Everything you need to know for your child’s visit

FAQs for parents

What activities will my child be doing?

Your school or group organiser 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 and groups 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 qualified in first aid 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 vegetarian. 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 requirements providing we are informed about these beforehand.

What do the children do in the evenings?

Students are always fully supervised and there’s no time to get 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 time is bed-time and lights out.

What are the bedrooms like?

It is hostel-style accommodation. 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.

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 spare pair of beach shoes or trainers that you don’t mind getting wet. We recommend that all clothes are labelled. More details can be found here.

Do they need pocket money?

Your organiser 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 of money is needed (in change, not notes).

Can they bring mobile phones?

Please ask your school for their policy on this issue.