This week Gwilym has been leading a group of 9 instructors who have been working with 42 Apprentices for Bridgwater and Taunton College. They started the week with some team building and planning before being sent out and about Mountain Biking at Haldon Hill, Paddling on the Taunton Canal and a 2 day on Expedition on Exmoor
Last week, we had a group of our instructors up in South Wales supporting Bridgwater and Taunton College with their apprentices just like we did the week before. Lots more climbing, biking and expeditions completed with all students and instructors having an enjoyable time. Better weather than the first week was a big moral boost as well.
Last week, we supplied 8 instructors to support Bridgwater College with their apprentice residential programme in South Wales, 42 students, loads of equipment and minibuses arrived at the accommodation near Abergavenny for some team building and route planning before a week of climbing, biking and an overnight expedition. All had a great time and having just finished sorting all the kit and equipment, we start again on Monday for round 2 with the next group.
This weekend Gwilym has been up on The Quantock Hills with a group from Abbey School in Reading. This was an introduction to off road riding and the group of 10 girls and 1 teacher enjoyed mud, puddles, sun and rain over the two days. A great time had by all even though they got pretty wet yesterday afternoon.
Another great week on Dartmoor working with MOD Apprentices from Bridgwater College. We had six teams out on the moor each doing a two day hill walking expedition, a days mountain biking and a day of climbing on one of the local tors. All of the guys got involved and had a great time and also rather uncharacteristically, for Dartmoor, the sun was out.
Thanks to Jacob for heading up this week as Gwilym was elsewhere
Today Dan was working for us delivering MIAS (Mountain Bike Instructor Award Scheme) level 1 and Level 2 training course based in the Bridgwater Area. The weather forecast for the two day course is excellent with sunny spells and little wind.
The day started at Cannington Activity Centre where they had a classroom booked for the morning to cover the theory element of the course. This included the remit of the awards, the role/responsibilities of the leader, group and leader equipment, bike anatomy and basic trailside maintenance. This was followed by a session covering correct bike fitment, pre ride checks and warm up activities.
After lunch they headed over to Ramscombe in the Quantock Hills AONB to go for the first main ride of the course. This afternoons ride covered leadership styles and techniques, assessing the terrain (non-technical and technical), riding on various terrain including the road, non technical and technical terrain and activities to improve riding technique.