Glen SUP Kerrera SUP Loch Awe 2015 SUP Loch Tay SOLO SUP Scilly to Sennen SUP

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  • the issue I can t see what damage I ve done and it s all part of the fun anyway While some companies were unwilling to adopt such a laissez faire attitude the welcome he received from others led to the creation of the website in 2002 to encourage others with similar disabilities I want people to realise that the only thing holding them back is themselves explains Dunbar at his home in Blairgowrie I want people who think they maybe can t do things for whatever reason to see the website and say well he can do it so why can t I I m just a normal guy with bad eyesight not some kind of superman I just hope people can see what I do and maybe take inspiration from it His stirring story should help The problem seemed innocuous when at the age of nine he suddenly had trouble reading the blackboard at school in Edinburgh That should be at school in Seaton Sluice Northumberland I could see the teacher writing her hand moving and the squeak of the chalk but I couldn t see any words even though everyone else was copying it down he recalls noting the discomfort of being different So I asked my mate if I could copy him and that went on for a couple of weeks before he grassed me up A specialist unable to make a satisfactory diagnosis told Dunbar he had opticatrophy which he later discovered was a catch all term for dysfunctional eyesight registered him as partially sighted and told him to sit at the front of the class with a magnifying glass in the hope that the problem would clear up in a few years The optimism was misplaced At the age of 27 while he was working at a blind school in Exeter Dunbar did begin to notice a further change in his sight just ahead of his annual check up But even that could not prepare him for what he was about to be told The guy was very busy and I had this two minute appointment in which he said right you re going to be blind by the end of the year so get yourself a guide dog and start learning Braille and if you ve got any questions make another appointment I had no idea it was coming and I didn t cope with it very well at all he admits of the revelation he had a rare condition called Rod Cone Dystrophy which has left him with little more than badly blurred peripheral vision I cried all the way home then had a couple of hours reflecting on it before I had to just get back to work and being around some of those kids made me realise it could be a hell of a lot worse I could have lay down in a corner and died actually that s a bit dramatic but you know what I mean or I

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  • aka Loch Etchachan 2012 Swimming Monster Swim 2013 Tank Driving Thundercat Powerboat Trekking Nepal 2010 Wakeboarding Water Skiing White Water Rafting Nepal White Water Sledging Windsurfing Wing Walking Zip Slide Zorb Blind daredevil first to abseil UK s tallest waterfall 21st September 2009 A blind Perthshire daredevil has become the first person to abseil down the UK s highest waterfall Dean Dunbar tackled the 658ft Eas A Chual Aluinn near Kylesku in Sutherland becoming the first person as well as the first blind person to successfully complete the feat Mr Dunbar from Blairgowrie Perthshire suffers from a rare eye condition and was registered blind in 1996 But the 40 year old who suffers from Rod Cone Dystrophy became hooked on extreme sports two years later when he attempted his first tandem skydive Since then he has blazed a trail in the field becoming the first blind person in the world to bungee jump from a helicopter participate in the five day Hebridean Challenge adventure race and be thrown by the Dangerous Sports Club s human catapult The thrill seeker who documents his stunts on his popular website extremedreams co uk had been planning his latest adventure for two years He said For me being registered blind as I ve always loved waterfalls whenever I go anywhere and hear one I have to go and investigate I was on holiday in that area a couple of years ago and my wife mentioned that the UK s highest waterfall was nearby Knowing my love of waterfalls she suggested we take a look We paddled in from Kylesku and as soon as I saw it my first thought was that would be amazing to abseil Mr Dunbar who descended the sheer fall under the supervision of Ben Starkie from the Vertical Descents outdoors

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