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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

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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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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

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

 

 

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.

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