Activities

As you can see below we have a huge range of activities available to our guests, both water and land based. All of these activities are available to any visitor at the adventure centre - whether you are visiting as part of a weeklong residential activities package, a weekend activity course or as a daily visitor to the activity centre. You can choose to take part in any of the activities during your stay with us.

Our fully equipped activity centre sits in the heart of the rugged coastline of North Cornwall - overlooking the Atlantic coast and surrounded by the River Neet and Bude canal. This unique location provides the perfect setting for all of the adventure activities we have on offer.

Our multi activities are perfect for school groups, families, youth groups and anyone else looking for a great activity based experience. Many of our activities are available through all seasons, not just in the summer.

  • Water Based Activities

Surfing

Surfing is where it all began for Adventure International!

Surfing has always been one of the major attractions of a visit to us and it continues to be so. Summerleaze Beach is the perfect venue to take your first steps toward becoming an expert surfer - providing consistent, safe surfing conditions on a beautiful soft sandy beach, once you catch your first wave you'll be hooked!

Surfing is very much an individual challenge testing your determination, technique and balance. However once mastered it's something you will return to again and again and our surf school is the best place to start!

Kayaking

Taking place on the River Neet, our kayaking activity is the chance to captain your own craft. Emphasis on the individual in this activity provides an opportunity to test your self-motivation, reliance and determination whilst learning the skills of this exciting and dynamic sport.

The River Neet provides a wonderful stretch of placid water in which to learn the skills of handling a kayak and also those of water safety and confidence. For those that have previous experience in paddle sport, B.C.U. training and assessments can be completed for a variety of awards for those at the required level.

Body Boarding

An exhilarating and fun packed activity! Body Boarding takes place on the amazing Summerleaze beach just a mere 200m stroll from the centre. Summerleaze Beach is an ideal venue with a gently sloping sandy beach providing consistent safe conditions throughout the season.

All participants can quickly progress in this activity and achieve a high level of performance and enjoyment in a short period of time - providing a perfect introduction to wave-riding board sports!

Canoeing

The historic Bude Canal is the perfect venue for our canoeing session, providing a safe, sheltered water environment for both beginners and improvers alike.

The canoe is a versatile craft which can be paddled solo or in a crew of two or three. This provides a wealth of options during the canoeing activity and individual skills can be taught giving the user all the skills needed to complete a simple journey. Once on board this development can also extend to team work and cooperation, which are essential to keep the craft stable and moving in the desired direction.

Dragon Boating

Again the idyllic surroundings of Bude's historic canal are used for this wonderful serene paddle sport activity.

Our Dragon Boats are large 14-person war canoes which allow the whole group to be on the water at the same time in the same craft. This ensures that both communication and co-operation amongst the group is required to ensure the craft makes smooth passage to the final destination.

Once reached, our exclusive destination can be used as a chance to recover and reflect on what has been covered on the way - or as an opportunity to take part in some fun and games. On the return leg, further skills can be taught to control the craft and other challenges set to test the group's new found team work.

  • Land Based Activities

High Ropes

Situated within the centre grounds is the high ropes course. New for 2012, this course has proved to be an outstanding success!

The freestanding rectangular course is divided into two sections using a Continuous Belay System which runs around the top of the course. Twelve metres up in the air, you are attached to a trolley and away you go around eight progressively more difficult challenges designed to test your confidence and resilience - before you abseil back to terror firma.

In the middle of the course are the specifically designed and selected team elements. These tasks test the team's ability to problem solve and work together. We have a range of activities ensuring all participants can achieve, develop and reach their goals.

Mountain Boarding

A short stroll along Bude's historic canal towpath leads to our exclusive mountain boarding facility.

Set in beautiful farmland surroundings, our purpose-built site has a gently sloping aspect which provides a perfect venue for an introduction to this rapidly growing sport.

The ramps and obstacles can also be used by the more confident and those with previous experience of mountain boarding.

Your experienced and qualified instructors will teach you the basics of heel and toe J-turns to allow you to ride the hill before progressing onto the ramps and power slides.

Climbing

Climbing takes place in our own specifically built climbing facility within the centre grounds.

This facility contains a 60ft multi-pitch climbing wall featuring 5 independent 'top-rope' lines with varying degrees of difficulty - allowing full inclusion for clients of all skill levels. There is also a bolted line to allow lead climbing and access to the belay ledge for those who excel.

The climbing facility also contains a large bouldering wall with cave feature. This area has multiple uses - it allows more nervous clients the opportunity to experience climbing without the fear factor of height and also provides an area for developing climbing technique and strength before putting it to test on the main wall!

Mountain Biking

The picturesque venue of Bude's cycle track along with our very own purpose built off-road track (composed of north shore, dirt track and obstacle elements) provides the perfect venue to this exciting sport for both beginners and the more advanced.

Setting off along the cycle track provides the perfect warm up and introduction to the bikes before you reach the main event of the off-road track. Here under direct supervision from your instructor you can attempt the north shore, balance beams, see-saw and the off road-track!

Abseiling

Abseiling is one of our most exhilarating activities!

Take the trek to the top of the building and then conquer your fears by throwing yourself from it! Begin the abseil by making your way carefully down the top of our climbing wall until you reach the lip of the roof - its free hanging all the way from there!

Both mentally challenging and nerve racking - as soon you have completed it once, you will feel elated and be trekking back up those stairs for another go, feeling ready to take on the world!

Caving

Caving takes place in our own unique purpose built artificial caving system. This superb facility allows us to fully control the environment and allow each group member to experience the cave at their own rate.

Tight spaces in the dark can be a challenge for many, so teamwork and leadership are important skills for the group to master if they want to conquer the cave and complete the challenges set!

Team Trail

Set within the centre grounds lays our Team Trail course. This session is based around our extensive assault course of challenging elements.

As the name suggests, the emphasis is on teamwork and challenges will be set to test both the mental and physical prowess of the group and the individuals within it. As the group makes its way around the course, the tasks will progressively become more and more difficult - testing the group's ability to work together and achieve the desired result.

Development Training Tasks

The centre has a wealth of resources at its disposal to provide a development training task for any group or ability range. The exact task to be used and the venue for it will depend wholly on the type of course and group. Instructors will carefully select the correct exercise to test group's and individual's strengths and weaknesses. The tasks will develop individuals and teams Leadership, Communication, Self Awareness and Team Work skills and highlight those that can be improved!

Navigation, Nature and Coastal Walks

Location, location, location! What a venue for all of the above. The North Cornish coast is world famous for its coastal walks and the geology encountered in the surrounding area is breathtaking! Bude is situated right on the South West Coastal path and this can be utilised to the North and South for some fantastic coastal scenery. The nature of the North Cornish coast is also exceptionally diverse and unique. Again the coastal path and beaches can be used to investigate the wildlife of the sea and coast. The River Neet and Bude Canal host a huge amount of wildlife and the nature reserve between the two is an exceptional facility for this session. The basics of navigation can be taught anywhere but what a place to learn and to use those new found skills to explore and investigate the beautiful Cornish Coast.

All of the above activities take place either on site at the activity centre or a short walk away allowing maximum activity time for each session.

All of the activities adhere to the highest possible safety standards set by the relevant National Governing Bodies for each activity. The centre is a full member of B.A.P.A., a B.C.U. approved paddle sport provider, an A.A.I.A.C. Adventure Mark holder, a Skills Active membership holder, an L.O.T.C. quality badge holder, a member of the R.L.S.S. as well as being inspected by numerous Local Authorities. These all demonstrate that Adventure International is an activity holiday provider of the highest standard.

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