I love sea kayaking.

I love the Isle of Wight.

I love coaching people.

It’s always a pleasure therefore to be asked to deliver coaching and courses for groups. When the group is a multinational conglomerate from Greece, Portugal, Germany, Chile, the UK and Austria it becomes a challenge, and I like a challenge!

The aim of the week was to deliver a whole suite of British Canoeing courses which included some of the brand new coach awards. We succeeded in running the Core Coach, Sea Coach Discipline Specific Training, Coastal Navigation, Moderate Water Leader training and, only just, a Moderate Water Leader assessment – the weather nearly got the best of us on that last one, but a quick bit of jiggling the timetable around and some rescheduling of meetings and ferries and we managed it. 

The team spent the week in a stunning rented house in Totland, which I’m sure vexed a few locals, to have a continuous stream of soggy sea kayakers flowing through the quiet street. It was extremely comfortable, although the ongoing and relentless discussions (read: arguments) on the appropriate temperature that the heating should be set at provided much, and continued amusement for ‘those of me’ not staying at the house. 

We ran the week very much as a workshop type event. The more experienced and higher trained helped those of less experience, which added a really supportive feel to the 9 days. Those who were newly trained coaches achieved ‘logged experience’ and mentoring support in running coaching sessions for the others.

… And the conditions for the week were awesome! High wind, huge swell, flat calm, almost glassy surfaces, awesome surf and stonking tides.

     

Next year we will be running another course for the same group, and we’ve added a sheltered water week based in West Sussex next year as well which will include SUP for them as well.

If you’d like a similar week for your club or group then get in touch and we’ll put it together. 

Owen Burson (Chief Adventure Officer)

Get in touch | owen@adventureactivitiesuk.com  | 01983 755838

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This year we will be going the extra mile for Outdoor Instructors who are already #AwesomeAsStandard.

As well as training those ‘new into industry’ we want to invest in experienced and seasoned Instructors. Our Instructors work with a range of groups from Schools to NCS, Corporate teams to local people and tourists as well as Individuals with specific needs.

We are offering an employment and training package which will include a place on the following industry recognised courses:

BC SUP Module Training | BC Core Coach Training | BC 3 star Sea | BC Canoe & Kayak |Coach (Sheltered Water) |  BC Moderate Water Sea Leader Training & Assessment | Coasteering Training | SLSGB | Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning (CNTP) | MT Lowland Leader Training | Level 4 Expedition 1st Aid.

As standard, registration and certification fees will be payable.

Along with fantastic training opportunities, you will benefit from the following employment package:

  • Location – Isle of Wight or Sussex
  • Hours – 40 per week
  • Pay – £8-10 per hour (dependant on qualifications and experience)
  • Accommodation – Available

Benefits:

  • Free use of kit and equipment to have fun and explore our stunning location!
  • 10% discount at local sports centre gym & swimming pool.
  • 30-40% discount at Peak & Palm.
  • Discounted ferry travel.

To express an interest, please email us giving some thoughts on why you would like to join us,  to recruitment@adventureactivitiesuk.com. Please title your email ‘Awesome Adventure Instructor’. If you capture our interest then we will give you a call for a further conversation to find out a little more about you, then invite you to an Open Day at our Isle of Wight centre in February 2019.

EXCITING NEWS!
Adventure Activities IOW has entered the Red Funnel Awards… & need your help!

The Awards recognise the very best our beautiful island has to offer, and we always strive to give our best for every customer, whether they are local or visiting, staying as part of a group or coming to one of our individual sessions, want a great experience or looking to improve skills, knowledge and confidence.

Adventure Activities IOW regularly engages with schools, youth groups, National Citizenship Service, universities, charities, small businesses and large corporates… along with lots of fabulous holidaymakers and residents of the Isle of Wight! We love what we do, and want to encourage everyone to take on new challenges and get active outdoors.

Your vote counts so please take a look at the Red Funnel website and vote for us under ‘THINGS TO DO’ in the Family FunLand Activities and Water Activities categories.

For everyone who’s enjoyed our #AdventureActivities, vote for our Instructors to say #ThankYou to #TeamAwesome 😁

VOTE HERE

#AwesomeComeAsStandard

#livelifewithmoreadventure  🤙🤙🤙

WE’RE RECRUITING!

Join our awesome 2019 Seasonal Adventure Instructor team!!

Adventure Activities UK prides itself on having the most passionate, talented and qualified Adventure Instructors on our team, which is why we offer one of the most comprehensive training programmes available in the Outdoor Industry!

Here’s what you need to know…

We require a team of high quality and committed individuals to join our rapidly expanding Adventure Activities organisation ready for the 2019 season.

This programme will give individuals the opportunity to develop skills beyond the Instructor role and to get involved in all aspects of our outdoor business.

FIND OUT HOW TO APPLY HERE

#AwesomeComesAsStandard #livelifewithmoreadventure #IOW #LiveWhereYouPlay

Sport England has released its latest report on adult levels of activity for 2017/18 – and we completely agree that the Isle of Wight is one of the best places in the UK to get active!

What does ‘being active’ mean?

For many people, it may be taking the dog for a walk, using the stairs more or leaving the car at home whenever possible.

In this Active Lives Adult Survey (May 2017/18) report, it shows that people on the Isle of Wight are getting out for more than 150 minutes each week on average.

At Adventure Activities UK, we consider ourselves truly lucky to have our head office on the stunning Isle of Wight, which means being outdoors and active is part of the lifestyle of island living for most of us.

Just a job?

Our staff are not only highly qualified instructors, but they’re all really passionate about the activities we provide for all our customers – whether you’re a visitor to the island, coming along as a family or friends group, part of a school residential trip, or a young person coming along as part of our new Alternative Adventures for those who have individual needs.

We have team members who do loads of outdoor ‘stuff’ in their spare time, which just makes them even better at their jobs because it’s what we all love doing – being active and sharing our love of learning new skills and activities… outdoors!

Get active!

It’s well known that being active supports physical, mental and emotional wellbeing but it also strengthens social bonds, develops self confidence and gives people (you and us!) a greater sense of achievement.

#GetActive #GetOutdoors #DoWhatYouLove #LiveLifeWithMoreAdventure

 

 

Today is World Mental Health Day. With modern life impacting so many people through mental health issues, it is now more important than ever to embrace the outdoors.

I, like thousands of others suffer with depression and anxiety. Mental health doesn’t discriminate and reaches every corner of society.

Something that is integral in managing my faulty brain is going outdoors. Doing something as simple as walking down to Sainsubury’s for a half price pack of party rings can have a cathartic effect!

Using the outdoors to combat mental health is well documented and I try to get outdoors as much as possible. I know sometimes it can be super hard to get the motivation to go out and do stuff. Even prior to my diagnosis, I could be guilty of having just one more coffee or watching just one more of my favourite series on Netflix as the rain pummels on the window.

Once out and about though, I can feel my brain relax and focus on what is around me rather than always looking inwards.

Whether I don my wetsuit or grab my binoculars to miss-identify countless birds, it is rarely time wasted. The outdoors can offer so much, yes it’s important to talk about stuff, but you need to take every opportunity to ease that weary mind.

So mental health issues or not lets get outside…. now where did I leave that bird book?

Jim Robotham
Adventure Activities UKbased on the beautiful outdoor haven aka Isle of Wight

#WorldMentalHealthDay #GetOutdoors #DoMoreGoodStuff #BeKindToYourself

Emma is one of our Adventure Activities IOW Superstar Trainee Instructors. The following post was written by Emma based on some of the Bushcraft training she recently received in her instructor training.

‘Last week I took a trip down to the woods, which is not normally my hang out spot. A very different view point from my paddle board view or the Freshwater Coffee Shop where I spend most of my time!

The wood had something very different to offer, it was an education let me tell you! Without the protection of my 5mm wetsuit or my Almond Latte I was in for a bit of a forest awakening…

The forest I am referring to was Brighstone Forest, where we regularly bring groups of all types to explore some Bushcraft (Bushcraft is the term used to describe Wildness Survival skills!), normally being an assistant or a helpful hand to these groups I had never truly dived into the brushcaft world… till now!

I thought I would share the 5 things I learnt from Brushcraft training….

 

  1. A hashtag is more than just a way of getting likes on Instagram!

 A hashtag fire is what I found to be one of the many and easiest ways (In my opinion) to get a roaring fire, that is defiantly an Instagram worthy photo! It is literally a dose what is says on the tin, you start with a layer of larger sticks sitting next to each other all facing the same way. The next layer is the same but rotated 90degrees, just like a hashtag! Think of it like you are setting up a Jenga game. This continues with each layer being smaller size sticks until you are just putting small twigs on the top. You would then layer hay, shavings and cotton wool to finish it off. And there you have a hashtag that will keep you warm and cook your dinner!

  1. Where you lay your head is everything 

 One of the many things we covered was wild camping and how to build a shelter that you can survive the night in, and let me tell you a forest mattress is amazing! (Fun fact your body needs to maintain a core temperature of approximately 37oC (98.6oF) to stay warm). When I first started building the shelter I thought using wood on the ground of the shelter was a waste of wood and time, but when taking a break, I wriggled into my shelter and had a sit down, the damp and cold instantly started to creep up my legs. I couldn’t imagine how I would ever stay warm laying on the forest floor all night. However we then learnt that making a bed of leaves and sticks is a far more efficient and comfortable way of spending a night on the forest floor!

  1. A top tip!

There are some little things that can really help you fend for yourself if you were ever stuck out in the wild. This is one of my favourites…

Waterproof matches! These are so simple and so useful and you can make them very easily at home. All you have to do is take some normal matches and dip the top half in melted candle wax and let it set. If you were planning a little expedition into the wild this is a really easy little technique that keeps your matches dry when the skies decide open on your camp!

  1. I could have been a carpenter in another life 

An amazing thing we were taught was how to carve wood into useful objects, mine was a butter knife. Silly as it sounds it was amazing!! I have never got into an activity as much as I did making my little butter knife. My favorite part was carving detail into the handle to which I added an Aztec style. We also learnt all about the best wood to use, how and where to get it. When asked what I was doing that evening I had to stop myself from saying more carving!

  1. Know your Bear Grilles from your Ray Mears 

Knowledge is everything, there is so much to know and learn in Brushcraft. And each part of my training, whether it be knowing my Ash from a Sycamore tree or knowing how to make fresh drinking water. I feel I have just touch on the tip on the knowledge and I can and will go so much deeper. 

So, there you have it my top 5 Bushcraft Tips, it was a struggle to pick just 5. I learnt so much on my course and still have so much to learn and can’t wait to get started on furthering my journey in Bushcraft’

 

Adventure Activities IOW offer Bushcraft experiences for everyone. Whether you’re a family, party, stag or hen group, school group or just want to learn some nifty skills yourself. Our 2 hour introduction to Bushcraft based in Brighstone Forest teaches you a range of basic woodland survival skills from Fire making to basic tool making! 

Emma 

Special thanks to Adventure Activities and Ed the Tree

 

Are you an Isle of Wight based AirBnB Host? Pride yourself on giving THE BEST local inside knowledge to your guests? Want to have a go at one of our awesome activities for FREE? Read on below!

We love Adventure and we know that as an AirBnB Host you’re your guests Travel Agent for the Isle of Wight, offering the best inside local tips and knowledge. We want to show you what we do so you can give your guests an unforgettable trip to the Isle of Wight. There’s no catch! We know that you are the most important people when it comes to your guests choice on what to do when on the Island!

On the weekends of the 9th/10th and 16th/17th June we are opening our doors and offering FREE Activities to AirBnB Hosts! All you have to do is call our booking office on 01983 755838 quoting ‘AirBnB’ to join one of our sessions. You can choose what you want to do from (Archery/Axe Throwing/ Mountain Boarding/ Climbing/ Kayaking & Coasteering). You may bring a plus 1 (Two people per booking Max). All our Activities are run and guided by trained professional instructors.

We will take a £5 refundable deposit per person which will be refunded on your arrival and presentation of AirBnB host status (show us your hosting dashboard on the App!).

Bookings will be taken on a First Come First Served Basis.

Please feel free to contact us on 01983 755838 or bookings@adventureactivitiesiow.co.uk if you have any questions!

Looking forward to meeting you!

Adventure Activities IOW Team

 

This week we held an ‘Open Day’ for local Isle of Wight tourism focussed businesses. We thought this would be a great opportunity to get some of the best local businesses to come down, see what we do and make some new friends!

We put on a selection of activities throughout the day that businesses could sign up to at both out Tapnell Farm and Freshwater Bay sites (Archery, Axe Throwing, Mountain Boarding, Kayaking & MegaSUP!). Archie (our youngest team member) was also wonderful as our very own Barista!

Sam & Archie, coffee boys extraordinaire!

Sam and Archie, coffee boys extraordinaire!

IOW Pearl throwing some Axes

IOW Pearl throwing some Axes

 

Kayaking!

Kayaking!

 

The day was a great success, we had sign ups from over 20 island businesses ranging from local accommodation providers to cafes. Everyone had an awesome time and we’ve included a few snippets of feedback below.

Some of our lovely team!

Some of our lovely team!

 

Businesses before getting on the water!

 

We felt this was a great opportunity to get likeminded businesses together, have some fun and hopefully create some great partnerships going forward that will enable locals and visitors alike to make the most of the best IOW Experiences!

 

We will certainly be running an other event at some point in the future. If you would like to attend, or know someone who may, please register your interest here.

Below is a list of the great companies that came over and where you can find more about them:

 

Mega SUP on the Isle of Wight

Get your Christmas gifts early and SAVE!

No more novelty socks, ill-fitting jumpers or unused bath products, give the GIFT OF ADVENTURE this year!

BUY YOUR GIFT VOUCHERS HERE!

For this weekend only, we are offering a whopping 50% OFF LAND ADVENTURE vouchers (with code LANDADVENTURE50) and 30% OFF WATER ADVENTURE vouchers (with code WATERADVENTURE30)

DON’T MISS OUT and get your Christmas shopping out the way early! 

Our Gift Vouchers are valid for 12 months and are perfect for those who crave adventure and adrenaline! Or perhaps you fancy giving a friend or family member a memorable treat of trying something new!​

Choose to print the voucher out immediately or have a beautifully packaged voucher posted out to you to put underneath the tree.

The small print:
These discounts are valid on the following gift vouchers only; Archery Experience, Axe Throwing Experience, Bushcraft Experience, Climbing Experience, Mountain Boarding Experience, Coasteering Adventure, Kayaking Adventure and Paddleboarding Adventure. These discounts may not be applied to group bookings or used in conjunction with any other offer. All Adventures must be booked in advance and are subject to availbility. The code must be entered upon purchase and is not valid on pre-existing purchases. Vouchers are non-refundable and may not be resold or transferred. Offer is valid until 9am 27/11/17.