Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Junior Paddlesport - Outdoors

This morning's Sea Kayak Trip with the Junior Paddlesport Program

 Having trained with us through the Indoor Kayaking stages 1 to 5, then continued developing their personal skills indoors (and outdoors) the group progressed onto Long Term Adventure Development...

 ...we'll be seeing more of them on adventures to come!

Catch you on the water soon!

ps. a few images from yesterday, hiding from the wind!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Conister support Youth Scholarship

Watch the Video Interview here

Conister Bank Continues Support for Youth Development Initiative
An acclaimed initiative that promotes young people’s development is being supported by Conister Bank for the second year running. The Youth Scholarship Development and Leadership Programme, which is run by outdoor sports centre Adventurous Experience, is designed to foster key life skills in school students in the Isle of Man. Conister’s continued support has enabled Adventurous Experiences to deliver an even more effective programme this year.

Coaching People, Changing Perspectives

Delivered by Adventurous Experiences, in association with Conister Bank.

The programme – which has been a finalist in the Isle of Man Newspapers Awards for Excellence (2014 & 2015, Corporate Social Responsibility category) - sees a group of Year 12 students undertake 18 months of regular, challenging training before embarking on a three-week self-sufficient expedition in Vancouver Island. In Easter 2016, the students will circumnavigate the Isle of Man by sea kayak as part of their training. They will then head to Canada in July 2016 for the wilderness adventure of a lifetime!

Through their training and expedition, the students hone a range of skills that carry benefits far beyond the challenge itself. These include teamwork, self-confidence, dealing with adversity, dynamic planning and risk/benefit analysis.
Keirron Tastagh, owner of Adventurous Experiences, is proud of what the young people bring to and gain from the challenge: “The programme epitomises what can be achieved with a long-term team building initiative, using experiential education and real risk management understanding. We seek to continue our support after the expedition, with individuals from previous intakes being selected to join our coaching team as a trainee, progressing to a qualified coach. Some then go on to start their own innovative businesses."

Programme manager, John Keggin, adds, “Our mantra ‘Coaching People, Changing Perspectives’ is especially apt for the Youth Scholarship Programme. As our main community project – established before the business itself - it is also a focal point for our long-term strategy to raise the level of outdoor skills and safety on the Island.”

Students who have participated in the programme often stay in touch with Adventurous Experiences when they move forward in life, offering powerful feedback about how they benefited from the challenge. Fergus Veale says, “I’ve learnt how to be more of a team player and how to compromise more, adjusting myself for those who need help.” Rebecca Goodson found that the skills she acquired have been valuable in her working life: The values which I learnt through my own experiences as a participant were just as applicable in a leadership role.” Sam Murphy, meanwhile, saw a positive impact on his character across the board: “I learned how to be independent, make my own decisions, and take responsibility for my actions. My attitude, physicality, mental fortitude, dedication and desire to succeed have all drastically improved.”

The ongoing support of Conister Bank has played an invaluable role in allowing Adventurous Experiences to develop and enhance the programme, ensuring that the students receive maximum benefit – as well, of course, as enjoying an unforgettable experience. This year, Conister Bank is also providing each participant with a lightweight waterproof jacket, leaving them with one less item on their kit list!

Adventurous Experiences is an adventure sports centre enjoying its 12th year, delivering professional outdoor training and experiences on the Isle of Man. The philosophy is unique both in its approach to training – in which all stakeholders share values while engaging in challenging outdoor activities – and using that dynamic environment to change perspectives.
The community projects delivered by Adventurous Experiences assist evidence-based decision-making, bringing long-term solutions to current social, environmental, health and community needs.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Indoor & Outdoor

Coasteering - Isle of Man

Saturday's Coasteering journey around St Michael's Isle, beneath the magnificent Peel Castle took place is atmospheric conditions...

The lads were super keen.
5mm Steamer wetsuits, combined with a superb route = a terrific session!
I know we'll be seeing you again, exploring another location...

Indoor Kayaking - Isle of Man


Saturday afternoons at Western Swimming Pool, Peel.
The January courses are full. We are taking bookings for the last February courses.

Sea Kayaking - Isle of Man

This morning's Adventure Club sea kayaking ran from Peel, Fenella Beach. Paddling south to Niarbyl (for a quick break) and back, working on skill acquisition along the way.

This afternoon's sea kayak trip also used the same venue, sheltered from the strong SE winds, exploring the rocky coastline, caves and interesting swell features...

Catch you on the water soon