Tom Alden – Bio

As a former Royal Marine, Tom has experienced many operational tours around the world including Afghanistan, Pakistan, United Arab Emir- ates, Norway, Kuwait and Iraq. Following his resignation from the Marines in 2004, Tom fulfilled his passion for diving by traveling around South East Asia, and spent time climbing in the Western Himalayas. On his return to the UK in 2008, Tom saw an opportunity to use the skills he had acquired from his time in the Marines, his knowledge of the benefits of exercising outdoors and his diploma in Personal Training & Nutrition. He formed TLA Fitness, and now dedicates his time to helping individuals and teams achieve their personal training goals in preparation for small events, large expeditions and everything in between. Tom recently completed the Atlantic Row with a team of 3 others in just 43 days and 21 hours. He’s always looking forwards and is hoping to complete various polar expeditions including ‘Shackleton’s unfinished business’

  • 2001-2005

    Her Majesty’s Royal Marines

  • 2001

    Worked as Chief Instructor and River Leader for the outdoor company PGL. Managed instructors and paddled around the UK/French and German Alps.

  • 2002

    Foot born operations in the Afghan/Pakistan borders

  • 2003

    Foot born operations in Southern Iraq

  • 2004

    Arctic warfare training in Norway (cross country ski + cold weather skills/survival)

  • 2005

    Various First aid courses. Close Protection course

  • 2006

    Private security operative in Baghdad Iraq working in small operational teams within the private security sector.

  • 2007-2008

    Scuba diving instructor and live aboard cruise director on small diving yachts around South East Asia

  • 2008

    Basic mountaineering and training course with the Indian Mountaineering Association based in Manali, Western Himalaya

  • 2009

    Basic mountaineering and training course with the Indian Mountaineering Association based in Manali, Western Himalaya

  • 2010

    Basic mountaineering and training course with the Indian Mountaineering Association based in Manali, Western Himalaya

  • 2011

    Rowed the Atlantic Ocean 3000 nautical miles from La Gomera to Antigua