Make the ocean your university.

College & University are great but are certainly not for everyone. There are now huge opportunities for those who are interested in the outdoors to learn by doing rather than sitting in a classroom.

Donegal Adventure Centre is promoting training courses for those wishing to become qualified outdoor instructors this autumn.  The course is  10 week Outdoor Instructor Course (OITC).

Surf instructor

Surf instructor

The  course include RLSS lifeguard course and assessment,  surf coaching, first aid training and assessment, child protection training, outdoor leadership & management training, adventure activities training, safety and emergency assessments and group management. The course also includes work experience on-centre. The OITC course includes a kayak option as an extra.  T

One of course trainers is  Ken Keane who said he thinks the course is a great asset to the town. “Not only has it provided employment & opportunities for people here in the North West, it also showcases Bundoran as the world class outdoor venue that it has become.  As a local, I think it’s great that well as people from all over Ireland; we’ve had graduates from all over Ireland, America, Holland, Germany and Sweden.

 

Applicants must be 18 years old, and must be able to swim. There is no upper age limit, but applicants will need to be reasonably physically fit, and willing to train each day. There are no educational pre-requisites; applicants do not need CAO points. Accommodation is available on campus, and includes free wifi and parking. Absolute beginners are welcome but applicants should be enthusiastic about outdoor sports and physical fitness.

Train to be a lifeguard

Train to be a lifeguard

The graduates of the last two years of the Donegal Adventure Centre courses have  found work in the Outdoor industry, and as sports such as surfing, paddling and climbing increase in popularity, it is likely that further jobs will become available in these areas. In fact, the current manager of the Adventure Centre is a graduate of the first outdoor instructor course run in ‘05

Qualifications in outdoor sports are also excellent for young people planning to do some travelling – lifeguarding and surf coaching are popular world-wide, and graduates from the Donegal Adventure Centre course will be qualified to coach and lifeguard abroad. This course is also ideal for students who are not quite sure what they want to do – it is some healthy and beneficial ‘time out’, with the added bonus of valuable qualifications. The staff at Donegal Adventure Centre are well known for their friendly professionalism, and previous graduates have enjoyed the experience immensely.

Donegal Adventure Centre are now taking applications for the next course.
Interested applicants should telephone Donegal Adventure Centre at 0719842418, see the website www.traintobeasurfinstructor.com or  email info@traintobeasurfinstructor.com

Adventure Day Camps for all the family

Multi-Activity Camp Age 8-12

  • A daily multi-activity camp for juniors, including body boarding & surfing, high ropes, archery, art, kayak, nightline, music & more
  • The camp has something different everyday for 4 weeks so you can come for a day, a week or for weeks and do something different every day
  • Mon – Fri 10 noon – 1.pm
  • Just €40 for the week

Surf's upFull day option

Upgrade to full day by joining in with our afternoon activity sessions with extra watersports €95

NEW! Teen Multi-activity camp

Similar to daily multi-activity camp for juniors, but with much more emphasis on sports ad games for teens includes body boarding & surfing, high ropes, archery, art, kayak, nightline, Cliff jumping & more

  • The camp has something different everyday for 3 weeks so you can come for a day, a week or for weeks and do something different every day
  • Mon – Fri 10 noon – 1.pm
  • Just €50 for the week
  • Full day option

Upgrade to full day by joining in with our afternoon activity sessions with extra watersports €105

Teen Surf Camp Monday to Friday

For the surf mad teens – whether beginner or experienced, we will work with your level using experienced coaches who will make you a better surfer – while having a brilliant time.

  • Make friends and enjoy Bundoran’s fabulous beaches in the best possible way
  • Mon to Fri 9:30 – 1pm
  • €85 per person for the week

Upgrade it to full day camp

9:30 to 5pm just €125 for the week

Family Camp

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday 5pm Weekends 10am & 2pm
Daily Surf Lessons

Monday-Friday & Sunday 12 noon-3pm Saturdays 2pm
Open Kayak Sessions

  • Tuesday 1:30 & 5pm
  • Thursday 1.30pm & Sundays 2pm
  • Thursday 1.30pm & Sundays 2pm

Booking Forms

Please complete Booking Form and Parent Consent Form below in advance of arrival. Many thanks.

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The following dates are for the next NBLQ courses in DAC in 2015 but more may be added due to demand.
NEW We are also mobile – if you have a number of candidates and can provide suitable conditions we can come to you – contact us on info@donegaladventure centre

2015

We will have regular courses running through out the year – here are just some of the course dates for the next few months

February
Weekend 1 13th – 15th
Weekend 2 20th – 22nd

March one week intensive
Mon 23rd – Friday 25th
Beach Lifeguard Courses
April
(Easter week – one week intensive)
Monday – Friday 9-5

May 2 weekends

June 2 weekends

More details ? http://www.donegaladventurecentre.net/beachlifeguard

Prices are as follows and include the option of FREE accomodation:

New candidate 320 euro
New student candidate 300 euro

Renewal 180 euro

The course requires fitness and you should be training aerobically now by running/cycling/swimming. You should have the ability to Swim 400m in 8 minutes and comfortably be able to Run 1000m on entering the course. As much of the course will be held outdoors I would suggest that when we move to the beach you bring the following items with you where possible.

1. Wetsuit, swimgear, swim fins, running gear and a number of towels.

1.2. Warm outdoor clothing including head cover.
2.3. Outdoor footwear, runners, booties or old runners for the sea.
3.4. A complete change of clothing and footwear.
4.5. A bright coloured swim hat preferable Yellow NOT Blue or Black.
5.6. Note pad A4, biros etc.,

The Beach Lifeguard manual will be distributed to you on entering the course and you will be expected to study the book in the evenings after the course. It would also help if you were to brush up on your LIFE SUPPORT.

If you presently hold the National Pool Lifeguard Book Qualification then it is a good idea to refresh your memory on principals of

1.· NOP/EAP/SCIM
2.· Duties and the Role of a Lifeguard
3.· Lifesaver v. Lifeguard
4.· First Aid
If you have not covered this material before please do not worry, as it will form part of the course.

All course fees must be paid in full before start of course.

The Beach Lifeguard course requires you to over 16 years of age
For any further information on Beach Lifeguarding http://www.lifeguardsireland.com
Numbers are limited to 12 persons per course, please phone to book, 07198 42418 Credit cards welcome, or you can mail deposit cheque to
Lifeguard Training Dept
Donegal Adventure Centre
Bundoran
Co. Donegal
Ireland.

Train to be a lifeguard

Train to be a lifeguard

Make the ocean your university.

College & University are great but are certainly not for everyone. There are now huge opportunities for those who are interested in the outdoors to learn by doing rather than sitting in a classroom.

Donegal Adventure Centre is promoting training courses for those wishing to become qualified outdoor instructors this autumn.  There are 2 main courses, the first is a 10 week Outdoor Instructor Course (OITC). The second course is run by Donegal ETB who offer a 26 week fully funded Surf instructor & Lifeguard Training course for those who are eligible.

Surf instructor

Surf instructor

Both courses include RLSS lifeguard course and assessment,  surf coaching, first aid training and assessment, child protection training, outdoor leadership & management training, adventure activities training, safety and emergency assessments and group management. The course also includes work experience on-centre. The OITC course includes a kayak option as an extra.  The 26 week course also includes the Irish Surf Association exam and assessment.  While you must apply for the ETB course through your local welfare / ETB office , as the provider of the last three courses the Adventure Centre is happy to talk to applicants and families with questions about either course , eligibility and suitability.

One of course trainers is Bundoran native Richard Gillespie, who said he thinks the course is a great asset to the town. “Not only has it provided employment & opportunities for people here in the North West, it also showcases Bundoran as the world class outdoor venue that it has become.  As a local, I think it’s great that well as people from all over Ireland; we’ve had graduates from all over Ireland, America, Holland, Germany and Sweden.

 

Applicants must be 18 years old, and must be able to swim. There is no upper age limit, but applicants will need to be reasonably physically fit, and willing to train each day. There are no educational pre-requisites; applicants do not need CAO points. Accommodation is available on campus, and includes free wifi and parking. Absolute beginners are welcome but applicants should be enthusiastic about outdoor sports and physical fitness.

Train to be a lifeguard

Train to be a lifeguard

The graduates of the last two years of the Donegal Adventure Centre courses have  found work in the Outdoor industry, and as sports such as surfing, paddling and climbing increase in popularity, it is likely that further jobs will become available in these areas. In fact, the current manager of the Adventure Centre is a graduate of the first outdoor instructor course run in ‘05

Qualifications in outdoor sports are also excellent for young people planning to do some travelling – lifeguarding and surf coaching are popular world-wide, and graduates from the Donegal Adventure Centre course will be qualified to coach and lifeguard abroad. This course is also ideal for students who are not quite sure what they want to do – it is some healthy and beneficial ‘time out’, with the added bonus of valuable qualifications. The staff at Donegal Adventure Centre are well known for their friendly professionalism, and previous graduates have enjoyed the experience immensely.

Donegal Adventure Centre are now taking applications for the next course.
Interested applicants should telephone Donegal Adventure Centre at 0719842418, see the website www.traintobeasurfinstructor.com or  email info@traintobeasurfinstructor.com

Outdoor Instructor courses

Outdoor Instructor courses

BEACH LIFEGUARD COURSE DONEGAL ADVENTURE CENTRE

Donegal Adventure Centre is an official RLSS Training centre. We run regular Beach Lifeguard Courses Courses here in Bundoran but we also can come to you and run a lifeguard course in your location.

The National Beach Lifeguard Qualification and the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification are awarded by the Institute of Qualified Lifeguards (IQL),and are nationally and internationally recognised as the essential standards of competence.
Each acts as a passport to employment with swimming pool managers, local authorities, outdoor centres and holiday companies both here in Ireland and throughout the world.

Download application form

The following dates are for the next NBLQ courses in DAC in 2013 but more may be added due to demand.
NEW We are also mobile – if you have a number of candidates and can provide suitable conditions we can come to you – contact us on info@donegaladventure centre
2014

February
Renewal course only
Weekend 14th – 16th February.

February March course
Weekend 1 Fri 28th – Sun March 2nd
Weekend 2 Fri 7th – Sun March 9th
March Mid-week course
*4 day course over 2 weeks
Wednesday 19th & Thursday 20th
Wednesday 26th & Thursday 27th
sold out

April
(Easter week – one week intensive)
Monday – Friday 9-5

May 2 weekends
Weekend 1 Fri 16th – Sun 18th
Weekend 2 Fri 23st – Sun 25th

June 2 weekends
Weekend 1 Fri 13th – Sun 15th
Weekend 2 Fri 20th – Sun 22nd

 

Prices are as follows and include the option of FREE accomodation:

New candidate 320 euro
New student candidate 300 euro

Renewal 180 euro
The course requires fitness and you should be training aerobically now by running/cycling/swimming. You should have the ability to Swim 400m in 8 minutes and comfortably be able to Run 1000m on entering the course. As much of the course will be held outdoors I would suggest that when we move to the beach you bring the following items with you where possible.

1. Wetsuit, swimgear, swim fins, running gear and a number of towels.

1.2. Warm outdoor clothing including head cover.
2.3. Outdoor footwear, runners, booties or old runners for the sea.
3.4. A complete change of clothing and footwear.
4.5. A bright coloured swim hat preferable Yellow NOT Blue or Black.
5.6. Note pad A4, biros etc.,

The Beach Lifeguard manual will be distributed to you on entering the course and you will be expected to study the book in the evenings after the course. It would also help if you were to brush up on your LIFE SUPPORT.

If you presently hold the National Pool Lifeguard Book Qualification then it is a good idea to refresh your memory on principals of

1.· NOP/EAP/SCIM
2.· Duties and the Role of a Lifeguard
3.· Lifesaver v. Lifeguard
4.· First Aid
If you have not covered this material before please do not worry, as it will form part of the course.

All course fees must be paid in full before start of course.

The Beach Lifeguard course requires you to over 16 years of age
For any further information on Beach Lifeguarding http://www.lifeguardsireland.com
Numbers are limited to 12 persons per course, please phone to book, 07198 42418 Credit cards welcome, or you can mail deposit cheque to
Lifeguard Training Dept
Donegal Adventure Centre
Bundoran
Co. Donegal
Ireland.

The following dates are for the next NBLQ courses in DAC in 2013 but more may be added due to demand.
NEW We are also mobile – if you have a number of candidates and can provide suitable conditions we can come to you – contact us on info@donegaladventure centre

2013

DSCF9093Mon 28th Oct – Fri Nov 1st
Full course & free accommodation.

Renewal only
Wed 30th – Friday 1st

Weekend Course
Weekend 1 22nd – 24th of Nov
Weekend 2 29th – 1st Dec

Prices are as follows and include the option of FREE accomodation:

New candidate 320 euro
New student candidate 300 euro

Renewal 200 euro

The course requires fitness and you should be training aerobically now by running/cycling/swimming. You should have the ability to Swim 400m in 8 minutes and comfortably be able to Run 1000m on entering the course.

Lifeguard

Lifeguard

Calling all those between the ages of 12-17 who’ve been to the DAC in the last year.

Alumni August Donegal Adventure Centre
Alumni August Donegal Adventure Centre

As promised before Christmas , we have a very special offer for all our Alumni this year. August has been set aside for our best ever offer for Teen Surf camps – so good that we aren’t putting it on our website.  You have contact us and say alumni august and tell us when you or your family member were here , with what school or organisation and we will send you are brilliant offer.  This is open to people who were here with schools, youth organisations , birthday parties or day trips as long as you or someone in your family were here. This offer runs from the Monday the 6th of August until Sunday the 26th and is hands down the coolest deal we’ve ever had. Full surf camp with other teens from all over the world. Food, activities, supervision , cinema, bowling, equipment etc all included.

Contact us at info@donegaladventurecentre.net

Abbey Surfing in the Sun
Abbey Surfing in the Sun

Autumn Course now enrolling.

10 Week training course in surfing, water safety, climbing, leadership and child protection.Learn the skills of outdoor insruction at Donegal Adventure Centre. Improve your personal fitness ,gain work experience at Ireland’s premier outdoor centre,enhance your CV with qualifications in sports and child protection and enjoy training and working in a busy fun

Abbey Surfing in the Sun
Abbey Surfing in the Sun

enviroment.

Course description

The Outdoor Instructor Course OITC is a training course for candidates who wish to become instructors working in the area of surfing and other beach activities. This course concentrates mainly on training for the ISA level 1 surfcoach award, the RLSS Beach Lifeguard award, and over the ten weeks candidates will also train in child protection, adventure (land-based) activities, leadership skills, team training and development and beach first aid skills. Candidates are expected to attend Monday-Friday for the duration of the course.
Candidates must be able to swim. Candidates do NOT have to be able to surf, as you will be taught the skills of surfing if required. Surfing and swimming training are major parts of this course, and you can expect to be in the water every day. Students are expected to be (or get) fit through training every day. Training will include water-based (Swim & surf) and land based activities ( running, circuit training etc.)

Candidates will also do basic training in low ropes, climb & abseil and high ropes instruction . Candidates will also participate and learn to skills of conducting team-training activities and land-based activities. Candidates will do child protection training, and Beach first aid. The fees for the course are 950 euro.

Qualifications
All candidates will be put forward for the following qualifications:
1: The Irish Surf Association Level 1 Surf Coach award (200 euro for assessment & certification)
2: The RLSS Beach Lifeguard Award (350 euro for assessment & certification)
3: Chid Protection
4: DAC certification in Adventure Activities
5: DAC certification in Leadership Skills (Children & Teenagers)
6: DAC certification in Work Experience

You can also add on a canoe/kayak module which will take place each Friday of the course.

What do you need ?

You do need to be able to swim – there is swim coaching included in the course for those who would like to improve their swimming. You need a willingness to learn, a sense of humour and an interest in meeting new people and learning new things.

Lifeguard
Lifeguard

You don’t need any surfing or outdoor sports experience – if you have them, that’s a bonus but not necessary. As well as being trained and coached by our multi-qualified instructors, you will get a chance to interact with clients and learn leadership and management skills by shadowing and helping our staff with school, adult and special needs groups.

Candidates who complete the full course will be offered the following assessments & qualifications:

1: The Irish Surf Association Level 1 Surf Coach Award*

2: The RLSS Beach Lifeguard Award *

3: HSE Child Protection

4: DAC certification in Adventure Activities

5: DAC certification in Leadership Skills (Children & Teenagers)

6 DAC certification in Work Experience

*The following assessments are conducted by the national governing bodies, and an examination fee is payable. The awards are assessed independently, and DAC does not guarantee that students will pass these awards: that depends on student’s own performance during the assessments.

Download more information here

Download Application pack here.

To apply contact us here or call us on 07198 42418

Donegal Adventure Centre Outdoor instructor course
Donegal Adventure Centre Outdoor instructor course

Autumn Course now enrolling.

10 Week training course in surfing, water safety, climbing, leadership and child protection.Learn the skills of outdoor insruction at Donegal Adventure Centre. Improve your personal fitness ,gain work experience at Ireland’s premier outdoor centre,enhance your CV with qualifications in sports and child protection and enjoy training and working in a busy fun

Abbey Surfing in the Sun

Abbey Surfing in the Sun

enviroment.

Course description

The Outdoor Instructor Course OITC is a training course for candidates who wish to become instructors working in the area of surfing and other beach activities. This course concentrates mainly on training for the ISA level 1 surfcoach award, the RLSS Beach Lifeguard award, and over the ten weeks candidates will also train in child protection, adventure (land-based) activities, leadership skills, team training and development and beach first aid skills. Candidates are expected to attend Monday-Friday for the duration of the course.
Candidates must be able to swim. Candidates do NOT have to be able to surf, as you will be taught the skills of surfing if required. Surfing and swimming training are major parts of this course, and you can expect to be in the water every day. Students are expected to be (or get) fit through training every day. Training will include water-based (Swim & surf) and land based activities ( running, circuit training etc.)

Candidates will also do basic training in low ropes, climb & abseil and high ropes instruction . Candidates will also participate and learn to skills of conducting team-training activities and land-based activities. Candidates will do child protection training, and Beach first aid. The fees for the course are 950 euro.

Qualifications
All candidates will be put forward for the following qualifications:
1: The Irish Surf Association Level 1 Surf Coach award (200 euro for assessment & certification)
2: The RLSS Beach Lifeguard Award (350 euro for assessment & certification)
3: Chid Protection
4: DAC certification in Adventure Activities
5: DAC certification in Leadership Skills (Children & Teenagers)
6: DAC certification in Work Experience

You can also add on a canoe/kayak module which will take place each Friday of the course.

What do you need ?

You do need to be able to swim – there is swim coaching included in the course for those who would like to improve their swimming. You need a willingness to learn, a sense of humour and an interest in meeting new people and learning new things.

Lifeguard

Lifeguard

You don’t need any surfing or outdoor sports experience – if you have them, that’s a bonus but not necessary. As well as being trained and coached by our multi-qualified instructors, you will get a chance to interact with clients and learn leadership and management skills by shadowing and helping our staff with school, adult and special needs groups.

Candidates who complete the full course will be offered the following assessments & qualifications:

1: The Irish Surf Association Level 1 Surf Coach Award*

2: The RLSS Beach Lifeguard Award *

3: HSE Child Protection

4: DAC certification in Adventure Activities

5: DAC certification in Leadership Skills (Children & Teenagers)

6 DAC certification in Work Experience

*The following assessments are conducted by the national governing bodies, and an examination fee is payable. The awards are assessed independently, and DAC does not guarantee that students will pass these awards: that depends on student’s own performance during the assessments.

Download more information here

Download Application pack here.

To apply contact us here or call us on 07198 42418

Donegal Adventure Centre Outdoor instructor course

Donegal Adventure Centre Outdoor instructor course

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Alumni August 2013

Posted: April 18, 2013 by donegaladventurecentre in Uncategorized

Calling all those between the ages of 12-17 who’ve been to the DAC in the last year.

Alumni August Donegal Adventure Centre

Alumni August Donegal Adventure Centre

As promised before Christmas , we have a very special offer for all our Alumni this year. August has been set aside for our best ever offer for Teen Surf camps – so good that we aren’t putting it on our website.  You have contact us and say alumni august and tell us when you or your family member were here , with what school or organisation and we will send you are brilliant offer.  This is open to people who were here with schools, youth organisations , birthday parties or day trips as long as you or someone in your family were here. This offer runs from the Monday the 5th of August until Sunday the 25th and is hands down the coolest deal we’ve ever had. Full surf camp with other teens from all over the world. Food, activities, supervision , cinema, bowling, equipment etc all included.

Contact us at info@donegaladventurecentre.net

 

 

 

Abbey Surfing in the Sun

Abbey Surfing in the Sun

Updated Lifeguard dates

The following dates are for the next NBLQ courses in DAC in 2013 but more may be added due to demand.
NEW We are also mobile – if you have a number of candidates and can provide suitable conditions we can come to you – contact us on info@donegaladventure centre

2013

COURSEDATES

May course
Weekend 1 Friday 3rd – Sun 5th
Weekend 2 Friday 10th -Sun 12th

June course
Weekend 1 Friday 7th – Sun 9th
Weekend 2 Friday 14th -Sun 16th

Prices are as follows:

New candidate 350 euro
New student candidate 330 euro

Renewal 200 euro

Free accommodation for those who book in advance.
The course requires fitness and you should be training aerobically now by running/cycling/swimming. You should have the ability to Swim 400m in 8 minutes and comfortably be able to Run 1000m on entering the course. As much of the course will be held outdoors I would suggest that when we move to the beach you bring the following items with you where possible.

1. Wetsuit, swimgear, swim fins, running gear and a number of towels.

1.2. Warm outdoor clothing including head cover.
2.3. Outdoor footwear, runners, booties or old runners for the sea.
3.4. A complete change of clothing and footwear.
4.5. A bright coloured swim hat preferable Yellow NOT Blue or Black.
5.6. Note pad A4, biros etc.,
The Beach Lifeguard manual will be distributed to you on entering the course and you will be expected to study the book in the evenings after the course. It would also help if you were to brush up on your LIFE SUPPORT.

If you presently hold the National Pool Lifeguard Book Qualification then it is a good idea to refresh your memory on principals of

1.· NOP/EAP/SCIM
2.· Duties and the Role of a Lifeguard
3.· Lifesaver v. Lifeguard
4.· First Aid
If you have not covered this material before please do not worry, as it will form part of the course.

All course fees must be paid in full before start of course.

The Beach Lifeguard course requires you to over 16 years of age
For any further information on Beach Lifeguarding http://www.lifeguardsireland.com
Numbers are limited to 12 persons per course, please phone to book, 07198 42418 Credit cards welcome, or you can mail deposit cheque to
Lifeguard Training Dept
Donegal Adventure Centre
Bundoran
Co. Donegal
Ireland.

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COURSEDATES

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What a start to the new year as well as our new oitc course and more students from America we also had this massive swell

 

 

Merry Christmas

Posted: December 10, 2012 by donegaladventurecentre in Uncategorized

 

We were sitting around the office, thinking of what new cool thing could we come up for come up for Christmas offers when suddenly it dawned on us – Our customer aren’t looking for something new, they are just looking for really good value – something that’s affordable for Christmas. So lo and behold here are our best ever surf weekend offers. These prices will only be available for Christmas

Surfing DAC

Surfing DAC

vouchers, so once we are eating leftovers and decorations are coming down, you won’t be able to get these deals anymore – The vouchers are valid all throughout 2013 though, so you can wait until it is a little warmer if you like🙂

Special Christmas offers
Purchase a voucher before Christmas and get massive savings- valid all throughout 2013

The Recession Sessions
2 Nights accommodation in Homefield Rock Hostel with continental breakfast, 2 Surf Lessons or choose two activities* from Surfing, Climbing /Abseiling , High ropes SkyFrame, Adventure Challenge Course, Xtreme Nightline, Cliff Jumping, Archery, Zip Line & Jacob’s ladder, + Evening entertainment just €99pp
Xmas voucher price €80pp

Choose a public mixed dorm instead of a private room and its just €90pp
Xmas voucher price €70pp
The Bank Holiday Recession Session
3 Nights accommodation in Homefield House with continental breakfast, 2 activities* from Surfing, Climbing /Abseiling , High ropes SkyFrame, Adventure Challenge Course, Xtreme Nightline, Cliff Jumping, Archery, Zip Line & Jacob’s ladder, + Evening entertainment just ?120pp
Xmas voucher price €100pp

Our best ever offer.
The 4play offer
2 nights B&B for 4 people, a surf lesson and Prison break high ropes session for everyone, 10 pin bowling and we’ll even throw in free night club entry. Voucher price Just €200 total
Yes really.

Other news

We have just finished our 2012 outdoor course and can’t wait for graduation on Thursday night.

Special congrats to all our new Lifeguards who passed their assessment on Sunday.  Our Spring 2013 Outdoor Instructor Training Course http://www.donegaladventurecentre.net/oitc starts on January 21st -This is particularly suitable for those who have just left school / university or are taking gap years, those who are currently employed or have recently finished working or are otherwise ineligible for a FÁS course.
DSCF9093Here’s a brief (if a little formal outline of the course)
The Outdoor Instructor Course OITC is a training course for candidates who wish to become instructors working in the area of surfing and other beach activities.

The OITC course
This course concentrates mainly on training for the
ISA level 1 surf coach award, the RLSS Beach Lifeguard award, and over the ten weeks candidates will also train in child protection, adventure (land-based) activities, leadership skills, team training and development and beach first aid skills. Candidates are expected to attend Monday-Friday for the duration of the course.
Candidates must be able to swim. Candidates do NOT have to be able to surf, as you will be taught the skills of surfing if required. Surfing and swimming training are major parts of this course, and you can expect to be in the water every day. Students are expected to be (or get) fit through training every day. Training will include water-based (Swim & surf) and land based activities (running, circuit training etc.)
Candidates will also do basic training in low ropes, climb & abseil and high ropes instruction. Candidates will also participate and learn to skills of conducting team-training activities and land-based activities. Candidates will do child protection training, and Beach first aid. The fees for the course are 950 euro.
Feel free to contact us about any of these courses on 0719842418 or emailing info@donegaladventurecentre.net
Finally we’d love to hear from you – email us anytime or get in touch through social media
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/dacsurf
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/dacsurf
Instagram http://www.instagram.com/dacsurf
There’s a very lonely google + account there too still vainly hoping everyone is going to turn up but we just can’t bring ourselves to let it know nobody is coming.
No matter what you do have a nice break, be safe and be kind to each other
Seasons greetings
Collie, Ciara, Ken, Trish, Fiddy, Kyle, Dickie, Johnny, Cillian, Mark, Dara, Paul, Shiv, Eoin and all the rest

Now enrolling 2013

Posted: November 26, 2012 by donegaladventurecentre in Uncategorized

2013 Outdoor instructor course

We are very pleased to offer another brilliant value teacher weekend this year. These weekends offer the chance for teachers and youth leaders to sample what we have to offer here with a full refund for teachers that bring a group in 2012 /2013. This offer is open to teachers, scouts, football teams and anyone who works with young people.

We offer 2 nights B&B in private rooms, lunch and dinner on Saturday and 2 fantastic expression session activities for you and your friends to experience on Saturday. All this and evening entertainment in Bundoran, Ireland’s surf capital.
Friends and partners are more than welcome to attend the weekend for the same price.

Schedule.

Friday 9th November.
8 pm – 9 pm wine reception and registration.

Saturday 10th

9:am Breakfast.
10 -1 Surf lesson – all wetsuits, transport and equipment provided
1:pm Lunch
2 – 5 High Ropes / Zip Line / Archery session.
7:pm Dinner La Sabbia restaurant.

F.A.Q.
How do I get a refund?
Any teacher/ leader who arranges a trip for a group of 8-30 will receive a refund for up to 2 spaces when the group pay their balance. For groups of 30 or more and extra teacher weekend space will be refunded for every extra 15 students.

Does everyone have to be a teacher to take part?
No – as long as one member of your party is a teacher / youth worker, you can bring as many friends as you like.

How many people can I bring?
As many as you want as long as you book in advance. 2 places will be refunded for every group up to 30 and and extra place for every 15 after that whether they were teachers or not. People travelling on their own are very welcome too.

Are there children / students there that weekend.
No, this is an adults only weekend.

What is on at night-time?
Bundoran is a lively and fun holiday town. There are many pubs and clubs as well as restaurants, cinema, bowling etc. We will we putting on certain evening events such as the annual party in the Chasin’ Bull on Saturday that we would love you to attend but equally you are welcome to do your own thing if you prefer.

Teacher Preview Weekends

Donegal Adventure Centre is delighted to announce our  FÁS RLSS Beach lifeguard & ISA Surf Instructor course.

The course will run from October 15th for 18 weeks. To apply you must register through your local FÁS office – however feel free to call or email us for more information about the course.  Email us here for information about the 2012 course or call on 07198 42418.
If you are not elligible for FÁS courses you may be interested in our Outdoor Instructor Couses
The candidates upon complete all their training and pass their assesments they will recieve the following awards.

RLSS Beach Lifeguard which is an internationally recongnised award .
ISA Surf coach level 1
Cardiac First responder which is is the Irish National Standard in Automatic External Defibrillation
Aquatic First Aid -specialised first aid for lifeguards and others who work around the water.
ISPCC child protection course.
DAC Site Specic training awards in hirh ropes course and team building.

Candidates should note that strong swimming ability is a pre-requisite, and that a swim time-trial is part of the interview. The course is for people who would like to be trained to become surfing instructors and beach lifeguards, and work in outdoor adventure centres and surf schools when qualified.

The course will take place in Bundoran over 20 weeks, and will include intensive surfing practice and lifeguarding training.
Canidates will then be put forward for the governing body assessments in Surfing and Lifeguarding. Interviews will take place on November 8 & 9, and the course begins on Monday November 21st.

Accommodation is available on campus: for information on accommodation, please email info@donegaladventurecentre.net Please contact your local Fas office for further information, and you may also contact Donegal Adventure Centre at info@donegaladventurecentre.net.

Class of 2011

Summer isn’t over yet but the back to school ads are on and we have to turn our minds already to our Autumn schedule.  Although we are open for schools all year long , indeed we have some of our fave schools such as Loretto on the Green and Dundalk grammar to name but 2 – but we also will have the start of our training programs.

The first of these is our Outdoor Instructor Training Course and starts on October 1st -This is particularly suitable for those who have just left school / university or are  taking gap years, those who are currently employed or have recently finished working or are otherwise inelligible for a FÁS course.

Here’s a brief (if a little formal outline of the course)
The Outdoor Instructor Course OITC is a training course for candidates who wish to become instructors working in the area of surfing and other beach activities.

The OITC course

The OITC course

This course concentrates mainly on training for the
ISA level 1 surf coach award, the RLSS Beach Lifeguard award, and over the ten weeks candidates will also train in child protection, adventure (land-based) activities, leadership skills, team training and development and beach first aid skills. Candidates are expected to attend Monday-Friday for the duration of the course.
Candidates must be able to swim. Candidates do NOT have to be able to surf, as you will be taught the skills of surfing if required. Surfing and swimming training are major parts of this course, and you can expect to be in the water every day. Students are expected to be (or get) fit through training every day. Training will include water-based (Swim & surf) and land based activities (running, circuit

Ken leads a group on an expedition

Ken leads a group on an expedition

training etc.)
Candidates will also do basic training in low ropes, climb & abseil and high ropes instruction . Candidates will also participate and learn to skills of conducting team-training activities and land-based activities. Candidates
will do child protection training, and Beach first aid. The fees for the course are 950 euro.

After a very succesful pilot year we hope to run a second year of our FÁS Surf instructor and Beach Lifeguard course.  We will know more about this in a few weeks when FÁS confirm their decisions and we will put a post up about it.

Feel free to contact us about any of these courses on 0719842418 or emailing info@donegaladventurecentre.net

 

We’ve had a great season so far, brilliant schools and lots of adults and groups in the Rock Hostel at the weekends. We’ve lots of stuff planned for the summer – as always we have our Surf and Adventure residential teen camps – but we have lots of things for the whole family to do not to mention our famous recession session deals for adults – now with free nightclub entry too!

Daily Camps

Donegal Adventure Centre summer camp schedule

Donegal Adventure Centre summer camp schedule

Summer 2012

Summer 2012

Latest news from the DAC

Posted: April 3, 2012 by donegaladventurecentre in Uncategorized

Hi – time for one of our occasional updates letting you know how things are going here and most importantly, a couple of definite dates for you diary.

We have just finished our highly successful FÁS beach lifeguard & surf instructor pilot programme and our own Outdoor Instructor courses and I am very happy to say not only did we have a super bunch of candidates this year but between ourselves and other surf schools nearly all of them have decided to stay in the outdoor industry and have found employment there.

We will be running an outdoor instructor course in October 2012 and we hope to run another FÁS course then too. Please contact us on info@donegaladventurecentre.net for details.

We have 2 big festivals coming up this year – The Rory Gallagher festival on the June Bank Holiday has really upped its game with bigger headliners than ever http://www.goingtomyhometown.com . However Sea sessions June 29th – July 1st ain’t going to be outdone and have announced a huge line up including the Happy Mondays & the Kaiser Chiefs http://seasessions.com .

We have pretty much sold out for Sea sessions – There are about 3 rooms left. We have 6 rooms left for Rory G – Accommodation for both buildings always sells out for both these weekends so if you fancy it, book very soon.

July and August are dominated by our family & teen camps – while we have set aside separate accommodation for Stags / hens and other mad party people so everyone can have the own sort of holiday without having to worry about other people.

We will be announcing our brilliant family deals & camps just after Easter to coincide with our new website which will (hopefullyJ ) be launched around the same time. Our Teen summer camps go from strength to strength but we have launched a new special deal for families whose kids have been to the Adventure Centre before called Alumni August. Best. Surfcamp. Deal. Ever.

Niamh is still studying away in the USA  but she will be back in the summer with a gang of Americans, Ken, Kyle, Dickie, Ciara Rachel, Shiv, Nelis , Johnny, Paul (who got engaged awwww) Trish,  Fiddy (plus even more tattoos) and all the usual headcases are still here and we can’t wait to introduce to  our new staff to you.

Hope life is fantastic and hope to see you soon.

Collie

Alumni August

Posted: January 27, 2012 by donegaladventurecentre in Uncategorized

Calling all those between the ages of 12-17 who’ve been to the DAC in the last year.

Alumni August Donegal Adventure Centre

Alumni August Donegal Adventure Centre

As promised before Christmas , we have a very special offer for all our Alumni this year. August has been set aside for our best ever offer for Teen Surf camps – so good that we aren’t putting it on our website.  You have contact us and say alumni august and tell us when you or your family member were here , with what school or organisation and we will send you are brilliant offer.  This is open to people who were here with schools, youth organisations , birthday parties or day trips as long as you or someone in your family were here. This offer runs from the Monday the 6th of August until Sunday the 26th and is hands down the coolest deal we’ve ever had. Full surf camp with other teens from all over the world. Food, activities, supervision , cinema, bowling, equipment etc all included.

Anti- Valentines Surf Weekend

Posted: January 12, 2012 by donegaladventurecentre in Uncategorized
Donegal Adventure Centre will be once again offering the ‘Anti-Valentine’ activity weekend : a welcome alternative to the couples packages that tend to dominate
Anti-Valentines Surf Weekend

Anti-Valentines Surf Weekend

this weekend. Donegal Adventure Centre invite all single people, with no ‘significant other’ to join us in Bundoran on February 10th for a great weekend of fun, activity and craic with other singles, unattached, and those who are clouded in mystery.
Arrive to Homefield Rock Hostel on Friday evening for check-in and some friendly meet & greet with other arrivals, and on to The Chasin’ Bull pub for some anti-valentines craic, games and pints!
On Saturday, we begin the day with a fun session of rope climbing and group activity with our wonderful instructors, and again the emphasis is on enjoying yourself with your friends, and other people who are not wrapped up in hearts and flowers for the weekend. Later that afternoon, we’ll have a surf session for beginners, if you haven’t surfed, you haven’t lived, and you have to give it a try!
Absolute beginners and non-swimmers are welcome, the beginner lesson is very gentle and very well supervised, and we provide all the equipment you need. Later that night, we all meet up in the rock hostel for a glass of wine, and then move on to The Chasin Bull for some live music, more craic and somewhere safe from the dreaded Valentine couple…
And the cost of this weekend, including 2 nights B&B and two activities, all of the above: 90 euro per person sharing a private room. €80 pp for a dorm room.

There is limited availability of twin/double rooms, and then rooms are 4-6 bed sharing. Groups of singles welcome, and single individuals very welcome. Dorms offered will be female only and male only sharing

 

Anti-Valentines Surf Weekend

Hi all – hope 2011 has treated you right – even though the nights are long we still have a lot going here at the DAC.

Our brand new FÁS course is up and running which means we will stay open all winter this year with the exception of Christmas week.  We have a few groups over December but we are also available for Christmas Vouchers (more on that later ) and taking bookings for our January OITC course .

Christmas specials
There is some brilliant value on packages bought as Christmas vouchers this year.   
Our Recession Session deal (2 nights B&B in a private room & any 2 activities) for 2 people is  just €160 to buy as a voucher (worth €198)

Our Group deal – 4 People 2 nights B&B in a private room & any 2 activities is just €200 total for all 4 people.

Teen Surf camp.

Easter Surf Weekend
Our First ever Surf weekend. 3 nights
Friday evening to Monday afternoon full activities including 3  surfs , cinema, meals and full supervision all inclusive Voucher price just €180.

Summer Surf weeks – Voucher price 20% off all Surf camp prices.

Madness but you know we, we do kinda like you.

New Fas Surf Instructor Course at Donegal Adventure Centre

Posted: October 9, 2011 by donegaladventurecentre in Uncategorized

There is a new FAS Surf Instructor & Lifeguard Course which will run at Donegal Adventure Centre, Bundoran, from November 2011 until March 2012. This is a full time course, fully supported by Fas. Anyone who is currently unemployed and receiving social welfare benefits is eligible to apply. To apply, you should contact your local FAS office and register (if you are not already registered) and then speak to your fas officer. The course code is EZ1Z3. Candidates should note that strong swimming ability is a pre-requisite, and that a swim time-trial is part of the interview. The course is for people who would like to be trained to become surfing instructors and beach lifeguards, and work in outdoor adventure centres and surf schools when qualified. The course will take place in Bundoran over 20 weeks, and will include intensive surfing practice and lifeguarding training. Canidates will then be put forward for the governing body assessments in Surfing and Lifeguarding. Interviews will take place on November 8 & 9, and the course begins on Monday November 21st. Accommodation is available on campus: for information on accommodation, please email collie@donegaladventurecentre.net Please contact your local Fas office for further information, and you may also contact Donegal Adventure Centre at info@donegaladventurecentre.net.

Donegal Adventure Centre FAS course

Eurosurf line up

Posted: September 13, 2011 by donegaladventurecentre in Uncategorized

Thanks to Eurosurfbundoran for all the information below

The musical entertainment line-up has been revealed for Eurosurf Bundoran 2011 Party – the festival end of The European Surfing Championships. Headlining the event will be Derry band The Undertones who are this year celebrating their 35th anniversary – they will play Paris Nightclub in Bundoran on Saturday 1st of October and perform some of their time-loved hits including “Teenage Kicks”, “My Perfect Cousin” and “True Confessions”.

Dubliners Royseven will also play Paris Nightclub following the gala screening of SOUL SURFER on Saturday 24th September – the night before the official contest begins. Best known for their infectious pop hit “We Should Be Lovers” Royseven will no doubt rock Bundoran for the second time this year and help to kick off the European Surfing Championships in style.

Popular Irish traditional fusion band, Kíla will kick off the Eurosurf Party at Gallagher’s Astoria Wharf in Bundoran on Friday September 23rd and are looking forward to opening up this ten day event in the “Surfing Capital of Ireland”. Kíla are always a treat for the senses and often bring surprise guests.

A host of other acts have been lined up to perform during the Eurosurf Party which is hosted by Discover Bundoran and supported by Fáilte Ireland. Boxtie, The Rare Groove funk Orchestra, Big Generator, Pump Up the Jam, The Kinky Wizards, The Logues, The Vintage Infants and the X-Presidents all appear during Eurosurf – the full line-up is available to view on www.discoverbundoran.com

Speaking about the entertainment line-up, Eurosurf Bundoran Press Officer Shane Smyth said “We are thrilled with the calibre of musical acts which have been confirmed to play in Bundoran during Eurosurf. Internationally known names such as The Undertones, Royseven and Kíla are sure to offer visitors and spectators an exciting and complementary plan which will ensure that between surfing and entertainment, a great time and experience will be had by all. The music line-up would not be possible without the great efforts of the Discover Bundoran members and the Eurosurf committee thank them for this contribution”

10 Week training course in surfing, water safety, climbing, leadership and child protection.Learn the skills of outdoor insruction at Donegal Adventure Centre. Improve your personal fitness ,gain work experience at Ireland’s premier outdoor centre,enhance your CV with qualifications in sports and child Outdoor training Course 2011 protection and enjoy training and working in a busy fun enviroment.

Course description
The Outdoor Instructor Course OITC is a training course for candidates who wish to become instructors working in the area of surfing and other beach activities. This course concentrates mainly on training for the ISA level 1 surf coach award, the RLSS Beach Lifeguard award, and over the ten weeks candidates will also train in child protection, adventure (land-based) activities, leadership skills, team training and development and beach first aid skills. Candidates are expected to attend Monday-Friday for the duration of the course.
Candidates must be able to swim. Candidates do NOT have to be able to surf, as you will be taught the skills of surfing if required. Surfing and swimming training are major parts of this course, and you can expect to be in the water every day. Students are expected to be (or get) fit through training every day. Training will include water-based (Swim & surf) and land based activities ( running, circuit training etc.)

Candidates will also do basic training in low ropes, climb & abseil and high ropes instruction . Candidates will also participate and learn to skills of conducting team-training activities and land-based activities. Candidates will do child protection training, and Beach first aid. The fees for the course are 950 euro.

Qualifications
All candidates will be put forward for the following qualifications:
1: The Irish Surf Association Level 1 Surf Coach award (200 euro for assessment & certification)
2: The RLSS Beach Lifeguard Award (350 euro for assessment & certification)
3: Chid Protection
4: DAC certification in Adventure Activities
5: DAC certification in Leadership Skills (Children & Teenagers)
6: DAC certification in Work Experience

You can also add on a canoe/kayak module which will take place each Friday of the course. This is run by Mr. Jon O’ Neill at The Lakeside Centre, Ballyshannon. This will give qualifications in Kayak and Canoeing. This is an excellent add-on to the course, and Jon is a superb trainer. There is a minimum number of 4 persons required to deliver this module, so please let me know if you want option 1 or option 2. Please feel free to contact Jon at 087 7920302 for further information.
What do you need ?
You do need to be able to swim – there is swim coaching included in the course for those who would like to improve their swimming. You need a willingness to learn, a sense of humour and an interest in meeting new people and learning new things.
You don’t need any surfing or outdoor sports experience – if you have them, that’s a bonus but not necessary. As well as being trained and coached by our multi-qualified instructors, you will get a chance to interact with clients and learn leadership and management skills by shadowing and helping our staff with school, adult and special needs groups.

Candidates who complete the full course will be offered the following assessments & qualifications:

1: The Irish Surf Association Level 1 Surf Coach Award*

2: The RLSS Beach Lifeguard Award *

3: HSE Child Protection

4: DAC certification in Adventure Activities

5: DAC certification in Leadership Skills (Children & Teenagers)

6 DAC certification in Work Experience

*The following assessments are conducted by the national governing bodies, and an examination fee is payable. The awards are assessed independently, and DAC does not guarantee that students will pass these awards: that depends on student’s own performance during the assessments.

We are very pleased to offer another brilliant value teacher weekend this year. These weekends offer the chance for teachers and youth leaders to sample what we have to offer here with a full refund for  teachers that bring a group in 2011 /2012.

We offer 2 nights B&B in private rooms, lunch and dinner on Saturday and 2 fantastic expression session activities for you and your friends to experience on Saturday. All this and evening entertainment in Bundoran, Ireland’s surf capital.
Donegal Adventure Centre Friends and partners are more than welcome to attend the weekend for the same price.

Schedule.

Friday 29th of October.
8 pm – 9 pm  wine reception and registration.

Saturday 30th

9:am Breakfast.
10 -1  Surf lesson – all wetsuits, transport and equipment provided
1:pm Lunch
2 – 5 High Ropes / Zip Line / Archery session.
7:pm Dinner La Sabbia restaurant.

F.A.Q.
How do I get a refund?
Any teacher who arranges a trip for a group of 8-30 will receive a refund for up to 2 spaces when the group pay their balance.  For groups of 30 or more and extra teacher weekend space will be refunded for every extra 15 students.

Does everyone have to be a teacher to take part?
No – as long as one member of your party is a teacher / youth worker, you can bring as many friends as you like.

How many people can I bring?
As many as you want as long as you book in advance. 2 places will be refunded for every group up to 30 and and extra place for every 15 after that whether they were teachers or not. People travelling on their own are very welcome too.

Are there children / students there that weekend.
No, this is an adults only weekend.

What is on at night-time?
Bundoran is a lively and fun holiday town. There are many pubs and clubs as well as restaurants, cinema, bowling etc. We will we putting on certain evening events such as the annual fancy dress party in the Chasin’ Bull on Saturday that we would love you to attend but equally you are welcome to do your own thing if you prefer.

Donegal Adventure centre Teacher Specials

Come join the fun

Eurosurf 2011

Posted: August 15, 2011 by donegaladventurecentre in Uncategorized
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Eurosurf – the European Surfing Championships takes place in Bundoran from Friday 23rd September until Sunday October 2nd.

Both the Rock Hostel and the Donegal Adventure Centre will be providing accommodation for teams and fans that week. For the best rates email us here at info@homefieldrockhostel.com or call Collie on 07198 29357.

Here is some information about the event.

* The Opening Ceremony will take place on Saturday 24th September at 5pm, with the competition will begin on Sunday 25th September at 8am and will run daily until 6pm.

* 16 european countries are expected to take part – Ireland, England, Wales, Channel Islands, Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Morocco, Norway, Sweden, Malta, Switzerland and Israel MAY submit a team. Teams should be confirmed by August 15th.

* The Irish team is made up of Shane Meehan, 29, from Strandhill, Stephen Kilfeather, 23 and Ashleigh Smith, 24 from Sligo, Cain Kilcullen, 24 from Enniscrone, Ronan Oertzen, 20, Shauna
Ward, 24, Darragh McCarter, 25 & Richie Fitzgerald, 36 from Bundoran, Easkey Britton, 25, and John Britton, 32, from Rossnowlagh, John McCurry, 26 from Portrush & Oliver O’Flaherty, 24 and Stephen Kelleher, 24 from Lahinch, County Clare

* Eurosurf 2011 is supported by Fáilte Ireland

* This will be the fourth time the European Surfing Championships have been held in Ireland and the third time they’ve been held in Bundoran – the previous times were 1985 and 1997. They were first held in Ireland in 1972 in Lahinch.

* The competition will be run mainly at the Peak and at Tullan – depending on conditions – podiums will be built at both of these locations with temporary podiums being built at Tullan and at The Peak.

The Opening Ceremony.

The official opening ceremony and parade of nations will take place on Saturday September 24th at 5pm. Each national team will gather at the bottom of the town around KFC/Marlboro House (in similar fashion to the St Patrick’s Day parade). Carrying their national flag, the parade route will take each group (one group to include the judges that each team will also bring with them), up Main Street, they will take a right onto the Promenade with the parade itself finishing at the “Carraige na Nean” monument – the site of one of the main podiums for the competition.

The traditional “sands of the world” ceremony will also take place at this time. All teams will bring sand from their own corner of Europe and, in Olympic spirit, all sands will be joined, signifying Europe’s surfers coming together regardless of international, political or religious boundaries.
Following the opening ceremony there will be the gala screening of the movie “Soul Surfer” at the Bundoran Cineplex. This movie has already been released in the US, however the opening of the movie in the UK and Ireland has been specifically delayed to coincide with the opening weekend of Eurosurf!
A Film Festival of classic surfing movies will happen across the week at Bundoran Cineplex with a movie being shown each

The Schedule
Week of September 19th Teams Arrive

Thursday 22nd September
All day Teams Registration

Friday 23rd September
All day Teams Registration

Saturday 24th September
5pm Parade of nations followed by Opening Ceremony
7.30pm Gala Irish Screening of “Soul Surfer”
10pm Entertainment at Eurosurf Venue

Sunday 25th September
8am – 6pm Day One of competition
7.30pm Film Festival movie #1
10pm + Entertainment at Eurosurf Venue #1

Monday 26th September
8am – 6pm Day Two of competition
7.30pm Film Festival movie #2
10pm + Entertainment at Eurosurf Venue #2
Eurosurf Bundoran Briefing Document
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Tuesday 27th September
8am – 6pm Day Three of competition
7.30pm Film Festival movie #3
10pm + Entertainment at Eurosurf Venue #3

Wednesday 28th September
8am – 6pm Day Four of competition
7.30pm Film Festival movie #4
10pm + Entertainment at Eurosurf Venue #4

Thursday 29th September
8am – 6pm Day Five of competition
7.30pm Film Festival movie #5
10pm + Entertainment at Eurosurf Venue #5

Friday 30th September
8am – 6pm Day Six of competition
7.30pm Film Festival movie #6
10pm + Entertainment at Eurosurf Venue #6

Saturday 1st October
As most of the competitors will be knocked out at this stage, it is expected there will be a fairly substantial party taking place tonight!
8am – 6pm Day Seven of competition – Semi Finals (the comp may be down to a single podium at this stage depending on conditions
7.30pm Film Festival movie #7
10pm + Entertainment at Eurosurf Venue #7

Sunday 2nd October
8am – 6pm Final Day of competition
Medals presented on beach/The Peak
7.30pm + Closing Ceremony
Closing party for competitors and Eurosurf staff – trophies awarded.

Summer time at the DAC

Posted: June 29, 2011 by donegaladventurecentre in Uncategorized

Hey how are you doing.

We that was a crazy first half of the year. From the Adventure Centre being flooded at the start of the year to the massive crazy success of Seasessions last weekend , it’s been a fantastic first 6 months of 2011 – even if the weather could have helped us more. But there’s no rest for the wicked here and we have loads planned for you this summer.

For Families:
We have brilliant deals on family rooms available in the Rock Hostel Sunday to Thursday and there are camps for tots, 8-12 year olds and 12-17 year olds Monday to Friday – just €15 pp. There is also Surf lessons for all at 12 o clock every day. Plenty do in the evenings too with special family activities running every evening Monday – Thursday just €15 pp with MUMS & DADS FREE! Now that’s value but don’t worry you don’t have do the activity if you’re a fraidey cat🙂

Teens: Residential Surf camp for 12-17 year olds has just started. Includes accommodation , food , all activities & tours – you can come join teens from all around the world & surf some of the best waves on the Atlantic for 5 days, 1, 2 or 3 weeks. For more information contact us on 07198 42418 or email info@donegaladventurecentre.net

Adult Breaks : Every weekend is a surf weekend – we also have budget packages available during the weeks too , with special discounts for College students on their holidays . We also have a brilliant selection of Bank Holiday offers for the August Bank Holiday , which for our money , is always the best one here in Bundy

Hey Gang

Busy times here in the DAC & the Hostel – we have a lot of school stuff over the next few weeks but we have a couple of weekends you should  definitely put in your diary – we have a couple of really good adventure weekends coming up on the 20th & 27th. The first weekend only has a few spaces left for surfing & The High ropes session so get in touch soon.

June brings both The Rory Gallagher Festival and Seasessions which are going to be awesome this year.  Judging by the bookings Rory G  is going to be bigger than ever this year – it runs from June 2 and we have just about sold out the hostel and rooms in the DAC are selling out fast.

Seasessions starts on June 24th and has three fabulous days of music, surf, skate & craic. It will sell out -Nearly all the private rooms have sold out in both centres so  contact Collie on info@homefieldrockhostel.com if you want to take part in the coolest Surf & Music festival this year

 Lots of shout outs to do
Firstly to Colaiste Eoin & Cambridge house for being 2 awesome groups on a really busy week
Secondly to all our italian friends for an amazing 8 days -Siete sempre i benvenuti qui in casa irlandese
and thirdly – Huge congrats to Team Ireland cheerleaders http://www.cheer-ireland.com/ who finished 10th in the world championships. They are old friends of ours and believe me , if you think cheerleading isn’t a sport – you’ve never seen these guys perform.

Hi a quick update from very sunny Bundoran. We are having a stonking good Easter.

More sunshine and surf again (can’t believe I’m saying again ) . Huge congratulations to our Outdoor Instructor Course Graduates who finished their course yesterday and our New Beach Lifeguards who passed their course yesterday. All the hard work was worth it🙂

Outdoor Instructor Graduates 2011

Outdoor Instructor Graduates 2011

The Easter eggs we're hoping for

The Easter eggs we're hoping for

Happy Easter. I hope you are somewhere close to waves and sunny weather: we are basking in glorious conditions here in Bundoran, how nice it is to have perfect holiday weather!

Ok- a few things to tell you about, and if you’re interested in celebrity, perhaps this may be your lucky day! First of all, we were contacted by a lady named Arlene Mc Cann, who is casting for a surf commercial. She is looking for ‘groups of friends who love to surf together in their spare time. It doesn’t matter about surfing abilities, we’re looking for people with a passion for surfing that dedicate their weekends and holidays to it.’ If you are interested in contacting her, the email is arlene.mc@gmail.com

Secondly, we were contacted by the makers of the ‘Mission Beach’ TV programme.here are the details:

Outgoing and ambitious 16 year olds to be put through their paces at one of the world’s best Junior Lifeguarding Programme in Florida. You’ll be living together and supporting each other for the whole three to four weeks of this amazing course. From eight mile ocean swims to 40ft pier jumps, emergency CPR training to four day hiking missions, training alongside hundreds of American teens and real working lifeguards, this life changing experience is not for the faint hearted.If you don’t have the drive and endurance to challenge yourself, both physically and mentally, then this isn’t for you. But if you’re ready to be plunged in at the deep end and want to embark on an adventure that you’ll never forget, then get ready for the most exciting summer of your life. If You’re ready for the challenge then email beach@rival-media.com

Ok, thirdly, a consultancy group has been hired to study the needs of surfers in the Bundoran area. They are looking to send a questionnaire to those who use Bundoran occasionally or regularly for surfing. I do not want to bombard you all with this stuff, but if you are willing to take the questionnaire, please email me back, and I will send it to you then. It would be great to get some help on this, as they are working for Bundoran Tourism to decide how best to improve the services and infrastructure of the town to facilitate surfing and tourism, so your imput would be very helpful.Email info@donegaladventurecentre.net and I will forward it.

Now: that’s all the foreign affairs dealt with, here’s the domestic news. Good Friday is a big day for us, it’s kind of the official start of the Summer Season, and the town is buzzing, the tourist office is open, and the restaurants are happy to take in the normal pub-going clientele! We are kicking off our Easter Bank Holiday Weekend, and on Monday, we start our Easter Beach Lifeguard Course. We have camp for kids and teens all next week, plus family activities and plenty of stuff to do. We have family rooms, dorms and private rooms in the newly renovated and friendly Homefield Rock Hostel, and it’s not too late to give us a call and thrash out a great deal for a few away-days. There’s live music all over town, and (and I love saying this) there will be surf and sunshine! So if you’re thinking about it, ring Collie at 07198 29357 or you can email me here.

Also, if you are on facebook, we have a page, every growing in popularity, but we would like as many friends as we can get, we’re facebook.com/dacsurf and we tweet @dacsurf
And if you’re organizing anything: a hen, stag, sports getaway, romantic break, family holiday: please do give us a call and ask us what we can put together. We have great full-board deals here, we can book activities, great meal options with la sabbia restaurant, and we’ll do it with a smile and find you the best prices, so do check with us.

And if we don’t see you this weekend, see you soon! And enjoy yourself, and hope you get plenty of eggs!😀
Best wishes for now from Niamh & all the Donegal Adventure Centre crew

Easter

Posted: April 10, 2011 by donegaladventurecentre in Uncategorized

Donegal Adventure Centre is as busy as ever, after a big renovation job in both our accommodation centres- DAC and Home field Rock Hostel. Yes, folks, we really got to work, stripping (walls), painting, new beds, mattresses, sofas, floors, – you’d hardly recognise the place, and we are all delighted to be up and running with these lovely upgraded facilities. I think in particular, Home field Rock Hostel, which was always cosy and cute anyway, is now adorable! So if it’s been a while since you stayed with us, come up and have a

Our instructors doing their Coasteering training

Coasteering

look around anytime, we are as always, cheap and cheerful, but we think that Home field and it’s lovely companion next door, La Sabbia restaurant & wine bar makes for an unbelievably great value break at very low cost.

We have been flat out in March with school tours, but we return to our surf camps, surf weekends and family breaks over Easter, as the schools are closed for two weeks. If you are thinking of taking a few days over Easter, please give us a call – we have a residential camp for teens, a daily camp for smaller kids and teens staying with parents, we have great family activities and all kinds of accommodation available. If you and a few friends are planning a few days fun, we have great rates at the hostel, and you can stay in a cool rock-themed room, enjoy Bundoran’s hospitality, great pubs and live music, and still not break the bank. You can store your surf equipment here, free of charge, or avail of our surf lessons & adventure activities.

All our Easter breaks are discounted and good value – simply email us, and tell us how many people you have, and what you want. Collie or I will be straight back to you with our best prices and packages.

If you can’t make Easter, don’t forget Sea Sessions is coming up soon; PLEASE book your accommodation early, the town will absolutely book out!
Keep in touch by phone 071 98 42418 we’re here 10-5, 7 days a week, or by email info@donegaladventurecentre.net , or make friends on facebook (dacsurf) or follow us on twitter!

Seasessions

Posted: April 7, 2011 by donegaladventurecentre in Uncategorized

We are now accepting bookings for Seasessions – we will sell out so please contact us early to avoid disappointment –
We will also be looking at taking bookings for Eurosurf tournament very soon – it’s going to be amazing !
Again both this will be phone and email bookings only on a first come first served basis.

 

Seasessions Line up 2011

Seasessions Line up 2011

Surfers shocked by new “Wetsuit tax”

Posted: April 1, 2011 by donegaladventurecentre in Uncategorized

Surfers here in Bundoran and the rest of the country are outraged by the proposed new “Wetsuit tax” which the government want to use to cash in on Ireland’s surfing boom.  The taxes will be assed by thickness of suit, with 50 c everytime you wear a 5:3 winter suit, 25 c for a summer suit. and 10 c for shortie or a rash vest. ” Let hope for a cold summer and we’ll have paid off Anglo Irish by the time the Eurosurf is finished” chortled one unnamed councillor.  
We contacted local surf legend Richie Fitzgerald for a comment but all  we could make out was the word sham (a lot) and that David Luis “was some boy”

© associated idiot press

Hey folks
We thought we’d write a little blog to see how y’all doing at the moment, let you know whats been happening & see if you would like to avail of a special offer we are running.
The Rock Hostel has been recarpeted & painted- has new beds and we have just started to paint the outside so everything is spick and span. We also have a rake of new posters to go up once we get 5 minutes!

So special offers – The Rock Hostel is booked out most weekends up till Easter and a lot of May so we  thought we’d do a special deal for next weekend April 2 – So all private recession session offers will be offered for the price of public dorm ones – but in private rooms
So you can a private room for 2 nights B&B & 2 surf lessons or a surf lesson and a session on the high ropes for just 90€ pp
Or
for those of you who don’t need lessons,  avail of our room only deal – all private rooms for 2 or more people for the price of a dorm.
How’s that for a great deal.
However the deal is only valid with the code: rockhostel 2a
If you don’t menion this on your email or on the phone you will be charged the standart rate. This offer is only open to phone or email offers.

Lastly lets do a little house keeping –

We are now accepting bookings for Seasessions – we will sell out so please contact us early to avoid disappointment –
We will also be looking at taking bookings for Eurosurf  tournament very soon – it’s going to be amazing !
Again both this will be phone and email bookings only on a first come first served basis. So as Richie Fitz would say – get on it!

A new Pier devolpment is threating the waves around Doolin -The local surfers could really do with our support. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Magicseaweed/87669289907#!/home.php?sk=group_197515126946125

Donegal Adventure Centre

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Big wave Tow ins

Posted: February 19, 2011 by donegaladventurecentre in Uncategorized
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Cracking stuff to be seen last weekend with the Billabong / Monster tow-in competition in Mullaghmore last weekend – Photos to follow but here a video from the Billabong Adventure Division showing just how cool it was –

Anti-Valentines Weekend

Posted: January 10, 2011 by donegaladventurecentre in Uncategorized
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Donegal Adventure Centre
The Anti-Valentine Adventure Weekend.
FEBRUARY 11-13 2011.
 
Donegal Adventure Centre will be once again offering the ‘Anti-Valentine’ activity weekend : a welcome alternative to the couples packages that tend to dominate this weekend. Donegal Adventure Centre invite all single people, with no ‘significant other’ to join us in Bundoran for a great weekend of fun, activity and craic with other singles. Arrive to Homefield Rock Hostel on Friday evening for check-in and some friendly meet & greet with other arrivals, and on to The Chasin’ Bull pub for some anti-valentines craic, games and pints! On Saturday, we begin the day with a fun session of rope climbing and group activity with our wonderful instructors, and again the emphasis is on enjoying yourself with your friends, and other people who are not wrapped up in hearts and flowers for the weekend. Later that afternoon, we’ll have a surf session for beginners, if you haven’t surfed, you haven’t lived, and you have to give it a try! Absolute beginners and non-swimmers are welcome, the beginner lesson is very gentle and very well supervised, and we provide all the equipment you need. Later that night, we all meet up in the rock hostel for a glass of wine, and then move on to The Chasin Bull for some live music, more craic and somewhere safe from the dreaded Valentine couple…
 
And the cost of this weekend, including 2 nights B&B and two activities, all of the above: 99 euro per person sharing. There is limited availability of twin/double rooms, and then rooms are 4-6 bed sharing. Groups of singles welcome, and single individuals very welcome. Dorms offered will be female only and male only sharing. For further information, please email info@donegaladventurecentre.net or call us at 07198 42418.

Merry Xmas to all

Posted: December 22, 2010 by donegaladventurecentre in Uncategorized

On behalf of all the semi-frozen staff at Donegal Adventure Centre, can we wish you a very happy Christmas and a good 2011. Thanks for suffering my emails all year😀 and for your interest in the DAC. If you’re interested in any of the Christmas gift offers, just scroll down to the end of the email, but if not, we would like to wish you a great holiday, and hope that despite the snow, recession, budget and all the other grim stuff going on, that you still have fun! We’re open until 5pm on December 24th so any last-minute panic for vouchers can be easily fixed: the DAC number is 071 98 42418, I’ll be at the end of the phone, and will have a voucher off to you straight away, – we’re back in biz again on December 28th. Bundoran’s open for Christmas and New Year, if you can find a de-iced road to take you here, and it’s Surfchixxx in the Chasin’ Bull on New Year’s Eve. You can give me a shout if you need any help with surf pressies etc: our friends in Surf Co and Surfworld are doing all sorts of deals on boards & suits etc, so if I can be of any help, even non DAC stuff, just shout here. Also put facebook and twitter contacts here below, we’d love if you would make friends/tweet with us if you’re a social networker. We really appreciate all you can do to spread the word about DAC & the rock hostel, and if we can be helpful to you in any way, please let us know.

Very best wishes from Collie, Ken, Kyle, Dickie, Shiv, Fiddy, Conor, Paul , Ciaran, Punk, Rachel, Ryan, Aaron, Trish, Ciara, and me, Niamho. Enjoy!

Present ideas: we will custom-design you a voucher for whatever amount you wish to spend, and send to you by email.

Some suggestions…..

Teen Surf camp vouchers – a contribution to a week’s surf camp at Easter or Summer: Perfect for 12-17 years, and a brilliant gift….
Beach Lifeguard vouchers – Beach Lifeguard courses take place every month from March 2011, vouchers for some or all of the fee…
Adult Surf weekends: = Christmas offer: 2 person surf weekend: 2 nights B&B + 1 surf lesson for 150 euro / 2 surf lessons for €175 euro – valid for all of 2011
Single Surf lesson vouchers: Christmas offer 1 surf lesson 30 euro 2 surf lessons (or 1 surf lesson for 2 persons 60 euro) –valid for all of 2011
Outdoor Instructor Training Course – 12 week full time course, suitable for those wishing to become outdoor/surf instructors. Feb-April 2011, vouchers for some or all of the fee…

Donegal Adventure Centre www.donegaladventurecentre.net
Facebook.com/dacsurf
Facebook.com/rockhostel
Twitter @dacsurf

Whats Going on ?

Posted: November 6, 2010 by donegaladventurecentre in Uncategorized

Niamh here from Donegal Adventure Centre, and a day of mad mad waves. we’re actually enjoying this weather, these wild-eyed surf junkies are rolling
into town, following the crazy storms out there.it’s funny!
Anyhow, here’s some news about what’s going on over the next couple of months – we have Christmas Presents, Training Course Dates, Bootcamp & surf weekends, Elvis, New year and other bits to tell you about.

OK first off- Christmas. We do lovely vouchers by email or mail for all
sorts of things – surf lessons, surf weekend breaks, – in fact, anything we
do, we do in voucher form, from as little as 10E per person. You tell us
what you need, we email you the voucher, you print it (or we can mail it to
you) and shopping done! Here are some special Christmas-only deals we are offering our regular email people (that’s you) and all vouchers are valid
for 12 months, and while subject to availability, we always do our best to
accommodate.

Surf lesson for 1 person   20e  (Save 15 euro)
Surf lesson for 2 persons 40e  (Save 30 euro)

Surf weekend break for two people
2 nights B&B and 2 surf lessons (or other activities)
Total €175  (Save 23 euro)

Teen Surf Camp: Monday-Friday full board at FEB mid-term break or Easter
20111 teen  300 euro (Save 50 euro)
2 teens or more  280 euro (save 70 euro per camp!)

We can also do vouchers for rope climbing, archery session, stag or hen
activities.just give us a call 07198 42418 and we’ll get the gift together
for you. We’re open up until noon on Dec 24th so if it’s the very last
minute, we’ll be able to help!

Now: other stuff-
Beach lifeguard courses 2011 will be
Feb 11-13 &18-29
March RENEWAL ONLY 11-13
April (Easter Mon-Fri) 25-29
May 13-15 & 20-22

Our Instructor Training Course Sept-Dec has been a brilliant success so far-
we have 14 trainees who are here every day training to be the next qualified
batch of instructors. Our next 11-week course will begin on February 2nd,
and we are currently accepting applications. I asked our current students to
write out what they think of the course, and I’ve pasted below if you’re
interested in reading their genuine comments. Unfortunately, these days
there are many people either out of work, out of college, or in the wrong
job, and this course may suit someone you know if not yourself- if nothing
else, it’s great for personal self-confidence, fitness and a bit of a
change! Email me if you want more details, but we have to say this current
course is great craic- lovely students of all ages and nationalities, and
everyone’s enjoying it.

This weekend, there’s an Elvis festival in The Great Northern, which
includes a Surfing-Elvis competition in Rossnowlagh at 11am on Saturday. I
believe the amazing Richard ‘Dickie’ Gillespie will be the DAC Elvis. It’s
good craic!

DAC and Home field have a boot camp coming up weekend of Nov 11-13, if
you’re interested in knocking off a pound or two in a fun way, and are free
next weekend, we still have some space. It’s not a ‘mean’ weekend, we’re
going to do the training, but it’s for allcomers, so put into it what you
can! We’re also now booking for weekends next year, College class trips,
clubs & sports groups, and I am feeling very generous as it’s nice to be
nice if you book in advance before we take our Christmas Holidays.

We have a facebook & twitter page, and we give discounts to you just for
being a fan! Yes! Here are the links..
http://www.facebook.com/DACSURF  (for the activities)
http://www.facebook.com/rockhostel (for accommodation)
Twitter @dacsurf

We post surf reports, Collie’s trivia, Bundoran stuff and whatever else we
think of, and would love to build up our numbers so please, if you have a
facebook page, give us a wee click!

Thanks as always for your enquiries and your business, we do appreciate
everyone who has been here, and had fun here, and wherever you are in the
world, we enjoy hearing back from you. We are always interested in what you want to do on your weekends away, and over December and January we will be planning new activities and events for DAC/Homefield Rock Hostel, so please do share any thoughts with us!

Teen Surfer News

Posted: November 6, 2010 by donegaladventurecentre in Uncategorized

Niamh here from Donegal Adventure Centre, and a day of mad mad waves. we’re actually enjoying this weather, these wild-eyed surf junkies are rolling
into town, following the crazy storms out there.it’s funny!

This is the shout out  for our teen surfers, and parents of teen surfers. Anyhow, here’s some news about what’s going on over the next couple of
months – we have Christmas Presents, Training Course Dates, Bootcamp &
facebook stuff to tell you about.  OK first off- Christmas.

We do lovely vouchers by email or mail for all
sorts of things – surf lessons, surf weekend breaks, – in fact, anything we
do, we do in voucher form, from as little as 10E per person. If Santa is
still your buddy, a surf camp is a great pressie! And maybe your buddy, or
mum or dad would enjoy an activity break. here are some special offers-

Surf lesson for 1 person   20e  (Save 15 euro)
Surf lesson for 2 persons 40e  (Save 30 euro)

Surf weekend break for two people
2 nights B&B and 2 surf lessons (or other activities)
Total €175  (Save 23 euro)

Teen Surf Camp: Monday-Friday full board at FEB mid-term break or Easter
2011
1 teen  300 euro (Save 50 euro)
2 teens or more  280 euro (save 70 euro per camp!)
Now: other stuff- For Beach Lifeguard Qualification, you need to be over 16,
but it is a GREAT qualification to have for summer work.
Beach lifeguard courses 2011 will be
Feb 11-13 &18-29
March RENEWAL ONLY 11-13
April (Easter Mon-Fri) 25-29
May 13-15 & 20-22

Outdoor Instructor training. how would you like to train to work here, or in
an outdoor adventure centre? If you are over 18 by Feb 2nd, you can do this
course. we do it twice a year, each Feb and September, and it’s brilliant..

Our Instructor Training Course Sept-Dec has been a brilliant success so far-
we have 14 trainees who are here every day training to be the next qualified
batch of instructors. Our next 11-week course will begin on February 2nd,
and we are currently accepting applications.  Email me if you want more
details, but we have to say this current course is great craic- lovely
students of all ages and nationalities, and everyone’s enjoying it.

This weekend, there’s an Elvis festival in The Great Northern, which
includes a Surfing-Elvis competition in Rossnowlagh at 11am on Saturday. I
believe the amazing Richard ‘Dickie’ Gillespie will be the DAC Elvis. It’s
good craic!

We have a facebook & twitter page, and we give discounts to you just for
being a fan! Yes! Here are the links..
http://www.facebook.com/DACSURF

twitter @dacsurf

WE WOULD LOVE IF YOU WOULD BE OUR FRIEND! COLLIE WILL TELL YOU A JOKE EVERY DAY!

We post surf reports, Collie’s trivia, Bundoran stuff and whatever else we
think of, and would love to build up our numbers so please, if you have a
facebook page, give us a wee click!

Thanks as always for your enquiries and your business, we do appreciate
everyone who has been here, and had fun here, and wherever you are in the
world, we enjoy hearing back from you. We are always interested in what you want to do on your weekends away, and over December and January we will be planning new activities and events for DAC/Homefield Rock Hostel, so please do share any thoughts with us!
We want you back.with your school, your club, your friends.and we will look after you!

October Bank Holiday

Posted: October 17, 2010 by donegaladventurecentre in Uncategorized

When did they decide to separate the October Bank Holiday and Halloween – don’t get us wrong we’re happy gives an excuse to go mad on two weekends in a row.  Halloween weekend is already sold out but we do have some brilliant surf and stay or even just accommodation only offers available for email or internet bookings. The DAC is very busy as always with schools and student groups so  for the best price call us at the Rock Hostel on 07198 29357 or email us on info@homefieldrockhostel.com

Special Offer 8-10th October

Posted: October 5, 2010 by donegaladventurecentre in Uncategorized

Hey folks – A group we had in for the weekend had to re-schedule & we have all this immense surf that we don’t want to go to waste so we thought we’d do a special deal for those on our mailing list & facebook and twitter followers as a thank you for another great year.  Not to mention we are still stoked from the Ryder cup

So this weekend only special offer of a recession session – 2 nights B&B in a private room and 2 surf lessons, all equipment & transport included just 75€ pp, Yes you read that right🙂

To book email collie here on collie@donegaladventurecentre.net or call the Rock Hostel on 07198 29357.
To make sure you get the special offer price mention that its DAC october 8th deal while booking.

To follow us on facebook is facebook.com/dacsurf
twitter @dacsurf

Heres a little bit of Dickie to tide you over

Autumn Plans at the DAC

Posted: September 21, 2010 by donegaladventurecentre in Uncategorized

 Donegal Adventure Centre with some news of upcoming events & fun stuff over the next few months. As usual, we are keeping busy and have lots going on, so if you’re thinking of a weekend away with some degree of activity and craic, we have it here. We also have Lifeguarding & Surf Coach training and assessments, Boot Camps & Christmas (yeah, I’m sorry for bringing it up.) Party Options.so read ahead if interested:

Surf Weekends- Recession session weekends are still very popular, and are available to you any weekend for 99 euro for 2 nights’ accommodation & breakfast  in the very cool Homefield Rock Hostel, with 2 surf lessons or surf sessions also included. Come by yourself, or with a friend, or as a group – and if you don’t fancy surfing, we have other fun activities for you to do. Or- do nothing! Just enjoy Bundoran nightlife & craic for as little as 20 euro B&B.

Boot Camp Weekend November 12-14.
We all talk about doing ‘something’ before Christmas to kick-start ourselves- whether it’s knocking off a few pounds, or trying some new activities. On the weekend of November 12-14, we are going to have a lot of fun in a healthy

Out Bootcamp flyer

way – it’s our Boot Camp, and we will keep you out and busy Friday Evening, all day Saturday, to Sunday Lunchtime. We provide the meals, the instructors, the equipment and the encouragement, and you have the option to enjoy a detox weekend and still have a laugh. Don’t be afraid of this – if you are unfit, or a beginner, or overweight, this is for you, we are not in the business of humiliations and horrible fatigue – we would much prefer to encourage you to be active, have fun and enjoy a healthier-than-usual weekend. It costs 199 euro for the weekend, including a full activity programme and all your meals, we have discounts for friends together and groups, and we have a beginner level and an intensive level, so you can choose how tough you want this to be.
Call or email us  to book: 071 98 42418

Beach Lifeguard Course October 25-29
There will be an RLSS Beach Lifeguard training Course during the October mid-term, from Monday 25th-Friday 29th.

October Bank Holiday Weekend
Always good craic in Bundoran,  we are offering Friday-Monday (3 nights B&B)  for 75 euro per person, or 150 per person including two surf sessions or lessons & a session on our high ropes course.

Christmas Options –
If your work place is trying to come up with an original idea for a Christmas Party, can we suggest this:  Bundoran!
We will send bus/coach to get you, take you to Bundoran where you can check into the Homefield Rock Hostel.
Then you pop next door to the cosy and charming La Sabbia Restaurant for a Christmas Meal, – we highly recommend the wonderfully friendly atmosphere that this restaurant offers, and the personal service and ‘craic’ is a million times better than those Christmas Dinners for hundreds that most people sign up for. You can hang out in the restaurant, or take the party to Bundoran’s many fun pubs or clubs.  Either before your meal, or the morning after, those who want to can try an outdoor activity – we can do a very gentle, fun activity such as our team-building challenge, or we can do high-adrenaline surfing lessons, cliff-jumping or high ropes.
If you are interested in exploring a Christmas Party option with us, email me and I’ll get the menus and deals off to you immediately.

Also, tomorrow we begin our 2010 Outdoor Instructor Training Course – this is our 11 week course to train you as an outdoor instructor – this course is full, but we are beginning to enroll for the January 2011 course. Email me for info if you are interested.

Hope all is well with you wherever you are, it’s always nice for me to hear from you😀 and if you have no need to receive emails anymore, email a ‘remove’ and I will faithfully do so. DAC gossip.we say congrats to our old Operations Manager Eoin Halliday who finally made an honest woman of Carina, his long-suffering girlfriend, and we wish them every happiness. We say goodbye to ‘English’ Kieran who was here all summer, but sadly has returned to College in the UK. But the rest of us are all still here, plotting and planning good craic for you!

Take care for now, Niamh, Trish, Ciara, Collie, Fiddy, Ken, Neil, Rachel, Dickie, Conor, Paul, Eimear, Shiv, Kyle

Bundoran Bay weekend

Posted: August 18, 2010 by donegaladventurecentre in Uncategorized

Hey y’all
this is what we’ll be doiung this weekend.

Bundoran Bay

Summer ain’t over yet!

Posted: August 8, 2010 by donegaladventurecentre in Uncategorized

Dear Collie, Hi from Donegal Adventure Centre, Bundoran.  Each fortnight or so, I write to our customers to let you know what deals and events are coming up – and here’s what’s going on for the last few weeks of summer- SURFING!

 We have thrown open the doors of our surf hostel and we are offering great deals on dorm rooms, private rooms and family rooms for the next three  weeks – whatever day you can jump in the car, we have a comfy bed, a board and wetsuit if you need it, kids & teen camp, and La Sabbia restaurant 
next door with a mouthwatering menu that’s affordable!
 So if you have a few days to spend somewhere, call Collie 071 98 29537 or 
Ciara 071 98 42418 – I guarantee you that you will be happily surprised by  how much you can make the budget stretch!

 For adults:  Accommodation + optional surf hire /surf lessons 
/intermediate surf lessons + great nightlife & craic (we’ll tell you what’s 
on!)
 For families: Accommodation in family rooms, TV room, self-catering 
kitchen, kids camps every day, parents can choose to go (or not) + 

Bundoran’s funfair, multiplex cinema, circus, seafront, playground and 
waterworld are all within 5 mins walking distance of our friendly hostel .

 For kids: residential surf camp this week (Monday-Friday) and next week 
(Monday-Fri) ages 10 and upwards welcome to come and stay in our DAC 
centre (all kids) for a fully supervised, marvellous fun camp of surf and 
activities.

 Dates for the Diary!-
 Weekend of Aug 20-21
 Iradio broadcasting live from the beach, we also have the Bundoran Bay 
 Swim & great day of fun at Main Beach, free live beach gig by The Dead 
Flags!

 Weekend of Aug 27-29
 LAST SUMMER SURF SPECIAL
 Surf weekend special, 2 nights accommodation B&B  + two surf lessons on 
Saturday  including all equipment & instruction OR surf hire for two 
sessions including lift to beach and back + Saturday lunch at La Sabbia 
restaurant for 99 euro per person sharing – Please say you are booking
‘LAST SURF SPECIAL’ when you call and book – rooms are subject to 
availability, we have doubles, twins, 4-bed rooms & dorms, first come 
first served!

 WATCH OUT FOR

BOOT CAMP WEEKEND (male & female)
 Boot camp weekend – September 24-26, Friday evening-Sunday lunchtime including all meals and a full program of exercise and training. You’ll go  home fitter, healthier and lighter and still have a great weekend. 199  euro per person includes all activities, training, evening & night 
activities, full nutritional menu & proper instruction. There are 
beginner, intermediate & advanced levels, and please note, absolute 
beginners are welcome and encouraged. No bullshit- just fun training and 
getting into shape!

OUTDOOR INSTRUCTOR TRAINING COURSE
 September 27Dec 11
12 week full time course here in Bundoran to train you to become an
outdoor instructor. Would suit those unemployed, taking a break from 
College, or looking for a new set of skills to change work situation. For 
further info, email me for the application paperwork. You must be 18 years or older, you must be able to swim.

Quick update

Posted: July 5, 2010 by donegaladventurecentre in Uncategorized

We are open 24/7 all summer, with surf weekends (adults), family specials, teen surf camp and daily kids camps of all ages.
We are also now enrolling for our 11 week Outdoor Instructor Training Course which is full-time, in Bundoran from Sept-Dec.
Please do email me us you are interested in any of the above!

For those of you here for Sea Sessions, wasn’t it brilliant??

Try to find some Bundoran time for your summer, and remember, we do all the best deals, just email and we’ll find something that suits you/
I’d also be very grateful if you could let school leavers & those who might be interested in outdoor sports as a career know about our training course.
Website is http://www.donegaladventurecentre.net and look forward to hearing from you!

Surf Soccer & DAC Summer plans

Posted: June 14, 2010 by donegaladventurecentre in Uncategorized

Hello from Donegal Adventure Centre & Home field Rock Hostel – this is our occasional bulletin with upcoming events, surf news, gossip and special offers which we hope will be of interest to you – if not, please send a remove instruction and I will not send anything further to you! It’s Niamh here at the end of this email, info@donegaladventurecentre.net and I keep all the emails of people who contact us, sometimes it’s a once-off query, and sometimes it’s you regular people who come all the time, so the last thing we want to do is be one of those in-box irritations. This email has details about Surf Weekend specials, Sea Sessions, and Training Courses, and for families, special deals for August, the injustice of world cup football pools . and an appeal for vinyl records!

So- we have been so so happy this month because of the weather.some of us have tans (not me though, pink and freckled as usual) and there is always a mood-barometer here that is dependent on surfing – and the staff are jolly and happy despite a very busy school-tour season. So we have reasons to be cheerful. We hope it’s going to continue, as we know lots of people are banking on home-holidays this year.
We are very busy with student & teen surf camps from now until July 20th, but if you are considering a surf weekend, we have next weekend (June 18-20) , Sea Sessions weekend, and then we jump forward to July 23-25 and through August. We are still doing our brilliant ‘recession session’ deal – see website http://www.donegaladventurecentre.net

Sea Sessions is just looking BRILLIANT – we are completely sold out for accommodation, I think the whole town is at this stage, but there is still room at the campsite. We do have some availability on surf lessons and high rope sessions, so if you’re in town that weekend, and fancy tempering the music & alcohol with some physical activity, give us a bell 07198 42418 to book. Also- and this if you know you’ll be here – La Sabbia Restaurant are taking bookings for meals all weekend – their number is (071)9842253 it’s  going to be a mental weekend, haven’t seen so much booked out in ten years! There are still some weekend tickets for sale, and they’ve just released some Sunday tickets, more info on the website www.seasessions.ie 

Weekends away for the craic.can I recommend August weekends- we are doing specials for the August Bank Holiday weekend in our Rock Hostel, and we also will be offering recession-session deals every weekend through August. We also have kids’ camps all through the summer, from tots ages 4 upwards right to the elder teens, you can avail of the daily camp if you’re holidaying locally, or the residential camps for 12 years + if you just want to dispatch the kids for a few days. We also will have family specials in August, cheap and cheerful breaks where the whole gang can stay for a while, do some activities with or without parents, – just send us an email for options, and we’ll reply with our best suggestions and prices, that’s how we do it!

Training- I’ll mention this in case you are, or you live with anyone looking around for something to do Sept-December. We run an eleven-week training course in outdoor instructor skills. It’s full-time, you will need to come to Bundoran for the duration unless you live locally, and you will surf, swim, paddle, climb every day, as well as learn child protection skills, work with groups, learn leadership skills and more. We do this course twice a year, and typically hire about 50% of our staff each spring/summer from our graduates- and most of our other graduates are working locally with other surf schools. It’s ideal for anyone finishing Leaving Cert but unsure about College choices, people unemployed or looking for a career change, people planning travel abroad and wanting to bring skills with them that will get them enjoyable work overseas – surf instructor, beach lifeguard, camp counselor etc. Email me for further info or see the website www.donegaladventurecentre.net/oitc 

Teachers, Schools, Clubs & Sports Teams – we are now booking TY groups for next year, we have great Boot Camps for football/Gaa/sports teams of all ages if you’re training, whether it’s a day out or a residential programme, we are planning lots of fun stuff from August through to December. We consistently are praised for our excellent staff, friendly but tightly disciplined work with kids and teens, great attitude with adult groups, and we do work hard at delivering what you want from your break. Email me for information. We also do short training courses for Beach Lifeguarding – we have one on here this weekend, and a second one beginning on Monday morning – we have a few places open for Monday if you are interested.

So-all good here at DAC, Collie tells me of new shortcuts to facebook  – http://www.facebook.com/DACSURF and http://www.facebook.com/rockhostel  and I know DAC is on twitter @dacsurfreport (but I’m trying not to get addicted to yet another social networking thingie..) our email again is info@donegaladventurecentre.net and we are always here to help you with any queries you have about coming to Donegal, sorting out a holiday, stag party, sports club booking or just wondering about the surf conditions before you jump in the car! So stay with us here and keep in touch.

Vinyl records- we’re looking for old ones of no value whatsoever for our hostel.if you are travelling to Donegal and you have rubbish records in your attic, we’d love to have them for doing a funky kind of thing in our rock hostel bedrooms. Just on the off-chance.

Finally – we did a world cup pool here, and figured out that there was a direct relationship between those who drew the best teams, and those who know the least about football. Fiddy got Spain, Neil got Holland, Punk got Brazil, Eimear got Engerland, and poor old Connor got France. Football fans like Collie got Algeria, Paul got Japan, and I have fingers crossed that Ghana are going to surprise everyone! It cheered us all up that Ken got Uruguay, it always is good for the cheap Simpson’s reference.. I’ll leave it at that!

Have a great weekend wherever you go, chat to you soon,
Niamh Collie Eoin Siobhan Punk Trish Conor Ciara Neil Ken Kieran Eimear Darby Kyle Rachelle Fiddy  all at DAC.

Introduction To Climbing

Posted: October 2, 2014 by colliemacp in Uncategorized

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Institute of Study Abroad Ireland

This week is a week of firsts for the ever evolving team craich/wipeout/psychic.  Today was our first day climbing and attacking the ropes course as a team.  Fortunately enough, we perservered and all members were able to complete each of the four different challenges: beginner and advanced climbing walls, the ‘Jacob’s Ladder,’ and the trapeze.  After a full morning of climbing we used the afternoon to conference about climbing, rope safety, and knots.  Team psychic learned a few beginner knots to get us started out on the course for later this week or next. Tommorrow is boot camp!

–  Eric

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