Argyll Col­lege UHI gears up for out­door ad­ven­ture

Are You Open to Ad­ven­ture?

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

If adrenaline-fu­elled out­door ac­tiv­ity is your idea of fun, Argyll Col­lege UHI has a brand new course which is ideal for you.

NC Out­door Ad­ven­ture Sports is a one year course which will in­clude a range of Ad­ven­ture Sports units over­seen by one of the coun­try’s most ex­pe­ri­enced out­door ac­tiv­ity in­struc­tors – Andy Spink of Oban­based He­bridean Pur­suits Ltd ( HPL).

Andy, who has spent nearly 30 years run­ning HPL, is pas­sion­ate about out­door ed­u­ca­tion. He will be teach­ing Ad­ven­ture Sports (canyon­ing, gorge walk­ing and coas­t­eer­ing), Rock Climb­ing, Pad­dle Sports, and Sum­mer and Win­ter Hill­walk­ing. The course may also in­clude a multi-ac­tiv­ity week at HPL’s Tavool House out­door cen­tre on Mull.

Anatomy, Nu­tri­tion, Con­tem­po­rary Fit­ness and other sub­jects are also stud­ied.

“It’s very ex­cit­ing for us to be given the op­por­tu­nity to get stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in - and hope­fully en­thused by - out­door ad­ven­ture and ed­u­ca­tion,” Andy said.

“This course will be a fan­tas­tic way for any­one who’s keen on ad­ven­ture sports and out­door ac­tiv­i­ties and thinks they might want to pur­sue a ca­reer in that area to get them­selves onto the first rung of the lad­der. Who knows where that lad­der might lead?”

Suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of the Level 5 course could lead on to var­i­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties in­clud­ing other fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion qual­i­fi­ca­tions, ap­pren­tice­ships and even a de­gree. The Univer­sity of the High­lands and Is­lands cur­rently of­fers de­gree cour­ses in Ad­ven­ture Ed­u­ca­tion, Ad­ven­ture Per­for­mance and Coach­ing and Ad­ven­ture Tourism Man­age­ment at The School of Ad­ven­ture Stud­ies in Fort Wil­liam.

Ac­cord­ing to Andy, there’s no bet­ter place in the UK in which to be in­volved in out­door ed­u­ca­tion.

“The West Coast of Scot­land is one of the world’s best ad­ven­ture play­grounds, and we’re right in the mid­dle of it,” he said.

“We’ll be do­ing some re­ally ad­ven­tur­ous, fun, ex- cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. There will be a class­room el­e­ment but this is pri­mar­ily de­signed as a prac­ti­cal, skills- based course. Our highly ex­pe­ri­enced team of in­struc­tors can’t wait to meet the first group of stu­dents and get started.”

More in­for­ma­tion about this course can be found at www. ar­gyll­col­lege. ac.uk – search for ‘out­door ad­ven­ture’.

He­bridean Pur­suits Ltd is part of the Roses Char­i­ta­ble Trust. All pro­ceeds sub­sidise The Roses Project, which of­fers res­i­den­tial ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­i­ties for dis­ad­van­taged young peo­ple at Tavool House on Mull. For more de­tails, please go to www. he­bridean­pur­suits. co.uk

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