Safety Policies & Qualifications

Safety

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.

 

Alcohol Policy

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.

Child Safeguarding

The safety and welfare of children is a core objective and priority at our centre.  Every staff member has a responsibility and duty of care to ensure that every child availing of our service is safe and protected from harm.  DAC policies and procedures have been developed  in line with the National Children First Tulsa guidelines to promote a safe environment for children.  The policies outlined in our "Child Safeguarding Statement" apply to all staff , volunteers and trainees.  This Child Safeguarding Statement is informed by our Safeguarding Risk assessment . Our Policies are available on request for all teachers ,parents and youth leaders.

Designated Liaison Person ( Deputy Children's Officer ) Fran Duffy - Senior Instructor 

Children's Officer ( Deputy Designated Liaison Person ) : Eoin Guilfoyle - Senior Instructor 

All staff are garda vetted and receive regular child protection training.

Food

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.

"Food- Superb! By far the best food we have been given on an Irish trip"
Louise Deane, Belvedere College Dublin 

Further Information

If you want any more information on any of our policies, if there is something you wish to know that isn't covered here, do not hesitate to contact us on 071 9842418.