Friday, 5 July 2019

Stand Up Paddleboarding Taster Sessions at Dapdune Wharf Guildford with The National Trust Festival of Sport 23 July - 3rd August


JUNIOR OPEN WATER SWIMMING INDUCTION COURSE



 
THE SHACs JUNIOR OPEN WATER SWIMMING COURSE FOR 10-16YR OLDS
TUESDAY 16TH AND 23RD JULY 6.30PM - 8PM - £60.00 PER PERSON INC VAT.



HERE AT THE SHAC WE STRONGLY BELIEVE IN SAFETY FIRST WHEN IT COMES TO ALL OUR ACTIVITIES AND THE FIRST PART OF THAT IS KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE ENVIRONMENTS WE PUT OURSELVES IN. OUR STA QUALIFIED OPEN WATER SPECIFIC SWIM COACHES ARE HERE TO HELP
IN MANY CASES OUR CHILDREN ARE BETTER SWIMMERS THAN US AND WE THEREFORE WOULD LIKE THEM TO JOIN US DURING OPEN WATER SWIM SESSIONS HOWEVER THEY MAY ALREADY BE STRONG SWIMMERS BUT HAVE A LACK OF UNDERSTANDING AND KNOWLEDGE OF THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SWIMMING IN A POOL AND SWIMMING IN A LAKE OR OTHER OPEN WATER LOCATIONS.
 
THE SHAC HAVE SPECIFICALLY DEVELOPED THE JUNIOR OWS COURSE TO GIVE JUNIOR SWIMMERS THE KNOWLEDGE AND AWARENESS OF THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN POOL SWIMMING AND OPEN WATER SWIMMING. 
THIS IS NOT ONLY A SWIMMING COURSE BUT A LIFE SKILL THAT WE HOPE WILL BE PASSED TO OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE TO HELP RAISE THE AWARENESS OF THE DANGERS OF COLD AND DEEP WATER SWIMMING AND HOW BEST TO MANAGE THOSE DANGERS.

THE COURSE IS ALSO SUITABLE FOR JUNIORS LOOKING TO ENTER AN OPEN WATER SWIM EVENT OR TRIATHLON.
THIS COURSE IS A PRE-REQUISITE FOR ANY JUNIOR SWIMMER FROM THE AGE OF 10-16 TO BE ABLE TO SWIM AT THE LAGOON IN OUR OPEN WATER SWIM SESSIONS. 
EACH ATTENDEE MUST PASS THE COURSE IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO ATTEND OPEN SESSIONS AND WE WITHHOLD THE RIGHT TO FAIL SWIMMERS IF WE CONCLUDE THEY ARE NOT READY TO ATTEND OPEN SESSIONS.
 ALL ATTENDEES MUST BE ABLE TO SWIM A MINIMUM OF 600M COMFORTABLY AND HAVE A WETSUIT AVAILABLE FOR THE COURSE. WE CAN SUPPLY WET SUITS VIA OUR PARTNERS AT ZONE3 - PLEASE CONTACT US FOR DETAILS

1:1 and PRIVATE GROUP SESSIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR JUNIOR SWIMMERS AND ADULTS THAT WANT TO IMPROVE THEIR TECHNIQUE AND STAMINA IF REQUIRED. WE ALSO HAVE COACHING OPTIONS FOR THOSE JUNIORS LOOKING TO COMPETE IN OPEN WATER SWIM EVENTS AND TRIATHLONS. PLEASE EMAIL INFO@THESHAC.CO.UK FOR MORE DETAILS.

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Tuesday, 25 June 2019

SHAC SUP SAFARI SUNDAY 10th JULY


The SHACs SUP River Safari
Sunday 10th August 11am -1.30pm
Pyrford Lock, Nr Wisley - Newark Priory
Limited Places Available


Come and enjoy this stunning stretch of the River Wey Navigations with Team SHAC, it really is the perfect spot to take the SUP Skills you have learnt with us this year to the Next Level and really explore what stand up paddle boarding is all about, taking you places others don't get to go.


Departing from Pyrford lock Nr Wisley at 11am on Sunday 10th August we will take you on a paddling experience through the beautiful surroundings of the River Wey Navigation's out to the simply stunning 11th Century Newark Priory running situated right on the river. We will explore flowing waters and enjoy stunning scenery and wildlife along the way.


The price is £72.00 per person including all equipment hire, river license, insurance, fully qualified guide/instructor and VAT. If you have your own board you are welcome to join us and the cost is £48.00 and includes all of the above less equipment hire. 
 On our return to Pyrford lock why not book a table for lunch at the wonderful riverside pub that is The Anchor. for more details please visit: https://www.anchorpyrford.co.uk/
 



 

Can't make the date? Did you know we do private safaris for family and friends and groups where we can incorporate the intro session on the river so even if your friends haven't done a intro with us they can still come. We can cater for groups of up to 20 at a time.

Make a day of it and ask about our riverside wild lunch options and take you and your friends on an adventure to remember, great as a celebration for any occasion, office day out, private function or team building activity.
Email: info@theshac.co.uk for more details.


Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Open Water Swimming Development Workshop


Open Water Swimming Development Workshop

Sunday 21st July
8.30am - 11am

This course has been designed to cover the following points and is ideal for people that have entered an event for the first time or looking to improve for the next one.

The course covers:

*Swimming responsibly/safely
*Preparation, risk assessment, swimming with a buddy and recovery.

*Introduce and develop OW specific skills such as sighting, turning round a buoy, drafting/pack swimming. 
*Recognising signs of hypothermia and fatigue in you and others. 
*Stroke analysis and tips for improvement.
*Practice swimming looking changing pace, overtaking and finishing.
*Racing, mass starts, feeding and training for endurance.

*Pre event preparation, warm up and warm down

The course is run by The SHACs STA Open Water Specific Swim Coaches Fiona and Skip - trained by Friend of The SHAC, Keri Anne Payne - Double World Champion Open Water Swimmer. 



Saturday, 18 May 2019

May Half Term Family Fun at The Lagoon with Buckland Park Lake


Come and experience the beautiful Buckland Park Lake for the first time with our 9 day long family event 
running over the May Bank Holiday and Half Term. 
Tickets are available here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/buckland-park-lake-20001762061

The SHAC are running Stand Up Paddle Boarding Taster Sessions (Supervised not instructed) through out 
the event for £12.00 per person for a 45min Session for anyone with a ticket to the event - 
(Over 8yrs old only - 
anyone under 12 must be accompanied by an adult - Strictly 1 board per person per session)

Please note The SUP Taster session is not a coached introduction session but a supervised taster and will therefor 
not entitle participants to join The SHAC on Freeride Sessions or any other SHAC SUP Activities. 
If you wish to book an introduction session PLEASE CLICK HERE

What Else is Happening at The Event?

Have a go at some real bushcraft with The SHACs Woodland Adventure Leaders, 
build and light a real fire using flint and steels and roast your own marshmallow - 
 (Under 6 yrs old must be accompanied by an adult
Bookable in advance with Buckland Park Lake via Event Brite link)

Walk the woodland trail with a small prize for children who spot our ten woodland animals along the way. 

Try your hand at Archery with Combat Archery and 
Target Archery

Build and float a raft from the materials you find

Tee off on our crazy golf course and enjoy our giant 
sandpit. 

Bring an old welly boot or plant pot and sow your 
own pea, bean or sunflower plant.

Play with our garden games, spacer hoppers and 
hula hoops. 

Inflatables, face painting and refreshments will also 
be available.
Bushcraft should be booked in advance direct with Buckland Park Lake

Please note Swimming will not be possible at this event due to health and safety. 
The water gets deep very quickly and is only suitable for experienced wild swimmers.
Please click the link to buy tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.


Tuesday, 7 May 2019

SUP Intros, SUP Yoga and SUP Birthdays Now available to book at Birtley House Bramley Guildford



The SHACs SUP Intro Sessions and Birthday Parties are now available to book at Birtley House, Bramley, Nr Guildford. Every Sunday in June. Only 8 places available per session so dont miss out and book your place today. For Birthday Party enquiries please email info@theshac.co.uk



Also Available Every Sunday In June SUP Yoga at Birtley House with Sasha. only 8 places available per session - Block of 4 booking discount available. Details below:


Sunset Yoga Taster session

Saturday 11th May, 6pm - 7pm

Sunrise Yoga Taster session

Sunday 12th May  8am - 9am



Block Sessions Available individually or as a block of 4 at a discounted rate. For block booking please email info@theshac.co.uk

Sunday 2nd June, 11.30am

Sunday 9th June, 11.30am

Sunday 16th June, 11.30am

Sunday 23rd June, 11.30am

Individual sessions cost £30 per person inc VAT & equipment hire - Block Booking 4 sessions £100.00 inc VAT and equipment hire.


Tuesday, 30 April 2019

May Half Term Woodland Adventure Days

The SHACs Woodland Adventure Days
(Dates now available for May Half Term and Summer Holidays 2019 - Booking links are below)

"The Surrey Hills Adventure Company Holiday Adventures are located @ Belmont Preparatory School, Holmbury St Mary and New for 2019 our New Site Wigwam Woods at Birtley House Estate Bramley. 


The SHACs Woodland Adventure Days are an innovative, proven way of allowing young people aged between 6 and 12 years old to develop and grow by spending time outside in a safe and supportive environment. We encourage our young attendees to be free whilst engaging them in valuable learnings that come from spending time outside in a natural environment, this is supported by an extremely well qualified team with years of experience in the outdoor education sector helping young people to learn new skills, make new friends and have some time for freedom of mind. To support this we have a strict “No Tech” policy. 

For More information please click here

Monday, 29 April 2019

NEW SUP YOGA Sessions Guildford and Reigate Locations

SUP Yoga

  Come and enjoy the ancient practice of Yoga combined with Stand Up Paddle Boarding now in 2 stunning locations with The SHAC - The SHAC Lagoon at Buckland Park Lake Nr Reigate and New for 2019 The simply Beautiful Birtley House Estate - Bramley, Guildford.

These classes take your favorite yoga routines and put them on the water! Yoga practice brings balance and restores all bodily systems by creating physical, mental and spiritual harmony. Both yoga and stand up paddle boarding are great for building better balance, coordination, endurance, and body strength! Combining the two achieves simply amazing results. 

BOOK SUP YOGA AT THE LAGOON - REIGATE - June 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd 9-10am

BOOK SUP YOGA AT BIRTLEY HOUSE - GUILDFORD - June 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd  1pm - 2pm -  
  • EXCLUSIVE BIRTLEY HOUSE Taster Sessions at Sunset and Sunrise - Click here to book Birtley House Sunset SUP Yoga Session Sat 11th May - 6-7pm - Sunrise SUP Yoga Session Sun 12th May 8-9am 

    (***For a reduced rate SUP Yoga Multi Session Booking - please email info@theshac.co.uk***)

  • Wednesday, 10 April 2019

    We Are Open at The Lagoon

    The SHAC are Back at The Lagoon!

    The SHAC Lagoon is now open and we look forward to welcoming you for our Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Open Water Swimming Adventures in 2019.

    Stand Up Paddle Boarding Intro Sessions Now Available: Click Here to book your session every Saturday and Sunday. SUP Freerides on Thursday Evenings 6-8pm and Sunday Afternoons 2-5pm on our New 1km "SUP Long Course": Click here to book your sessions (with board hire or bring your own)

    Open Water Swim Sessions and introduction courses Now available to book online:  Click here to book your session or course online. Open Tuesday and Friday Evenings and Sunday Mornings.

     

    The SHACs SUP River Safaris is one of the best ways to see the beautiful waterways of Surrey, we operate in partnership with the National Trust on the River Wey and River Mole. Next Safari is Monday 6th May. Click here to book your place.

    Our first introduction to SUP yoga at Sunset Course is at the Lagoon on Friday 26th April. Click here for more details and to book your place.

    SUP and Splash Birthday Parties now available on Saturday Afternoons. Private hire of the lagoon, beach and SHAC team to have a birthday to remember, Age 8 - 80. Email: info@theshac.co.uk

    Team building Sessions for companies, groups and organisations, a fantastic way to bring your team together. Email your requirements to info@theshac.co.uk
    The SHAC can now supply you with the kit we use for our adventures; Paddle boards, wet suits, adventure clothing and more. Come and try before you buy. Please ask for details.
     


    We now have 4 locations across the Surrey Hills where you can join us for more adventures:
    The Lagoon - Reigate, Basecamp - Leith Hill, 
    Wigwam Woods - Bramley and The River Wey Navigations. 

    info@theshac.co.uk

    Tuesday, 9 April 2019

    SUP Yoga is Back! Book now for Friday 26th April

     

    Come and enjoy the ancient practice of Yoga combined with Stand Up Paddle Boarding! These classes take your favorite yoga routines and put them on the water! Yoga practice brings balance and restores all bodily systems by creating physical, mental and spiritual harmony. Both yoga and stand up paddle boarding are great for building better balance, coordination, endurance, and body strength! Combining the two achieves simply amazing results. 


    First Session of the Season Friday 26th April. £30.00 inc VAT, Instruction and equipment. If you wish to bring your own board the cost is £18.00 inc VAT.

     



     

    Your Instructor

    The SHACs SUP Yoga Instructor "Sasha" is an experienced and qualified BSUPA SUP Instructor and a 500 hour Yoga instructor as well as a Pilates instructor and personal trainer so they dont come much better than this. Come and join Sasha on the water every Friday at 6.30pm.


    More On SUP Yoga at The Lagoon

    De-stress from your working week with Sasha on a Friday and kick start the weekend and join us at the idyllic SHAC SUP Lagoon for SUP Yoga, where we take a traditional yoga class onto the water and the paddle board becomes your new floating yoga mat!


     

    Yoga on water, takes your session to a completely different level, on many levels! Set against the background of chirping frogs and birds and with the swans and their goslings cruising by, feel your heartbeat lower and a smile light up your face, plus by being exposed to the elements and having to adjust to the movement of the board on water, you will maximise your core stability throughout the entire class.

       

    Complete beginners through to experienced SUPers and yogis can take part in this. No special clothing is required, although wetsuits and buoyancy aids are available if you prefer.















    Monday, 18 March 2019

    Easter Woodland Adventures 2019


    The SHACs Woodland Adventure Days
    (Dates now available for Feb Half Term, Easter Holidays and May Half Term - Booking links are below)

    "The Surrey Hills Adventure Company Holiday Adventures are located @ Belmont Preparatory School, Holmbury St Mary and New for 2019 our New Site Wigwam Woods at Birtley House Estate Bramley. 

    The SHAC at Belmont School - Holmbury St Mary - Nr Dorking - Click Here 

    The SHACs Woodland Adventure Days are an innovative, proven way of allowing young people aged between 6 and 12 years old to develop and grow by spending time outside in a safe and supportive environment. We encourage our young attendees to be free whilst engaging them in valuable learnings that come from spending time outside in a natural environment, this is supported by an extremely well qualified team with years of experience in the outdoor education sector helping young people to learn new skills, make new friends and have some time for freedom of mind. To support this we have a strict “No Tech” policy. 

    Our Adventures are based on the true principles of  “Forest School” teaching techniques, proven to increase children’s motivation, confidence and communication skills but with a massive emphasis on fun and freedom. The young people in our care get to really choose how they spend their time with us. We supply the knowledge and experience but we will be led by them in order to deliver what it is that they want to do with their time with us allowing them to make decisions and lead the way for us to follow. 

    Your child will take part in engaging, motivating and achievable tasks in a safe woodland environment with a team of instructors that are 2nd to none in this environment. They will have the opportunity to learn about using tools and managing campfires, experience real Bushcraft techniques, join in with wide games that encourage independence and learning, build dens and shelters, rope swings, natural crafts, bridge building, wildlife spotting and tracking and hammock time! Time for young minds to develop and process. 

    Accompanied by fully trained instructors, they will make new friends and learn new skills whilst having huge fun guaranteed. We are not here as child care we are here to assist in the development of young people that care about the environment and want to learn more without knowing they are learning. 

    We are #TeamSHAC

    The range of activities we offer is constantly developing, but a typical session could include:

    • Shelter building
    • Crafting from natural materials
    • Tracking
    • Environmental art
    • Safe fire making
    • Games
    • Using tools
    • Green woodwork
    • Assault courses

    The general age range for young people attending our woodland adventures are from 6yrs - 12yrs old and children are with us from 10.00 am until 4.00pm. (packed lunches and suitable clothing will need to be supplied by you) We run our adventures in all weathers with the exception of high winds and Lightning storms.


    Basecamp at Belmont School Click Here  
    Wigwam Woods at Birtley House Click Here