Activities

 

Introduction to Kayaking


An opportunity to learn kayaking techniques in the warmth of an indoor pool. This four session course will enable you to acquire basic skills before moving onto the river environment. Based at the Willink Pool, Burghfield Common.

 

  • Thursday 27 Feb–20 March
  • Thursdays 20 November–11 December


Times: 19.00–20.00 Cost: £37 Student / £45 Adult


Water Confidence and Rolling


Learn water confidence and kayak rolling skills in the luxury of a pool environment on these six week courses. During the course you will work in small groups. Based at Willink Pool, Burghfield Common.

 

  • Thursdays 16 January–13 February
  • Thursdays 11 September–16 October


Times: 19.00–20.00 or 20.00–21.00 Cost: £60 Student / £70 Adult


Rolling Top Up


This four week course is for those wishing to develop or regain their rolling skills. Participants should have attended a previous rolling course or have prior rolling experience. Based at the Willink Pool, Burghfield Common.

 

  • Thursday 27 Feb–20 March
  • Thursday 20 November–11 December

 

Times: 20.00–21.00 Cost: £45 Student / £55 Adult

Day First Aid Course


This course provides basic knowledge and skills required to administer First Aid. The award is valid for 3 years and is a First Aid Certificate requirement for BCU Level 1 & 2 coaching awards. (Levels 3-5 require a 16 hour certificate).

 

Dates: On application

 

Outdoor Pursuits First Aid (REC) 16 hours


Suitable for outdoor instructors and enthusiasts. Acceptable for qualifications with MLTE, BCU, BASI, SNSC, ESC, RYA and other sports national governing bodies.

 

The course is applicable to the outdoor environment. Previous First Aid experience required.

 

This 16 hour two day course is intended to give as much knowledge and practical experience as possible. You learn the principles of first aid, moving on to basic life support in an easy and logical man ner followed by common medical emergencies, wounds, bleeding and shock. Initially in the classroom, followed by practical sessions outdoors reinforcing theory work. The second day starts with fractures, followed by the effects of heat and cold. The afternoon is spent with lifting and handling causalities followed by various scenarios for the mountain and outdoors as applicable.


Dates: Dates to be confirmed


Cost: £150 please contact the Centre to add your name to the list

Canoeing is often a generic term given to paddlesport. Open Canoeing involves using an open boat, based on the traditional craft of the indigenous peoples of North America, which is paddled with a single blade. Kayaking on the other hand, is undertaken in closed cockpit boats, paddled with two blades.

Canoeing at Adventure Dolphin varies from whitewater boating to long expeditions. Whatever your interest, chances are someone at Adventure Dolphin shares it.

Kayaking is what Adventure Dolphin do best. We have a number of paddling clubs and teams, from whitewater to marathon.

For beginners we run courses during the summer holidays, and in the evenings of the Summer and Autumn school terms. In the winter we move inside to the pool to develop water confidence and rolling skills.

Our Kayaking clubs include whitewater, marathon and touring paddling.

Caution! Canoeing and kayaking are "assumed risk" "water contact sports." All participants should be able to swim at least 50 metres, unless agreed otherwise.

 

Sunday Morning Paddling

Join us on a Sunday morning whether you want a gentle paddle on the river with family and friends or a wet and wild session to practise those freestyle skills.

  • 27 April - 15 June (excluding 4 & 25 May)
  • 22 June - 27 July

Cost: Young People £27.00 per term Adults £33.00 per term

Further dates will be added during the year. During the school summer holidays it is not envisaged that we will not operate on Sunday mornings but hope to be in a position to offer paddling opportunities on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. More details will be available in future Newsletters.

 

 Evening Canoeing Courses

We offer a range of evening canoeing courses. These courses are suitable for novice to more advanced paddlers.

 6 Week Courses:

  • Tuesdays 29 April–10 June (excluding 27, 28 or 29 May)
  • Wednesdays 30 April–11 June (excluding 27, 28 or 29 May)
  • Thursdays 1 May–12 June (excluding 27, 28 or 29 May)
  • Tuesdays 17 June–22 July
  • Wednesdays 18 June–23 July
  • Thursdays 19 June–24 July

 7 Week courses:

  • Tuesdays 29 July–9 September
  • Wednesdays 30 July–10 September
  • Thursdays 31 July–11 September

Times: 18.30–20.15 Cost: £50 Student / £60 Adult


BCU Foundation Safety and Rescue

This six week course is a pre-requisite for the BCU/UKCC Level 1/2 Award and looks at the appropriate safety and rescue skills for looking after groups on sheltered water.

  • Wednesday 30 April (excluding 29 May) Thursday 19 June

Times: 18.30–20.15, Cost: £50 Student / £60 Adult


Moving Water Skills – Kayak or open canoe

Six-week course for those wishing to gain moving water experience. Weeks 1 and 6 are based around the Centre with weeks 2 to 5 at various local locations.

  • Tuesdays 29 April (excluding 28 May)

Time: 18.00–21.00 (21.45 approx when away from centre), Cost: £65 Student / £75 Adult

 

Scotland Open Canoe Expedition

An opportunity to cross Scotland through the Great Glen West to East. We will be canoe camping, usually staying at campsites. The full journey will be weather dependent. This experience could be a DofE Gold residential or an expedition practice or assessment opportunity. Members only.

  • 24–31 May

Cost: £500 guide, dependent on numbers and transportation


Jurassic Coast Sea Kayak

An opportunity to explore the famed Jurassic Coast by sea kayak. Starting at the Dorset boarder and travelling west. We will be staying in basic accommodation using floor space. The full journey will be weather dependent. Members only.

  • 21–25 July

Cost: £280 guide


River Ardeche

An ideal opportunity to introduce 2 star paddlers, Paddlepower Discover (also Paddlepower Passport, having used a spray deck) and above to basic white water skills. A camping expedition in the relative warmth of the River Ardeche and its rapids, based in spectacular surroundings of the famed Ardeche Gorge. Kayak or Open Canoe. Members only.

  • 15–24 August

Cost: £450 guide

 

 

White Water Safety and Rescue

A 2 day course looking at skills and techniques in the BCU White Water Safety and Rescue course. Confidence paddling and being in and around a Grade 2 moving water environment. This is a wet course

  • 18–19 October 2014
  • 1–2 March 2015

Cost: £235


BCU Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport

This is the first level course for people wishing to become a Paddlesport coach. The course covers all elements of the syllabus apart from the Foundation Safety and Rescue Test. Students on the course will leave being able to operate under supervision of a more senior coach.

Prerequisites: 2 Star Award (old 2 Star Kayak AND 2 Star Canoe acceptable) & Foundation Safety and Rescue for boat based award. Students MUST register with the BCU and complete parts of the Coach Level 1 workbook that they will receive prior to the course. Minimum 16 years of age.

  • Course 1: 5–6 April & 26–27 April
  • Course 2: 6–7 September & 27–28 September

Cost: £240


BCU Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport Training

This is a four day training course for the second level certificate in coaching Paddlesport. The course is for people who may be working independently. This is a non-discipline specific course and students will learn the skills to teach in both open canoe and kayak, a good standard of personal performance in both craft is required.

Prerequisites: Hold a valid First Aid Certificate, hold 3 star in main discipline for the combined award. Award options: Kayak only, Canoe only, or Combined. Minimum age 17 years. Have completed an Level 1 within the past three years. BCU CST or FSRT, new 2 Star or old 2 Star Canoe and Kayak. Six hour First Aid certificate and CRB.

  • 31 May-1June & 28-29 June
  • 11–12 October & 1–2 November

Cost: £240

 

BCU Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport Assessment

If successful, this one-day assessment leads to certification as a Level 2 coach in Paddlesport. Candidates must present a completed workbook prior to assessment and complete the practical components of the assessment on the day.


Prerequisites: Hold a valid First Aid Certificate,be 18 years of age or over; have completed Level 2 training; completed 20 hours of relevant coaching experience; CRB/DBS checked (contact BCU); Safeguarding certificate/Child Protection training; completed assessment tasks in assessment pack and professional development modules; also hold 3 star in main discipline for the Combined award. Award options: Kayak only, Canoe only, or Combined.

  • 10 May, 12 July, 13 September

Cost: £100


BCU Foundation Safety and Rescue

This course will provide the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely and deal with common emergencies, ensuring safety of themselves and others. It will also provide the appropriate rescue skills to be used to help themselves and/or others in difficulties.


Prerequisites: 2 Star (old 2 Star Canoe & Kayak), swim in normal clothing suitable to prevailing conditions. Minimum age 14 years. Holding of a First Aid certificate is strongly recommended.

  • 30 March or 21 September


Day First Aid Course

This course provides basic knowledge and skills required to administer First Aid. The award is valid for 3 years and is a First Aid Certificate requirement for BCU Level 1 & 2 coaching awards. (Levels 3-5 require a 16 hour certificate).

  • On application


Adventure Dolphin Bespoke Coaching Courses

The Centre is able to offer bespoke courses for groups wanting to train towards BCU Coaching and Leadership qualifications. Please contact the office on 0118 9843162 to discuss the needs of your group.

 

Cadet Leader Training Programme

Adventure Dolphin has been supporting the BCU Cadet Leader programme for a number of years. The programme is aimed at young paddlers aged 13–16 years. The programme includes regular training and social opportunities. The Cadet Leader Programme is for paddlers working at BCU Discover or 2* Level. The programme looks at 6 areas of coaching and how you can assist coaches when working with groups at the Centre.


The six modules cover:

 

  • Health and Safety
  • Organisation
  • Skills Instruction
  • Promotion and Development
  • Role of a Cadet
  • Experience

(Available to members only)

 

Paddlesport

Paddlesport is a fun paddling development team for 9–16 year olds.

The team competes in a series of Southern Region events in all types of craft.

It’s a fun way to compete, where young people develop their paddling and learn about every type of paddling including Marathon, White Water Kayaking, Canoeing and Freestyle at national level.

Each year, at the end of the summer, a team is chosen and parents are encouraged to help with the programme to keep costs to a minimum.


To join the group you need to be happy in a boat and have a good teamwork ethic.

From learning to climb to becoming a climbing instructor, Adventure Dolphin provides opportunities for you to develop your skills on the rock. We have indoor climbing walls at Newbury and Pangbourne, and run trips to other climbing walls and rock faces around the country.

 

Pangbourne Climbing Club

Have fun building on from your NICAS awards. This is a regular, termly led, group who meet on a Monday evening apart from Bank
Holidays and School Holidays.

  • 28 April–16 June (excluding 5 & 26 May)
  • 23 June–28 July
  • 8 Sept–13 Oct
  • 3 Nov–8 Dec
  • 5 Jan–9 Feb 2015
  • 23 Feb–30 March

Times: Young People 18:30–20:00 Cost: £27.00 per term, Adults 20:15–21:45 Cost: £33.00 per term

 

Children’s Climbing Course (Pangbourne)

These courses are an introduction to, or consolidation of, wall climbing leading to NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) Level 1 and 2. Suitable for those aged 8 – 15 years. There will be an extra charge of £10 for the NICAS Level 3 qualification folder.

Every Wednesday   18:30 - 20:00

Climbing

  • 8 January–12 February
  • 26 February–2 April
  • 23 April–28
  • May 4 June–9 July
  • 17 September–22 October
  • 5 November–3 December

Cost £60

 

Young People and Adult Climbing Courses (Pangbourne)

These courses teach young people and adults how to climb and belay safely and introduce the basic climbing principles and techniques. These courses will enable you to gain NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) Level 1 and 2. There will be an extra charge of £10 for the NICAS Level 3 qualification folder.

Every Wednesday 20:15 - 21:45

  • 26 February–2 April
  • 4 June–9 July
  • 17 September–22 October

Cost £60 Student / £70 Adult


Peak District Climbing Week

A five day camping trip to the Peak District to develop your climbing skills on some of England’s best crags. Whether you’ve climbed before or are new to the sport, this trip will give you an opportunity to climb on rock and improve your ability and knowledge. Minimum age 11 years. This trip can be used as a Gold DofE residential.

  • 3–8 August

Cost: £370

 

Children's Climbing Courses (Newbury)

These courses are an introduction to, or consolidation of, wall climbing leading to NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) Level 1 and 2. Suitable for those aged 8 – 15 years. There will be an extra charge of £10 for the NICAS Level 3 qualification folder

  • Thursdays 9 January–13 February
  • 27 February–3 April
  • 24 April–29 May
  • 5 June–10 July
  • 11 September–16 October
  • 6 November–11 December

Times: 18.00–19.30 NICAS Level 1 & 2 19.45–21.15 NICAS Level 3 Cost: £60

 

Young People and Adult Courses (Newbury)

These courses teach young people and adults how to climb and belay safely and introduce the basic climbing principles and techniques. These courses will enable you to gain NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) Level 1 and 2. There will be an extra charge of £10 for the NICAS Level 3 qualification folder

  • Mondays 24 February–31 March
  • 2 June–7 July
  • 8 September–13 October
  • 10 November–15 December

Times: 19.00–20.30 Cost: £60 Student / £70 Adult

 

Newbury Evening Paddling Courses

We offer a range of evening canoeing courses. These courses are suitable for novice to more advanced paddlers. Use the table on page 31 to help you find the right course for you.

  • Tuesday 22 April–27 May
  • Thursday 24 April–29 May
  • Tuesday 10 June–15 July
  • Thursday 12 June–17 July
  • Tuesday 9 September–14
  • October Thursday 11
  • September–16 October

Time: 18:30–20:30 Cost: £60 Student / £70 Adult

Centre based DofE programme 2014/2015