For at least 30 of our 40 years Skern Lodge has been providing courses for colleges from across the UK. Students have attended from a range of courses including engineering to Public Services.  Each time we have worked in partnership to design a programme that meets the students and college needs.

Courses can be arranged over various lengths - anything from a day visit up to a 7 day programme.

Our college programmes are tailored to meet your needs, not just with the wide range of activities and providing a whole lot of fun, but in meeting your students academic requirements.

Our tutors work with their own group throughout their stay to provide a path of development through the use of various theories and models, activities and energisers and guidance through a learning log (if required) to record their progress.

Programme and activities - Our programmes are designed around your curriculum needs; at this early stage the activities undertaken are less important.  Firstly we would identify the overall outcomes you are looking for and the process we need to take to get there.  The activities will then be used as a tool to reach the goal.

Water based activities

  • River Kayaking
  • Rafting
  • Raft Building
  • Surfing
  • Bridge/Quay Jumping
Great Egg Race - Team Exercise

Land based activities

  • Archery
  • Abseiling - on the tower or natural rock
  • Climbing - on the tower or natural rock
  • Coastal Traversing
  • High Ropes
  • Crate Stacking
  • Off Road Biking
  • Tunnels
  • Navigation Activities – Orienteering, Walking, Overnight Expeditions, Search & Rescue Exercises
  • Assault Course
  • Problem Solving Exercises

Talks and visits and workshops available:

  • Managing risk in the outdoors
  • Climbing theory
  • Kayaking theory
  • Route planning
  • Visit to Lifeboat Station
  • Visit from Coastguard
  • Managing and leading in an outdoor setting
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Belbin profiles
  • Leadership theory and practice
  • Developing communication skills

BTEC Practical individual sport residential coaching programme

  • A week of coaching in paddlesports and climbing.
  • Evidence collected to meet BTEC specification.
  • Skills, techniques and tactics explored
  • Students work alongside our coaches to understand the analysis of self and others.
  • NGB certification.

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Kayaking as part of our BTEC Practical Sport programmes

Click here for a useful checklist to organising your residential trip