Everything you need to know

Frequently asked questions for parents

What activities will my child be doing?

Your school will be able to show you a sample programme but the actual timetable is weather dependent. Rest assured they will be having fun whatever they are doing, be it kayaking, dinghy sailing, crabbing or visiting local attractions, for example….

How safe is it?

Schools have been coming to our Cowes campus for over 28 years and they take comfort in our exemplary safety record. We have all the necessary safety systems and checks in place both on and off the water. All our instructors are first aid qualified and we have a ratio of one instructor to every six students.

What is the food like?

All our food is freshly cooked on site with an emphasis on healthy eating. For breakfast there is a Full English option, as well as cereals, yoghurts and fruit – they can eat as much as they like! Lunch is a freshly prepared packed lunch. Evening meals always feature fresh vegetables and a salad bar, and there are three options of main course including a vegetarian option. Popular meals include fish and chips, sweet and sour chicken, and pie and mash. And there’s always dessert! We can cater for students with special religious or dietary needs providing we are informed about these beforehand.

What do the children do in the evenings?

Students will be fully supervised and there’s no time to get bored! We provide entertainment along the lines of beach games, water polo in the indoor pool, crabbing, disco, quiz night, orienteering, and gutterboat racing. These sessions finish at 9pm and then teachers will decide what time is bedtime and lights out.

What are the bedrooms like?

It is hostel style accommodation. Each school has sole occupancy of an accommodation block with its own key code to gain access. There are usually 6-8 children to a room. Bathrooms are separate for boys and girls.

What do the children need to bring?

We provide wetsuits, safety helmets and buoyancy aids for all water activities. We issue your school with a full kit list before your visit but students will need to bring swimwear as well as shorts and t-shirts or rash vests to go underneath their wetsuits. Students also need to bring a spare pair of beach shoes or trainers you don’t mind getting wet. We recommend that all clothes are labelled. More detail can be found here.

Do they need pocket money?

Your school will decide whether students need to bring pocket money. There is a small shop on site where students can buy limited refreshments, pencils, and souvenirs. All students’ needs are catered for on site and we would recommend only a small amount is needed (in change, not notes).

Can they bring mobile phones?

Please ask your school for their policy on this issue.