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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

 

 

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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

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.

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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.