Everything you need to know about your child’s visit

FAQs for parents

What activities will my child be doing?

Programmes will be available approximately eight weeks before your arrival date (please note, all programmes are subject to change).  Your school or group organiser will be able to show you a sample programme.

Rest assured that your child will be having fun whatever they are doing.

How safe is it?

Schools and groups have been coming to UKSA for over 32 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 qualified in first aid – we have a ratio of one instructor to every six students for on-the-water activities.

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 – students and guests 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 vegetarian and vegan. And there’s always dessert! We can cater for students with special religious or dietary requirements providing we are informed about these beforehand.

What do the children do in the evenings?

Students are always fully supervised on residential activity visits, and there’s no time to be bored! We provide entertainment such as 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 times are bedtime and lights out.

What are the bedrooms like?

The accommodation is dormitory style with bunk beds. Each school or youth group 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 – leaders have separate bedrooms and bathrooms.

What do the children need to bring?

We provide wetsuits, safety helmets and buoyancy aids for all water activities. We issue your school or group with a full kit list before your visit but attendees 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 pair of shoes that they don’t mind getting wet. Either wet shoes or old trainers. We recommend that all clothes are labelled.

Don’t forget your waterbottle!

We are a single-use plastic-free site, so students will need to bring a water bottle. More details can be found here.

Do they need pocket money?

Your organiser will decide whether students should bring pocket money. All students’ needs are catered for on site and we would recommend only a small amount of money (change, not notes) is brought. There is very little to spend money on, except ice creams from an ice cream van.

Can they bring mobile phones?

Please ask your school for its policy on this issue.