Booking an adventure for a person with a communication need we know can be daunting. Luckily we are great at integrating people into our friendly and fun teams.
We have a huge range of strategies to enable people to be part of the team. This could be anything from designing and running a bespoke adventure for a deaf group, arranging an instructor who uses BSL or just knowing that we will take the time and patience to understand and guide you.
Your primary communication method is via an electronic device or a communiction chart
You need a dedicated person: someone to help you understand instructions via sign language
You can communicate effectively with a non-BSL instructor either by Lip Reading or using a hearing device (often connected via t-loop to our radios)
You can communicate effectively in most settings but in complex noisy environments may struggle to hear or be understood
These are great activities for anyone who wants to keep their communication device close to hand, with the understanding that we cannot guarantee a dry sunny day so it may need to be put in a dry bag at times.
Freedom is a wheelchair accessible powerboat and enables all sort of trips and adventures; fishing, bushcraft, wild swimming and sailing. There is also the option of taking helm at the wheel if you fancy being the Captain.
She is a multi-person vessel and equipment is safe except from rain and splashes - but we can bring extra dry bags if required.
Cooking out, camping out and just generally slowing down the pace of life for an afternoon, a day or even an overnight is fantastic. With the help of our experienced staff team and a can do attitude you will be surprised with how much you can achieve.
The joy is observing demonstations and then having a go.
Indoor rock climbing is an excellent sport and thanks to the overhead attachment points and overhanging slopes we can facilitate rock climbing for a wide range of needs.
There are climbing for all clubs - specialist clubs for disabled climbers up and down the country so if you love it there is probably one not too far away.
Climbing is an individual sport and can be supportive in many ways including laser pointing, climbing along side, or transmiting instructions via headset/t-loop systems.
Outdoor rock climbing is a very flexible sport and one of the wonderful aspects is that whilst we play together in the same place and work together to keep each other safe: the challenge is truly personal.
How high you go, how much support you use and how hard the challenge you take on is all personal choice and can range from a small part of an easy climb with someone right next to you at one end of the scale.
At the other more extreme end is tackling hard climbs with only ground support or moving onto multi pitch rock climbs.
In the end we can give bags of support to get people having great adventures on and around the rock.
Open canoeing is a great activity - definitely the worlds most adaptable boat, they are designed to be carried, sailed, turned into a catamaran, and bounced down rivers.
We have a variety of ways of organising canoeing to meet peoples needs, including making the boats so stable that they can be reasonably relied on to keep expensive communication devices safe.
Instructors can also use our radio system to put a voice right near your ear into a headset/ T-loop adaptor.
Sea Pig is our super stable sailing boat and very new to us.
She is a fast multi-person boat and the instructor stays onboard. She has a capacity of 6 so an interpreter can also be a passenger.
Yacht sailing is a fantastic environment for adventurers who have a communications disablity because we are genuinely ‘in it together’ a team of differing skills working together to manage the boat, feed the crew and explore the area by sea.
This means you can be jack of all trades flitting around doing new and different activities to keep yourself challenged or alternatively be in charge of trimming a sail from a single rope.
Running of a boat typically is organised around briefing, agreeing signals and then going for it, because on a boat often the environment is too loud for anyone to hear what is going on
These are the activities where if you have a dedicated communications enabler you could also do - as well as the above.
We have a set of helpers we may be able to recruit but you can also bring your own partner/friend/professional interpreter.
Canoe sailing is brilliant - generally your on your own in a super simple sailing boat picking up the gusts and flying with them. We built canoe sailing to make a fun and exciting craft that didn’t need faffy hoisting or the ability to dive around the boat to have a great time.
A dedicted enabler can sit opposite you to facilitate communication, often the enabler can get out of the boat by the end of a weekend course.
Some activities rely on personal performance and dynamic understanding of the situation around you for your safety and enjoyment.
Activities for guided adventurers can typically travel further from home and for longer durations.
We cave at a range of levels; both small or large tunnels, wet or dry caves and horizontal or vertical passageways. This is a truly unique environment and below ground we can find absolute quiet and pure darkness where not single beam of light penetrates.See what caving we do
For some people with a communications need, having the confidence to travel and adventure with support is a dream.
We don't do coach tours to look at stuff through a window, we go to beautiful places and do great things with support and skilled leaders.
We have a great venue in Spain we use for sunny climbing in the winter.
We arrange everything from pickup at the airport, including the food, the climbing and where we are sleeping. For those who have a love of rock climbing this is a dream trip, European warm coastal climibng is the climbers paradise.
Good food, yummy wine, warm rock and sunshine make for a perfect winter break!