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Centre Brochure 2016

Welcome At Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre we pride ourselves on delivering an outstanding outdoor activity programme providing adventure, education and challenge in a stimulating, safe learning environment whatever the age, ability or circumstance of the group or individual. We have been delivering outdoor activities across the South West for over 40 years. In 2013 we moved into our state of the art outdoor facility. Based in the heart of Exeter on Exeter’s historic canal and quayside, the Centre offers an unrivalled purpose built outdoor activity and training Centre in one of the most picturesque areas of Devon’s County City. The operation of the Centre is part of an innovative partnership between Devon County Council and Exeter College.

Contents School holiday activities for young people

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Activity Clubs

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Birthday parties

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Taster and open days

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Adult courses Kayak and canoeing

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Sit on top fishing trips and courses

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Sailing and windsurfing

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RYA Day Skipper course

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Powerboat courses

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Climbing courses

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First Aid courses

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1:1 Personal coaching

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Leadership and coaches courses

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School bookings

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Corporate and team building

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Where to find us

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School Holiday Activities for Young People We provide a full and extensive range of outdoor and adventurous activity opportunities for young people (8-16 year olds) throughout the school holidays. Activities are suited to all ability levels with beginner courses and improver courses available, there is something for everyone regardless of the level of ability or confidence. The Centre has been providing school holiday activity courses and sessions for over 40 years which is testament to the outstanding service we provide. Being Ofsted registered and holding numerous National Governing Body and HSE accreditations and recognitions, you can be assured your children are in the safest possible care.

Course and Activities include: Week-long half day courses in sailing, climbing or kayaking. Young people can work towards national awards and accreditation. From £75 Multi Activity weeks provide an exhilarating choice of over 10 activities over the full week. From £145 Pick and mix activity days with a choice of 2-3 fantastic activities each day. Select your own activities and make your own bespoke course. Choose as many or few days as you require. From £43 Half day courses run from 9.30am – 12.30pm or 1.30pm – 4.30pm. From £75 Activity days from 9.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday with the option of an early drop of from 8am and late collection service up to 6pm for busy parents. £5 per child, per day.

Dates February Half-Term. 15th February - 19th February 2016 Easter Holidays. 28th March - 8th April 2016 May Half-Term. 30th May - 3rd June 2016 Summer Holiday Activities. 25th July - 1st September 2016 (7 weeks) October Half Term. 24th October - 28th October 2016

Activities include: Kayaking, canoeing, sailing, coasteering, climbing, abseiling, powerfan descent, caving, artificial caving, bell boating, improvised raftbuilding, mountain biking, archery, orienteering, team building, bush craft skills, moorland walking and navigation, expedition and camping trips.

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Young People’s Clubs The Saturday morning Kayak Club For 8-16 year olds is designed to introduce and progress young people in paddlesports, building confidence and skills, as well as meeting new friends along the way. For those who wish, the club offers the opportunity to work towards a British Canoeing Paddle Power Award, a nationally recognised qualification. Each award being progressive allows young people to work and progress at their own speed. A variety of strokes and skills will be taught as well as the obvious fun and games. 6 weekly sessions.



10.00am — Noon

Start Date:

23rd April - 28th May

The Saturday morning Sailing Club For 8-16 year olds, particularly suited to beginners and those who wish to gain more confidence in Topper sailing dinghies on sheltered inland waters. The club will work towards RYA Youth Sailor Awards. This scheme teaches you the basics and is a great way to learn whatever type of sailing you choose to do in the future. Our emphasis is to encourage young people into the exhilarating sport of sailing. Every week new skills, techniques and theory will be taught, giving young people the skills to sail their dinghy wherever they want it to go. Water allowing! 6 weekly sessions £120 Sunday


Start Date:

23rd April - 28th May

Outdoors Inclusive Club Inclusive Open Day— Saturday 16th April Come and try a range of taster activities from canoeing to climbing. Exclusively for those who have special need or disability. Further details and booking online or phone the centre to discuss the range of activities available. Supported by Go Outdoors, Exeter. Extreme Sharks — Inclusive Outdoor Club Extreme Sharks is our established inclusive outdoor club. Designed to be fun and informative and to introduce participants to outdoor activities in a safe, supportive and social environment. Exclusively for those who have a special need or disability. We run a multi activity programme throughout the year. Please get in touch for further details.

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Birthday Parties Haven Banks offers the best and most exhilarating birthday party experience which children (and adults) will talk about for years to come! Choose from one of our many outdoor and adventurous water or land based activity options and build the best ever party around this. A totally new and exciting experience where the birthday girl or boy will have the most fantastic fun experience with their friends and family. Party packages can include any or all of the following options:

Haven Banks can cater for all sizes of group and prices start from as little as £10 per person

A wide range of water and land based activities.

Party food menu available (outside caterer).

BBQ available.

Bring your own food, drink and cake.

Choose the most appropriate indoor/outdoor area for après activity

Birthday activities are most suited to ages 8 years and over. However, as long as a parent is present we can arrange to cater for younger ages. Group prices available online. Knock their socks of with an adrenaline-charged adventure birthday party at Haven Banks. Please phone the Centre for further details 01392 400 150 Thanks for your help and please pass on my thanks to the two instructors who took the party on Saturday, the boys had a fantastic time. They all agreed it was the best party ever – helped a little by me being the first one to end up in the water! Colin

Taster and Open Days We will be running a number of taster and open days in 2016. This offers you the opportunity to come down to the centre and have a go at one or more of our outdoor activities starting from only £5 per person. These are real community events aimed at introducing people to the outdoors. A series of short sessions will be offered throughout the day (from 10am—4pm) in a range of outdoor activities. At the end of your session your instructor will tell you more about getting involved. To take part in the activities you must be over 8 years old. Our taster and open days are supported by Go Outdoors, Exeter. All bookings are made online •

14th May

Haven Banks Open Day. Plus SW Canoe Show kayaking and canoeing tasters

10th July

Haven Banks Open Day as part of Active Exeter Summer Festival

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Go Sailing Canoeing and windsurfing and Kayaking - Adult Courses Start Kayaking (Introductory courses) British Canoeing 1 star beginners course Based at Haven Banks on the canal and River Exe you will learn the skills required to complete the British Canoeing 1 Star Award. This is a flat water award reflecting basic boat control in any type of kayak. No experience required. One day course £60 10:00am-4:00pm KBW1 – 29th May

KBW2 - 18th June

KBW3 - 24th July Four evenings £90 6:00pm -8.30pm four weekly sessions KBE2 - 17th, 24th June and 1st and 8th July KBE4 - 26th July, 2nd, 9th and 16th August

Improver Kayaking Courses Improvers kayak and canoe (British Canoeing 2 star)

Two weekends 10am—4pm £125

This is an improvement award that helps paddlers develop fundamental paddlesport skills on flat water. The emphasis is on gaining a breadth of experience, creating the desired movement of the boat and developing an understanding into how the paddle and boat interact with the water. The award is obtained by taking an assessment in both a kayak and a canoe. Please note, candidates need to be at the British Canoeing required standard to achieve the award.

10:00am-4:00pm KIW1 - 23rd ,24th April and 30th April and 1st May. KIW2 - 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th of September.

Whitewater kayaking —a day on the river Designed for those who wish to get on the river and paddle! For those wishing to gain new skills and confidence on moving water or those looking to venture onto higher grade water under the supervision of qualified and experienced instructors. 2 Star standard of kayaking recommended. Meet at the Centre and travel to the River Dart. One day. 10am - 4pm. £70 KWW2 - 7th February

KWW3 – 6th November

White water kayak training and assessment (BC 3 star). Successful performance at this level indicates the paddler can consider themselves an intermediate kayaker as they can now paddle on moving waters. They can do this in a competent manner as part of a led group and have the knowledge and ability to help the smooth running of a trip while being led down a section of a grade 2 river. Meet at the Centre and travel to the Upper Exe or River Dart. Please note, candidates need to be at the required British Canoeing standard to achieve the award. Weekend 2 day. 10am-4pm £95 KA2 -5th, 6th March

KA3 - 19th, 20th November


Go Canoeing and Kayaking Start Open Canoeing Discover open canoeing An introduction to the tranquil world of open canoeing. Over the course of the day you will learn the basic skills of how to paddle a canoe in tandem and try solo paddling, giving you confidence and time to develop these skills whilst on a journey around the beautiful River Exe and Exeter Canal (relaxed 3-4 mile round trip). No previous experience required. Families welcome! One day course £45 10:00am - 4:00pm OCW1 - 29th May

OCW2—August 7th

Canoeing guided tours A full days circular tour of the River Exe and Exeter Shipping Canal experiencing a wealth of wildlife and beautiful scenery. Following lunch on the river banks, paddle past Countess Wear to Topsham Quay and across to Topsham Lock, where the return passage is made via the historic Exeter Canal. A great day in the outdoors. No previous experience required, (5-6 mile round trip) One day course 10am - 4pm. £50 10am - 4pm. OCW 4 - 19th June OCW 5— Aug 21st White Water Canoeing Canoeing training and assessment (BC 3 Star) One day course £100 Successful performance at this level indicates the paddler can consider themselves an intermediate canoeist as they can now paddle on moving water. They can do this in a competent manner as part of a led group and have the knowledge and ability to help the smooth running of a trip while being led down a section of a grade 2 river. Based on Upper Exe or River Dart. Please note, candidates need to be at the required British Canoeing standard to achieve the award. OCWW2 - 23rd, 24th October

“I just wanted to say thank you very much to you and your staff who were all excellent in their patient and positive manner, really encouraging our group, without which a few of our guys would not have enjoyed the experience nearly as much. “ Giles


Sea Kayaking Sea Kayaking - coastal adventures We have explored some of the best coastline in South Devon and we want to share our experiences with you. With so much natural beauty around us, this ever growing paddle-sport discipline can be made as challenging or relaxing as you like. Hugging the South Devon coastline, qualified experienced instructors will take you exploring the craggy coastline and caves. After a bite to eat on a sheltered beach enjoy some rock hopping through rocky gullies and gaps. Venues may include the Jurassic Coastal, Torbay or Teignmouth areas. One day. £60 10am - 4pm. SKW1 - 9th April

SKW2 - 20th August

Sit-on-top Kayaking Sit-on-top kayak fishing trip Half day sit on top kayak fishing trip. £49 A fantastic half day at sea, fishing from sit-on-top kayaks. Head out from Exmouth as the tide approaches high water to a depth of approximately 20 metres where the mackerel shoal (30 minute paddle). Sit back, relax and jig your line in anticipation of a big catch. We can’t guarantee but statically there is an 70-80% chance of a catch. Drifting along the deep water ridge who knows what you might find. Commonly mackerel, pollock or even bass for those who are lucky enough. We might even see a pod of dolphins gliding by. Half day. £49 SOTF1 - 28th June . 10am - 2pm. OTF2 - 13th August. 2pm—6pm

Sit-on-top kayak Sea and Safety Awareness Course A fun focused training and awareness day for parents and family members new to paddle sports in a beach and coastal environment. Learn how to use a sit on top and safety factors to consider when going afloat. One day. £60 10am - 4pm SOTS1— 3rd April

SOTS2— 23rd July


Adult Courses - Coasteering Coasteering half day course £45 Coasteering is a dynamic mix of climbing, traversing, scrambling, jumping and swimming in tidal waters along the rocky sea level of Torbay’s coastline. Instructors will guide you along, up, in and through some challenging coastal terrain on this half day adventure challenge. This activity takes place in Torbay. Transport from the centre is available. Wetsuits and all safety equipment is provided. Meet at Haven Banks to travel to Torbay. CD1 - 16th April. 1pm - 5.30pm CD2 - 23rd June. 10am - 2.30pm CD3 - 13th August. 1pm - 5.30pm

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Sailing Go Canoeing and windsurfing and Kayaking - Adult Courses Start Sailing RYA Level 1 This is the perfect course for those wishing to learn how to sail a single handed boat. Based on the Exe Estuary at Starcross Yacht Club you will learn how to rig your own boat and the basic skills needed to sail your own single hander in a variety of weather conditions. No experience required. Please note, candidates need to be at the required RYA standard to receive the award. Meet at Starcross Yacht Club. Weekend. two days £140 10am—4pm SBW1 - 28th, 29th May SBW2 - 16th, 17th July Four evenings £140 6pm—8.30pm SBE1 - 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th Sept Improving Sailing Techniques RYA Level 2 This course is designed for those who already hold their RYA level 1 or have equivalent sailing experience. Based on the Exe Estuary, where you will sail Laser Pico’s. You will polish up old skills and develop new ones, giving you the confidence and knowledge needed to sail more effectively and efficiently. Please note, candidates need to be at the required RYA standard to receive the award. Meet at Starcross Yacht Club. Weekend, two days £140 10am—4pm SIW1 - 18th, 19th June SIW2 - 13th, 14th August Four evenings £140 6pm - 8.30pm SIE1 - 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th Sept Beginners RYA Start Windsurfing Course Windsurfing combines the elements of surfing and sailing perfectly. During this course you will learn how to rig and launch your own windsurf and the basic skills of sailing up and down wind. Advice on safety and equipment is also given during the course. No experience required. Please note candidates will need to be at the required RYA standard to receive the award. Meet at Starcross Yacht Club. 10am—4pm SWS1 - 11th, 12th June SWS2 - 16th, 17th July 10

Navigation Theory Courses RYA Day Skipper Theory Course Shore-based A comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers. Course topics include: the basics of seamanship; coastal navigation and pilotage; chartwork; electronic charts; safety harnesses, lifejackets and life raft. Price includes RYA Navigation Pack. Taught at Haven Banks in one of our modern training/ lecture rooms. Run over two long weekends. £325 Friday 1pm—6pm. Saturday and Sunday 9am— 6pm. November 18th, 19th, 20th and 25th, 26th, 27th

Powerboat courses National Powerboat Certificate RYA Powerboat Level 2 Coastal An intensive course based on the Exe Estuary. The course provides the skills and background knowledge needed by the competent powerboat driver. The course includes boat handling skills, high and low speed manoeuvres, launching and recovery and the essential theory needed to become a qualified power-boater. The Level 2 of the National Powerboat Scheme is also the basis for the International Certificate of Competence. Level 2 Inland or Coastal Waters. Course includes the training pack and certification for successful candidates. Please note, candidates need to be at the required RYA standard to achieve the award. Please also ask about International Certificate of Competence (ICC). Meet at Starcross Yacht Club. Weekend. two days £210 10am—4pm PB21 - March 19th, 20th PB22—October - 22nd, 23rd

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Climbing courses Beginners Climbing Course - £105 A great introduction to climbing on our realistic rock climbing wall and 23 metre iconic tower at Haven Banks, with a final full days climb on Dartmoor putting all those new skills into practice. Working towards a NICAS Award you will be taught techniques of climbing and belaying. You will be challenged, supported and given the opportunity to progressive your climbing in a great environment. Three two hour evening sessions at Haven Banks and one full days climbing on Dartmoor. Transport provided to Dartmoor. Choice of three courses. RC1. 13th, 20th and 27th April. 6pm – 8pm. Plus 7th May. 10am – 4pm. RC2. 6th, 13th and 20th July. 6pm – 8pm. Plus 23rd July. 10am – 4pm. RC3. 7th, 14th and 21st September. 6pm – 8pm. Plus 24th September. 10am – 4pm.

First aid courses First Aid Courses dates will be added to our web site throughout the year. Courses include: 4, 6, 8 and 16 hour courses. Emergency First Aid at Work and 3 day First Aid at Work and First Aid at Work Refresher Course. Discounts available for groups of 6+ candidates. Please call the Centre if you need a first aid course arranging or you need to revalidate an existing award. 01392 400150 Outdoor First Aid (16 hours) 30th, 31st January 2 days £ 140.00 Emergency First Aid at Work (6 hours) 15th April 1 day £ 58.00 Outdoor First Aid (16 hours) - 23rd, 24th May 2 days £ 140.00

1:1 Personal Coaching 1:1 Personal coaching From beginner to expert. Sports include kayaking, sailing and climbing. From £28 per hour at Haven Banks. Why not crack that Eskimo roll? Learn to roll sessions from our specialist rolling platform.

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Leadership, Coaching and FE Courses in the Outdoors

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Experienced and dedicated staff, fantastic location and a state of the art multi million pound facility make our award winning team and centre the first choice for leadership, coaching and FE courses in the outdoors.

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British Canoeing 4 Star White Water Leader Training and Assessment British Canoeing Coaching Courses MTE Climbing Wall Award Training and Assessments MTE Hill and Moorland Leader Training and Assessment MTE Single Pitch Award Training and Assessment Intensive Instructor Development Courses Outdoor Apprenticeships BTEC Level 1 and 2 in Outdoor Adventure BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Outdoor Adventure HE Foundation Degree in Applied Outdoor Adventure We offer a range of courses run from the Centre throughout the year. Please get in touch for further details. 13

School Bookings Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre has been providing outdoor activities for schools and colleges across the South West for over 40 years. We appreciate that planning a trip takes considerable time and effort, we want to make that process as easy as possible. We are always pleased to welcome teachers to the Centre to allow them to view the Centre prior to making a booking. This also helps us chat through all your requirements, understand the needs of the groups and individual pupils and your desired outcomes from the visit. We are also happy to visit your school to discuss the development of a suitable course programme. We can combine this with a talk to the relevant year/specific group about the type of activities that the centre offers. We can also deliver activities at schools such as orienteering and archery where suitable space is available. We would be particularly keen to highlight: •

The inclusivity in the range of activities that we offer. We aim to incorporate everyone in an activity regardless of ability/disability.

How our outdoor activities can raise student’s self-esteem; confidence; collaborative working and team skills.

How our programmes link to National Governing Body of Sport Qualifications, Duke of Edinburgh and GCSE programmes.

Please note pricing structures offer flexible and affordable options for school groups of all sizes.

Activities start from under £10 per head.

Four easy steps to booking your activity 1.

Pick your activity


Decide how long you want the session to be/frequency


Pick a date


Phone or email the Centre to discuss availability.

School and Youth Group Brochure

Please have a browse through our online schools brochure and contact the Centre to develop your course programme or to book your school or group activities.

Tel: 01392 400150 Email:

‘At our Year 6 assembly today most of the children’s favourite memory of school was activities week at Haven banks. Thanks for a great week. ‘ Helen (Teacher 2015) 14


Corporate Bookings The Centre offers a choice of fantastic lecturing, conferencing, function and meeting spaces which provide any organisation with first class facilities and resources. No matter what your intended use, facilities can be adapted to suit. Each training room has superb river and/ or canal views and each is equipped with state-of-the art interactive white boards ICT and AV facilities.

Meeting Rooms Our rooms are bright and modern with fantastic waterside views. Each with an interactive white board and AV for presentations, teaching or films. A kitchenette is available for catering and refreshments. These are ideal multi functional training facilities for conferences.

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Team Building with Haven Banks Are you looking for a corporate away day or team building experience which will be engaging, fun and help achieve your aims and objectives? Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre based at Exeter’s historic canal and quayside, offers an inspiring venue with experienced and enthusiastic staff who can help you reach your aims and objectives. Team building is delivered through a number of exciting water and land based activities. Haven Banks boasts an unrivalled waterfront state-of-the art facility. The Centre is within easy walking distance of the City Centre and train station, with the National Cycle network literally on the doorstep. Our staff will work with you to develop a bespoke inspiring programme which meets your needs for the day. All the staff, facilities and equipment is included within the cost for the day. We offer one day and half day corporate package. Group sizes tend to range from six to sixty people.

Further Information Please have a look through this brochure, visit our website or contact the centre for further details.

Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre, Haven Road, Exeter, Devon, EX2 8DP, Tel: 01392 400150 Email:

Haven Banks Centre Brochure 2016  

Listing our courses for 2016

Haven Banks Centre Brochure 2016  

Listing our courses for 2016