Extreme Dreams is a showcase for Dean Dunbar, blind adventurer

Two years after being registered blind, at the age of 29, Dean did a charity tandem skydive which changed his life.

Since then he has notched up over 80 activities around the world, ranging from adventure racing to zorbing, and set almost 20 world firsts in activities ranging from open-water swimming to stand up paddle-boarding.

And there’s more, over 80 challenges in fact…!

Click on any challenge for the full write-up:


December 14th
SUP: Serious mileage – Three Lakes Challenge

Earlier in the year, having found myself with some time on my hands, I started to plan a number of adventures that were on my bucket list. No sooner had I pencilled them in I became busy again so a certain number of ideas got shunted down the list giving me a batting order of UK based road trips for 2016. With the 90 mile Argyll Sea Kayak Trail (ASKT) and SUP Til You Drop at Ullswater out of the way by June I switched my focus to the Three Lakes Challenge, Read more…


Here are the latest videos featuring Dean’s adventures: Click here to go to the  channel


18th March 2017

Loch Tummel, Scotland

After a couple of weeks off training, due to a wee cold, I thought I’d get back up to Tummel for a short paddle, between gales.
As you can see, my put-in point was nice and sheltered, but around the corner it wasn’t quite so.
Whilst I was out battling the winds, Stumpy was enjoying the hills!
I was told that I am frowning in these pics.  It’s not really a frown, I’m just trying to work out if I’m 20 metres from shore or 200 metres.  Read more…

Read the full Stand Up Paddle Blog here


  • September 11 – With the awesome SUPerwoman Joanne Hamilton Vale as his sighted guide, Dean will be taking on his biggest SUP challenge yet, (also Europe’s longest non-stop SUP event) – the 220km non-stop SUP 11 City Tour
  • February 15th – Dean will be talking at the launch night of the Fort William Mountain Festival.
  • October 15th – Dean and guide Allistair Swinsco participated in the UK SUP Great Glen Paddle Challenge – the UK’s longest non-stop SUP event,

Read more…


These sponsors have been a tremendous help in supplying kit and support for my challenges.


Having taken on over 80 challenges around the world and set almost 20 world firsts, Dean has a large repertoire to draw upon. Whether it be talking about becoming the first person to abseil the UK’s highest waterfall, or swim the UK’s highest loch, or being the first registered blind person to stand up paddle-board from the Scilly Isles to Cornwall, or bungee jump from a helicopter, Dean has many experiences to share.

Latest: On 15th February 2017 Dean will be talking at the launch night of the Fort William Mountain Festival.

Read more on Dean-Talks.com


Dean has been the first in the world with a number of his challenges…