Other Adventurous Activities

Within the category, “Other Adventurous Activities”, are included a wide range of technical and non-technical activities. Such activities cannot be classified as particular adventurous activities, but will certainly have a relevance to outdoor education.
Other Adventurous Activities may be used to build a free standing programme of activity for a group or they may be used as an integral part of a broader outdoor learning programme.

Such forms of activity will fall into two categories:

‘Simple, low key activities’:

  • take place in close proximity to habitation where access to emergency services is readily available
  • do not require the use of specialist technical equipment, specialist instruction or leadership
  • are routine in nature and are a part of the normal establishment curriculum or programme

Examples include: team building games and projects, wayfaring, urban studies, visits to parks and playing fields, short walks near habitation and environmental studies.

‘More adventurous activities’:

  • take place in remote and potentially hazardous sites
  • require the use of specialist technical equipment, specialist instruction and trained leadership
  • are not normally a part of the curriculum but are more an extra curricular activity.

Examples include: ropes courses, raft building, scrambling and gorge walking

New Activities


New activities are often emerging. Some recent examples include Kite Surfing, Paragliding and Zorbing. Where activities are NOT dealt with in this document, advise should always be sought from the Adventurous Activity Consultant. zorbing ball

The boundary between simple low key and more adventurous activities should be determined by the Head of Establishment/Programme Manager and this is best done by undertaking a risk assessment.

If the Head of Establishment/Programme Manager is in any way unsure of the position then advice must be sought from the Adventurous Activities Consultant.

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