SUP Wales - Adventure Programming
Recently our team entertained Glan-Yr-Mor School Pupils for an end of year adventure activity which included Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) & Adventure Trailing (AT).
So what is Adventure Based Programming? Well the process utilizes adventure activities with groups in order to facilitate social emotional learning, personal growth, and behavioral change.
Our activities also couple nicely with the New Curriculum for Wales, where our designed programme helps pupils become active, remain healthy and build on confidence.
On this occasion, our team divided the pupils up into two groups, the first cohort headed for the water delivered by Coach Martin, whilst the remainder cohort went on an adventure trail headed by Coach Catherine. Both activities involve physical & mental activity.
During the water activity, the team introduced a cohort of 12 pupils into Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP). The session began with ensuring all pupils had the appropriate kit that was safe to use, secure and comfortable . Once set, safety information and protocols were delivered marking the importance of the likes of Buoyancy Aid, Falling Safely and Water Etiquette.
Once all pupils had safely left the Pontoon, we began to introduce stroke techniques such as forward, turning, reversing and stopping.
While one set of pupils took to the water, the second group went on an educational discovery around the reservoir. The pupils were instructed to work in pairs equipped with information on what you were likely to find within the sheltered environment. One piece of content indicated wild Birds & Insects common at the Reservoir, and the other focused on the importance of spotting Invasive Species, and what to do if you spot one.
The pupils were equipped with content, pen's and clipboards to help with the activity.
Throughout the majority of our larger bookings, we always encourage team building exercises, such as the famous Gauntlet Run.
This challenge to face and overcome focuses on team bonding, and ensures pupils organise themselves into a horizontal line, we call this 'rafting up'.
During this exercise, the pupils will use communication, collaboration and coordination methods to align and ensure the gauntlet ready for action.
The impact can be measured against improved confidence, increased resilience and developed empathic awareness. Without utilisation of these core competencies the team wouldn't be able to execute this challenge safely.
Once the team are finally in position, the end pupil will travel from one side of the Gauntlet to the other without falling off while being encouraged by team mates.
Finally, our team delivered a debrief to the pupils upon exiting the water touching the importance of Water Safety & Biosecurity once more. This was closely followed with a big round of applause for the amazing staff at Glan-Yr-Mor School for providing the pupils with an unforgettable experience that they will remember for many years to come.
We can easily cater for groups of up to 30 to encourage happier and healthier lifestyle by helping to stimulate individuals mental & emotional well-being.
We look forward to seeing you on the blue.
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