So what makes great Outdoor Education…..
Firstly lets remember that its all about people……. Great facilities may look well but certainly won’t create memorable interactions so firstly its all about the quality of instructors, and at Shielbaggan OEC at the Hook Wexford we are justifibly proud of the experience, Qualifications and most importantly the passion of our instructors. There are not many centres that can boast of 2 x Level 4 Kayak instructors, an MIA as well as a plethora of other qualifications. But it dosen’t stop there, we have 3 Masters, one PHD in progress as well as lots of other academic qualifications. Not forgeting that we have one qualified teacher and 2 other instructors with Outdoor Education degrees on staff. If you then mix this with the fact that staff have paddled the Zambezi, climbed Kilimanjaro, ascended the vertical mile of El Capitan, Heliskiied, Helipaddled, Sailed the Atlantic, as well as being passionate about the personal development and enjoyment of the outdoors of each and every person who they meet then we are getting close!
Also facilities and equipment do matter (sorry), not from the fact that you can’t learn well using old equipment, but rather that its demotivating both for clients and instrctors. There is also equipment which can provide great developmental experiences, such as Wexford’s newest High Ropes Course at Shielbaggan OEC. Also its important to remain innovative, watching new developments, such as the move towards the adventure coming to you, Leading Shielbaggan OEC to create its Mobile Adventure offering.
Finally theres location, oh yes there are lots of great inner city Outdoor Education experiences, but its hard to beat Kayaking under the shadow of the world’s oldest operational lighthouse in Wexford sunshine (hopefully, we are the sunny south east after all) to move the soul.
Don’t forget to contact us for some soul therapy!