The Adventure Academy needs you!


What is the Adventure Academy… A group of pupils from across East Lothian Council  schools who meet and work together on a range of outdoor adventurous activities including rock-climbing, orienteering, canoeing, kayaking and mountain sports.

When and where  … From September 2019  fortnightly on Thursdays after school 4:00 – 6:00 pm at the Outdoor Learning Service base in Musselburgh.  Monthly weekend day trips, a winter weekend residential and a Summer expedition in the last week of the year.

Who is it for … Any S2-S4 pupil who wants to be inspired, stretched and challenged by outdoor adventures.  It’s for anyone who’s interested in outdoor pursuits as a hobby, or  maybe even considering a future working in the outdoors.

What will it cost …  A nominal charge will be made for transport, entry fees and any residential costs incurred.   We do not anticipate these being more than a couple of pounds per session. The residential will be approximately £100 dependent on the accommodation required.  There is no cost for staff time or equipment.

What will I get out of it … learn new skills,  maybe gain some awards, work as a team, build your resilience and confidence. Have adventures!

How do I apply … download the application form from here and return to  Including the words ‘Adventure Academy’ in the subject.  Numbers are limited!

I look forward to hearing from you and will respond to your application after the Summer holidays

Andy Duff

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Mountain Bike Trail Leader

This course is open to all staff and volunteers from across East Lothian – same cost and terms as stated for Midlothian staff. Please contact Sean direct for booking. Any queries about the suitability of the course please contact Martyn – Please note dates are September 2019

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East Lothian Schools’ Orienteering Festival

The annual East Lothian Schools’ Orienteering Festival will take place on Wednesday May 22nd.

As well as a chance to compete on a line Orienteering course for a P5, P6 or P7 trophy there will be other orienteering activities (mazes, literacy and numeracy orienteering challenges, Musical ‘O’, Orienteering dominoes, etc) available near the start.

The competition is open to all Primary schools across East Lothian and is FREE. If your school hasn’t already please register for the competition by sending approximate number of entrants plus year groups and arrival time to The festival will be open from 9.15am to 3pm. Schools are able to bring as many or as few pupils as they wish.

The Festival base will be Musselburgh Outdoor Learning Service and will take place in the surrounding woodland and open parkland.

The main event will use electronic timing chips and results will be posted online as soon as possible after the event. All competing athletes will receive a certificate of participation and details of local clubs/ information on how to continue with orienteering #sportforlife

If you require any further information then please contact us on the email address above.

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Summer Outdoor Adventures Program is Live!

The Outdoor Learning Service 2019 Summer program delivered in partnership with Venturing Out CIC is now open for bookings. You have 3 weeks to choose from, spread through the Summer holidays.  Each week has the same format, each day runs from 9:30 until 3:30 with drop-off and pick-up from the meeting points below:

  • Monday –  Kayaking, Canoeing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding – Meet at Outdoor Learning Service, Balcarres Road, Musselburgh, EH2 7SR (behind the racecourse)
  • Tuesday  – Survival/ Bushcraft Skills  – Meet at Yellowcraig Beach car-park
  • Wednesday – Coasteering –  Meet at Outdoor Learning Service
  • Thursday – Rock-climbing  – Meet at North Berwick Law car-park
  • Friday – Outdoor Problem Solving & Orienteering – Meet at Outdoor Learning Service

For prices, dates and to book online please visit



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Paddlesport Instructor

Expand your learning environment. Become qualified to take the young people you work with on the water this summer and beyond.

Friday 3 May and Friday 17 May – both dates must be attended. FREE – Only registration costs (to governing body – £45) and full membership of Scottish Canoe Association, SCA (£38)  need to be paid by ELC employees and volunteers.
Commercial costs of £200+, not including membership and registration fees
Not an ELC employee or volunteer? Please call for external costs.

As a member of ELC staff or a volunteer within East Lothian you have the opportunity to become qualified and ready to take to the water with a group utilising the council’s fleet of paddlesport craft (kayaks, Canoes, SUP’s) at Musselburgh Lagoons.


The NEW Paddlesport Instructor is aimed at those taster/starter sessions and short journeys in very sheltered water environments, within the safety management systems of clubs/centres or other organisations.

The qualification will support the instructor with practical skills such as kitting up a group and getting afloat, initial familiarisation activities, games and activities to support learning and how to use mini journeys to support learning, inspire adventure and exploration.  This will be enhanced with support on how these sessions can be delivered in a way that is enjoyable, safe and rewarding.  

More details regarding the course can be found at the British Canoeing website

Success with this qualification will mean that you can use a range of stable paddlesport craft within very sheltered water environments. In East Lothian these are Musselburgh Lagoons and River Tyne, Haddington (extra 1:1 training and sign off required for river)

Registration for the Paddlesport Instructor is open to persons aged 14 and above. All candidates registering for the Paddlesport Instructor course will need to be a full member of the Scottish Canoe Association (£38 for adults)

All candidates are required to have completed:

  • Foundation Safety and Rescue Training prior to attending this training course.
    This FSRT course is offered FREE (excluding certification costs of  £5) to all ELC employees and volunteers and is scheduled to happen on Friday 26th April 2019

To be able to get the most out of your course, we would recommend that you can paddle to the standard of one of the following Personal Performance Awards: Touring Award, Canoe Award, SUP Sheltered Water Award, Sea Kayak Award, White Water Award, Surf Kayak Award, Racing Explore Award, Flat Water Freestyle Award, Polo Explore Award, Slalom Explore Award or the Wild Water Explore Award. 

Once weather is suitable (water rather than ice!) there will be open afternoons every Friday at Musselburgh Lagoons in order to hone your paddling skills. Please get in touch with Martyn – to book

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