Our coaching team have developed the Parallel Dreams Coaching Academy Method from their many years coaching others, studying and research. This method is at the cutting edge of human learning and development and brings together many aspects of teaching and psychology. Below is a summary of each stage of this method:

Shona Tate
Founder and Coach

Shona Tate was born into an outdoor family and after competing in ski racing as a child she followed her parents footsteps of becoming a ski instructor.  Working in Scotland initially then around Europe and the USA.

Living the life of a "Mountain Girl" Shona has embraced a world of working in the outdoors and truly appreciates the value of what sport and Mountain Life can offer people.  

Fully living the "Learn it, Love it, Live it" philosophy with her husband Derek and spending a quality balance of work and play in the mountains.

She has gained a depth of business, coaching, teaching and life experience through her time working in the Voluntary Sector and for Professional Training Bodies and National Governing Bodies in Snowsports.

Shona also has a keen interest in outdoor photography and promoting general fitness and diet for individual needs supporting people to develop strategies for a healthier lifestyle.

Derek Tate
Founder and Coach

Derek Tate, has spent over 30 years involved teaching and coaching. The sport of Alpine skiing has been both the passion and the career over this time.


Growing up in Dublin Derek moved to Scotland to pursue a career as a ski instructor working his way through the British Association of Snowsports Instructor qualification pathway to the highest level of International Ski Teacher Diploma. He also achieved a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Coaching from Moray House College (Heriot Watt University) in Edinburgh.


His experience includes teaching recreational skiers on the snow and artificial slopes, coaching children from grass roots to National Team level, educating other coaches, Instructors and Trainers for National Governing Bodies of sport and developing course resources for these organisations.

He continues to teach skiing in the Chamonix Mont Blanc region of France together with writing educational and coaching resources/books.


He is very much an advocate of the philosophy Learn it, Love it, Live it and has recently completed an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) at Bucks New University.

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