This is the perfect course if you are a bit unsure about this whole "reconnecting with nature" thing and would like a guiding hand to take you on your first steps. We will cover all the basics you need to keep yourself on the right track. We will show you some of the tricks of our trade to planning a day out and make sure you know what to do if things go wrong. Alongside the planning aspects we also cover very basic navigation, first aid and emergency procedures, as well as basic shelter building and fire safety.
Upcoming open sessions:
None at this time
None whatsoever. Whether you've been walking the dog all your life or your idea of the outdoors is your own garden, this course will be perfect for you.
What will you learn?
- Planning an interesting day out in the outdoors
- Keeping your family entertained (where applicable)
- Outdoor etiquette and behaviour
- What to carry for a day out
- Basic first aid and emergency procedures
- Basic shelter building activity
What can you expect?
Your instructor will meet you at a popular walking car park ready for a packed day ahead. Initially they will talk you through their plan for the day and explain why they have made the various decisions. This will give you an idea of how to plan a day out yourself. During the morning your instructor will mainly focus on navigation and the planning aspect of a day. After all, if you get lost with your family or friends in tow you are not going to be very popular.
Just before lunch you will be building a basic shelter with some of the kit your instructor will be carrying. Depending on the time of year and area this may be entirely from natural materials or by using a tarp, hammock and various other bits they might bring. You will then enjoy lunch which, in some cases, may involve lighting a small fire. In any case you will get the full brief on the dos and don'ts of fires in the countryside.
Using your newly built base you will discuss the kit choices of your instructor and discuss what you should be carrying on a day out. During the afternoon you will also learn about emergency procedures and very basic first aid. Your instructor will be showing you that the outdoors is not just a thing between the start and end of your journey, but indeed should be the very reason why you go on the journey to start with. The journey back to the start concludes the day
What do you need to bring?
Warm layers, waterproofs and sturdy shoes should do. We will bring a whole host of goodies, toys and shiny things to show you and have a play with.