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School and Youth Group Brochure

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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 appreciate that planning a trip takes considerable time and effort, we want to make that process as easy as possible. We aim to provide an outdoor programme that is ideal for your school or youth group and focuses on your desired outcomes. The centre staff will work closely with you to ensure the programme of activities is designed, developed and delivered to the very highest standards of safety, interest and educational benefit. We can provide accreditation programmes in National Governing Body Awards, Duke of Edinburgh or GCSE grading where required, to ensure that your trip is a great success and meets all of your outcomes. We provide a range of school packages offering great value for money with 30 outdoor adventurous activities to choose from. Pricing structures offer flexible and affordable options for school groups of all sizes. Please have a browse through this brochure and contact Graham Manchester (Haven Banks Adviser) Tel: 01392 400150 email: graham@haven-banks.co.uk for further details, to develop your course programme or to book your school or group activities.

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Contents About us

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Location and facilities

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Activities, where we do them, aims and learning outcomes

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Water based activities Canoeing Raft Building Windsurfing Coasteering

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Kayaking Sailing Bell Boating Dragon Boating

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Land based activities Rock Climbing/ Abseiling Caving Archery Orienteering

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Climbing Wall/ Tower Page 17 Artificial Caving Page 19 Mountain Biking Page 21

Trip objectives and learning outcomes

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School packages, costs and bookings

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Centre and school visits

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Frequently asked questions

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Information for parents

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Policies and procedures

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Group bookings terms and conditions

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Enhancing the young person’s physical, personal and social development 3


About Us Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre has been providing outdoor activities for schools and colleges across the South West for over 40 years. In 2013 we moved into a state of the art outdoor facility in the heart of Exeter on Exeter Quay. The operation of the centre is part of an innovative partnership between Devon County Council and Exeter College. Exeter College was recognised as being Outstanding by Ofsted in 2013/14, even more remarkable given that the college was rated as Outstanding in a no-notice pilot by Ofsted less than two years beforehand. The College was also awarded BTEC College of the Year in 2014. In November 2015 Exeter College was awarded the Association of Colleges (AOC) Beacon Award for Innovation in Further Education, based on the development of activities at Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre and partnership with Devon County Council. We deliver activities from the centre and also at a number of sites across Devon including Dartmoor National Park, River Dart, Exe Estuary and along the Jurassic coast. We have been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge. This award sets a benchmark of quality, awarded to providers who demonstrate that they offer high quality learning outside the classroom and manage risk effectively. We are also licensed with the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority and hold Adventure Mark accreditation. All of these factors ensure that your pupils will have an outstanding outdoor activity experience that they will enjoy and will develop their knowledge, thinking, problem solving skills and life skills in a dynamic and supportive outdoor environment.

“Learning outside the classroom provides a powerful route to the ‘Every Child Matters’ outcomes, in particular enjoying and achieving, staying safe and been healthy.” Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto

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Staff Our instructors are engaging and approachable outdoor professionals. Each is passionate about the activities and they are keen to share their enthusiasm with the pupils in the outdoor classroom. This is reflected in the feedback from students no matter what their educational or physical ability.

All Haven Banks staff have been checked through the Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Staff also hold relevant National Governing Body qualifications and first aid certificates. We also run a programme of continuous professional development for instructors working at the centre. One of our greatest assets is our staff bringing specialist expertise and delivering high quality outdoor education experiences, inspiring young people to achieve and learn. When not instructing at the centre our staff can more often than not be found engaging in their own adventures at the numerous stunning locations that we use such as the River Exe, Exe Estuary, Dartmoor National Park and the River Dart.

“All instructors were fantastic, special needs provision was excellent. Very flexible.” Mark (Teacher June 2015) “Instructors are cool and friendly. When I capsized they helped me. Really clear about what we were doing.” Katie (Age 11 June 2014)

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Location and Facilities Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre, the South West’s premier Outdoor Education and Training facility is based in the heart of Exeter on Exeter’s historic canal & 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 centre offers a safe learning environment whatever the person’s age, ability or circumstance. This has been taken into account fully in the design of the facility. Easy access for all to all areas both of the facility and launching areas is paramount. This is also reflected in the teaching areas, changing facilities, training rooms and social break out spaces. The Centre is within easy walking distance of the City Centre and train station, with the National Cycle network literally on the doorstep. Haven Road Car Park provides parking for cars, minibuses and coaches and is just a five minute walk to the Centre. A little further afield and within easy reach by vehicle, other venues used to pursue adventures include the Exe Estuary, Haldon Hill, the Jurassic Coast, North Devon Coastlines and of course Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks. In fact your adventure opportunities are not restricted to Devon alone as we also provide adventure expeditions across the country.

Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre, Haven Road, Exeter, Devon, EX2 8DP. 6

Tel: 01392 400150 Email: info@haven-banks.co.uk www.haven-banks.co.uk


Facilities Include 23 metre iconic tower for abseiling, top and bottom rope climbing & Freefall Powerfan descents. Replicated and realistic artificial caving system with 50 linear metres of passageways, chamber sump and cave formations. Realistic rock climbing wall with 196 sqms of climbable surface, 24 changeable routes with lead climb opportunities. Changing facilities for 120 students at any one time. This includes separate family, teacher and leaders’ changing facilities. Wet Training room with LED TV, PC and AV for theory based and reviewing sessions straight from/to the water. Extensive launching facilities for kayaks and canoes, including easy access and specialist kayak/ canoe berth for wheel chair users. Two break out social spaces, each with balconies looking over the waterside. IT Suite with 24 work stations. Four state of the art training rooms. Each room provides interactive whiteboards and full IT/AV. Kitchenette to training room 1 and 2 allows for refreshments and lunches to be served during conferences or training events. Granite paved open space and canal side footpath. Ideal for sunny summer day lunches and breaks between activity sessions.

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Canoeing About the Activity Originally used by native Americans, canoes are open boats where the crew (typically two or three) are sitting or kneeling and using a single bladed paddle to propel the canoe. For greater stability we sometimes raft canoes together. A great team activity, canoeists will need to work as a team to steer and power their canoe effectively. Under the guidance of our instructors participants will develop teamwork and communication skills when paddling the canoes in a series of challenges and games. As a BCU (British Canoe Union) approved centre we deliver a variety of nationally recognised introductory, intermediate and advanced courses.

Where do we do it? Start at the centre’s doorstep with a relaxed canal or placid water paddle using the historic Exeter Shipping Canal and River Exe. Both can be safely used all the year round, taking in the picturesque local environment and wildlife. Following some initial training you can try a thrilling introduction or more advanced course on moving water on the Upper Exe or the River Dart for white-water canoeing. Canoes allow you to carry provisions (tents, catering) which opens the opportunity for expeditions exploring the beauty, tranquillity and often remoteness of Devon’s rivers, canals and estuaries. Aims Provide an introduction to canoeing and safety equipment. Introduce a range of paddle strokes and how they affect the movement of the canoe. Develop an understanding of how to undertake the activity safely under the guidance of an instructor. Work with and encourage other participants.

Learning Outcomes Understand how to work as part of a team to paddle a canoe under control in appropriate conditions. Are able to work together to achieve a common goal (e.g. undertake a trip). Develop water skills and confidence. Be able to explain and understand associated hazards. Work as a team supporting other participants and recognising their achievements. Are able to review what they did well and then suggest ways to improve. Understand how they can continue to undertake activity.

“The instructor’s ability to engage with the children was brilliant.” Geoff (Teacher May 2015) 8


Kayaking About the Activity Kayaking is paddling in a small boat in a seated position using a double bladed/ended paddle. Originally derived by the Inuit inhabiting the Arctic regions, is distinguished from canoeing by the sitting position. We have a wide range of kayaks at the centre. Most kayaks have closed decks although sit-on-top kayaks are very popular. As a BCU (British Canoe Union) approved centre we deliver a variety of nationally recognised introductory, intermediate and advanced courses. Under the guidance of our qualified instructors participants will develop teamwork and communication skills when paddling the kayaks in a series of challenges and games. We provide a variety of paddle sport disciplines at varying levels, either as lessons, guided tours or in a club setting. Kayaking options include: sit on top kayaking; placid water and kayak touring; white-water kayaking; sea kayaking and surf kayaking.

Where do we do it? Start at the centre’s doorstep with a relaxed canal or placid water paddle using the historic Exeter Shipping Canal and River Exe. Both can safely be used all the year round, taking in the picturesque local environment and wildlife. Following some initial training you can try a thrilling introduction or more advanced course on moving water on the Upper Exe or the River Dart for white-water kayaking or the north and south Devon and Cornish coastlines for Sea Kayaking and Surf Kayaking.

Aims Provide an introduction to kayaking and safety equipment. Introduce a range of paddle strokes and how they affect the movement of the kayak. Develop an understanding of how to undertake the activity safely under the guidance of an instructor. To work with and encourage other participants.

Learning Outcomes Understand how to paddle a kayak under control in the appropriate conditions. Be able to explain associated hazards. Develop water skills and confidence. Work as part of a team supporting other participants and recognising their achievements. Be able to review what they did well and then suggest ways to improve. Understand how they can continue to undertake activity. “I loved it and would love to come again.� Maddy (age 11 June 2014) 9


Rafting About the Activity Participants work together to build a raft made of poles, barrels and rope. The rafts must be big enough and strong enough to carry the team to a set destination. Each team must work together on all stages from carrying their materials, to the designing, building and finally paddling of their rafts. Raft Building is an ideal activity for young people, it requires creativity, initiative and teamwork. The activity focuses on group dynamics, communication skills and leadership. Key skills of design, team work, allocation and use of resources can be woven into a problem based activity. Group co-operation and innovation come together into what is a fun team challenging activity where the consequences of poor design, building and teamwork can soon have a wet result! Barrels, poles, ropes, paddles and water and a few “red herrings” are a recipe for great fun and all being well a seaworthy vessel, though commonly a thorough soaking!

Where do we do it? Design and launch the raft on the centre’s doorstep on the historic Exeter Ship Canal and River Exe. Both can safely be used all the year round, taking in the picturesque local environment and wildlife.

Aims Provide an introduction to rafting safety equipment. Understand stability and buoyancy in boat design. To work as a team to build, launch and propel your raft. Introduce a range of paddle strokes and how they affect the movement of the raft. Develop an understanding of how to undertake the activity safely under the guidance of an instructor. To work with and encourage other participants.

Learning Outcomes Understand how to paddle a raft under control in the appropriate conditions. Be able to explain associated hazards and develop water skills and confidence. Work as a team supporting other participants and recognising their achievements. Are able to review what they did well and then suggest ways to improve. Understand how they can continue to undertake activity. “Getting teams to come up with the design, going through and editing through explanation was great! Awesome demos.” Pete. (Teacher June 2014) 10


Sailing About the Activity Dinghies are small sailing boats and are the quickest and easiest way to learn to sail. We have a range of dinghies that are easy to handle and light to launch. Learn to sail on your own in a Topper or Pico. We also have larger dinghies such as Laser Stratos and a Drascombe Longboat which allow progression in the sport and the allows the opportunity to undertake day sails in the Exe Estuary. As a RYA (Royal Yachting Association) training establishment, the centre delivers a variety of nationally recognised introductory and intermediate courses. These include RYA Levels 1 and 2, Seamanship Skills and Dinghy Day Sailing and for young people, the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme Stages 1 to 4.

Where do we do it? Start on the centre’s doorstep with an introduction to sailing on the River Exe. Progressive courses move down to Starcross Yacht Club, situated a short journey from the centre on the Exe Estuary. The Exe Estuary is an internationally important site for wildlife, a site of special scientific interest and at the start of the Jurassic Coast.

Aims Provide an introduction to sailing, safety equipment and terminology. Introduce wind awareness and the principals of how a sail works. Introduce tides and weather considerations. To take control of and sail your own boat. Develop an understanding of how to undertake the activity safely under the guidance of an instructor. To work with and encourage other participants.

Learning Outcomes Able to rig a boat and understand the parts of a sailing dinghy. Be able to interpret the sailing environment and how the different elements (e.g. wind and tide) link together allowing you to sail. Develop water skills and confidence. Be able to explain associated hazards. Work as a team supporting other participants and recognising their achievements. Are able to review what they did well and then suggest ways to improve. Understand how they can continue to undertake activity. 11


Windsurfing About the Activity Windsurfing combines elements of surfing and sailing. It consists of a board usually 2 to 3 metres long, powered by wind on a sail. We offer courses for the complete beginner on either a one-off taster session or on a Start Sailing Course. This course will take you from complete beginner, teaching you the basics of windsurfing using the right equipment; enabling you to sail to where you want to go to and back to where you started from. Having mastered the basics, the intermediate windsurfer can move onto an “Intermediate Windsurfing Course� and learn new techniques such as the beach start, the foot straps and using a harness.

Where do we do it? Start on the centre’s doorstep with an introduction to windsurfing on the River Exe. Progressive courses move down to our site at Starcross Sailing Club. Situated a short journey from the centre on the Exe Estuary which it is an internationally important site for wildlife, a site of special scientific interest and at the start of the Jurassic Coast.

Aims Provide an introduction to windsurfing, safety equipment and terminology. Introduce wind awareness and the principals of how a sail works. Understanding the stability and buoyancy of a board. Introduce tides and weather considerations. To take control of and sail your own windsurf. Develop an understanding of how to undertake the activity safely under the guidance of an instructor.

Learning Outcomes Able to rig a windsurf sail and understand the parts. Be able to interpret the windsurfing environment and how the difference elements (e.g. wind and tide) link together allowing you to windsurf. Develop water skills and confidence. Be able to explain associated hazards. Are able to review what they did well and then suggest ways to improve. Understand how they can continue to undertake activity. 12


Bellboating About the Activity Bell Boats are 9 metres long and 1.4 metres wide. The craft has twin hulls with a central non-slip deck area and seats up to twelve children with a helm. Bell Boats are extremely stable and are great for introducing all ages to water sports as well as a classroom on the water. Designed by Olympic Canoe Coach David Train, its purpose is to remove the fear of taking part and to help with team work and co-operation. You can even walk on the central deck while the boat is moving to have a go on the helm. Sessions include tuition in paddling and efficient team paddling, helming, races with other teams, team challenges and other endless fun and games.

Where do we do it? Start at the centre’s doorstep on the Historic Exeter Ship Canal and River Exe. Both can safely be used all the year round, taking in the picturesque local environment and wildlife. During an Estuary trip explor-ing the beauty and tranquillity of this Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Aims Provide an introduction to Bellboating and safety equipment. Introduce a range of paddle strokes and how they affect the movement of the Bellboat. Develop an understanding of how to undertake the activity safely under the guidance of an instructor. To work with and encourage other participants.

Learning Outcomes Can work as a team to paddle the Bellboat under control in the appropriate conditions. Develop water skills and confidence. Be able to explain associated hazards. Work as a team supporting other participants and recognising their achievements. Are able to review what they did well and then suggest ways to improve. Understand how they can continue to undertake activity. “Appreciated the fact that although one student had a wobble at the start of the session she was accepted, guided and included. She soon settled into it and got involved.” Claire (July 2015) 13


Coasteering About the Activity Coasteering consists of undertaking a challenging journey. These include walking, climbing and scrambling over rocks, jumping into water and swimming in tidal waters along the coast. The importance of teamwork to overcome a range of obstacles is paramount. Under the guidance of our instructors participants will be taught how to move over rough and challenging terrains. There are often a range of challenges that the participants will face. Some of the activities undertaken offer ‘challenge by choice’ where participants may set their own goals such as jumping from different heights into water. The importance of teamwork and communication skills are developed through a series of natural challenges presented by the instructors leading the activity.

Where do we do it? Torbay offers a perfect rocky coastline for participants to traverse, swim, climb, scramble and jump-off into the sea.

Aims Provide an introduction to Coasteering. Learn how to move over rough and challenging terrains, considering associated risks. Understand how the sea shapes the coastal features/environment. To develop self-esteem and personal confidence in a challenging environment. To work with, support and encourage other participants.

Learning Outcomes Understand the importance of safety equipment such as buoyance aids and wetsuits. Develop water skills and self-confidence. Work as a team supporting other participants and recognising their achievements. Take part in a review of the session identifying what they did to quantify and overcome the hazards that the trip presented. Understand how they can continue to undertake activity. “Instructors were both calm and enthusiastic making the children feel the same.” Teacher (June 2015) 14


Dragon Boating About the Activity Dragon Boats originated from China’s Southern Guangdong Province. Participants sit in the boat on either side and propel the boat using a single bladed paddle. As a sport Dragon Boats have been raced in China for over 2,000 years. We use Dragon Boats for introducing groups to paddling and exploring the canal or river. When boats are matched together we can run a series of races and games, a fantastic team orientated activity where timing, cohesion and co-operation are key to success.

Where do we do it? Moored on the centre’s pontoon you immediately access historic Exeter’s Ship Canal and River Exe. Both can safely be used all the year round, taking in the picturesque local environment and wildlife.

Aims Provide an introduction to Dragon Boating and safety equipment. Introduce a range of paddle strokes and how they affect the movement of the Dragon Boat. Develop an understanding of how to undertake the activity safely under the guidance of an instructor. To work with and encourage other participants. Introduce competition.

Learning Outcomes Can work as a team to paddle a Dragon Boat under control in the appropriate conditions. Work together to achieve a goal (e.g. undertake a trip). Participants will need to show that they have listened, understood and can carry out instructions. Develop water skills and confidence. Be able to explain associated hazards. Work as a team supporting other participants and recognising their achievements. Are able to review what they did well and then suggest ways to improve. Understand how they can continue to undertake activity. “Can you thank your staff for a fantastic afternoon today? The pupils were really nervous but by the end of the session were so relaxed and even up for jumping into the water. It was quite amazing to see them grow in confidence in such a short space of time. Thank you.“ Steve (Teacher June 2014) 15


Rock-climbing - Abseiling About the Activity Participants learn how to climb selected routes using specialist safety equipment (helmets, harnesses and ropes) under the guidance of our instructors. Some of the activities undertaken offer ‘challenge by choice’ where participants may set their own challenge as to whether they wish to climb a few feet or to the top of a mountain. The rewards that come from combining trust, concentration, agility, balance, strength and judgement lead to a sense of delight and relief when you reach the top of an achievable, though demanding rock climbing route. Abseiling consists of lowering oneself down a wall or cliff face in a controlled manner. We aim to build participants’ confidence on smaller climbs before venturing onto more challenging environments.

Where do we do it? There are a variety of crag options available to suit every ability level. Dartmoor National Park, South Devon Coast and Chudleigh Rocks are a short drive from the centre.

Aims Provide an introduction to rock climbing and abseiling. Learn about safety equipment its selection and maintenance. Learn how to climb and abseil down rough and challenging terrains, considering associated risks. To develop self esteem and personal confidence in a challenging environment. To work with, support and encourage other participants.

Learning Outcomes Be able to explain the importance of safety equipment . Develop skills (climbing techniques, rope work, bouldering techniques) plus self confidence. Work as a team supporting other participants and recognising their achievements. Are able to review what they did well and then suggest ways to improve. Understand how they can continue to undertake activity. “I enjoyed it very much and loved the climbing and archery.” Ben (aged 10) 16


Climbing Wall - Tower About the Activity The centre’s onsite climbing wall and tower is a fantastic place to try and practice climbing techniques for the first time. The centre’s wall has both resin and bolted holds and anchored wall points. The wall is used for one off introductory sessions or as a first session for courses. It offers a safe and secure environment where groups and individuals can build trust, gain confidence and learn new skills and techniques, hopefully then wishing to progress to the natural crag. As a NNAS (National Indoor Climbing Centre) we can deliver Level 1 and 2 Courses. Participants learn how to climb selected routes using specialist safety equipment (helmets, harnesses and ropes) under the guidance of our instructors. Some of the activities undertaken offer ‘challenge by choice’ where participants may set their own challenge as to whether they wish to climb a few feet or to the top of a climbing wall. Abseiling consists of lowering oneself down a wall or climbing tower in a controlled manner. We aim to build participants’ confidence on our state of the art purpose built climbing wall and tower before venturing into the natural climbing environment.

Where do we do it? Onsite the centre’s new state of the art artificial climbing wall and tower offer a fantastic place to try and practice climbing and belaying techniques.

Aims Provide an introduction to climbing and abseiling. Learn about safety equipment, selection and maintenance. Learn how to climb and abseil down rough and challenging terrains, considering associated risks. To develop self-esteem and personal confidence in a challenging environment. To work with, support and encourage other participants.

Learning Outcomes Be able to explain the importance of safety equipment . Develop skills (climbing techniques, rope work, bouldering techniques) plus self confidence. Work as a team supporting other participants and recognising their achievements. Take part in a debrief of the session reviewing their performance. Are able to review what they did well and then suggest ways to improve. Understand how they can continue to undertake activity. 17


Caving About the Activity Caving is the exploration of caves and can mean different things to different people. For some it can be escapism from the daily grind, to others a fun way of getting some exercise and for most a totally new environment in which to explore. Suited to all ages and most ability levels. Instructors choose and adapt the route to the group or individual depending on their ability, levels of confidence, physical ability and/or sense of adventure! A typical session will include kitting up and a safety brief. You will then enter the system to experience a totally new world of limestone passages, some starting life over a million years ago. Instructors can tailor your sessions to your or the group’s needs. Sessions have the aim of being fun, educational and above all safe. Whether you chose this activity for the adventure, the sport, the geography or geology, it really is a fascinating adventure. Within some caves you will find bats in others active streams which continue to form the passage system. This is a great individual or team building activity, one which gives a real sense of achievement and satisfaction. All trips are led by qualified and experienced Instructors at a ratio of 1:6 maximum, this way enabling groups to see much more of the cave system, without following a long chain of people.

Where do we do it? The centre uses several caves, both within Devon and the Mendip Hills.

Aims Provide an introduction to caving Learn about safety equipment its selection and maintenance Learn how to navigate through challenging terrains, considering associated risks To develop self esteem and personal confidence in a challenging environment To work with, support and encourage other participants

Learning Outcomes Be able to explain the importance of safety equipment such as helmets and lights Develop skills (scrambling, rope work, agility) plus self confidence Work as a team supporting other participants and recognising their achievements. Are able to review what they did well and then suggest ways to improve. Understand how they can continue to undertake activity. “Instructors were both calm and enthusiastic making the children feel the same.� Teacher (June 2015) 18


Artificial Caving About the Activity Haven Banks’s artificial caving system situated within our caving and climbing enclosure is suited to all ages and makes a fantastic alternative activity regardless of the weather outside. Fifty metres of replicated and realistic interlinking passageways stretching through intricate twists and turns provides the real cave exploration experience. The realistic cave passageways include stalactites, stalagmites and columns with a chamber able to accommodate 6-8 people, a sump where the usual water is replaced with balls to give that realistic duck and dive experience before continuing your adventures. The artificial cave provides a perfect introduction to caving for young people.

Where do we do it? Onsite Haven Banks’s artificial caving system is situated within our caving and climbing enclosure.

Aims Provide an introduction to caving. Learn about safety equipment its selection and maintenance. Learn how to navigate through challenging terrains, considering associated risks. To develop self esteem and personal confidence in a challenging environment. To work with, support and encourage other participants.

Learning Outcomes Be able to explain the importance of safety equipment such as helmets and lights. Develop skills (scrambling, rope work, agility) plus self-confidence. Work as a team supporting other participants and recognising their achievements. Are able to review what they did well and then suggest ways to improve. Understand how they can continue to undertake activity. “All instructors were fantastic. Special needs provision was excellent. Very Flexible.” (Local primary school teacher June 2014) 19


Archery About the Activity Archery is the skill of propelling arrows with the use of a bow. Historically, archery has been used for hunting and combat, in modern times its main use is competitive sport and recreational activity. A person who participates in archery is typically known as an archer or a bowman. Archery is truly a sport for all and the centre has equipment allowing full participation for all abilities and all ages. Archery is a sport that has soared in popularity for schools over recent years. Archery can offer a personal as well as a team or competition challenge. Instructors will professionally adapt this activity to suit your needs.

Where do we do it? We run archery activity sessions within a few hundred yards of the centre, on the Riverside Valley Park. The expansive range allows for safe, fun based tuition and progression in an activity suited to all ability levels. Archery is also an ideal activity to run at your own choice of outdoor venue (subject to preliminary visit) as equipment requirement is minimal. On days where the weather is particularly bad we can also offer limited indoor archery sessions inside the centre. We can also offer archery at your own venue (subject to preliminary visit) such as a school sports hall. In fact an area of just 15-20 metres length is ample as we provide full backstop netting for any stray arrows.

Aims Provide an introduction to archery. Understand the techniques, skills and terms used in archery. Understand the risks and hazards of the activity and how these can be addressed. To introduce competition to help improve the standard of performance.

Learning Outcomes Participants will need to show that they have listened, understood and can carry out instructions. Explain the importance of safety when using the equipment. Understanding of the rules when competing. Work as a team supporting other participants and recognising their achievements. Are able to review what they did well and then suggest ways to improve. Understand how they can continue to undertake activity. “Absolutely brilliant experience catering for all our needs.� Teacher (June 2015) 20


Mountain Biking About the Activity Mountain biking involves cycling mainly off road or over rough terrain, which can be muddy and often contains rocks. This is why we use specialist all terrain mountain bikes, as they are much better suited to the challenging conditions.

Where do we do it? Haldon Hills. Described by British Cycling as Devon’s most complete and well packaged mountain biking experience in a forest setting close to Exeter. A choice of three trails, the beginner’s Adventure trail, a Family trail and the technical Ridge Ride trail. Woodbury Common is a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) which has a scheduled ancient monument and is home to dozens of important species of wildlife. It offers a great range of tracks suitable for mountain biking across a range of great mountain biking routes.

Aims Provide an introduction to mountain biking. Understand the risks and hazards of the activity and how these can be addressed. Experience cycling off road over a range obstacles, differing ground conditions and gradients. Develop biking proficiency and skill including brakes, riding position and gears.

Learning Outcomes Understand the importance of safety when using the equipment. Be able to explain the hazards with off road cycling. Work as a team supporting other participants and recognising their achievements. Are able to review what they did well and then suggest ways to improve. Understand how they can continue to undertake activity. “Varied activities and content to meet pupil’s needs. All pupils conquered fears and tried new things.” Michael (Teacher June 2014) 21


Contents Orienteering About the Activity Orienteering is a sport where competitors navigate their way between control points marked on a specially drawn map. There are various orienteering disciplines, foot orienteering is the most common, though at Haven Banks we also orienteer by kayak/canoe and mountain bikes. Participants will develop map reading and problem solving skills. To complete the challenge the importance of teamwork and communication is key. Orienteering is a perfect outdoor activity for schools. We have challenging courses for all ages and abilities, and can also be used as an element in the National Curriculum for PE, Geography and Mathematics.

Where do we do it? The Centre uses various courses both locally on the Riverside Valley Park, though we also have courses at Shobrooke Park, Haldon Forest, Woodbury Common and other more remote sites at wooded locations and on Dartmoor National Park. Aims Provide an introduction to orienteering. Develop skills associated with orienteering (map reading and problem solving). Develop an understanding of how to undertake the activity safely under the guidance of an instructor. Work with and encourage other participants. Learning Outcomes Understand how to read a map and the key symbols shown. Be able to identify their location on the map. Work as a team supporting other participants and recognising their achievements. Are able to review what they did well and then suggest ways to improve. Understand how they can continue to undertake activity. “The instructor’s ability to engage with the children was brilliant.� Teacher (May 2015) 22


Booking Conditions Trip Objectives and Learning Outcomes To help you produce a programme that is ideal for your school or college, please have a look through and tick the intended main objectives and learning outcomes you want to achieve as a result of bringing a group to Haven Banks.

Objectives To experience a new activity

Develop new skills

Broaden horizons

Part of a multi activity week

Gain accreditation in activities

As a reward

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Learning Outcomes Enjoy learning and participating in a new sport. Achieving and developing activity skills and confidence. Develop health and fitness by experiencing a new physical activity. Enthuse an interest in the environment, adventure and the health opportunities it offers. Develop an understanding of associated hazards and how to stay safe. Improved motivation, listening and understanding in a different environment. Develop planning and debriefing skills (Plan – do – Review). Develop team work and associated key skills. Build self confidence, self esteem and personal qualities. Developing self awareness and social skills. Others, please list ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Please scan and return this form to graham@haven-banks.co.uk 23


School Packages, Costs and Bookings School Packages We offer a range of school packages which include the following: 2 – 3 hour taster sessions Day activities Week courses Courses running on a regular (weekly) basis throughout the academic year School clubs Expeditions Residential courses

Duke of Edinburgh Awards We can deliver training, supervision, assessments and expeditions across a wide range of activities in some of the South West’s most stunning locations.

Ten Tors Challenge Interested in putting a team forward for the Ten Tors but need a hand with organisation and supervision of your pupils training? We can put a package together to help your pupils achieve the most from the Ten Tors Challenge.

National Governing Body of Sport Awards We offer a range of National Governing Body of Sport Awards these include the following: As a BCU (British Canoe Union) approved centre we deliver a variety of nationally recognised introductory, intermediate and advanced courses. As a RYA (Royal Yachting Association) training establishment, the centre delivers a variety of courses including Levels 1 and 2, Seamanship Skills and Dinghy Day Sailing. For young people, the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme Stages 1 to 4. As a NNAS (National Indoor Climbing Centre) we can deliver Level 1 and 2 Courses.

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Costs We are happy to tailor a course programme to suit your pupils or youth group. Please see the pricing insert which lists our current costs for our most popular courses. If you are unable to find an activity programme please contact the centre to discuss.

Booking your Course Four easy steps to booking your activity 1. Pick your activity 2. Decide how long you want the session to be/frequency 3. Pick a date 4. Phone or email the centre to discuss availability. If you require further information please contact Graham Manchester, Haven Banks Adviser on tel: 01392 400150 or email graham@haven-banks.co.uk

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Centre and School Visits Centre Visits 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. If you are unable to visit the centre we are happy to discuss these requirements over the telephone or via email.

School Visits We are 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. Please note that activities delivered onsite will incur a fee. Visits can be arranged at a time to suit you. Please contact Graham Manchester (Centre Advisor) for further details. Tel: 01392 400150. Email: graham@haven-banks.co.uk

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Frequently asked Questions Below we have listed some of the frequently asked questions. If you have a question that is not listed or would like further details please do not hesitate in contacting us on 01392 400 150.

Q. Can you tailor a course for my school? We are happy to discuss how we could accommodate your requirements. We can cater for short introductory sessions through to programmes run for a full academic year.

Q. Can the course been offered be linked to the National Curriculum other qualifications? Yes, we are happy to discuss your requirements and link the course accordingly. Examples include GCSE PE and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Q. Can I visit the centre before booking? Yes we would be delighted to give you a tour of the centre, meet and question our staff and discuss your requirements and/or any concerns.

Q. Who owns the centre? The centre is owned by Devon County Council but is operated and managed in partnership with Exeter College.

Q. How do I know that the activities are safe? We hold National Governing Body accreditation for the activities that we deliver. All staff are trained in the delivery of the activities. We have risk assessments and safety policies for all activities that we deliver, copies of which can be made available.

Q. Can we have a copy of your public liability certificate? Yes this can be forwarded electronically or viewed at the centre.

Q. Do the activities run throughout the year? Yes we operate throughout the year. In the colder months we tend to focus on the more land based activities. Although during the winter period some of the best kayaking for experienced groups is to be had on the River Dart.

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Information for Parents Dear Parent/Guardian Haven Banks Outdoor Activity Centre has been established for over 40 years. We pride ourselves on delivering an outstanding outdoor activity programme that provides adventure, education and challenge in a stimulating, safe learning environment whatever the person’s age, ability or circumstances. We have been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge. This award sets a benchmark of quality awarded to providers who demonstrate that they offer high quality learning outside the classroom experiences and manage risk effectively. We also hold a host of other awards including the Adventure Activity Licencing Authority Award and National Governing Body of sport accreditation for the activities that we deliver. Our aim is that your child will have a new outdoor learning experience which will inspire them, increase their self-esteem and one which they will remember for years to come. Our instructors are approachable, professional outdoor professionals. Above all they are passionate about their sports and keen to share this enthusiasm in an outdoor educational environment. All staff have been Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked. DBS helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. All staff also hold relevant National Governing body qualifications and first aid certificates. We also run a programme of continuous professional development for instructors working from the centre. Staff to student ratios are maintained in line for National Governing Body of Sport recommendations. We have a state of the art purpose built facility (opened in 2013) which has a modern automatic fire detection system. The building and launching on site is fully accessible for both disabled and able bodied users. We have on site first aid posts and each instructor carries a first aid kit at all times. All the equipment that is used in the delivery of activities is maintained to a high level to ensure that safety is paramount and that your child receives the best learning experience possible. All staff using centre vehicles hold the appropriate driving licenses. We use modern minibuses that are regularly maintained. All children must wear a seatbelt whilst travelling. If you have any questions please do not hesitate in contacting the Centre tel: 01392 400 150.

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Policies and Procedures We produce a series of policies (listed below) all of which can be found on the Haven Banks (www.haven-banks.co.uk) or Exeter College’s web site (www.exe-coll.ac.uk). If you wish we can email these directly to you. If you require further information please get in touch. Anti-Bullying Policy Child Protection Policy Equality and Diversity Policy E-safety policy Health and Safety Policy Information Security Policy Intimate Care Policy Over-Arching Safeguarding Policy Substance Misuse Policy Complaints Procedure Personal Data and Fair Processing Notice (Data Protection Act 1998) and Photographic Consent

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Booking Conditions The Booking: Bookings can and will only be confirmed once full payment or a 25% non-refundable deposit has been received. If the deposit is received first the remaining full payment for a booking must be made six weeks before the commencement of the course. It is the group organisers’ responsibility to check through the booking information immediately when they receive this from the Centre. The Centre cannot rectify any mistakes or make alterations to bookings once the group arrives at the Centre. At least one week’s notice should be given of any changes required. Even then we may not be able to accommodate any change to the booking or rectify any such problems. Booking Period: The booking period is deemed to be from the time a group arrives at the Centre to when it departs. Changing, equipment preparation and the correct storage of equipment at the end of the activity session are part of the booking period. Wherever possible, the Centre has a flexible approach to session timings. Cancellation: All cancellations made by the Customer must be in writing and acknowledged by the Centre (please retain your acknowledgement email). In the event of cancellation. A cancellation fee will be due as follows: All deposits are non-refundable. • Eight weeks or more prior to the commencement of course/event date: Deposit only payable. • Three weeks to eight weeks prior to the commencement of course/event date: Seventy five per cent (75%) of your total course fee will be retained by the Centre. • Three weeks or less prior to the commencement of course/event date: One hundred per cent (100%) of the total course fee shall be retained by the Centre. • One hundred per cent (100%) of the course fee is retained if the customer cancels or does not attend after the commencement date of the course. Please note deposits are for the full booking. The centre cannot offer any discount or refund where participant numbers are reduced after the booking has been made and the deposit received. Group leaders or course participants are advised to consider taking out cancellation insurance. Prices Include: • • • • • •

All specialist equipment Qualified Instructor (s) Use of Haven Banks Buildings and facilities (i.e. classroom, pontoons, changing room, showers) Protective Clothing. (Please see clothing/kit list) Wetsuits will be provided for windsurf sessions. For other activities a request in advance must be made and there may be an additional charge. Teaching Aids

Prices Do Not Include: • • • • • •

Wetsuits for activities other than windsurfing. For other activities a request in advance must be made and there may be an additional charge. National Governing body certificates & badges. These may be purchased from the Centre at a cost Transport to off site activities; VAT, where VAT is chargeable. Please ask for details. Catering or refreshments, unless on a Camping or residential activity Clothing or footwear other than that stated above. (please also refer to Clothing/kit list) 30


Responsibility: For those groups under 18 years of age, the Centre feels it is important that the Centre Staff and the group leaders know when they are responsible for the young people in their charge. Visiting Group leaders are responsible for young people: • • •

Until the Centre Instructor begins the session (first interaction with the group) When the group has finished the session (the time in which the group is returned to the leader following an activity) During lunch times, unless on an activity day trip. i.e. Canoe expedition

The Centre Staff are responsible for the young people: • From the beginning of the activity session (first interaction) • Until the group has finished the session. (the time in which the group has been returned to the group leader following the activity) • During Lunch periods – only when operating offsite on an all day activity with the same group, Unless specific responsibility is taken by the leader or the leader is otherwise informed This is in no way a clear and definitive explanation and both group leaders and instructors should give a clear “hand over” of responsibility to one another at the beginning and the end of each session. Weather: The Manager will decide in consultation with the instructors and the group leaders, if the weather or prevailing conditions are unsafe for an activity to proceed. In such cases an alternative activity will be offered. The Centre has numerous foul-weather activity options, and the location and water base means such problems are highly unlikely during the summer season. Weather conditions such as strong winds, lightening, or high water levels may well affect certain activities. Personal Belongings: The Centre has limited storage space and facilities for personal belongings. Groups and individuals should only bring with them the items they will use whilst at the Centre. Although the Centre has group storage facilities, the Centre will not be held responsible for personal belongings which may go missing. Therefore, valuable personal belongings MUST NOT be brought to the Centre and only bring what you or your group requires. Smoking: The Centre is non-smoking establishment, inside and outside the buildings and when engaged in any activity, all persons are expected to comply. Unsuitability Of A Persons Or Group: The Centre reserves the right to refuse a booking, or to ask a group or individual to leave the premises or activity session should the need arise. In such circumstances a refund may or may not be given and this is at the discretion of the Centre Manager.

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Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre, Haven Road, Exeter, Devon, EX2 8DP. Tel: 01392 400150 Email: info@haven-banks.co.uk

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Haven Banks Outdoor Education School and Youth Group Brochure 2016  
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