Kids Courses

Fife outdoor education

Kids Courses

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For specific course dates and the most up to date information, please check the Outdoor Education FB Page, or contact the centre on 01592 583388 / info.outdoored@fife.gov.uk



Have a Go Days

Have a Go Canyoning

A day’s introduction to this new, exciting and dynamic activity. Challenge your sense of adventure as you journey through a Scottish gorge. Scramble, jump, slide, abseil and swim your way down the canyon, led by a team of instructors there to give you an amazing experience.

The choice of canyon will depend on water levels, weather and group ability.

  • Meet at the Outdoor Education Centre for a 09.30 start.
  • Welcome and introductions, outline of the day
  • Equipment issue
  • Travel to venue
  • Change, briefing, set off
  • Introduction to canyon techniques, practice on dry land
  • Descent of the canyon
  • Travel back to OE Centre

Have a Go Coasteering

Action and adventure in the tidal impact zone. Explore exciting sections of the stunning coastline by scrambling along the cliffside, jumping from rocky outcrops and swimming through caves and zorns.

The venue will be chosen with weather conditions and the group in mind.

The session will be progressive and appropriate to the group.

  • Education Centre for a 09.30 start.
  • Welcome and introductions, outline of the day
  • Equipment issue
  • Travel to venu
  • Intro to the coastal environment
  • Equipment
  • Safety
  • Journeying in the coastal environment
  • Access and the environment

Have a Go SUP

You will develop basic paddleboard skills to ensure you can enjoy a short journey on a local loch, river or part of Fife's coastline.

The venue will be chosen with weather conditions and the group in mind.

The session will be progressive and appropriate to the group.

  • Education Centre for a 09.30 start.
  • Welcome and introductions, outline of the day
  • Equipment issue
  • Travel to venue
  • Basic SUP skills
  • Access and the environment
  • Journey

Have a Go Kayaking

A journey offsite on a local loch, river or part of Fife’s coastline. You will practice and develop relevant skills needed for a journey and learn about the environment you are in.

The venue will be chosen with weather conditions and the group in mind.

The session will be progressive and appropriate to the group.

  • Education Centre for a 09.30 start.
  • Welcome and introductions, outline of the day
  • Equipment issue
  • Travel to venue
  • Basic skills & warm up
  • Access and the environment
  • Journey

Have a Go Mountain Biking

You will travel to an offsite venue (local wood or trail centre) and develop good basic bike skills to ensure you are able to complete a journey. This may include learning some basic navigation, bike maintenance.

  • Education Centre for a 09.30 start.
  • Welcome and introductions, outline of the day
  • Equipment issue
  • Travel to venue
  • M Check
  • Warm up and basic bike skills
  • Environment
  • Navigation
  • Journey

Have a Go Climbing

An introduction to bouldering, rock climbing and abseiling. You will explore a local crag , or if the weather is poor, you will visit an indoor wall.

  • Education Centre for a 09.30 start.
  • Welcome and introductions, outline of the day
  • Equipment issue
  • Travel to venue
  • Bouldering Techniques
  • Rope work, knots and harnesses
  • Belaying
  • Rock climbing skills – fingers, hands and foot work
  • Abseiling

Multi-Activity Courses

Fun in The Park 2 day

It’s summer and school’s out so why not join us for the FUN based outdoor course. Each course is run over 2 days and is tailored to the age and abilities of the group.

You will have the chance to try out land and water activities at Lochore Meadows Outdoor Education Centre. Activities include kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, climbing, archery and jetty jumping.

The instructor will make the best decision for your child based on factors such as the weather and abilities within the group. We will try to keep to the programme, but please be aware that activities may be subject to change on the day.

Those wishing to access activities at a higher level should book on a skills course appropriate to their level of interest and experience. All participants need to be water confident and are likely to get wet and muddy during the two days.

We will provide a selection of the following activities:

  • Kayaking
  • Team Challenges
  • Open Canoeing
  • Orienteering/Finding your way
  • SUP
  • Mountain Biking
  • Funboat Sailing
  • Raftbuilding
  • Archery
  • Outdoor Cooking

Adventure in the Park 2 day

You will have the chance to try out land and water based activities at Lochore Meadows Activities may include kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, climbing, archery, island adventure and jetty jumping.

On our Easter and October 2 day adventure, there will be different activities each day weather dependant.

The instructor will make the best decision for your child based on factors such as the weather and abilities within the group. We will try to keep to the programme, but please be aware that activities may be subject to change on the day.

Those wishing to access activities at a higher level should book on a skills course appropriate to their level of interest and experience. All participants need to be water confident and are likely to get wet and muddy during the two days.

We also have skills and multi-activity courses available during the summer holidays.

We will provide a selection of the following activities:

  • Kayaking
  • Team Challenges
  • Open Canoeing
  • Orienteering/Finding your way
  • SUP
  • Mountain Biking
  • Funboat Sailing
  • Raftbuilding
  • Archery
  • Outdoor Cooking

*Activities will be more weather dependant due to the time of the year*

Outdoor Adventure 3 day

It’s summer and school’s out so why not join us for the FUN based outdoor course. Each course is run over 3 days and is tailored to the age and abilities of the group.

Similar to Fun in the Park but the group will go away for the day on Wednesday to a local hill, beach or bike trail depending on the group and weather conditions. The off-site day may involve watersports, coasteering, mountain biking.

The instructor will make the best decision for your child based on factors such as the weather and abilities within the group. We will try to keep to the programme, but please be aware that activities may be subject to change on the day.

Those wishing to access activities at a higher level should book on a skills course appropriate to their level of interest and experience. All participants need to be water confident and are likely to get wet and muddy during the two days.

We will provide a selection of the following activities:

  • Kayaking
  • Team Challenges
  • Open Canoeing
  • Orienteering/Finding your way
  • SUP
  • Mountain Biking
  • Funboat Sailing
  • Raftbuilding
  • Archery
  • Outdoor Cooking

Ultimate Adventure 5 day

It’s summer and school’s out so why not join us for our ultimate adventure course. Each course is run over 5 days and is tailored to the abilities of the group.

You will have the chance to try out land and water activities at Lochore Meadows

After a fun first day at Lochore Meadows the rest of the week will be away at various locations. Thursday & Friday will be a mini expedition either at a campsite or wild camp depending on the group and weather conditions.

The instructor will make the best decision for your child based on factors such as the weather and abilities within the group. We will try to keep to the programme, but please be aware that activities may be subject to change on the day.

Those wishing to access activities at a higher level should book on a skills course appropriate to their level of interest and experience. All participants need to be water confident and are likely to get wet and muddy during the two days.

The overnight part of the Ultimate Adventure course.

The plan is to prepare for a biking and canoe expedition most likely in the Loch Tay or Loch Tummel area. They will prepare kit and canoes before driving to the Loch. The group will spend the day biking, paddling and end up at their chosen wild camp site either on an island or the Loch side. The following morning after breakfast the group will paddle down the loch to the minibus before returning to Lochore Meadows for a planned finish time of 3.30pm.


Sailing


Stage 1

All Stage 1 courses use single-handed RS Quba dinghies. You will learn quickly and improve your skills while enjoying the thrills and spills of this exciting sport. Courses are mostly practical with some theory. By the end of this introductory course you will have basic understanding of how a boat sails and some experience of steering and handling the boat.

The course aims to cover RYA Stage One

  • What to wear and bring
  • Rigging and de-rigging dinghy’s
  • Tacking
  • Stopping
  • Crewing
  • Sailing round a course
  • Where is the wind coming from
  • Rowing
  • What next?

Stage 2

Stage 2 sailing courses use single-handed RS Quba dinghies and maybe the double handed Feva’s. You will learn quickly and improve your skills while enjoying the thrills and spills of this exciting sport. Courses are mostly practical with some theory. At the completion of this course you will have a widening range of skills and knowledge and be well on the way to being a confident small boat sailor.

The course aims to cover RYA Stage 2

  • Launch and recovery
  • Rigging and de-rigging dinghy’s
  • Tacking
  • Stopping
  • Leaving & returning beach / jetty
  • Controlling Speed
  • Gybe / get out of irons
  • Sailing round courses
  • Capsize recovery

Stage 3/4

This course is aimed at those with at least a season’s experience sailing since completing a Stage 2 course. You should be confident sailing a dinghy on your own. At the end of the Stage 3 course you will be able to sail in any direction and rig and launch your own boat. You can regard yourself as a sailor, not a beginner.

The course aims to cover RYA Stage 3 -weather permitting

  • Rigging & de-rigging dinghy’s without assistance
  • Rope Work
  • Sailing backwards
  • Reefing ashore
  • Sailing triangular course
  • Coming alongside
  • Person overboard recovery
  • Apply 5 essentials
  • Capsize recovery
  • Sailing theory

Skills Courses

Sail nights

Monday Night 5.45pm - 5.45pm 11+ (Age 8-10 years must be accompanied by a participating adult)

Join us for a fun evening of sailing under the supervision of a qualified instructor. Get some top tips, learn new skills, have a race or just have some fun and get wet.

These sessions are ideal if you have already completed a Start Sailing course or equivalent.

This is not a formal course so you should already have some basic sailing skills. If not have a look at a Discover Sailing Taster or Start Sailing Course.

  • Staff assistance with rigging, launching and landing your craft.
  • Safety boat cover
  • Top tips on your sailing skills
  • Group sail, fun racing
  • Try new skills

Sail night Coach

Tuesday Night 6pm - 8.30pm 14+

SailNight Coach sessions are informal coaching sessions in Singlehanded dinghies.  We will make use of the RYA Awards as a way for you to track your progress and set your own personal improvement goals.  You can improve skills and work towards the award of your choice.  You choose the craft, which will need to be a singlehander due to current restrictions, and work at a level that suits your ability and how quickly you want to progress.

The format is quite informal.  The instructor will assist you with your equipment choice, the sessions will involve a chat about the evening and any teaching requests, confirm the module or Level you are aiming for.

The first part of the session will be coaching input and the last part of the session will usually be a bit of free time to practise and try something new.


Paddlesports

Paddlenight Splash

Monday nights 6pm - 8pm & 6.30pm - 8.30pm

The PaddleNight Splash is a fun session which is supervised but not led by staff.

Staff will be on hand to assist you with selecting and launching equipment.  They will give you some guidance on where to paddle and any limits.  They will be able to give a few top tips on how to paddle but remember this is not a taught course.

Staff are primarily there to keep an eye on participants and ensure the safety of those taking part.  As numbers and time allows they may set up a game or a challenge at some point throughout the evening.

If you prefer you can just go for a paddle and practise your own skills.

Age 8-10 years must be accompanied by a participating adult

Junior Paddlenight - Coach

Tuesday nights 6pm - 8pm | 11-15yrs

PaddleNight Coach sessions are informal coaching sessions in Canoe, Kayak & SUP.  You can improve skills and work towards British Canoeing Personal Performance Awards. There will be opportunities to develop skills in a variety of crafts.

The format is quite informal.  The instructor will assist you with your equipment choice, the sessions will normally involve a warm up, chat about the evening and any teaching requests. Depending on conditions there will normally be a paddle to different areas of the loch and during the session there will be some teaching of new skills or top tips.

The last part of the session is usually a bit of free time to practise, try something new or just relax on the water.

Kids Courses and Sessions

  • Kids Multi-Adventure

    Easter Multi-adventure

    Our 2 Day Multi Activity Programme will allow your kids to try out land and water based activities at Lochore Meadows Country Park. Activities may include kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, climbing, archery, orienteering and island adventure. There are 2 courses running simultaneously for ages 8-10yrs and 11-15yrs. This could vary depending on the group abilities and ages.
    Age group: Junior; • Day: Tuesday;Wednesday; • Time: 09.30 - 15.30 • Cost: £50 per person for 2 days. Fifestyle prices: Premier and Super £25. Bonus £45.

    Sessions will take place from 5 April 2022 to 6 April 2022
    Lochore Meadows Outdoor Education Centre, Crosshill, Lochgelly KY5 8BA
    To book contact the centre on 01592 583388
  • Kids Multi-Adventure

    Easter Multi-adventure

    Our 2 Day Multi Activity Programme will allow your kids to try out land and water based activities at Lochore Meadows Country Park. Activities may include kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, climbing, archery, orienteering and island adventure. There are 2 courses running simultaneously for ages 8-10yrs and 11-15yrs. This could vary depending on the group abilities and ages.
    Age group: Junior; • Day: Thursday;Friday; • Time: 09.30 - 15.30 • Cost: £50 per person for 2 days. Fifestyle prices: Premier and Super £25. Bonus £45.

    Sessions will take place from 7 April 2022 to 8 April 2022
    Lochore Meadows Outdoor Education Centre, Crosshill, Lochgelly KY5 8BA
    To book contact the centre on 01592 583388
  • Kids Multi-Adventure

    Easter Multi-adventure

    Our 2 Day Multi Activity Programme will allow your kids to try out land and water based activities at Lochore Meadows Country Park. Activities may include kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, climbing, archery, orienteering and island adventure. There are 2 courses running simultaneously for ages 8-10yrs and 11-15yrs. This could vary depending on the group abilities and ages.
    Age group: Junior; • Day: Tuesday;Wednesday; • Time: 09.30 - 15.30 • Cost: £50 per person for 2 days. Fifestyle prices: Premier and Super £25. Bonus £45.

    Sessions will take place from 12 April 2022 to 13 April 2022
    Lochore Meadows Outdoor Education Centre, Crosshill, Lochgelly KY5 8BA
    To book contact the centre on 01592 583388
  • Kids Multi-Adventure

    Easter Multi-adventure

    Our 2 Day Multi Activity Programme will allow your kids to try out land and water based activities at Lochore Meadows Country Park. Activities may include kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, climbing, archery, orienteering and island adventure. There are 2 courses running simultaneously for ages 8-10yrs and 11-15yrs. This could vary depending on the group abilities and ages.
    Age group: Junior; • Day: Thursday;Friday; • Time: 09.30 - 15.30 • Cost: £50 per person for 2 days. Fifestyle prices: Premier and Super £25. Bonus £45.

    Sessions will take place from 14 April 2022 to 15 April 2022
    Lochore Meadows Outdoor Education Centre, Crosshill, Lochgelly KY5 8BA
    To book contact the centre on 01592 583388

For more information contact the Outdoor

Education Team - info.outdoored@fife.gov.uk

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