So, why am I writing this blog?

I’ve just read this article on a Facebook post (ooh, the power of the internet!!) and, after a couple of WhatsApp messages to my kids (mum of 4, definitely no more!)… here I am, after hours, tapping away at my laptop.

What’s the article?

It’s a Forbes post on ‘Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, not Things’. 

Well done Forbes – it’s really taken me back to when my children were younger (they’re now 21 to 28 years in ages…. How scary is that?) and time shared at Christmas and on birthdays, and a 3 hour drive to go zorbing for all of 3 minutes before driving 3 hrs home again!

The focus of the article is that experience is not only important to us as humans but also essential at a ‘soul’ level. Experiences become part of our identity.

Why does that matter?

I actually asked my kids this one, because they had to put up with camping in force 7 storms at Three Cliffs Bay, indoor sky-diving when they could have been given the latest Transformer like their friends or running dance classes at the homeless hostel where I used to work.

Did it change them?

Honestly, I don’t know.

But they are now amazing young adults doing awesome, good things and have the courage to take up every opportunity that life offers… or that they create through their own hard work.

>  A daughter who is an adventure lifestyle blogger living in Canada, and who learnt to ride a motorbike to raise money to build a classroom and enable girls in South African to have an education.

>  A son who has travelled through India and New Zealand, now a qualified doctor, who’s completed Wolf Runs, climbed mountains with a broken collarbone, organised beach cleans and will try any new challenge at the drop of a hat.

>  A next son who spent 3 months exploring Australia, New Zealand and Thailand (and got lost for a couple of weeks – another story!) and will say that his phone camera breaking 2 weeks into a 3 month trip was the best thing to happen because he experienced everything rather than taking photos of everything!

>  A next daughter with an awesome values-system who gave her  birthday cake to the homeless centre and is now planning a one year international degree placement and will only work with an ethical business that aligns with her personal beliefs.

Sibling quote, ‘It’s taught us that life is more valuable when you share experiences.’

And what about me?

One of my favourite experiences was Mothering Sunday a couple of years ago when my kids took me paddle boarding on my favourite SUP lake because they knew it would make new, happy memories for me.

How lucky am I?

I’m grateful, on a daily basis, that somehow, someway, somewhere, I seemed to have got a few things right as a parent (heaven only knows how because I’m still waiting for the handbook to arrive from a well-known online shopping site!!).

I’m proud of the people they are growing into and how they contribute compassion, humanity and inspiration to their friends, their communities, and to me… we never stop learning do we?

I’m genuinely lucky to work in an environment that creates memories for people every day they turn up to take part in an adventure activity. Sometimes a little nervous, sometimes a little excited, sometimes a little reluctantly… but they leave with a big smile, heads held a little higher and a new ‘memory in the making’ (my kids will remember me saying this to them over and over!).

Never stop exploring because ‘We are the sum total of our experiences’. (Dr Thomas Gilovich)

Sallie Ryan

(Excited to be a Creator of Opportunities, Possibilities and Memories at Adventure Activities UK)… and yes, of course Gift Vouchers are available!

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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

 

Family Kayaking Adventure


Kayaking on the Isle of Wight in Freshwater. Do you want to have fun paddling under cliffs, visiting caves and sheltered bays? Maybe, if you choose to, surfing ocean waves or riding the swells through the gaps in the cliff walls.
The aim of these two hour activities is a fun and safe introduction to kayaking in a stunning location, with family, friends or meeting new people who have a similar interest. You will be safe in the hands of the most highly skilled, experienced and well qualified kayaking guides on the Isle of Wight. You literally can’t get kayaking on the Isle of Wight like this anywhere else!
Bushcraft is something everyone can gain skills in and have fun learning. Our Isle of Wight Bushcraft introductions are run by a Bushcraft specialist who has years of experience in outdoor living and teaching bushcraft. We utalise the best locations on the Isle of Wight for our Bushcraft courses. We provide all the equipment you need, and even the food and drink for you to experiment with on the fires that you will make using traditional methods – no matches here!
This is an ideal family activity whatever the weather. You’ll build a shelter together and then learn to make fires. You can relax together enjoying some food and drink that you have made. All the time you’ll have an experienced bushcraft instructor there to show you what to do and to give you loads of advice on tips and techniques. Great fun for everyone no matter what age!
Mountain Boarding Adventures on the Isle of Wight. Do you want to have fun rushing down a hill side on a board? We’ll get you to the stage where you can take on a few jumps. Mountain Boarding is great fun and exciting to learn.
Our Mountain Boarding Adventure will introduce you to the equipment and show you the basics and much more. You’ll take on the rollers and some of the drop offs if you are feeling brave.

Kayaking for Families on the Isle of Wight. Do you want to have fun paddling on the open sea, experiencing the fun of paddling a double kayak and gain water confidence in expert hands? Maybe, if you choose to, you could try a single kayak. 

The aim of this one hour activity is a fun and safe introduction to kayaking in a stunning location – it is designed for families with children who want to stay together and have fun on the water. The focus is fun for everyone, but in a less challenging and committing environment than our adult kayaking adventures with the aim of building skills and confidence on the water.

You will be safe in the hands of the most highly skilled, experienced and well qualified kayaking guides on the Isle of Wight. You literally can’t get kayaking on the Isle of Wight like this anywhere else!

Climbing on the Isle of Wight. Do you want to try rock climbing in a safe atmosphere with friendly instructors?
Our introduction to Climbing will introduce you to challenge of climbing, but as slowly and as gently as you want. If you feel like you want to do some harder climbing, or you are in a mixed group, don’t worry our experienced instructors will find plenty to challenge you.
For your Climbing Adventure, you will meet us at our base at our Tapnell adventure centre. Your instructor will greet you, explain what is going to happen and then get you kitted out for the 30 minute adventure.
You will be given a top quality climbing equipment.
These climbing adventures are aimed at those who have never climbed before and for family groups who want to stay together.
Archery on the Isle of Wight. Archery is an Olympic sport that offers challenge and excitement.
Our expert archery coaches will introduce you to all aspects of safety and the equipment and then coach you to shoot with precision. There are loads of challenge and games, and the 1hr session is something the whole family can do together.
We have a maximum of two people per target, so less waiting around, and if you wish to, we have high quality sights on our bows that ensure you develop your skills effectively.

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