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 almost 150 activities and challenges around the world, ranging from adventure racing to zorbing, and set over 25 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:


13th September 2019

Swim – Benbecula, Eriskay, and South Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland.

Although the Big Challenge was now off, Rho and I still had a great time.
We met up with Chris who is an amazing outdoorswoman and had excellent local knowledge about tides, locations, etc. She took us on some fantastic swims – one near Creagorry on Benbecula, another by the Eriskay causeway, and another at Loch Aineort in South Uist. The water was so clear, (something we’re not used to in Clunie Loch). At Aineort we even had an inquisitive seal follow us as we swam and looked down at the starfish and sea anemones below us. Read more…

Read the full 2019 Big Challenge Blog here


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


Despite the “2019 Big Challenge” literally being blown out, with winds of over 50mph, 2019 has been a very exciting and fun packed year, filled with many different activities and challenges, including:
Archery & rock climbing with Craggan Outdoors
Mountain biking with friends at Glentress, (7Stanes mountain biking trails)
The worlds’ fastest zipwire
DofE SUP expedition on Loch Laggan
3 Lochs Challenge
Lots of prone boarding with Piotr of Outdoor Explore
Exploring the Uists with new friends
My 4th Lamlash Splash, Read more…


  • May – Dean & Rhona have been invited to go foraging on Mull with Bernie at Wild Coast Wanders. Free food, can’t wait!
  • April 23rd, 2020 – Dean will be talking at the Buxton Adventure Festival.
  • October 19th – Dean did his “SUP to St Kilda” talk at the Tullynessle Hall in Aberdeenshire. 
  • September 21st – Dean & Rhona swam together in the Lamlash Splash.  This was the first time Rhona had guided Dean in a swimming event.  Read more HERE.
  • September – Dean and Patrick Winterton had their Big Challenge planned, but things didn’t quite go to plan.  Read more HERE
  • July – Dean is chuffed to nuts to be included in the Palm 40th Celebrations SUP video.  Watch it HERE
  • June 21st – Read how a trip to find the midnight sun in Scotland, turned into the 3 Lochs Challenge.
  • June 15th – Dean took journalist Gayle Ritchie out for a prone boarding session.  Read more HERE.
  • June 7th-9th – Dean and Rhona joined the Nairn Academy Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award group on their final training SUP expedition weekend. CLICK HERE.
  • May 27th – Dean & Rhona rode Europe’s longest, and the world’s fastest zipwire.  Click HERE.
  • March 2nd – Dean did his first mountain bike trail blue route.  Blind and daft?  CLICK HERE.
  • March 1st – Dean was one of the speakers at the Braemar Mountain Festival.
  • February 26th – Dean & Rhona spent the day with the wonderful folk at Craggan Outdoors, doing some rock climbing and archery.


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


Having taken on almost 100 challenges around the world and set over 25 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.


Read more on Dean-Talks.com


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