Pro-Active Adventure Conwy School Trips
Pro-Active Adventure is a respected and experienced provider of Outdoor Education. The company was formed in 2000 so we have many years experience of providing residential outdoor breaks to schools. All our instructors are widely experienced and hold National Governing Body Awards in the activities they lead and have at least three years post qualifying experience, all are also multi disciplinary (They hold more than two qualifications in different skills) This means they can stay with their group for the duration of their residential and the school does not have to swap between instructors. This means a more trusting relationship is developed with their instructor and the pupils tend to try new things more comfortably thus more confidence is gained from taking part in more challenging activities. We cater for all age groups and all levels of ability.
All activity sessions last half a day so there are two activity sessions per day. Activities normally start at 9:00, we stop for a packed lunch about 12:30 and start again about 13:15 and finish in the evening about 17:00. There is an optional extra of an evening activity which runs from 18:00 to 19:30.
Why are Pro-Active Adventure great for School Trips and Educational Visits?
Conwy is easily accessible by main roads and rail. The centre is surrounded by fantastic countryside which provides great walking and other self lead activities. The local area has many historical features not to mention just the castle but museums, industrial history and sites of historical interest.
The activity centre is based in a 4 star YHA hostel which has a great range of facilities, including games room, drying room, common room, classrooms and outside games area.
All our activity locations are within 40 minutes travel at the most and all transport to off site activities is provided by us. You can also choose a coasteering and beach day where we travel to Anglesey for the day for coasteering and climbing, ending up with a beach BBQ in the evening. We also have a wide selection of on site activities to occupy your pupils in the evening if needed.
What activities are available during group visits?
We offer a wide range of activities from Conwy. We design individual programmes to meet your individual needs, however we have some sample pre-set programmes as a starting point if you wish. Here is a list of some of our activities available at Conwy:
This involves you lowering yourself off a cliff face backwards very exciting and a classic outdoor centre activity. You are on a safety line so will be kept safe by an instructor. Open to all levels of ability and abseils can be very small or up to 50 meters high or more, depending on the clients ability and confidence. Half day activity, can be an evening activity for groups of 20 or less.
Traditional activity using a bow and arrows to hit targets about 50 meters away. To suit all levels of ability. Half day session or evening activity.
Open to all levels of ability. As a registered centre for mountain bike leader training clients are in the right hands to really develop their skills and learn new ones. From the on site course instructors will be able to teach students small drop offs, technical manoeuvres, single track, bunny hops and jumps. For students staying two or more days they can take their “Gears Award” and get a certificate for their technical riding skills which count towards a QCF (A GCSE Equivalent). Half day activity but can be a full day if required, also available as an evening activity is our “Skills Clinic”
Open to all levels of ability. Bush Craft is learning how to look after yourself in a wilderness situation using some basic bush craft tools and equipment. As part of a residential stay schools only usually take one session so it is a basic introduction. However if they want to develop it further we can deliver several days of bush craft in half day or full day sessions. The introduction session involves simple shelter building, identifying and selecting appropriate fire making materials, making a small camp fire and preparing a hot drink or simple meal. Half day session, the fire or shelter making elements can be delivered separately to take up an evening activity.
Open to all levels of ability. Canoeing is the large open boat that sit two or more people, sometimes referred to as Canadian Canoeing. If clients simply just want to give it a go or if they have previous experience and want to develop their skills our experienced and enthusiastic instructors will provide a tailor made course. Our canoe sessions are an ideal opportunity to learn new skills and there’s also a chance to take BCU canoe “Star Awards”. Half day session, in some areas full day or multi day river trips can be organised.
Open to all levels of ability. Learn about another world just below our feet. Involves wearing caving suit, helmet and light and walking or crawling through underground passages. Some mines can be quiet challenging and small in places and others are fairly open and you can stand up in most places, you can choose the level of difficulty. We have several mines in North Wales suitable for school group visits. Half day activity.
Open to all levels of ability, a traditional outdoor centre activity. Involves climbing on an attached rope up single pitch climbs. The climb can be chosen to suit the level of ability of the client. Half day activity.
Open to all levels of ability. Coasteering came about through climbers scrambling around sea cliffs to discover new climbs. Then they decided that it was quiet good fun just to do the scrambling along the rocks at sea level bit. Add to that a wet suit, helmet and buoyancy aid and jumping of cliffs into the sea and forging through surf, then there you have it coasteering. Great fun for all, we offer half day trips in Anglesey.
Open to all levels of ability. Gorge walking is everything your mother told you not to do in rivers. Jumping off waterfalls, abseiling down cliffs into plunge pools sliding down rocks and most of all getting wet. We have a wide range of locations, so if the client wants to spend a more sedate trip taking in some history, geology and breathtaking scenery, or a full on adrenaline hit we have the location for them. Half day activity.
Open to all levels of skill. Kayaking is the single seat closed cockpit style often associated with the Eskimo culture. If clients simply just want to give it a go or if they have previous experience and want to develop their skills our experienced and enthusiastic instructors will provide a tailor made course. Our kayak sessions are an ideal opportunity to learn new skills and there’s also a chance to take BCU canoe “Star Awards”. Half day session, in some areas full day or multi day river trips can be organised.
Open to all levels of skill, only available in North Wales centres. Using helmets, lamps and waterproofs we explore underground mine shafts opened up by mines a hundred years or so ago. Old mining equipment and other artefacts can be seen left by the miners. None of our mines involve crawling down passages all our North Wales mines you can walk down, some adults may have to stoop in places. Half day activity.
Open to all levels of skill. As a registered centre for mountain bike leader training clients are in the right hands to really develop their skills and learn new ones. They will get involved in drop offs, technical climbing, single track, bunny hops and learn how to ride technical trails if they wish to challenge themselves that much. For those who really excel there’s a chance to take their “Gears Award” and get a certificate for their technical riding skills. Half day activity but can be a full day if required, also available as an evening activity is our “Skills Clinic”
Open to all levels of skill. A classic outdoor centre activity. We can off gentle half day mountain walks to look at areas of outstanding natural beauty or scientific interest. Alternatively we can offer a full on day or multi day mountain expedition. All our mountaineering takes place in the Snowdonia National park in North Wales. Also available as a special interest of history lesson for schools is searching for fallen Second World War aircraft. Both North and South Wales offer opportunities for this.
Open to all levels of skill. People will work in teams to complete the course. There are balance beams, high wall, “A” frame, cargo net, tunnel and other obstacles to overcome. It can be used as a team development exercise or as a fun activity.
Open to all levels of skill. You are given a simple map and compass and you have to complete a course round the centre or nearby location to find markers with letters or numbers on for you to collect. Quickest one to locate all posts wins. Usually an evening activity but can be developed to make a half day activity if necessary.
Open to all levels of skill. You are given some large plastic barrels, wooden poles, ropes and paddles. In teams you then have to design and build your own raft out of the pieces you are given. You will then have an obstacle course to race your raft round against the other teams. Half day session.
Open to all levels of skill. Very similar to Bush Craft only you do not have the same level of tools and resources. This is more about learning to survive with the absolute minimum as if there was a disaster, natural or otherwise. First session would involve learning the first basic rules of survival and how to find resources to keep you alive. Half day session.
Team Initiative Exercises
Open to all levels of skill. A whole range of team exercises that will challenge and develop team working. Exercises include: Blocked, Blindfold square, Tyre dash, Key pad, Spiders web, Magic sticks, Pipeline, Wobble board, product assembly and many, many more. Usually an evening activity but can easily be a half day activity.
Need to be reasonable fit and agile. We have several different zip wires in place ranging from a relatively gentle slide on the ropes course venue, to a 70 foot plunge down a cliff face into a lake or the sea. You wear a climbing harness that is clipped to an overhead rope or wire. You then jump off a platform and slide down the rope to the end where you stop or if one of the lake or sea zip wires you land in the water. If you are going into water you will also be wearing a buoyancy aid. Full day activity usually combined with Climbing/Abseiling and Mine Exploration.
What size groups do you cater for?
We cater for group size from 10 - 82 at Conwy
Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?
There are classroom facilities available, however these have to be booked at the time of your original booking.
Is there first aid on site?
All instructors hold first aid certificates and there is 24 hour first aid cover at the centre.
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
There are full disabled facilities.
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
Pro-Active Adventure specialise in working with pupils who have additional learning needs.
Pro-Active Adventure has a reputation of delivering “Real” adventurous activities that challenge and inspire young people. Activity programmes are designed to promote confidence, leadership and self esteem.
The company was one of the first in the country to be awarded the Learning Outside The Classroom badge. Pro-Actives outdoor education programmes are able to meet all key stages of the national curriculum. Each course is a bespoked programme to meet the individual needs of the learners. 90% of our custom is repeat business year on year.
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