The greatest adventure is what lies ahead: Book now for summer  2019!

If you prefer your adventures to come with a sea or lakeside view, then this is for you!

Serious Adventure - Water

Get ready to explore some of the UK's most rugged and remote islands as you paddle through quiet lagoons and discover white sandy shores.

You'll begin by learning the basics of kayaking and canoeing and will quickly move out into open water, where you'll put your new skills into action.

The highlight of the week comes with an overnight expedition, where you'll spend the day touring the Scottish or Welsh coastline, spotting wildlife from your canoe and spending the night camping out under the stars.

You’ll return to dry land with an unbelievable sense of achievement, impressive new paddling skills, incredible memories and great new friends.

Programme outcomes:

Girl Rowing Paddling skills Mountain Sunrise Genuine adventure Brain Confidence to overcome new challenges  Hand Holding Friendship and fun Speech Communication Leaves Care for the environment Light Bulb Self awareness  


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Tent And TreesIt's for:

Water lovers: Whether you're a sound swimmer, profficient paddler or a savvy sailor, this is for you.

The Dreamers: Teens who scroll through their phones dribbling at photos from far-flung lands with spectacular mountains and awe inspiring vistas, hungry for an adventure of their own.

Adventure lovers: Curious kids who grew up riding their bikes, climbing trees and exploring their neighbourhoods. Who cast aside their games console controllers in favour of something bigger, bolder and better. 

Overseas explorers: The British Isles has a lot to offer for those who are travelling from abroad. From picture perfect national parks to blockbuster back-drops (Tomb Raider, Star Wars, Harry Potter). And remember! What the UK may lack in sunshine, we make up for in our friendliness and hospitality! 

One price, all inclusive:

We only charge what it costs to deliver the programme. We're not interested in making money, just changing lives. So there is only one price and no hidden extras: £549(UK) or £649 (international).*

Additional charitable funding is also available to UK participants though the Adventure Fund.

Bookings can be made with a deposit of just £100. The remainder of the fee can be paid through instalments, with the full balance required 8-weeks before you arrive.

You will get:

  • A full day and evening plan, jam-packed full of activities
  • All equipment and kit to keep you safe, dry and warm
  • One dedicated instructors, from day 1 to day 7
  • New skills and experiences to boost your CV
  • 24-hour pastoral careSerious Adventure WATER Badge
  • Accommodation and bedding (you'll be camping)
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
  • Fully comprehensive insurance
  • Coach transfer from a nearby transport hub (Glasgow, Penrith, Manchester, Birmingham)
  • Upon completion you will also be awarded a fabric patch
  • A shed load of flapjack and chocolate brownie

> Read our FAQs

You will need:

  • A sense of adventure
  • Clothes and footwear for the full 7-days
  • £10 deposit for the kit you borrow
  • Extra pocket money for an ice cream during your exped (recommended)
  • A camera to capture the memories (recommended)

> Download the kit list

Free coach transfer:Plane (1)

Each of our centres are set in awe-inspiring locations; close to lochs, lakes, the sea and, of course, the mountains, this where you'll start and end your expedition. They'll make you feel like you're a million miles away from civilisation, and because of that they can be quite a distance to travel to, but fear not! A free coach transfer service is at hand, with the following approximate journey times:

  • 3 hours to the Scottish Highlands, Loch Eil (from Glasgow)
  • 3 hours to Snowdonia, Aberdovey (from Birmingham or Manchester)
  • 20 minutes to the Lake District, Ullswater and Hotown (from Penrith)

> View the timetable 

Parents/guardians are also welcome to pick-up and drop off their children. We have limited parking at our centres so if you've got your own car and would prefer to drive, please make sure you check with us in advance. 

 > Explore our centres  (Includes maps, directions and a 360° panorama video of each area)

Mountains, mentors and mates

Learning about yourself happens best out in the wild, away from the comforts and distractions of everyday life. Our highly qualified and experienced instructors will use the unpredictability of the wilderness to stretch you physically and mentally over 7-days until you achieve something you never thought possible.

Since 1941, we have developed a formula that works:

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> Download the sample itinerary

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* With charitable funding for UK residents or UK passport holders


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We won’t let money stand in the way of anyone who really wants to take part. Thanks to our fundraisers, donors and supporters, we can help those where funding may be a barrier. Check out our Adventure Fund to see how we can help make your summer adventure a reality.

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Chosen course fully booked?

If your chosen course is showing as fully booked, and there are no suitable alternatives, please call us on +44 (0) 1931 740000 and we can put you on a waiting list.