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Activity Programme

Working with young people for a better future

Adventure Dolphin 2012

Pangbourne & Newbury


Adventure Dolphin’s primary function is to provide Outdoor Activities for all people across West Berkshire. The extensive programme caters for people from the age of 8 upwards. Please visit our website We have a wide range of well maintained outdoor equipment, which enables us to offer and support a broad spectrum of outdoor activities and expeditions, from a DofE expedition in a remote wilderness area to a day spent canoeing or team building. Adventure Dolphin operates to the highest safety standards and is licensed by the Adventure Activity Licensing Authority for kayaking, canoeing, kayak surfing, rock climbing, abseiling, hill walking, mountaineering, gorge scrambling and off road cycling. Licence no. L5696/R0588 Pangbourne. We offer a comprehensive range of specialist courses both in land and water based activities, whether it is at novice or advanced level. We pride ourselves on offering high value training at competitive prices. Adventure Dolphin is fully recognised and approved by the British Canoe Union and has been awarded the prestigious Sports Council CLUBMARK, GOLD and TOP CENTRE status, one of only two in Southern England. It also conforms to the guidelines laid down by other national governing bodies. Staff are qualified under the various governing bodies to instruct/coach and are approved by West Berkshire Council for leading hazardous activities. They have all undertaken an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check and hold first aid or lifesaving qualifications. A team of highly qualified volunteers deliver a large proportion of the programme, whose commitment and support enables us to provide such a varied programme. Adventure Dolphin, Pangbourne (P) is based beside the River Thames at Pangbourne. 2011 was an exciting year for Pangbourne, as it was the first year in our new, purpose built Centre. The building is on the old site by Whitchurch Bridge, a two minute walk from Pangbourne Station. The Centre includes large changing rooms with showers, a training room with an interactive whiteboard, boathouse and climbing room with 11 top roped panels at a height of 8.5m. The Centre also has a lounge, large hall and kitchen which are all available to hire. The new building was opened by the Earl of Wessex on 29th September 2010.


School Holidays 6-7 A Taste of adventure / Multi activity week / Local activity day camp / School holiday all day courses / School holiday half day canoeing / School holiday half day climbing

Climbing Courses 8-9 Childrens climbing courses / Young people and adult climbing courses / Alpine santa.

Evening Canoeing Courses 10-11 Evening courses 2012/ Introduction to marathon paddling / Touring course / BCU Foundation safety & rescue / Moving water skills.

Day Activities 12-13 Climbing day trips - indoor/ outdoor / Climbing weekend / Mountain bike programme / Star assessment dates / Paddling day and weekend trips

Pool Based Courses 14 Introduction to kayaking / Water confidence & intro to kayak rolling / Rolling top up

Cadet Leader Training 15 Special Events 16 Activity days / Pangbourne marathon / Activity festival

Birthday Parties 17 Mini Expeditions 18 Intro to white water / Intro to alpine paddling / Trips presentation evening / Climbing week

Youth Clubs 19 Water Based Training Courses


BCU Level 1 / BCU Level 2 / BCU Level 2 assessment / BCU Foundation safety & rescue / First aid day course / Four Star training weekends

Land Based Training Courses


Basic expedition leader / Outdoor pursuits first aid

School and Group Opportunities


Hall Hire 24 How to Find Us 25 3


Membership 4-5


Adventure Dolphin membership charges (April 2012-March 2013) STUDENTS / YOUNG PEOPLE £15 per year + £3 per session Some shorter sessions may be at a different sessional rate. These are identified next to the relevant information under club programmes. ADULTS £30 per year + £4 per session FAMILY MEMBERS £55 per year + appropriate sessional charge. Visitors are welcome at the following costs: STUDENTS / YOUNG PEOPLE £5.50 per session ADULTS £9 per session

Membership allows access to programmes and activities at both venues Membership cards will need to be shown at each session 1. REGULATIONS 1.1 It is Adventure Dolphin’s policy to operate courses using well-maintained equipment and nationally qualified, experienced staff. 1.2 Decisions taken by the coach/leader in charge of each activity course are final. 1.3 For water based courses participants must be water confident and must wear approved buoyancy aids, which the Centre provides. Suitable footwear must be worn at all times on or off the water. Hat/sunglasses are also recommended. 1.4 INSURANCE: Limited third party or personal accident cover is provided, but participants own equipment is not insured at any time. 1.5 Adventure Dolphin strongly advises that no items of value be brought along to activities due to the risk of loss or theft. Management takes no responsibility for any valuables or personal belongings damaged or lost whilst involved with Adventure Dolphin activities. 2. FEES 2.1 A place can only be reserved on receipt of a completed booking form and a nonreturnable deposit of 50% of course fee. All brochure course fees are exempt of VAT. VAT is levied on all Management Training Courses. 2.2 The balance of the fee is payable FOUR WEEKS before the start of the course. Failure to pay the balance at this stage may result in cancellation of the booking and loss of deposit. Payment is acceptable by cheque, cash, by post or in person to the office (Mon-Fri 9.30am-3.00pm or by other arrangement with the Office) 4

3. CANCELLATION BY CLIENT 3.1 All cancellations must be in writing. 3.2 Cancellation up to EIGHT WEEKS before the start of the course incurs loss of deposit only. 3.3 If less than EIGHT WEEKS notice of cancellation is given, after payment of the balance of the course fee, then 80% of the total fee will be retained. 3.4 Cancellation within the final TWO WEEKS before the start of the course will result in loss of 100% of the total fee. 3.5 Should cancellation take place once full payment has been made, Adventure Dolphin will attempt to re-sell the place. If this is possible the client will receive a full refund less a £17.50 administration cost. If cancellation is due to a medical condition a claim can be made on our insurance policy upon receipt of a doctor’s certificate, however, a £100 excess applies. 3.6 All course bookings are non-transferable. Any transfers that may be made under exceptional circumstances are wholly at the discretion of the Programme Manager 4. CANCELLATION BY ADVENTURE DOLPHIN 4.1 Whilst every attempt is made to ensure that advertised courses run, Adventure Dolphin reserves the right to cancel at any time where numbers fail to reach a workable minimum, environmental or other conditions prevent the course from taking place. In the event of this clients will be offered the following options: either full refund of fees or the same course on a different date. Note: Canoeing & Kayaking are “assumed risk” – “water contact sports” that may carry attendant risks. Participants should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own action and involvement” (British Canoe Union directive).



2.3 The WHOLE course fee is required to reserve a place for any booking made within SIX WEEKS of the start of the course.

School holidays

Taste of Adventure Day courses for young people to experience a range of activities we have on offer at Adventure Dolphin. The days are designed for 8-13 years to introduce activities in the outdoors. A varied programme is offered during the week giving participants the opportunity of attending more than one day if required. Lunch is provided. Dates: 2 April Water Based Day - 3 April Climbing and Archery 4 April Mountain Bike and Climb - 5 April Survival Day 10 April Climbing and Archery - 11 April Water Based Day 12 April Climb and Orienteering - 13 April Mountain Bike and Archery 6 June Climb and Orienteering - 7 June Climbing and Archery 8 June Water Based Day 23 July Water Based Day - 31 July Climb and Orienteering 8 Aug Climb and Paddle - 16 Aug Climb and Archery - 20 Aug Water Based Day

Times: Cost:

29 Oct Survival Day 30 Oct Climb and Archery 31 Oct Mountain Bike and Archery - 1 Nov Climb and Archery 2 Nov Crafts and Cooking 10.00 – 16.00 £ 30/£28* per day £125 per week (Lunch included)

Multi Activity Week A five day action packed programme for young people which may include activities such as kayaking, canoeing, orienteering, climbing, archery, mountain biking, mountain boarding and raft building. The week will include a Friday day paddle followed by a BBQ and presentation. No experience required. (Minimum age 13 years) Date: 6 – 10 Aug Cost: £220/£200* Location Pangbourne Newbury

Level Beginner

Local Activity Day Camp A local, five day programme which may include some of the following kayaking, open canoeing, orienteering, archery, swimming, climbing, camping skills, plus an overnight camp. The final day will be a day paddle by canoe, followed by a BBQ and presentation. Date: 20 – 24 Aug Cost: £200/£180*

Intermediate Experienced

* Price applies to holders of the West Berkshire Leisure Card and Adventure Dolphin Members


Join us for a week of fun in the outdoors. The course will cover the BCU award scheme during half the day with an opportunity to try canoeing, kayaking, orienteering, climbing, archery or team building during the other half. On the last day you will join us for a days paddle followed by a BBQ and presentation. (Minimum age 10 years. Only suitable for young people) It is not always possible to gain an award in one week so other training and trips are recommended. Dates: 6 – 10 August / 13 – 17 August Times: 8.30 – 17.30 Cost: £180/£165*

School holidays

School Holiday All Day Courses

School Half Day Canoeing Courses Ideal opportunity to try kayaking or open canoeing, or to improve your skills in a safe and fun environment. These Monday to Friday courses are suitable for young people, Mums and Dads they work towards the BCU awards scheme. It is not always possible to gain an award in one week so other training and trips are recommended. These courses run either in the morning or the afternoon for 4 days with a whole day paddle on the Friday followed by a BBQ and Certificate presentation. Participants should be at least 9 years. Dates: Week 1 23 – 27 July Times: 10.00 – 12.30 Week 2 30 July – 3 Aug 14.00 – 16.30 Week 3 6 – 10 Aug Week 4 13 – 17 Aug Week 5 20 – 24 Aug Cost: £100/£90* Student - £120/£110* Adult

School Half Day Climbing Courses These four day courses are based on our indoor climbing wall and offer the opportunity to learn climbing and belaying techniques. During the course you can work towards NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) level 1 and level 2. It is not always possible to gain an award in one week so other training and trips are recommended. Dates: Week 1 23 – 26 July 10.30 – 12.30 Week 2 30 July – 2 Aug 14.30 – 16.30 Week 3 6 – 9 Aug 10.30 – 12.30 Week 4 13 – 16 Aug 14.30 – 16.30 Week 5 20 – 23 Aug 10.30 – 12.30

Cost: £90/£80* Student - £110/£100* Adult

Location Pangbourne Newbury

Level Beginner Intermediate Experienced


Climbing courses

Children’s Climbing Courses


These courses are an introduction to, or consolidation of, wall climbing leading to NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) Level 1 and 2. Suitable for those aged 8 – 15 years. The six week courses have proved to be extremely popular often booking up weeks in advance. Dates: Wednesday evenings 13 June – 18 July, 12 Sept – 17 Oct, 8 November - 20 December 2013 - Wednesday 27 Feb - 3 April Thursday 10 Jan - 14 Feb Time:


Cost: £55/£50* Student

Intermediate Children’s Climbing Courses These courses are a progression of the NICAS scheme working towards level 3. Suitable for those aged 8 years upwards. You need to have completed level 1 before attending this course. Dates: Wednesday evenings 18 April – 23 May, 7 November - 19 Dec Thursday evenings 13 Sept – 18 Oct 2013 - 9 Jan - 13 Feb, 28 Feb - 4 April Time:

18.30 – 20.00

Cost: £55/£50*

Young people and Adult Climbing Courses

Location Pangbourne

These courses teach young people and adults how to climb and belay safely and introduce the basic climbing principles and techniques. This course will work towards the NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) Level 1 and 2. Date: Wednesday evening 13 June – 18 July Thursday evening 13 Sept – 18 Oct 2013 - Wednesday 9 Jan - 13 Feb Time: 20.15 – 21.45 Cost: £55/£50* Student - £65/£60* Adult


Level Beginner Intermediate Experienced

* Price applies to holders of the West Berkshire Leisure Card and Adventure Dolphin Members


A chance to climb up the Adventure Dolphin mountain to find Santa. Climb to the top of the climbing wall and receive a Christmas present from Santa in his alpine grotto. Children need to be aged 5 upwards. Date: Saturday 8 December Cost: £5

Children’s Climbing Courses (based at Waterside Newbury) These courses are an introduction to, or consolidation of, wall climbing leading to NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) Level 1 and 2. Suitable for those aged 8 – 15 years. The six week courses have proved to be extremely popular often filling up weeks in advance. Dates: 19 April - 24 May, 14 June - 19 July Times: 18.00 – 19.30 Cost: £55/£50* Student

Climbing courses

Alpine Santa

Young Person’s and Adult Climbing Courses (Based at Waterside Newbury) These courses teach young people and adults to climb and belay safely and introduce the basic climbing principles and techniques. This course will work towards the NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) Level 1 and 2. Date: Please contact the centre for dates of these courses Times: 20.00 – 21.30 Cost: £55/£50* Student - £65/£60* Adult

Check out the climbing day and weekend trips on page 12

Location Pangbourne Newbury

Level Beginner Intermediate Experienced


Evening canoeing

Which evening course is right for you? Introduction to Paddlesport Paddlepower Passport

BCU 1* Kayak

Complete Beginners Recommended for younger paddlers

Suitable for beginners wishing to paddle kayak or canoe

Paddlepower Passport Plus

1* Improvers

Paddlepower Discover

BCU 2* Kayak / BCU 2* Canoe

BCU Foundation Safety & Rescue

Location Pangbourne Newbury

Level Beginner

For those wishing to gain more experience and knowledge of water based safety and rescue skills. This course is a pre rec for BCU level 1 coach training

BCU 1* Canoe

For those completed 1* who wish to gain further experience

For those who have completed 1* and wish to progress. 2* is a dual course award, requiring canoe and kayak skills. We advise participants to complete a course in both craft prior to assessment

BCU 2* Kayak / BCU 2* Canoe

Moving Water


BCU 3* Foundation Skills

This is a great course to gain experience of paddling in a moving water environment. Suitable for canoe and kayak paddlers

An opportunity to gain journey experience towards your BCU 2/3* awards. Suitable for canoe and kayak paddlers

Intermediate Experienced


Aimed at paddlers who hold their 2*. This will provide paddlers with foundation skills required for 3* touring, open canoe and white water kayak awards

We offer a range of evening canoeing courses. The courses are suitable for novice to more advanced paddlers. Use the table on page 10 to help you find the right course for you. 6 week courses (a) Tuesday 17 April – 22 May (b) Wednesday 18 April – 23 May (c) Thursday 19 April – 24 May (d) Tuesday 12 June – 17 July (e) Wednesday 13 June – 18 July (f) Thursday 14 June – 19 July 7 week courses (g) Tuesday (h) Wednesday (i) Thursday Times:

24 July – 4 September 25 July – 5 September 26 July – 6 September

18.30 – 20.15

Cost £55/£50* Student- £65/£60* Adult

Introduction to Marathon Paddling A 4-week course to learn the basics of paddling marathon kayaks, have some fun and get fitter in the process. The course will end with a short journey to allow us to gauge your ability to move forward into the Saturday morning marathon racing team sessions. Dates: Wednesdays 17 April - 8 May, 15 May - 5 June Time: 18.30 – 20.15 Cost: £40/£35* Students- £50/£45* Adults

Evening canoeing

Evening Canoeing Courses

Touring Course - Kayak or Open Canoe Journeys suitable for Paddlepower and Star Tests. Dates: Wednesdays 12 June – 17 July Time: 18.00–21.00pm (21.45 approx. when away from the Centre) Cost: £60/£55* Student - £75/£70* Adult

BCU Foundation Safety & Rescue This course is a pre-requisite for the BCU/UKCC Level 1/2 Award and looks at the appropriate safety and rescue skills for looking after groups on sheltered water. Dates: Tuesdays 17 April – 22 May Thursdays 14 June – 19 July Time: 18.30 – 20.15 Cost: £55/£50* Students - £65/£60* Adults (BCU members)

Moving Water Skills - Kayak or Open Canoe Six-week course for those wishing to gain moving water experience. Weeks 1 and 6 are based around the Centre with weeks 2 to 5 at various local locations. Date: Thursdays 19 April – 24 May Time: 18.00 – 21.00 (21.45 approx when away from Centre) Cost: £60/£55* Students - £75/£70* Adults

Location Pangbourne Newbury

Level Beginner Intermediate

* Price applies to holders of the West Berkshire Leisure Card and Adventure Dolphin Members



Day activities - Land

Climbing Day Trips - Indoor These trips are a chance to progress your skills and experience climbing on different local indoor walls. You need to have completed a NICAS level 1 course before attending a climbing day. Dates: Saturday 17 March Tuesday 10 April Time: 9.00 – 16.00 Cost £30 Student - £70 Adult

Climbing Day Trips – Outdoor These trips are a chance to progress your skills from the indoor wall to outdoor rock. You need to have completed a NICAS level 1 course before attending a climbing day. Dates: Saturday 19 May Sunday 29 July Cost £40 Student - £45 Adult

Climbing Weekend – Outdoor This weekend trip is a chance to spend two days climbing outdoors on real rock. No previous outdoor climbing experience required. The trip will be camping. Date: 9-10 June Cost £40 Student - £45 Adult

Mountain Bike Programme Come and join us for some outdoor adventures on two wheels. These day trips are a great chance to get out on your bike and experience some of the local mountain biking tracks. Date: Thursday 12 April Saturday 14 July Sunday 16 September Sunday 28 October Time: 09.00 – 16.00 Cost £20 Student - £25 Adult Location Pangbourne Newbury

Level Beginner Intermediate Experienced


Ready for an assessment? Completed all your training and journeys? Book yourself a place on an assessment date: Dates: BCU 1 or 2 Star assessment - 2 June/ 28 July/ 16 September BCU 3 Star assessment – 15 September Cost: £20 if attended evening course / £25 if not attended

Paddling day & weekend trips During the year we run a programme of paddling trips where you have the chance to experience paddling in new environments. These trips offer the opportunity to gain experience towards BCU awards. Trips suitable for 1* / Passport paddlers and above Sun 1st April

Local day Paddle



Mon 2nd April

Weir Bash





Trips suitable for 3* / Discover paddlers and above Tues 3rd April

HPP day

28-29 April

Tryweryn wknd



Sat 23rd June

Weir bash



11-12 Aug

Tryweryn wknd

Day activities - Water

Star Assessment Dates

We run a number of week long paddling opportunities check the Mini expedition pages for more details of these trips

Trips suitable for people working towards 4* Tues 3rd April




28-29 April

Tryweryn Wknd



11-12 Aug

Tryweryn Wknd



Location Pangbourne Newbury

Level Beginner Intermediate Experienced


Pool based courses

Introduction to Kayaking An opportunity to learn kayaking techniques in the warmth of an indoor pool. This four session course will enable you to acquire basic skills before moving onto the river environment. Based at the Willink pool, Burghfield Common. Dates: Times:

Thursdays 8 – 29 November 19.00 – 20.00 Cost: £37/£34* Student - £45/£40* Adult

Water Confidence & Introduction to Kayak Rolling Learn water confidence and kayak rolling skills in the luxury of a pool environment on these six week courses. During the course you will work in small groups. Based at Willink Pool, Burghfield Common. Dates: Thursdays 13 September – 18 October 2013 - Thursday 10 Jan - 14 Feb Times: 19.00 – 20.00 or 20.00 – 21.00 Cost: £55/£50* Student - £65/£60* Adult

Rolling and Top Up This course is for those wishing to develop or regain their rolling skills. Participants should have attended a previous rolling course or have prior rolling experience. Based at the Willink Pool, Burghfield Common. Dates: Thursdays 8 – 29 November Times: 20.00 – 21.00 Cost: £37/£34* Student - £45/£40* Adult

Location Pangbourne Newbury

Level Beginner Intermediate Experienced

* Price applies to holders of the West Berkshire Leisure Card and Adventure Dolphin Members


Adventure Dolphin has been supporting the BCU Cadet Leader programme for a number of years. The programme is aimed at young paddlers aged 13-16 years. The programme is run from the centres with regular training and social opportunities planned. The Cadet Leader Programme is for paddlers working at BCU Discover or 2* level. The programme looks at 6 areas of coaching and how you can assist coaches when working with groups at the centre. The six modules cover: • Health and Safety • Organisation • Skills Instruction • Promotion and Development • Role of a Cadet • Experience

Cadet leader training

Cadet Leader Programme

We work through the programme in monthly training sessions and courses available through the centres programme. The cadets last year have gained National Governing body awards including their BCU 3* Kayak moving water and Berkshire Awards for service at Adventure Dolphin. Don’t forget if you are taking part in the DofE programme the Cadet Leader Award can count towards your volunteering section. If you want to get involved contact Clare on 0118 9843162

Location Pangbourne Newbury

Level Beginner Intermediate Experienced


Special events

Activity Days These activity days run as a Girls activity day on the Saturday and new for the this year a boys activity day on the Sunday. These days offer you the opportunity to try some of our activities including Kayaking, Open Canoeing, Climbing, Archery and indoor activities. Lunch is provided. Age 9 - 16 years. Date: Girls Day - Saturday 12 May / Boys Day - Sunday 13 May Times: 09.00 – 16.15 Cost: £20

Pangbourne Marathon (National Hasler Ranking Event) A national marathon race in the Hasler series. Those attending Saturday morning marathon training are encouraged to enter this event. The race will be held at Pangbourne. Date: Sunday 9th September

Activity Festival An action packed activity day. Come and take on the challenge of racing a canoe, reaching the top of the climbing wall, popping a balloon in archery and using a map to track down treasure. The day is open to young people and parents. A great day for the whole family to get involved. Date: Sunday 8 July Time: 9.45am – 4.00pm Cost: £5

Join us on the 9 June to try out some of our Olympic themed activities at Pangbourne Village Fete Canoeing and kayaking are: “Assumed risk.” – “water contact sports.” Personal boats & equipment may be used at the discretion of the trip leader. Please note these will not be covered by our insurance. Location Pangbourne Newbury

Level Beginner Intermediate Experienced


Cost of Party (1.5hr)

Why not come to Adventure Dolphin for your next Birthday Party. Adventure Dolphin offer an exciting range of activities for parties which will keep all ages entertained.

Number of participants

Parties last for 1.5hrs which can take place during the week or at a weekend. Parties are suitable for young people age 7yrs upwards.

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Activities available; Canoeing - Kayaking - Rafted Canoeing - Bell Boating - Archery - Climbing Mountain Biking - Mountain Boarding - Team Building - Orienteering A hall is available for hire after your party. To discuss or book a party please contact Matt Bonewell on 0118 9843162

Mountain Boarding During the mountain boarding party you will have the chance to learn how to ride the boards and carve you way down the slopes. Mountain Boards are similar to a snow board with large wheels on the bottom so you can ride them on a grass slope.

Birthday Parties

Birthday Parties

Water based The water based parties offer you the choice of canoeing, Kayaking, raft building or Bell Boating. The parties are based on the river giving you the chance to learn new skills, play games and have a great time out on the water.

Climbing Can you make it to the top of our indoor climbing wall? During the party you will have the chance to try climbing on a number of our indoor routes, play games and take on the challenge of the overhangs.

Archery Can you shoot the centre of the target like Robin Hood? During the party you will learn to use the equipment safely, play games and try to get the highest score.

Location Pangbourne Newbury

Level Beginner Intermediate Experienced


Mini expeditions

Introduction to White Water – Allier A chance to introduce 2 star paddlers, Paddlepower Discover (also Paddlepower Passport, having used a spraydeck) and above to basic white water skills on a camping expedition in spectacular surroundings in southern France. Kayak or Open Canoe Date: 18 – 26 August Cost: £495 student - £525 adult

Introduction to Alpine Paddling – Durance A chance to take your paddling to a new level in the Durance, in the beautiful French Alps. This camping trip will give you the opportunity to receive coaching whilst taking in the scenery and paddling new rivers. You will need to have basic white water skills and the ability to roll. Date: 20 – 29 July Cost: £495 student - £525 adult

Club Trips Presentation Evening This expedition gives the opportunity of joining the participants and staff of the 2012 expeditions when they reminisce and show video footage of their particular trip. It is also the chance to learn of any new trips for 2013. Some of the popular trips fill up on this evening. Date: Wednesday 7 November Time: 7.00-8.30pm Cost: £ *No charge*

Summer Climbing Week A 5 day camping trip to the Peak District to develop your climbing skills on some of England’s best crags. Whether you’ve climbed lots or are new to the sport, this trip will give you an opportunity to climb on rock and improve your ability and knowledge. Minimum age 11 years Date: 6 – 10 August Cost: £260 Student - £300 Adult Location Pangbourne Newbury

Level Beginner Intermediate Experienced

PLEASE NOTE: All mini expeditions are for members only and the cost includes food, transport, accommodation, equipment hire and instruction unless otherwise stated. 18

Youth Club Climbing Club Monday 6.30-8pm

Xodus – Bronze DofE Monday 7-9pm

A children’s climbing club for those who have completed NICAS level 1.


A club for young people in year 9 and above to work towards their Bronze DofE


A club for young people in year 9 and above to work towards all levels of DofE.

Waterside Centre Newbury

A weekly paddling club for all ages who have completed their BCU 1* or Passport award

Waterside Centre Newbury

A winter land based training session


A club for young people aged 15 and above who are working towards their Silver and Gold DofE


Pangbourne canoe club is the competition section of Adventure Dolphin. Previous paddling experience is required.


An open session of fun canoeing for all club members at BCU 1* / Passport level and above.


September to May - Weekly May to August - Monthly

Verge – Bronze, Silver and Gold DofE Monday 7-9pm

Monday evening paddling Monday 7-9pm May-October only

Circuit training Tuesday 5.30-7.30pm Winter only

Voyageurs – Silver and Gold DofE Tuesday 7-9pm September to May - Weekly May to August - Monthly

Competition group Saturday 9.30-12pm

Sunday Paddling Sunday 9.40-12pm May - October only


Waterbased training

BCU Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport This is the first level course for people wishing to become a Paddlesport coach. The course covers all elements of the syllabus excluding the foundation safety and rescue test. Students on the course will leave being able to operate under supervision of a more senior coach. Prerequisites: 2 star award (old 2 star kayak AND 2 star canoe acceptable) & foundation safety and rescue for boat based award. Students MUST register with the BCU and complete parts of the coach level 1 workbook that they will receive prior to the course. Minimum 16 years of age. Dates: Course 1 19-20 May & 16-17 June Course 2 15-16 September & 29-30 September Time: Saturday 9am – 6pm Sunday 9am – 5pm Cost: £235

BCU Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport Training Boat Based This is a four day training course for the second level certificate in coaching Paddlesport. The course is for people who may be working independently. This is a non-discipline specific course and students will learn the skills to teach in both open canoe and kayak, a good standard of personal performance in both craft is required. Prerequisites: Candidates must register with the BCU before the course and obtain their CR Form. Minimum age 17 years. Have completed an L1 within the past three years. BCU CST or FSRT, new 2 star or old 2 star Canoe and Kayak. Six hour first aid certificate and CRB. Dates: 17 – 18 March & 21 – 22 April Times: Saturday 9am – 6pm Sunday 9am – 5pm Cost: £235

BCU Level 2 Assessment Location Pangbourne Newbury

Level Beginner

If successful, this one-day assessment leads to certification as a Level 2 coach in Candidates must present a completed workbook at assessment and complete the practical components of the assessment. Prerequisites: Hold a valid first aid certificate, hold 3 star in main discipline and demonstrate 3 star competency in an alternative. Be 18 years of age or over. Have completed Level 2 training, completed 20 hours of relevant coaching experience, Criminal Records Bureau check (contact BCU), child protection training, assessment tasks in

Intermediate Experienced


Cost: £90

BCU Foundation Safety and Rescue The course will provide the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely and deal with common emergencies, ensuring safety of themselves and others. It will also provide the appropriate rescue skills to be used to help themselves and/or others in difficulties. Prerequisites: 2 Star (old 2 star CN & K), swim in normal clothing suitable to prevailing conditions. Minimum age 14 years. Holding of a first aid certificate is strongly recommended. Date: Saturday 1 September Saturday 24 March 2012 Cost: £60 Student / £70 Adult

Day First Aid Course, Primarily BCU Aquatic This course provides basic knowledge and skills required to administer First Aid. The award is valid for 3 years and is a First Aid Certificate requirement for BCU Level 1 & 2 coaching awards. (Levels 3-5 require a 16 hour certificate) Dates: Sunday 25 March 9am – 5.30pm Sunday 2 September 9am – 5.30pm Cost: £ £55 Student / £65 Adult (Includes book and certificate)

Four Star Leader Training Weekends These weekends will look at the skills required for the four star assessments Dates 19 – 21 October Open Canoe 23 – 25 November Kayak Cost: £225

Waterbased training

assessment pack and professional development modules. Dates: Saturday 30 June Saturday 18 August Time; 9.00am – 5.00pm

Adventure Dolphin Bespoke Coaching Courses The centre is able to offer bespoke courses for groups wanting to train towards BCU Coaching and Leadership qualifications. Please contact the office on 0118 9843162 to discuss the needs of your group.

Location Pangbourne Newbury

Level Beginner Intermediate Experienced


Landbased training

Basic Expedition Leader This course provides a Level3 National Award through Sports Leaders UK for all with a responsibility for looking after others (particularly the young people), or those who wish to train others in carrying out different types of camping expeditions; suitable for those who work in youth clubs and DofE units. Dates: Start 4 January (For 11 Wednesday evenings and 3 weekends) Weekends 20-22 Jan, 17-19 Feb, 16-18 March Cost: Note: For certification a current First Aid qualification is required. There is a separate cost for the assessment weekend. Please note a similar course will commence in 2013, dates and cost to be confirmed.

Outdoor Pursuits First Aid Suitable for outdoor instructors and enthusiasts. Acceptable for qualifications with MLTE, BCU, BASI, SNSC, ESC, RYA and other sports national governing bodies. The course is applicable to the outdoor environment. Previous first aid experience required. This 16 hour two day course is intended to give as much knowledge and practical experience as possible. You learn the principles of first aid, moving on to basic life support in an easy and logical manner followed by common medical emergencies, wounds, bleeding and shock. Initially in the classroom, followed by practical sessions outdoors reinforcing theory work. The second day starts with fractures, followed by the effects of heat and cold. The afternoon is spent with lifting and handling causalities followed by various scenarios for the mountain and outdoors as applicable. Dates: Contact centre for dates

Location Pangbourne Newbury

Level Beginner Intermediate Experienced


School Day Visits School day visits intend to give an exciting introduction to the range of activities which we offer at our centre all year round. The activities are challenging and build on life skills which can be transferred into school and work situations.

School Development Programmes The development programme offers schools a course in one or more activities. During these programmes pupils can work towards National Governing Body awards including British Canoe Union Star awards, National Indoor Climbing Awards, DofE, Berkshire Awards, ASDAN and NVQ.

Specialist Schools Provision Adventure Dolphin is pleased to offer specialist alternative education packages on a needs basis. All packages are available with accreditation and national qualifications, including AQA, ASDAN, COPE and NVQ.

Corporate Team Building Team building is one of the most important factors in increasing team morale. Adventure Dolphin can offer conference facilities and an adventurous experience which will build confidence and esteem. Our training team are supportive and encourage achievable results, which can easily transfer into the workplace.

School and Group opportunities

Adventure Dolphin offers a number of opportunities for schools and groups to participate in outdoor development activities. Prior to any work with your group, Adventure Dolphin will ascertain your programme needs through focused discussions. Subsequently, we will design and deliver a programme that meets your specification.

Activities Available include Canoeing, kayaking, Rafted Canoes, Bell Boating, Archery, Climbing, Mountain boardingMountain biking, Team Building, Orienteering, Bike Ability

Location Pangbourne Newbury

Level Beginner Intermediate Experienced


Hall Hire

Hall Hire Adventure Dolphin are pleased to offer a variety of different spaces to hire.

The Riverview Lounge The lounge looks over the River Thames at Pangbourne which includes a balcony overlooking the meadow and river. The room is a bright comfortable space suitable for groups up to 15 delegates for meetings and team building sessions.

Meadow view Hall The hall overlooks the meadow and River Thames at Pangbourne. The hall is a light and airy space which can accommodate conferences up to 100 delegates. Tea, coffee and refreshments are available on request. Catering is available through local sources based in the village who have a variety of menus to choose from. Audio, visual and computer equipment are available on request. For more information please contact the office on 0118 9843162


Main Hall Hourly Rate

Lounge Hourly Rate

Development Room Hourly Rate


£ 44.00

£ 19.25

£ 22.00

Private Hire

£ 27.50

£ 13.75

£ 16.50

Youth Service / WB / Schools / Community

£ 21.50

£ 11.00

£ 13.50

Evening Parties / Weddings


Total Hire (Plus £250 damage holding cheque – refundable after event)



Activity Parties & Hall Hire

West Berkshire Leisure Card

Non West Berks Leisure Card

12 No.


£ 155

16 No.


£ 180

24 No.


£ 245

32 No.


£ 305

For enquiries please contact: 0118 9843162 e-mail:


Hall charges

Hall Hire Charges 1st April 2012 - 31st March 2013

How to find us

Directions to Adventure Dolphin, Pangbourne Pangbourne is 8km from the M4 interchange, Junction 12. Take the A4 from here towards Newbury following signs for Beale Park. Turn Right along the A340 towards Pangbourne, pass through Tidmarsh and enter Pangbourne. The Centre is situated on the eastern side of the B471, Whitchurch Road, immediately before the Whitchurch Toll Bridge. Follow the signs for the ‘Youth & Community Centre’

Directions for Adventure Dolphin, Newbury From A4/A339 ‘Robin Hood’ roundabout follow signs for Town Centre. At the first mini-roundabout turn left into Park Way. Follow road to bottom and turn right into Camp Hopson Car Park. Proceed through the car park and the gates at the bottom; follow round left to Waterside Youth & Community Centre. Between hours of 18:00 and 8:00 please use the Northbrook Street entrance. From the ‘Robin Hood’ roundabout follow signs for Town Centre. At the second mini roundabout turn left into Northbrook Street, follow the road to just before the traffic lights at the bridge over the canal. Turn left immediately after Boots the Chemist through a narrow arch. The Centre is straight in front of you. 26


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Adventure Dolphin 2012

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Adventure Dolphin Brochure 2012  
Adventure Dolphin Brochure 2012  

Brochure for Adventure Dolphin in Newbury, Pangbourne and Hungerford for 2012.