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Discover Adventure Sports

Course Overview

If you've never tried any of the increasingly popular 'adventure sports' this is a perfect way to have a go. A fast moving weekend takes you on a whirlwind tour of canoeing, climbing/abseiling and orienteering. It's fast, fun and exciting and you'll always be in safe hands with some of the best outdoor instructors in Britain keeping an eye on you.
We supply all the necessary technical equipment so all you need to bring with you is enthusiasm.

Experience Required

none required.

Scheduled Dates

Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

This two day action packed holiday is a chance to try some of the most exciting outdoor activities, all in one go.  It’s good fun from start to finish.


Who is it for?
You don’t need any experience, as we will start with the basics and move at your own pace.  You don’t even need to be super fit, just be willing to have a go and have some fun.


Course Content
The two days are made up of several exciting activities, giving you a
good experience of each one.  The weather will dictate which ones we do
first, and which are most appropriate for the conditions, so our
programme is flexible.  The main activities are:



Orienteering    

  •  After practicing some basic skills, race to find points around the woods,using a map and compass.



Canoeing and Kayaking

  •  Learn to control and steer your craft, then head off on a journey on the lake or river, exploring as you go.



Rock Climbing

  • With a safety rope attached, challenge yourself to scale the rocks and reach the top.  Then if you like, abseil back down again.


Abseiling



  • Whether it's a way down from the top of a climb, or an exposed descent of our Abseil tower, this is a skill that is sure to excite!


With each session, we will explain the equipment and safety procedures involved, and let you do as much as possible yourselves.  In this way you will get a true picture of the activity, and will be able to decide if you would like to take it further and do some more.  Although the instructors will encourage you, it will always be your choice exactly what and how much you want to do.

What's Included In The Price?

Whether you choose to stay with us or you have alternative accommodation nearby, the following items are included in the total cost.

    Free tea, coffee or selected hot drinks for the duration of your visit
    Afternoon tea & homemade cakes
    Instruction/coaching
    Equipment hire
    Free (low-speed) wifi access in the bar & dining room
    In course transport
    Railway station pick up & drop off (please call to arrange)
    Parking with CCTV surveillance
    Free use of climbing wall, gym, MTB skills course & rolling pool


    If you choose to stay with us, these items are also included in the total cost:

    Accommodation the night before your course
    Accommodation during your course
    Breakfast & evening meal
    Bar Lunch/packed lunch

Accommodation For This Course

Plas y Brenin Main House

Your course is based at Plas y Brenin, The National Mountain Sports Centre in Capel Curig, North Wales, LL24 0ET.



If you are staying with us,

If you have chosen to add accommodation onto this course or holiday it is usually in the main house in a comfy en-suite room (normally shared with another guest). Each room has tea and coffee making facilities and all bed linen and towels are provided.

This includes accommodation the night before your first day. Your room will be available from 6pm. On your last day you will need to vacate your room by 10am. It is sometimes possible to arrange to stay an extra night please phone 01690 720214 for availability and cost.

Secure storage facilities, showers and toilets are available for you to use on your departure day once you have checked out of your room should you need them, please ask at reception.

Also included, if you chosen to add accommodation, are all your meals - breakfast, packed lunch, afternoon tea and freshly baked cakes and a three course evening meal. Please bear in mind an evening meal is not provided on the night before your course or on the last day of your course but our bar will be serving meals from 7.00pm until 8.45pm.




If you are are not staying with us but coming in each day,

If you choose to come in daily for your course or holiday you will need to arrive ready for a 9am welcome talk on the first day. For the rest of your course or holiday you will need to be here for 9.15am. We return from a full day of activity, usually in time for tea and cakes at 5pm (included).

There are more activities from 5.30 - 6.30 on some days of your course or holiday, please check on the first day.

For most of our awards and qualification courses there will be further evening sessions on some days which you need to attend, please check on the first day.

There is an 8pm adventure talk by one of our coaches on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday evenings which you are welcome to come to. Find out more about the upcoming talks here.

On the final day you will be finished by 5pm.

For courses based on-site our bar will be serving lunches from 12pm until 2pm or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch.

If your course is based away from the centre then you will need to bring a packed lunch with you. Each evening our bar serves evening meals from 7pm until 8.45pm if you wish to eat here.

You can arrange to have any of the following meals - breakfast, packed lunch and a three course centre dinner, by contacting our customer services team on 01690 720214 or
info@pyb.co.uk.

follow this link for more details



What Equipment Do You Need To Bring?

  • Warm outdoor clothing at all times of year (including some clothes you don't mind getting wet) e.g. tracksuit/walking trousers (shorts in summer), long and short sleeved tops (thermal tops are ideal), fleeces/warm jumpers, thick socks for wearing in walking boots

  • Warm hat, gloves, neck gaiter/buff, sun hat

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Outdoor footwear you don't mind getting muddy or walking boots

  • Trainers or wetsuit boots for water activities

  • Wetsuit

  • Swimwear

  • Large Towel

  • Drinks bottle

  • Flask

  • Lunch bag/box

  • High factor sunscreen

  • Midge repellant

  • Rucksack

  • Rucksack liner (e.g. rubble sack/strong bin bag or dry bag)

  • Notebook and pen



The following items are available for you to borrow from our equipment stores so your don't need to rush out to buy them.


  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Rucksack

  • Walking boots

  • Wetsuit

  • All specialist and safety equipment that is needed



Customer Reviews For This Course

Too Little Too Late!

Dafydd Saer

At 54, it was the first time I'd really attempted anything like this, and I'm really glad I had the opportunity, because I've found I have osteoarthritis in my knee, and if I'd known that before, I probably would have decided against going. But I unexpectedly discovered and thoroughly enjoyed gorge scrambling (it wasn't in the description and I'd never heard of such a thing!), and I want to do it again, and even though I was petrified climbing, I want to try again, so have booked onto a four-week intro course back home in Cardiff.
The only thing I found a bit strange was that I seemed to be the only Welsh person there, and almost certainly the only Welsh speaker - and this in my own country. Some of the tutors mispronounced local place and mountain names, which grated a little: although upon reflection, if the place is not used by Welsh people, who cares how anything is pronounced! I could not help but feel some sadness at the fact that Wales's most beautiful area seemed somehow unavailable to its own native people.
But I hope I'll be back there for more. It's great!


Excellent Weekend....Again

Matt Fraser

I recently attended PYB again with colleagues from JLR as part of a team building exercise. The whole journey down we were worried about how the weather might affect our weekend, need not to worry as despite the terrible conditions on Saturday morning, Rachael, Mo and Steve still managed to organise a superb day gorge climbing. The attendees enthusiasm was matched by the instructors and together it made for an excellent two days of discovering adventure sports. I felt I could trust the knowledge and experience of all three instructors when being taught new skills for new sports, this feeling was shared amongst my group of three.
The rooms were fine again, as was the restaurant and the bar area. We enjoyed it that much we have returned to work this week and booked on for a third year in 2017. Thank-you Mo, Rachael and Dave.


A Fantastic weekend with lots of Variety.

S Jackson

Arrived very late on the evening before our weekend course to friendly helpful staff(Emily). The warren of corridors lead us to a cosy and comfortable room for 2 with all you could expect for a 2 night stay. Presented well and very clean the room was a good retreat for the weekend. The day started with a powerful, hot shower and was a perfect lead up to the 8.00am sharp breakfast. Plenty of choice for your fuel for the start of the day, cereals, full english, tea, coffee and juices. You also collect your pack lunch for the day at the same bar with again a variety to choose from. A very friendly meet and greet after breakfast with the instructors to talk through your time table and set you going...
From that minute onwards I can only say that the weekend was a fun packed and the activities were fantastic. I will not say to much as you need to experience this yourself but you will not be dissappointed. Suitable for all levels of skills as we were novice in all aspects.
100% recommended for small or larger groups even individuals wanting to meet others on the course. Food, Accommodation, staff and all activities add up to a fantastic weekend which will be booked again...


Discover Adventure Sports weekend

Mark Brown

Day 1

After introductions it was off to The Pinnacles near Capel Curig for some Rock Climbing. Steve Perry (instructor) set up the ropes, and after a safety briefing we worked in teams to find various ways up the rockface.
As beginners it was very exciting, but always felt safe.

Next, it was back to PYB's abseiling tower ( in the rain !!) for a few decents. Although wet and slippy, it was very enjoyable.
Back indoors at PYB, and with dry clothes on again, we had a couple of hours tackling the climbing wall, taking it in turns to climb or belay.
After tea & cakes, and a change into waterproofs, it was out in the woods for some orienteering. Personally, not my favourite pastime, but we treated it as a walk in the woods, and enjoyed it anyway !
With tired arms, we retired to the bar for the evening and re-hydrated !

Day 2

Weather was much brighter, but very windy, so it was decided that we would join up with the Kayakers, and Canoe on the Llangollen Canal.
Starting 'upstream' from Llangollen, we canoed to, and over, the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct - AWESOME !!!
Fanatastic scenery along the Dee Valley, and canoeing is very relaxing.

Overall, a fantastic weekend and highly recommended.




Not found what you were looking for?

You can hire one of our coaches instructors or guides from only £250 per day. They'll tailor the day to suit your aims and aspirations perfectly.
You can enjoy one to one coaching for that cost or if you get together as a group, depending on the activity, you can split that cost between up to 6 of you. If you are a group we can run any of our courses on a date that suits you and your friends. Or you could just write your own agenda for a week or weekend and we'll price it up for you - with or without accommodation. What's more, just like out normal course fees, our private instructor hire charge covers all your equipment too. Click on the link below to fill in a request form and one of our coaches will call you back (or e-mail if you'd prefer) to discuss things in detail with you.

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