Hopefully these will answer any key questions you may have about the club, but if not then feel free to get in touch with us via the Contact Us page.
Do I have to be fit?
No, not at all. Naturally some events are tailored more for fitter people (adventure racing for instance), but most events are aimed at people who just want to give something a go. Our motto is pretty much that we do anything and everything, and it's more about having fun with a good group of like-minded people rather than getting all competitive!
Do I need to be experienced?
No. Most events we assume you won’t have done it before, though many events can suit a variety of levels, like surfing for example, where beginners and advanced surfers can all have a good time at the same time.
Do many people go to events on their own?
Yes. The majority of members did at some point come along to their first event on their own, and in many ways you get more out of it this way as you meet people a lot more quickly than if you come with your own group. Everyone’s really friendly, and it really doesn’t take long before you feel like you’ve known people for ages!
What sort of people join?
Well, people who are up for a laugh and like the outdoors and trying different activities, and whose mates may not be all up for this themselves etc. The age range is quite broad, and average is early 30s I’d say. There are slightly more females than males, though of course in reality it all depends on the type of event!
How do the events work?
You will be able to see the details of each event on the ‘events calendar’ and that will give you the booking details. This will either entail booking through the website, or transferring the money direct to our Trust Account, which is usually for the weekends where we’re providing a whole ‘package’ and so keep your money in the Trust Account until after the weekend, so keeping your money protected and in compliance with UK Travel Regulations. Once we’ve got your booking we’ll then email all those going about a week or so beforehand (for weekends) or a day or two (for mid-week events) with all the final details and a contact for on the night. Then you just turn up and we take it from there!
How do I get to the weekends away?
When I send out the email for the weekend as mentioned above, people are free to ‘reply to all’ and request or offer lifts in cars, which usually sorts everyone out. Alternatively sometimes people meet up to catch the same train, and then share a cab at the far end. Ultimately getting there is your responsibility, but it’s extremely rare someone’s not been able to make it (massive flooding aside!)!
What do I need to bring?
Well, this slightly depends on the activities on offer, but more often than not it’s best to bring decent outdoor kit and a complete change of clothing in case of poor weather. I always suggest complete waterproofs (ie jacket and trousers) as you never know with this country, and decent outdoor shoes are pretty essential too.
Are the events always hosted?
The official club events will be hosted either by us or by someone allocated to host it. The member-organised events are naturally hosted just by the member organising it, so these are not controlled by us.
What about insurance?
We don’t cover your personal insurance, so you need to get this yourself. Travel insurance will cover you for many sports as long as you’re away for 2 nights or more, and there are some comprehensive policies for this kind of thing, that we can tell you about if you want to get in touch. We would fully recommend and advise getting insurance cover. If you’re doing something off your own back (ie surfing, kayaking, kiteboarding) you should ideally have appropriate 3rd party liability cover for these sports, which can often be acquired through the relevant governing body for the sport.
What if I want to do something that’s not on the events calendar?
We’re always keen to put on events to suit demand, so let us know! And if you’re really keen on something and happy to host it then just add it to the diary yourself and you’ll then be able to see via the website who signs up and you’ll be able to contact them all via the site.
Who’s the coolest member?
Hmmm. Answers on a postcard for this one I think….
Who should I avoid?
Hmm, no one, we’re all lovely! Well, you wouldn’t want certain members behind you on a ski slope, but we’ll cross that bridge if we get to it!!
We'll keep adding to this list as common questions arise, but in the meantime if you've any specific questions do contact us and let us know.
We hope to see you soon!