Pendine Outdoor Education Centre
Pendine Outdoors, Carmarthenshire SA33 4PF
- 01994 453659
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We have a variety of climbing options at Pendine dependant on ability, experience and weather conditions. A climbing tower on site gives the perfect introduction to this great sport which can be developed using our outside bouldering wall.
We can continue with performance coaching at our indoor bouldering room and can take the better climbers on to the sea crags. Climbing activities are overseen by a qualified ‘MIA’ holder.
Abseiling – This is defined as ‘the controlled descent down a rock face using a rope’. Also known as the second fastest way down!!!
At Pendine Outdoors we can introduce the character building activity in the controlled environment of the Centre tower under the expert supervision of our fully qualified instructors.
Abseiling helps develop confidence and once the participant gets to trust the rope and the instructor they soon overcome any fear of heights they may have; in fact the more nervous clients are the ones who soon get hooked!
There is also the option of improving your skills by moving onto the local cliffs on Pendine beach or further afield. We carry out abseiling sessions during our expeditions to the Gower and even to Snowdonia. A great experience from age 6 to 90!!
No sport has played a bigger part in the history of the world than Archery. Here at Pendine, it is probably the most competitive activity we do! Can you get three golds?
All our introductory sessions take part indoors, initially in a large hall at the Centre. Some of our instructors
run a local club, Carmarthen archers and instruct to a very high level.
We also have the use of their large shed just a short drive away. During our expeditions we sometime set up ‘field archery’ where the clients get the chance to shoot outdoors, in secluded countryside and under strict supervision of course!
High ropes course
High ropes – Our high ropes course is situated on the Centre grounds and provides an exiting ‘aerial’ experience. There are various vertical elements to negotiate including balance beams, rope walks and ladders, while attached to a safety rope at all times. This activity helps develop confidence off ground under the strict control of our instructors.
Low ropes – This low level ‘assault course’ is designed to develop the team skills of any group, whether they are a group of school pupils, students, teachers, accountants or police officers . True personalities really show during this activity and natural leaders get the opportunity to shine through. While negotiating the balance beams and ropes, a Burma bridge, a swinging log and a tunnel system, the groups are given certain objects to carry and are set tasks just to make it more interesting.
Watersports – Pendine Outdoors offers a variety of water based activities. Being just 5 minutes walk from the beautiful Pendine Sands, we are ideally located to take our younger clients surf skiing and body boarding . Our highly experienced and knowledgeable instructors can also lead sea journeys on the ‘sit on tops’ around the headland to Morfa bychan and beyond. The Taf estuary is just 10 minutes drive away and is the ideal location for trips in Canadian canoes with any ages. Paddle up the estuary from Laugharne to St Clears on the incoming tide, stop for a bite of lunch while the tide turns and paddle back down. We also lead river trips down various sections of the Teify, Gwili and other rivers. If you wish to have a go at combining climbing and watersports, why not try ‘Coasteering’. This is a ‘full on’ adrenalin rush where you swim from one cove to the next, climb the sea cliffs and jump from heights safe in the knowledge that you are with a qualified instructor and that you will be landing in water!
Gorge walking – We have different levels of Gorge walking depending on the age and ability of the group. We have a junior stream walk in a very picturesque local woodland we call the ‘Xtreme stream’. For older groups we can travel to the Neath valley to such beautiful venues as the Sychryd gorge. Transport can be provided as the Centre has two minibuses.
Hill walking – Pendine is very lucky to be positioned within easy minibus reach of the Preseli hills, The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and The Brecon Beacons. We also have five qualified Mountain Leaders on our staff and regularly organise weekend expeditions to various exiting venues such as Snowdonia. We have led around 1000 youngsters to the summit of Snowdon in the last few years while also teaching them camping and navigation skills.
Bushcraft – Having the use of a local 70 acre native woodland with roundhouses has opened up new avenues for us at Pendine. As well as our stream walk we have Orienteering courses, fire lighting, shelter building and many other character building ‘Woodland ranger’ skills. We take the youngsters out and encourage them to do what they are discouraged from doing at home; a winner every time! They also learn about nature and respect for the natural environment and these sessions tend to be amongst the more popular activities we offer. We have also recently completed our very own ‘turf roofed roundhouse’ which can seat 50 people around a fire pit for a sing song and chocolate covered marsh mallows!
Problem solving – All our activities involve a certain element of problem solving and team building but we have recently completed a program to develop a series of problem solving games around the centre which form a structured session to develop the team working abilities of any group, whatever the ability, social dynamics or hierarchy of the group...a real leveller!
Pendine Outdoor Education Centre specialises in residential activity packages for young people. School residential groups traditionally visit Pendine for a curriculum linked five-day activity package from Monday to Friday to undertake a programme of outdoor pursuits and environmental studies. Shorter stays and day visits are also available.
The activities are led by centre staff who have a wealth of experience and qualifications in varying fields including Geography, PE and Science teachers, Mountaineering, Climbing and Canoe instructors. All staff are qualified to, at least the minimum requirement for the relevant National Governing Bodies for the Adventure Activities. All staff are also First Aid qualified. On booking, schools are sent a pack containing visit guidelines, information to parents as well as medical forms, safety information, kit list etc.
We encourage teachers from new schools to come and have a look around the Centre before booking and we offer a service where we visit new schools to do a presentation to parents and teachers. 3 and 4 day courses are also becoming popular, especially in the ‘fringe season’ when discounts may be available.
A carefully planned evening programme enhances the experience with Team building games, Night Orienteering, Marshmallows around the open fire in the Oak roundhouse, swimming and Disco. The Centre also provides day courses which schools sometimes use as a ‘taster’ for the younger pupils, the itinerary can include any of the activities offered on the residential courses.
Over the past 5 or 6 years we now take a number of schools on day trips to Pen y Fan and the Preseli hills as well as weekend expeditions to Snowdonia and Mid Wales. We also offer open canoe journeys down the Taf and the Teify and will consider preparing any bespoke journey with our experience and qualifications.
Activities at Pendine Outdoors
‘Pendine Outdoors’ is ideally located to offer an array of activities to all ages and abilities. The centre is just 5 minutes walk from the beautiful and famous Pendine Sands on the border between the Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire Coastal Paths.
We have developed a wide range of activities suitable for all ages and abilities following many years of catering for the local adventure activity market, keeping up with National Curriculum requirements and listening to our client’s wishes. Suitable activities can be put together into a bespoke package to satisfy the requirements of school groups, cubs and scouts, youth groups, Christian camps, sports teams, teacher INSET days and even something different for that birthday boy or girl from 10 to 60+ years of age.
As many as 100 clients can be taking part in activities on our 4 acre site alone as well all the exiting stuff we offer in the area. Here are a list of some of the more popular activities which can form part of your bespoke package:
- High ropes course
- Low ropes
- Gorge walking
- Hill walking
- Problem solving
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