Canoeing, Kayaking & Stand-Up Paddle-Boarding
Utilising our fleet of minibuses, we head to a local reservoir to enjoy Canoeing, StandUp Paddle-Boarding or Kayaking. The young people are given training on how to paddle the chosen craft, often work in small groups and are kept safe by our qualified team of water-sport instructors. The reservoir is a very beautiful location and the activity promotes young people’s communication skills, trust in others, cooperation with peers and to simply enjoy the natural environment and see the world from a different perspective.
Hindleap is located near a number of Sandstone outcrops that make for an excellent climbing venue. Our qualified and experienced instructors will discuss the history and geology of the rock, facilitate a warm up session and then assist young people to climb routes made safe with ropes, harnesses and helmets. Young people will support one another with peer belaying (helping to pull the rope tight), give encouragement and advice to climbers and check their own – and others – safety equipment throughout the session. Off-site rock climbing is a great way to enjoy an Olympic sport, while getting to know the local environment and encourages fitness and participation.
Based at a local reservoir, teams of roughly six young people are tasked with building a raft that can float on the water with all team members on board. The groups are given logs, barrels, lengths of rope and advice and guidance from the Hindleap instructors on good knots and techniques for building a safe raft. The rafts are then launched with all aboard (wearing helmets and buoyancy aids) and the young people are challenged to paddle the vessel around a series of courses. The activity requires a strong level of team work, good communication, patience with one another and participation. Raft building can also be part of a water sports day that could involve canoeing, kayaking or stand-up paddle-boarding.
North of Hindleap are a series of underground green-sandstone mines that we have permission to access. Using qualified and experienced staff, Hindleap can provide an amazing underground adventure in the North Downs Hills. Using helmets with head-torches, the group can safely explore this fascinating world, learn about the history of the mines and participate in a series of challenges in the mine. This activity is a rare opportunity to visit a unique environment in the South East of England and helps young people learn about a new
environment, gain confidence and resilience and generate life-long memories.