The Adventure Element - Frequently Asked Questions - Schools And Youth Groups

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most common queries we receive. If we have made any omissions and you wish to add to this list, or if you would like to find out more about our services, contact us for more details.

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Schools And Youth Groups

Are all of your staff DBS checked?

Yes, all staff working with young people will be DBS checked (Disclosure Barring Service).

Are you approved for use as an activity provider for schools like ours?

We are supported by many LEA's across the country who trust in our standards of operation. We have hundreds of young people each year visit us for their adventure residential or day events. We are licensed by AALS and follow national professional standards. Visit our Safety and Accreditation page for more information.

Can we visit you before we make a booking?

Of course! We would actively encourage you to pay us a visit. The best time to visit is whilst whilst we have a programme taking place, so we can show you what the Shearwater experience is all about. One of the directors would be pleased to escort you around the facilities, view the accommodation and activity venues. We'd be eager to answer any questions you may have regarding any aspect of your trip.

Do you provide any outdoor clothing for the young people and staff?

All participants will have the use of full waterproofs, boots and a rucksack. A full kit list will be provided to ensure everyone arrives with the correct outdoor clothes.

How many accompanying staff need to come on the trip and do they need to take part in the activities?

We require one member of staff per activity group for welfare and safety reasons. Each activity group will have a maximum of 10 young people. These accompanying staff will travel free of charge. Any additional staff will receive a discounted rate. We actively encourage everyone to take part in activities, including staff! We see this a great opportunity for the young people to relate to you in a different way. However, it is not essential but would require all staff to be present and with the group.

If a young person can’t swim, can he/she still take part in watersports?

Yes, all watersport participants wear buoyancy aids. If a young person cannot swim 50m unaided, we do ask to be told this in advance so that our instructors can be made aware and can offer the child additional supervision and support.

Is previous experience necessary for some of your more specialised activities?

No previous experience is necessary. All our staff are fully qualified through UK National Governing Bodies and they will be able to make sure everyone is learning while having loads of fun!

What’s excluded?

Travel to and from your accommodation and activity venues. Unless requested, groups will need to arrange for minibuses or coaches to transport their groups to activity venues. Please discuss requirements with us. Transport to activity venues can be arranged, this carries an additional cost for the hire of minibuses.

What’s included in the price?

All of our schools and youth group programmes include instruction, all technical equipment, accommodation and meals. Your groups' first meal will be highlighted on your booking confirmation. This is usually dinner on the first night. Groups will normally bring their own packed lunch for day one of their programme. A packed lunch will be provided on the final day of your programme.

Who is responsible in the evenings?

Your programme will include an Instructor lead evening activity. This can sometimes extend late in to the evening. Following this the instructor will hand responsibility back to the accompanying staff. The Shearwater Adventure staff are on call 24 hours should you need them but will not be resident at your accommodation.

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