All this snow we are having now will mean another great Spring of White Water Rafting here in Aviemore on the Findhorn River. Spring-early summer 2010 had consistently good river levels for White Water Rafting and Full Adventure had lots of Spring Stag Dos who from our Aviemore base made the most of the large snow pack that gratually melted to give excellent rafting on the Findhorn river in spring sun shine.
What to Bring With You
Unless specified as included you will need packed lunch and drink for an active day.
Mountain Cafe in Aviemore can supply very good pack lunches for collection on the morning of your activity, to order just email them direct firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone them on 01479 812473
For all activities:
Full set of spare dry clothes for all water sports.
Sun cream and drinks for sunny weather.
Waterproof or disposable cameras are ideal to record your adventures.
Rafting & Canyoning
Towel, Spare trainers that will get wet, Swimming costume or shorts for under wetsuits we provide. Optional Thermals for cold weather.
For the gentle ‘not white water’ rafting trip suitable for 5yrs+ there is no need to ware one of our wetsuits so just bring light waterproofs and comfortable clothing. Do bring spare full set of clothing to change into afterward in case you do decide to get wet. Footwear always gets wet so remember to bring spare trainers, socks and a towel.
Thin grippy gloves, eye protective glasses.
Small cycling or day rucksack to put you stuff in.
Cycling padded shorts are a good idea especially for multi-day trips, otherwise just suitable clothing for the weather. I’d recommend carrying a light wind/waterproof top.
Plenty of water. Hire bikes often do not have bottle cages which is why we recommend camel back or similar bladder systems in your rucksack.
Energy snacks to keep up calorific intake.
Towel, trainers are worn on water and will get wet so bring spare dry ones and socks.
For river kayaking bring same as listed here for Rafting.
For canoeing we recommend waterproofs such as you’d use for hill walking, as it is easier to regular your temperature in a front zipped mountain type jacket than in one of our canoe cags that are really designed for kayaking. Canoeing can be a mainly dry experience so often regular clothes are much more suitable than one of our wetsuits. If you’d prefer a wetsuit we can easily supply you with one and for more white water sections we might recommend it.
Wetsuits are provided with cags, so just bring stuff for under or over that, based on likely weather. Swimming costume or shorts, towel, shoes will get wet so bring spare dry ones.
Ski and Snow Boarding
We provide the skis/boards, poles and boots so you need everything else. We always recommend for Scottish skiing, waterproof good jacket, waterproof trousers, 2 warm hats and gloves (2 hats in case one blows away). Goggles cannot be hired anywhere so bring your own or buy them on the day from the hire shop, cheap orange lens goggles are fine. It can be very unpleasant if not impossible to ski / board with out goggles at times. sun glasses are unlikely to be enough unless you get really good weather.
We provide everyone with Full Wetsuit, Wetsuit shoes, gloves, buoyancy aids and helmets. So just bring along a large towel for changing and drying, swimming costume or shorts and t-shirt for under the wetsuits and any other layers you might like for comfort if cold weather like thin thermals (optional).
As with any sport/leisure activity there are hazards associated with Rafting, Canyoning, MTB and all our adventure outdoor activities. It is important for the safety of everyone taking part that each participant is acquainted with those hazards and individually takes all relevant action to minimise those hazards as much as possible.
I understand that:
- Outdoor adventure activities are physically and mentally intense and may require extreme exertion.
- The possibility of injury to myself exists.
- I may get wet and cold.
- Participation in our activities can cause bruising and stiffness.
- If I take off my equipment I will be putting myself in danger.
- If I don’t listen and follow the guide’s instructions I will be putting myself in danger.
- Moving water is dangerous and that ultimately there is a risk of drowning.
- Cars are parked at the owners own risk.
- Full On Adventure does not accept responsibility for valuables lost or damaged during activities or at the activity sites.
I confirm and agree that:
- I am physically fit and mentally able to take the strain and exertion involved in Rafting, Canyoning, MTB and any other activities which I plan to undertake with Full On Adventure.
- I have no medical condition that would prevent me from taking part in the planned activities. (Please make your guide aware if you use any medical aid or may require medication)
- I am fully aware of the risk to myself and others involved in these adventure activities.
- I will comply with the rules and use all equipment as instructed.
- I will obey all instructions from the guides.
- I will listen to and ask if I need additional explanation so that I understand the safety briefing.
I am aware that by filling in the form below, I acknowledge and accept the inherent risk of injury that Rafting, Canyoning, MTB and all other Full On Adventure outdoor adventure activities entail and waive any claim that may result from my participation in these activities.
I am also aware of what clothing, equipment or food that I need to bring with me.
A guided year of Adventure Sports.
One whole year of totally absorbing yourself in the adventure sports you love to do.
No experience is needed as full guiding and coaching is given by world class guides.
Qualifications can also be gained on this course that will allow you to work in the outdoor adventure guiding industry following the year however the priority is not collecting bits of paper but making you experts who can easily get the bits of paper if you wish to become a profesional guide or simply have the skills to enjoy the best holidays and life adventures on this planet.
The value of this type of year is not measured in qualifications but rather the adventure skills, experience and confidence you gain.
- Length: 1 year
- Cost: £15000
- Location: Scotland, Canada, Spain, Nepal and New Zealand.
- Activities: White Water Rafting, White Water Kayaking, Canyoning, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Canoeing expeditions, Trek.
International destinations are chosen so as to allow the purchase of a round-world ticket which reduces flight costs.
So it is true there are people who spend their whole lives travelling the world mountain biking. Here‚¬„¢s what you do: you get the skills, you get the experience, make the contacts and then develop a lifestyle to suit you. For example, you could find employment such as:
- Mountain bike guides work in New Zealand running heli-biking tours
- Mountain bike guides work in Canada, both guiding in bike parks and shuttling bikers on 4WD minibus accessed all mountain riding and well as cross country guiding
- Mountain bike guide work in Scotland guiding cross country, coaching bike skills and running training courses and assessments for multi-activity bike instructors in outdoor centres
You will develop your own contacts to ride and guide beyond the course. This course is our prerequisite to taking the NGBs in mountain bike guiding and starting your path to living the dream.
Full on adventure offer the qualification and training courses of the Scottish Mountain Bike Leaders Association (SMBLA).
- SMBLA Trail cycle Leader (TCL)
- For leading mountain bike groups.
- SMBLA Mountain Bike leader (MBL)
- For more remote trails and technical skills.
- FOA MTB Pro Skills Course (7-42 Days)
- Living the dream for 42 days in Scotland and Canada
The SMBLA qualifications are valid across the whole of the UK and are the best recognised, administered and well structured qualification schemes for mountain biking in the UK.
If you need a qualification to lead people mountain biking then SMBLA is it.
If you want to develop your riding skills on some of the gnarliest trails the planet has to offer, then choose the Full On Adventure Mountain Bike Pro Skills Development Course.
Book this with Full On Adventure because as well as getting qualified, our guides’ local knowledge and skills will mean you can develop your riding skills and find the coolest of trails Scotland has to offer.
We run single and multi day skill development courses for Mountain Biking.
Using the single track trails and fantastic terrain, where we are based in the Cairngorms national park, our guides will develop your riding skills so that you can get the most out of your riding.
We can use all wild trails or some of the excellent man made riding trails and features to coach your biking and ensure your confidence and skill build.
We have a purpose built skills course designed to coach and session mtb riding skills needed on the mountain trails and biking courses.
Skills we cover depending on your aspirations and the type of riding you want to do could include:
- technique for climbing and descenting loose or rocky terrain
- cornering at speed on loose ground, switch backs and burms
- drop offs
- bunny hops / wheelie hops
- riding table tops and doubles
- steep rocky descents
You can book one day or get a multi-day discounted price.
We also offer qualification courses for leading MTBing. See our qualification courses page for SMBLA Mountain Bike leadership courses.
- Mountain Biking
- Sea Kayaking
- Munro Trekking
- White Water Rafting or Canyoning
- Distillery tour and Whisky sampling
- Castle Tours
You will take canoes into the Craig Meagaidh nature reserve to explore the Castle and empty sandy beaches of Loch Laggan, the set for the popular BBC drama “Monarch of the Glen”.
We raft the UK’s best rafting river the Findhorn, before sampling Scotch Whisky on a tour of one of the highlands many distillaries.
Explore the wild beauty of the Cairngorms National Park by mountain bike. Our guides will take you on rides that will inspire you with the excitement of the Scottish highlands and mountain biking.
You’ll walk to the top of Ben Nevis, the biggest mountain in the UK, but our guides will take you a special way that most travelers miss with stunning views across the highlands.
The week ends in the highland capital of Inverness, after you have spent the day sea kayaking in the Moray Firth, which is one of the most important areas in the UK for whales, dolphins and porpoises. Or if you prefer a kayak tour on Loch Ness in search of the rather more illusive Loch Ness monster.