Looking to create a DofE programme at school or further develop the one that you have got? Particularly the expedition side of the award?
Your Outdoor Learning Service has opportunities to help this happen
- DofE Expedition Supervisor Course – Wednesday 21st February 2018
- DofE Expedition Assessor Accreditation Scheme – Wednesday 7th March 2018
These courses are FREE to all ELC employees and members of East Lothian VOLT (Volunteer Outdoor Learning Team)
To book on the course please click here
For any other question regarding these courses please contact email@example.com
Cycling is a fun, cheap, healthy and environmentally-friendly mode of transport. Bikeability Scotland is a cycle training scheme designed to give children the skills and confidence they need to cycle safely on the roads, and encourage them to carry on cycling into adulthood.
There is FREE training being run across East Lothian for those wanting to get involved and support schools’ Bikeability Scotland programmes. Please get in touch with East Lothian Outdoor Learning firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to become involved or help promote.
Dates for training include full and half day options on March 10, 17 and 24, April 21 and 28, May 12, 19 and 26, and June 2 2017. The course can also be delivered at alternative venues or broken in to more suitable sessions.
More information on Bikeability Scotland, the Cycle Training Assistant course and booking can be found:
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss further
This year we are back at the fine facilities of Badaguish in the Cairngorms National Park.
Whether a novice or an experienced hill-walker the Scottish winter mountains can be a challenging environment. They are an excellent place to help you gain the skills and confidence to better manage and inspire groups in the outdoors.
Meeting , then leaving from Outdoor Learning Service in Musselburgh, at 4pm on Friday 4th March, returning evening of Sunday 6th March.
Activities will be dependent on the conditions and the group, they include …
Planning your winter day – weather forecast, snow-pack, route-choice, what to take?
Winter technical skills – use of winter boots, ice-axe, crampons
Snow craft – building emergency shelters, snow holes
Avalanche awareness and emergency response.
Snowshoeing – dependent on conditions
Ski-touring – very dependent on participants prior experience and conditions
What’s included …
Self-catering accommodation in 4 bed dorms
Instruction and coaching from ELC OLS staff
All technical and safety equipment, including shell clothing and winter boots.
BF, pack-lunch and dinner on the Sat, BF and pack-lunch on the Sun
What to bring …
See here for a kit-list
Linen for bedding is provided but you need so bring a towel!
Enthusiasm and a smile
How to book …
Cost is £95 for East Lothian and Midlothian council staff, community group leaders and volunteers (£150 for external delegates) . To confirm your place please fill out a CPD booking form located here , and email in to email@example.com
Not sure, or want to know more? Email me … Andy Duff
This course is for you if you want to be able to deliver all three levels of Bikeability Scotland. As a Cycle Trainer you can develop, plan, prepare and deliver learning sessions to anyone that wants to learn to cycle.
WHAT SKILLS DO I NEED?
You should be fully competent on a bicycle, and have experience of riding on busy roads.
This course is entirely free to any East Lothian staff and Volunteers and will be held at Musselburgh Outdoor Learning Base 0900 – 1630. Course dates are 13/14 Jan and 29/30 Jan 2015.
Cover costs will be paid for teaching staff that wish to undertake the course. Please contact Martyn to book – firstname.lastname@example.org 0131 6535217
For those that wish to deliver BikeabilityScotland but only levels 1 and 2 then the one day Cycle Training Assistant (CTA) course is for you. A CTA course can be delivered on a date and venue to suit you – all we ask is to ensure that minimum number requirements are fulfilled (5). Once again please get in touch with Martyn – email@example.com 01316535217 for booking or other enquiries regarding BikeabilityScotland in East Lothian.
With a summer of SUP paddling now behind us it is time to reflect on the achievements of the county’s SUPer paddlers. Orchestrated by one of the authorities finest names in SUP coaching – Steven Nelson – a summer coaching series has resulted in the following awarded through the Academy of Surfing Instructors
- One fully qualified Level 2 Exposed Waters Instructor
- One fully qualified Level 1 Enclosed Water Instructor
- Eight (8) Level 1 Enclosed Water Paddler Certification following a 10 week course.
The 10 week course from June to October took place on Musselburgh Lagoons along with the fantastic sunshine that East Lothian often has to endure. For many of the paddlers it was their first experience of any watersport and their progression was a joy to behold. Many are now looking to continue their SUP journey by progressing onto Level 2 and attempting to set up a weekly SUP club. Some thoughts from the paddlers:
“…amazed at how quickly – with the help of Rab – I was able to be up and paddling,”
“…looking forward to continuing with this sport and would be delighted to be able to go further and become an SUP instructor myself”
“…originally thought that this activity would just be for me – but now looking into how to embed SUP into my work with young people within the council”
The two coaches who assisted Steve were gaining their requisite hours within an approved SUP school. The knowledge that was shared by the three coaches gave all participants a chance to experience a range of coaching styles and teaching techniques.
In some beautiful October sunshine all the paddlers took their skills and used them in a guided circumnavigation of the island of Fidra off the beautiful East Lothian coastline.
For information on next summer’s SUP courses – please get in touch with Martyn at Outdoor Learning – firstname.lastname@example.org