Safety Policies & Qualifications
Donegal Adventure Centre is Ireland’s largest residential Outdoor Education Centre and Surf School and we work very hard to make it the best.
Our instructors are experienced and highly skilled in working with teenagers and primary school students.
Our staff are trained specifically to ensure a safe and fun experience exploring the many activities we offer. All our staff are fully qualified in their disciplines and we do not exceed our safety ratios. Ever.
All participants under 18 years will receive a parental-consent form, outlining the risks involved in outdoor pursuits, what to bring, and our policy on behaviour and conduct.
Problems are very rare as our enthusiastic and firm-but-fair management of teenagers is popular and successful.
Bumps and bruises do happen, such is the nature of all outdoor sports. All staff are fully qualified in first aid. There is a medical practice in Bundoran and Sligo hospital is 25 minutes from the Adventure Centre.
Our location in Bundoran allows us to offer a great selection of land and water activities, and our Activity Centre includes sleeping facilities for over 100 guests, plus an on-site restaurant, showers, changing rooms and shop.
Our activities are all suitable for beginners and we can cater for varying levels of fitness.
Our job here is to encourage the reluctant to try, to get the eager to improve and to make sure that everyone gets to experience the joy, camaraderie and self esteem that can be gained from outdoor pursuits, no matter what shape or size, whether introvert or extrovert.
Value for Money
Value is also important to us. We feel if families, schools and the students have invested their money in a trip like this, we need to provide as much entertainment and fun as we can. We don't do bored. Obviously some activities / packages suit different age or ability groups more than others.
Our admin staff Ciara and Trish are there to liaise with group leaders to match up the right group with the right adventure.
Above all else Safety is paramount. We are fully insured, have full public liability and and always aim to provide the safest standard of activities we can without taking away from the enjoyment of the sports.
We have a strict policy on alcohol and substance abuse; no student under 18 years can leave campus or partake in any activity involving the above.
Please note: if alcohol or drugs are found, the programme is immediately suspended and the group will be asked to leave immediately. This is made clear during our initial ‘meet & greet’. A full safety statement is available on request.
There is also a zero tolerance policy on bullying or on any student jeopardising the safety of themselves or others.
All staff are garda vetted and receive regular child protection training.
We can cater for all dietary needs a long as we are given advance notice. The food is simple, healthy and plentiful and we try and offer options to suit every palate.
Groups can also organise extra portions, for example an under 17's rugby team may need different options than a primary school. Talk to us and we will customize it for you.
"Food- Superb! By far the best food we have been given on an Irish trip"
Louise Deane, Belvedere College Dublin
If you want any more information on any of our policies, if there is something you wish to know that isn't covered here, if you are a parent worried that your child has never been away before or has a potential embarrassing issue that they didn't want to mention in front of their class, even if you just want to say hello, do not hesitate to contact us on 071 9842418 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to help.