British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor Award

A fantastic CLPL opportunity for all, happening through your Outdoor Learning Service at Musselburgh on 29/30 March and 19/20 April 2018

Course is 4 days. Prerequisites and registration available at Canoe Scotland website

For many coaches the British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor Award (previously known as Level 1) is the first step on the coaching pathway. The qualification introduces the fundamentals of safe, ethical and effective coaching.  Candidates are trained to coach basic skills to paddlers in any type of paddlesprt craft in a flat-water environment.  A range of coaching tips, tricks games and activities are built into the course, along with time spent developing technical and tactical understanding of these skills. The Level 1 Coach can plan, deliver, and review short coaching sessions; normally with the support of a more qualified coach. They can work with paddlers at any stage of development; receiving specific training to coach paddlers in their first year of activity and to run taster sessions.
[Canoe Scotland website]

Please call 0131 6535217 for an informal discussion and complete a booking form

If you are require help to achieve the pre-requisites then please get in touch with Martyn at Outdoor Learning

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East Lothian Schools Orienteering Competition/Festival

This years East Lothian Schools Orienteering Competition occurs on World Orienteering Day – Wednesday 23rd May 2018. The secondary schools and staff competition will be held at the same venue (Musselburgh Outdoor Learning Base) the next day – Thursday 24th May





All Primary pupils (P5 and above) are encouraged to enter. There will be three different courses for the differing age groups.

There will be 6 separate courses on the Friday for all year groups across the secondary range. (S1 to S6) Staff will be encouraged to compete on the S6 course.

Prizes will be offered to individuals and trophies to overall school winners.

Current Primary trophy holders are Pencaitland (P6), Aberlady (P5) and Whitecraig (P7)

As well as the competitive elemnet theere will also be representatives from local orienteering clubs and a number of self directed orienteering activities that you and your pupils can engage with.

Schools may register for the race at any time between 0930 and 1400. Start times will be given to be as soon as possible after registration. Schools bringing more than 20 pupils will be asked to register at a particular time slot through the day. This will be advised a month before the event.

In order to secure an entry for your school please

  • let us know of your intent to attend and approximate numbers of pupils attending by sending an email to marked Orienteering competition 2018 in the subject field

More information will be requested and given a month before the event.

Any questions or queries concerning either the Primary or Secondary event – please contact Martyn at Outdoor Learning

Results will be published online as soon as possible after the event (next working day). All courses will be using SportIdent timing equipment

These events can be used as a springboard to enter into the Scottish Schools Orienteering Competition (usually occurs on First Friday in June – more information to follow as soon as available)

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Brilliant Residentials

Brilliant Residentials – CLPL opportunity

Led by teachers, co-designed with students and fully integrated into the curriculum, brilliant residentials have a huge impact on young people of all ages – and can help to deliver whole school change.

  • Come and join us and other teachers from across East Lothian for a quality, fun CLPL evening looking at how to create a culture of Brilliant residentials with your school. We will include discussions and activities around evidence of impact; making the case; what makes a Brilliant Residential. We will also have a visiting speaker sharing some case studies concerning Brilliant Residentials.
  • From 4pm on Thursday evening till 12 midday on Friday, staying overnight at Innerwick Outdoor Centre. Evening of  25th and morning of 26th January 2018
  • FREE – except cost of a fish supper. Accommodation; breakfast; tea/coffee/ snacks all at zero cost.
  • Book early as numbers are limited. To book on this unique and exciting CLPL opportunity please click here.

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Outdoor Learning Cards

1 day of high quality CLPL for all staff across East Lothian – Wednesday 24th January 2018

Make the most of your school site and Outdoor Learning

The Outdoor Learning Cards activities contribute directly to a wide range of educational and development aims for young people and cover four elements of Outdoor Learning that can be delivered on a school/youth club site and surrounding environment:

Orienteering – developing good map reading skills
Team Building and Problem Solving – how to challenge your young people
Bouldering – Use of low level climbing walls
Journeying – Local visits organised by young people

The Cards are supported by a Handbook and CD that provide detailed information on all aspects of activity delivery. All key elements for successful delivery
are explored further in the 6 hour training course.Environmental Learning Cards

Cost for EL staff and Volunteers – £45. This includes a pack of OL card (£90) and Environmental Learning Cards (£51)
A total of £141 worth of resources plus a training course at £85 giving a usual cost of £226 per person.

This day and resources is all yours for only £45 per person.
(One resource pack per establishment)


For details on how to book please click here

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The Adventure Academy … the story so far.

On Ben Vrackie

For 2017-18 The Outdoor Learning Service launched the Adventure Academy.  A county wide outdoor activities ‘club’ for S2.  Pupils from Tranent, Musselburgh and Dunbar secondary schools have just completed their first term’s programme of activities.  These included watersports, indoor climbing (working toward their NICAS award) and some outdoor cooking.  Then at the beginning of the month the group planned and then climbed Ben Vrackie a Corbett  in the southern highlands above Pitlochry.

Next term they will progress through their NICAS levels at the local climbing wall, gain a first-aid qualification and we have some more winter adventures planned including a residential to the Cairngorms where the pupils will get to grips with some of the highest and wildest mountains in Scotland.

We still have spaces on this programme for Term 2 joiners. So if you have any S2 at your school who could benefit learning new skills, growing in confidence and resilience then please contact

The summit shot

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