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Audley Climbing Centre latest to be awarded Gold Standard

Audley Climbing Centre are the latest of the Peak activity centres to be awarded the AHOEC Gold Standard Accreditation.

This accreditation shows that as a provider we assure good operational practice within the context of high-quality learning outcomes.

Mike and his team at Audley have put a lot of work into getting the centre up to standard and ready for inspection and we are all incredibly proud to shout about our new gold Standard certificate.

We will be proudly displaying our certificate in centre for all to see.

48 Hour Charity Bike Ride Success

Supporting Candlelighters – Our Charity of the Year

At PEAK, we believe in the power of community and giving back. Today, we want to share a heartfelt story close to our hearts and an exciting initiative we’re launching.

One of our Operations Manager’s nieces has been on an incredible journey since March when she was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma, she is on the mend now and is cancer-free. Throughout this challenging time, our colleague witnessed first-hand the remarkable work of the doctors and nurses who cared for her niece. But there was also another force at play – the unwavering support of the charity Candlelighters.

Candlelighters has been a beacon of hope for our colleague’s family, offering support, comfort, and assistance when it was needed most. Their dedication and care have left an indelible mark on our hearts.

That’s why we made a commitment to support Candlelighters as our charity of the year. Together, we aim to give back and help them continue their incredible work.

On the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th of October, we kicked off our fundraising efforts at Trafford Watersports Centre. A host of our staff members signed up to participate in a 48-hour cycling event. The event was completed by staff from all over the UK at our multiple centres. At the main fundraising day on Sunday 22nd, there was also a cake sale, face painting, axe throwing, and a surprise visit from Batman!

In total from the event we raised a huge £990 (including cash donations) towards our £2000 target and your support means the world to us. Together, we can make a significant impact on the lives of families facing challenges like our colleagues.

Be sure to check out our Instagram pages for highlights of the day and check back for updates on our fundraising events and how you can get involved.

Let’s shine a light of hope together with Candlelighters.

If you would like to donate and find more information on our cause you can do so here:

Double Awards for Chasewater Activity Centre

Chasewater Activity Centre, based in Staffordshire, are pleased to announce we have achieved the Gold Standard Accreditation from The Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres (AHOEC).

The assessment covers lots of areas in the centre including safety management, learning and development, facilities, continuous improvement and environmental sustainability.  As a team, we have worked hard to meet these goals and will continue to work towards developing the centre and our Outdoor Education Provision.

We have also just been awarded the Adventure mark, meeting the necessary standard for the safe delivery of adventurous activities.  All these awards are a credit to the centre and the staff team at Chasewater,  we have promoted Education through Adventure and our EPIC values.

Astbury Watersports Centre gets the Red Kite Stamp of Approval!

We were lucky enough to welcome Jenny from Red Kite Days to our Summer Spectacular in July at Astbury Watersports Centre.

Jenny and her family had a great time and have given us the Red Kite Stamp of Approval! Check out Jenny’s blog below:

Astbury Watersports Centre

Peak apprentices achieve through adventure to kickstart their careers in the great outdoors

Since joining Peak, a group of apprentices eager to boost their career options and enhance their skills and experience in the great outdoors have obtained several watersports qualifications.

These have included the Paddle Sports Instructor (PSI) and Paddle Sport Safer and Rescue course (PSSR) qualifications, which has provided each apprentice with the ability to co-ordinate outdoor activities safely and successfully.

From being complete novices who had never paddled before, or used kayaks, paddleboards, and canoes, the group has thrown themselves into each new experience, picking up the skills needed to navigate, balance, co-ordinate and rescue water vessels, while working as a part of a team.

The group has also learned how to keep each other and the groups they are instructing safe. They have learned about responding to the effect weather can have on water and how to run safe activities in different weather conditions.

Apprentice Fleur said ‘the PSI was great! It taught me how to self-rescue and rescue other crafts, run water sessions, and gave me few game ideas that helped me connect and teach a wide range of groups.”

As well as gaining national qualifications and hands-on experience during their 12-month apprenticeship programme, apprentices are offered an in-house training that includes climbing and high ropes assessments across Peak’s Activity Centres.

How you can help the environment while planning your summer trips

How you can help the environment while planning your summer trips

With the summer holidays fast approaching, we begin focusing on spending time together as a family and arranging summer trips and outdoor activities to enjoy and remember for life.

With this in mind, now is an excellent time to also focus on minimising environmental impact while being committed to reducing ecological disruption when planning our trips.

It sounds like a mean feat, but it’s easier than it sounds!

At Peak, we prioritise the protection of nature, wildlife, and the environment by adhering to the Leave No Trace principles, and we aim to empower every person that participates in our watersport and land-based activities with the knowledge they need to do the same.

What are the Leave No Trace principles?

The principles focus on ways to ‘leave no trace’ to preserve and sustain outdoor environments for generations to come; by doing so, we can protect the land and nurture the environment so it can continue to flourish, grow and remain an enjoyable place for us to spend time in, and for wildlife to stay at home in.

  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  • Minimise campfire impact
  • Leave what you find
  • Respect wildlife
  • Be considerate of others
  • Dispose of waste properly

Plan ahead and prepare

One of the seven Leave No Trace principles focuses on planning, as not only does planning help you organise yourself and your family confidently, but being prepared when visiting a specific outdoor environment can also reduce risk, help you stay safe and minimise environmental disruption, and practice Leave No Trace principles.

Here are a few tips to help you do this:

  • Consider low impact activities such as kayaking, bushcraft, hiking or bird-watching instead of high-impact activities like off-roading or jet-skiing to reduce pollution and increase greenhouse gases.
  • Use established trails to avoid damaging and destroying natural habitats of wildlife.
  • Keep a safe distance from wildlife, and avoid feeding them and disturbing their habitat or nesting areas.
  • Tidy up, remove, and dispose of all rubbish and waste (including human waste)
  • Follow guidelines set by land management organisations in areas you are visiting.

Bearing these tips in mind, why not share them with the family and work together to maintain an environment we can all enjoy for years to come?

Get in touch with your eco-friendly side and have a blast this summer with Peak! Try out our exciting watersports, land-based activities, and even climbing and high ropes courses. It’s time to enjoy the great outdoors responsibly!

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