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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 100 challenges in fact…!

Click on any challenge for the full write-up:

2021 BLOG

11th May 2021

Prone – Clunie Loch, Scotland

Today I thought I’d man up and not wear a hat. Then Lindsay turned up in a shortie wetsuit and no gloves. The best I could do to match her was to go gloveless. (I’ve done topless prone, Read more…

Read the full 2021 Blog here


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

Mountain board crash Hay Tor, Dartmoor, England
Clip 2: Dean Dunbar talking at the ATS – 23.01.16
Clip 3: Dean Dunbar talking at the ATS – 23.01.16
Dean Dunbar talking at the ATS – 23.01.16 (Full talk)
Human Catapult - 7th April, 2002 - editted down version
"This Morning" tv interview - 2nd December, 2009
A Man In A Hurry – 1st blind swimmer to cross the Corryvreckan Gulf – 7th August, 2011
SUP it and See 2: Board Scilly
The Magnificent 7
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Dean had several adventures planned for 2020 – #2020visionofablindadventurer – using different sports to achieve them.  However, due to the virus that shall not be named, plans have had to be changed.  Apart from his 20km swim, (see below), the rest of his adventures have been brought forward to 2021.  Read more…


  • March 31st – Dean talks about some of his adventures on episode 42 of the Always Another Adventure podcast, hosted by Simon Willis. CLICK HERE
  • March 22nd – Dean did an online Q&A session with the wonderful pupils from Dubeg Primary School about how his blindness affects both his daily life and his adventures.
  • March 16th – Dean was on the Kaye Adams Programme on BBC Radio Scotland. CLICK HERE
  • March 11th – A bumper 2hr Adventure Show including a couple of pieces in which Dean takes Patrick Winterton porneboarding before Patrick takes Dean wing foil boarding. Now available to watch again on the BBC iPlayer.
  • March 6th – Graeme Ogston of BBC News wrote about Dean’s close call towards the end of last year. CLICK HERE
  • December 11th – Dean did a short online talk for the Water Skills Academy.
  • November 11th – Dean did a short online talk for the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.
  • August – Dean was delighted to be invited to be part of the DofE Scotland Gold Award video CLICK HERE
  • July 24th – Dean took on one of his 2020 adventures.  Read all about it HERE.
  • June 22nd – Grant Parker, at “A Broken World” podcast, chats to Dean about his life, adventures, and love of adrenaline.  CLICK HERE
  • June – Dean was chuffed to be included in the Royal Scottish Geographical Society’s “Inspiring People At Home” project. CLICK HERE
  • May 23rd – Dean was interviewed by Jon Gericke for Sport Trax on SAfm.  CLICK HERE.
  • Due to COVID-19 all of Dean’s talks planned for the Spring and Summer of 2020 have been postponed. New talks will be posted when confirmed.
  • January 25th – Dean & Rhona were back at the Ice Factor for some more indoor ice climbing.  Read more HERE.
  • 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.


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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.




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