Calshot Activities Centre

Activities Courses

Archery at Calshot
At Calshot Activities Centre we offer an unrivalled range of land and water-based adventurous activities. Our facilities include a state of the art climbing complex, a dry ski slope, archery and shooting ranges, high ropes courses and one of only four indoor velodromes in the country. On the water, we offer sailing, kayaking, canoeing and windsurfing sessions to suit students of all abilities (between April and October only).

Safety is our prime consideration. We operate within the guidelines laid down by National Governing Bodies, the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority and Hampshire County Council. Calshot’s Instructional team is led by a highly qualified and experienced group of staff whose qualifications include RYA Dinghy Coach/Assessors, RYA Windsurfing Trainers, BCU Coaches, MLTB Trainers and British Cycling Track Coaches. As Instructor Trainers/Assessors they have the perfect credentials to ensure our whole instructional team is working to the highest standards.

For land-based activities, students work in groups of no more than 10. Our Instructional staff are trained and qualified to teach a broad range of activities, allowing them to stay with the same group of students for the duration of their visit. Throughout the activities students are challenged, taught new skills and given the chance to develop their confidence. The Calshot experience aims to ensure that students will leave with a better understanding of themselves and others, along with personal experiences which they will value and remember long after they have left.

Please see the Planning a visit page for more details on our residential visits.

 

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Abseiling

Students abseil from the top of one of our climbing walls, up to 13m above the ground! Pushing to the limits of their comfort zone, students control their own descent whilst being encouraged by other members of their group.

Archery

Requiring good concentration, a steady hand and a sharp eye, archery provides a change of pace from many of our more physically demanding activities. Our instructors are trained to teach and coach the students throughout the session to enable progress for all abilities.

Climbing

Calshot climbing wall is the premier indoor climbing facility in the south. With 520m2 of climbs, from short easy angled slabs, to a 13m overhang, there’s something for everyone. Working in small groups the students have plenty of opportunity to learn and practise the skills associated with this fast growing and accessible sport. Developing trust, support and communication are also important outcomes.

Cycle Skills

This session presents an opportunity for students to learn how to ride one of our indoor track bikes. Working at a pace to suit the group, children will learn how to control their speed using the fixed-wheel system and practice clipping in to the pedals with cleated cycling shoes. By working through progressive activities and challenges they will develop their personal cycling skills, as well as learn how to help and support each other.

Forest Orienteering

Armed with a map and compass, students navigate their way around a New Forest woodland, recording controls along the way. After initial skills training, students are left to work independently to complete the orienteering challenge, under the supervision of an adult who can help only if necessary. Compass work, navigation and teamwork come together in this fun yet challenging activity.  

Hangar/On-site Orienteering

An ideal way to learn or sharpen map reading skills. This session challenges students to work in a small team and compete against their peers in a range of orienteering courses around the site and in the Sunderland Hangar.

High Ropes

High Ropes activities give groups the opportunity to explore the concepts of support and trust whilst facing personal challenge. Our year round indoor facility includes Crate Stack (pictured), Cat Walk, Peg Pole, Jacob’s Ladder and two indoor Team Swings. The elements continue outside with 10m high platforms offering exhilarating challenges with fantastic views over the surrounding coastline. Outdoor elements available are All-Aboard, Leap of Faith, Crate Stack, See-Saw and our giant Team Swing.

Initiative Course

Elements such as ‘The Spider’s Web’, ‘The Tunnel’, ‘Washed Out Bridge’, and ‘Mushroom Field’ emphasize different team qualities and stimulate discussion when reviewing. Students are encouraged to think about how they are perceived within the team and how they contribute to its success.

Low Ropes

Our outdoor course features many exciting challenges which provide a basis for discussions on assessing risk, problem solving, recognising leadership and other qualities which are the hallmarks of successful teams.

Ringos

A chance to have a go on our inflatable Ringos –  fully inclusive and pure fun!

Skiing

Our ski and snowboard facilities offer an excellent environment in which to learn the basics and develop new skills. Calshot’s three slopes are covered in Snowflex, a surface which has no holes, is easy to ski on and softer to fall on. All slopes have lifts, are floodlit and, being inside our massive Sunderland Hangar, offer an ideal learning environment whatever the weather. The emphasis is on fun, energetic sessions where progression is at the pace of the individual’s capabilities.

 

Abseiling

Students abseil from the top of one of our climbing walls, up to 13m above the ground! Pushing to the limits of their comfort zone, students control their own descent whilst being encouraged by other members of their group.

Archery

Requiring good concentration, a steady hand and a sharp eye, archery provides a change of pace from many of our more physically demanding activities. Our instructors are trained to teach and coach the students throughout the session to enable progress for all abilities.

Climbing

Calshot climbing wall is the premier indoor climbing facility in the south. With 520m2 of climbs, from short easy angled slabs, to a 13m overhang, there’s something for everyone. Working in small groups the students have plenty of opportunity to learn and practise the skills associated with this fast growing and accessible sport. Developing trust, support and communication are also important outcomes.

Forest Orienteering

Armed with a map and compass, students navigate their way around a New Forest woodland, recording controls along the way. After initial skills training, students are given the freedom to work independently, completing the orienteering challenge under remote supervision. Compass work, navigation and teamwork come together in this fun yet challenging activity.  

Hangar/On-site Orienteering

An ideal way to learn or sharpen map reading skills. This session challenges students to work in a small team and compete against their peers in a range of orienteering courses around the site and in the Sunderland Hangar.

High Ropes

High Ropes activities provide groups with the opportunity to explore the concepts of support and trust whilst facing personal challenge. Our year round indoor facility includes Crate Stack, Cat Walk, Peg Pole and Jacob’s Ladder. New for 2012/13 is our outdoor high ropes facility, 10m high platforms offer exhilarating challenges with fantastic views over the surrounding coastline. Outdoor High Ropes activities available are All-Aboard, Leap of Faith, Crate Stack, See-Saw and our giant Team Swing.

Initiative Course

Elements such as ‘The Spider’s Web’, ‘The Tunnel’, ‘Washed Out Bridge’, and ‘Mushroom Field’ emphasize different team qualities and stimulate discussion when reviewing. Students are encouraged to think about how they are perceived within the team, and how they contribute to its success.

Low Ropes

Our outdoor course features many linked challenges which provide a basis for discussions on assessing risk, problem solving, recognising leadership and other qualities which are the hallmarks of successful teams.

Mountain Biking

We use the beautiful off-road cycle routes of the New Forest, to introduce safe and responsible use of sensitive areas for adventure and recreation. Groups navigate themselves using handlebar mounted OS maps.

Ringos

A chance to have a go on our inflatable Ringos – fully inclusive and pure fun!

Skiing

Our ski and snowboard facilities offer an excellent environment in which to learn the basics and develop new skills. Calshot’s three slopes are covered in Snowflex, a revolutionary new surface which has no holes, is easy to ski on and softer to fall on. All slopes have lifts, are floodlit and being inside our massive Sunderland Hangar offer an ideal learning environment whatever the weather. The emphasis is on fun, energetic sessions, where progression is at the pace of the individual’s capabilities.

Snowboarding

For the older age group (11+), we provide an introduction to this exhilarating and fast growing sport. We provide elbow and wrist guards to ensure maximum enjoyment – minimum pain!

Track Cycling

This session presents an opportunity for students to learn how to ride one of our indoor track bikes on Calshot’s velodrome. Working at a pace to suit the group, children will learn how to control their speed using the fixed-wheel system and practice clipping in to the pedals with cleated cycling shoes. Students then experience the thrill of riding the banked track. By working through progressive activities and challenges they will develop their personal cycling skills, as well as learn how to help and support each other.

 

Sailing

We have a large selection of craft, ranging from a fleet of Oppies suitable for junior age children, to Picos which provide an exciting introduction for older students, sailing singly or in pairs. Larger high performance dinghies and catamarans are available for the experts!

Kayaking

Paddling their own kayak, students quickly gain skills and confidence in our sheltered creek. Longer expeditions along the coast or the River Beaulieu are also available.

Canoeing

Sharing a boat with friends or an instructor is an excellent way to learn the value of teamwork and organisation. This provides an ideal medium for those with special needs to experience the fun and exhilaration of being afloat.

Windsurfing

Using our modern super stable light weight boards and rigs, everyone can quickly learn the basics of how to sail away from the beach and return without the long swims often associated with the early stages of learning this popular sport.

Raft Build Challenge

A classic team building activity using barrels and poles to construct a raft which will be tested (often to destruction!) in our canoe pool.

Pool Cross Challenge

After learning the skills they need, each team must work together to build a bridge that will allow them to successfully cross over our outdoor pool, without getting wet! Once the bridges are built the teams compete in a number of pool crossing races and challenges.

 

For residential groups we offer a range of evening sessions to keep students entertained and challenged after dinner and before lights out. Working in larger groups of up to 30 students, these activities focus on teamwork, competition and fun. Landsports activities(e.g. climbing, archery) may also be programmed for evening sessions depending upon group size and programme structure.

Beach Scavenge

When the tide is out, Calshot Beach offers a fantastic environment for a beach scavenge – searching for the wealth of life that can be found, collected and identified. Students compete in teams to find as many items on the scavenger list as possible.

Bridge Build

Students work together in small teams to construct a bridge using only paper and sellotape. Will it survive the nerve-racking test of strength or collapse under load?

Daring Detectives

Step back in time to the 1930’s when the prestigious air race, the Schneider Trophy, took place here at Calshot. Using a variety of forensic science techniques, students work in small groups to solve the mysterious crime – who has kidnapped RAF pilot John Speedwell? Chromatography, fingerprint analysis and pH testing are all used to analyse evidence.

Disco

A great way to end the week with the whole group together, this session gives students and teachers alike a chance to let down their hair, get on their dancing shoes and impress the dancefloor!

Eco Games

A fun packed games evening with a green twist. Children are led in a variety of team games, each with a different environmental theme: from learning to echo-locate prey as a bat, to collecting all the things a seed needs to germinate and racing to be the first plant to grow.

Egg Drop

Using a variety of items, students work in small teams to design and construct an egg protection device. Creations are presented to the group and then tested to the limit – will the egg survive its drop from the hangar roof? Points can be won for teamwork, design originality and overall success.

Film Night

Relax by watching a film from our DVD collection or alternatively bring your own. Our accommodation blocks offer different film watching experiences in either individual rooms (Mitchell House) or a communal lounge area (Houston, Lawrence & Keymer Houses).

Games/Competition Evening

A fun and very active evening! Students are led in a variety of team games and competitions. Activities include classics such as dodgeball, benchball, relay races and parachute games as well as more teamwork focussed challenges such as ski walk and group through a hoop. Our instructors will adapt the session to meet the needs of the group at hand and we can work with any additional outcomes you may have in mind.

Make a Video

Using props and drama skills students work in groups to produce a short sketch which is filmed at the end of the session and shared with the rest of the students. Films are copied to CD for groups to take home and share with the rest of the school! Themes include a Calshot News Report and Marine Food Chain Film for Field Studies groups.

Quiz Night

A fun evening which tests general and musical knowledge, observation and teamwork. The real question is - can the students beat the team of teachers?!

Rushing Rockets

Aiming for either distance or a target, students use trial and error to improve the flight of their water rocket (pictured above). Working in small teams, students must carefully adjust and record the amount of ‘fuel’ and angle of launch in several testing rounds before the main competition begins.

Twilight Tudors

Following a tour of our on-site Tudor castle (pictured right), students rehearse and film Tudor themed plays which are then screened in the basement. Costumes and props are provided, and the piece is recorded to DVD for groups to take back to school and share.