This week Gwilym has spent a morning looking at options for abseiling from a building, an afternoon of Low Ropes assessments and some staff training in canoes and kayaks on the canal.
Over the last week, Crys has been at Quantock Lodge running a National Pool Lifeguard Course for us. 8 Candidates in total, some new and some renewals took part and please to say all passed the assessment today
Thanks to Donna and Stu for fair and supportive assessments.
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On Saturday, Gwilym was on The River Barle delivering training for a 3 Star White Water Kayak Course with 5 candidates from Dorset.
On Sunday he was joined by Robin who wanted to get signed off as a 3 Star provider. Robin ran a fair and robust assessment over the day and 4 candidates pass their 3 star and Robin is now a provider himself following a debrief and recommendation from Gwilym.
Yesterday and Today, Mark was out with 6 Bridgwater and Taunton College students delivering a Lowland Leader Training on our behalf. A day on The Quantock Hills and a day on the Somerset Levels gave loads of opportunity for teaching. Thanks also to Robin who was along to observe and help out
Yesterday and today, Gwilym has been in Snowdonia with Long Term Development Client Andy who is preparing for his Mountain Leader Assessment. Some time playing with ropes, navigating in the dark and a day out near Crimpiau saw them avoid the worst of the weather and get lots of time in revisiting essential Mountain Leader skills
Our next open course is the 2nd of March in Princetown or we can run these on demand for groups of 4 or more at your own location.
This weekend, Gwilym has been on Exmoor for a one to one 3 Star Training course. Some high river levels on Saturday saw us at Wimbleball Lake before getting on the river on Sunday for some fun on moving water.
Well done to Max and will be good to see you back for assessment in the New Year
Last week, Gwilym was directing a Mountain Leader Assessment whilst Simon was directing a Mountain Leader Training in Snowdonia (North Wales). Jake, Stu and Dewi were working as additonal course staff. A week of mixed weather (grim through to very pleasant) and we used venues in Llanberis Pass, The Glyders, The Carneddau and The Molewyns.
We are pleased to report that Beth, one of our long term clients passed the assessment but as we have now lost her as a long term client, we have now added her to our freelance list. Well done Beth.
Gwilym has just finished running some Mountain Leader re-assessments and we are pleased to report that both candidates passed. Well done Matt and Jamie who both appear in the photo on the back our our van.
Simon and Stu have just started running the Mountain Leader Training course that we have 9 candidates on and Jacob will be joining Gwilym tomorrow to start a full assessment of 8. It is looking like a busy week. Let's hope the weather is not too unkind.
After our post back in September we have moved forward with reducing our Carbon Footprint. The new van has been with us since mid Sept and we are already getting MPG in the top 50's on long runs so much better than the last van.
We have had a lot of support for this move and our attempt to become as environmentally responsible as we can
It has just come back from Image Sign Solutions who are our go to people for sign writing our vehicles.
If you see the van out and about, then give us a wave. We will be in Snowdonia later this month.
This weekend, Gwilym was in The Peak District running one of our Single Pitch Award assessments. Both candidates put in a good performance (even during the poor weather on Saturday) and both left us on Sunday evening as award holders. Well Done!
Last week, we had a group of our instructors up in South Wales supporting Bridgwater and Taunton College with their apprentices just like we did the week before. Lots more climbing, biking and expeditions completed with all students and instructors having an enjoyable time. Better weather than the first week was a big moral boost as well.
Really pleased to have collected our new fleet of boats from Dagger today. We have 5 WW Boats and 2 special order Sea Kayaks to colour match the rest of the fleet (plus a new instructor boat in orange)
We now have
River Runners - 1 x GT, 1 x GTX, 1 x Axiom 8.0
Creek - 1 x MX 8.0, 1 x MX 8.5
Sea - 1 x Stratos 14.5 L, 1 x Stratos 14.5 S
With a nice orange Axiom 8.5 for the instructor
All are available to hire when we are not using them
Last week, we supplied 8 instructors to support Bridgwater College with their apprentice residential programme in South Wales, 42 students, loads of equipment and minibuses arrived at the accommodation near Abergavenny for some team building and route planning before a week of climbing, biking and an overnight expedition. All had a great time and having just finished sorting all the kit and equipment, we start again on Monday for round 2 with the next group.
Over the last few months with our van coming towards the end of its lease (well about 6 months away), we have looked long and hard at our environmental footprint. Unlike President Trump, we think that it is important to protect the environment as best as we can.
Although we looked at Electric and Hybrid vehicles, at the moment the range of these motors and the availability of charging points is not yet ready for us to go this way. Hopefully with Volvo’s commitment to all their vehicles being Hybrid by 2019 when we review the lease again, other manufactures will follow suit and there will be far more options and more charging points available.
We considered both Petrol and Diesel and although there are some concerns over Diesel emissions, with the better MPG and other fitted technology now available we think this is still a reasonable option for us to consider.
So what have we done?
The iconic Wet and High van will shortly be replaced by a slightly smaller 7 seater vehicle which allows us to only use one vehicle when working with groups of 6 (previously we needed 2), has a much better MPG (70% better than current van on paper - so even if half true this will be a significant reduction in fuel) and a lower C02 emissions. The vehicle also has Stop/Start fitted which will reduce our emissions in traffic and easily removeable roof bars that will only be on when needed. We predict this new vehicle will reduce our vehicle footprint by approximately 25% which equates to around 1 tonne of CO2e
Further to this.
- We will endeavor to use local instructors where possible for bookings of 2 days or less and where kit does not need to be taken to the venue from our base.
- We encourage car sharing for courses through our new lift share web page
- We will try to base courses to minimise transport as much as possible ie try to walk out of centres we use as much as possible rather than drive.
We are currently researching options for Carbon Offsetting in the future and once we find an appropriate scheme to record our carbon footprint (for all activities, flights, office and vehicles) will look at options for offsetting this. We hope to have this in place for the next financial year.
It has been quiet here as Gwilym has been overseas. First working in Malawi/Zambia and then motorcycle touring in Europe.
However, things are back to normal now and for the last 2 days Gwilym has been at Cannington Activity Centre delivering staff trainng and giving Technical Advice on High and Low Ropes courses.