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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



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

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
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
Co. Donegal

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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 Please contact your local Fas office for further information, and you may also contact Donegal Adventure Centre at

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


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

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 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 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.

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
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.!/home.php?sk=group_197515126946125

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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 –