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Unforgettable Adventurous Experiences in the Isle of Man

Updated: 2018-01-17T21:34:09.299+00:00


Learn 2 Kayak in 2018


We've entered 2018 with our Skills Development programs in full flowSunday morning Adventure Club training - making best use of the stunning conditions this weekend to enjoy a steady trip along the west coast, with plenty of pics along the way : ) Adults Paddlesport training at Western Swimming PoolAdults Paddlesport on Sunday afternoons, using the heated indoor pool during the winter months : )Youth Scholarship Night PaddleAnother expedition unit for the current Youth Scholarship team training towards their first mini-expedition this summer : )Junior Paddlesport on Saturday afternoons  Our Junior Paddlesport program also runs year-round, with new intakes at the beginning of the academic year, (making best use of the indoor pool during the winter months : )To join our Adults Paddlesport program (next course begins 25th February'18) or to be added to the waiting list for our Junior Paddlesport please Contact Us.Catch you on the water soon!Keirron and the Team[...]

The Northern Ridge


Trekking the Northern Ridge of the Isle of Man : )Went for a winter stroll this afternoon along the spectacular ridge of the northern hills, a contrast of sunlit grasses and a light spattering of winter, overlooking Ramsey and the northern plain... the light was pretty special :) There are so many reasons why I love living in the Isle of Man : )Catch you soon!K[...]

Boxing Day - Isle of Man


Glorious weather on Boxing Day in the Isle of ManIsle of Man Orienteering - Boxing Day fun eventThe Isle of Man Orienteering Klubb held their Boxing Day family special 'Score Event' with mass START in Archallaghan Plantation at 10:30am. The aim - find as many controls as you can and return to the start within the 1 hour limit. Mince pies, mulled wine and other festive aperitifs followed... Adventure Club, Isle of Man - Boxing Day Sea Kayaking After a quick tidy up with the efficient IoM Orienteering team, I headed back to base to collect the kayak fleet (and Mighty Triton tandem kayak) and met the Adventure Club at Laxey beach.Night Paddle ExperienceWe rounded up the day with a night paddle... Sea Kayaking at night is an incredible experience, and last night was no exception, surfing back into Laxey Beach in the dark!Thanks to Olly and Kit for a lot of laughs, and well done on your surfing performance : )Catch you all on the water soon.K[...]

Merry Xmas - Junior Paddlesport


Junior Paddlesport - skills development training program The final session was a Christmas fun and games afternoon, with a few challenges...Looking forward to seeing more great things in January : )Keirron and the Team[...]

Cogne and Lillaz


The last day of the Cogne Ice Opening......meant that our plan to complete all sections of Lillaz, required getting on the routes early : ) Totally different experience for our first few days. All pitches are now well hooked out and very comfortable to lead : ) Had to avoid the amphitheatre which, was pretty busy! Same location in February 2014 - conditions fluctuate a lotUpper pitch of Cascade de Lillaz, a 60m delight which got busy just as we completed itA French team had been been completing the same route, giving a few useful tips and handed me hot tea and munchies as i finished my final lead! Walking off down past the Ice Opening groups and skills clinics leading some exciting things.  Mont Blanc from Lillaz Italian chocolate ice cream, washed down with a thick, hot chocolate... Took a stroll around Cogne, a network of narrow streets set against the snowy mountainsStaying in Cogne village again; a real authentic Italian jewel renowned for both ice climbing and cross-country skiing. Chateau Royale has again been excellent with friendly hospitality and a top notch breakfast is available on request.A few great places to eat in the town include:Pizzeria Brasserie Cougnentse - rapid service, great price, genuine folkLa BrasserieDu Bon Bec - traditional, homely and high qualityPizzeria Bar Liconi - the climbers bar, also has an online climbing guide and blogFantastic service at Ezio Sport (just past Bar Liconi) which has every conceivable piece of gear for ice climbing and winter sports.Looking forward to our next adventure here : )K[...]

Ice Climbing - Patri Classica, Cogne


A mighty day's adventure!Climbed a Cogne classic 'Patri Classica' today in stunning conditions. A multi-pitch ice climbing route in the Valnontey Valley. Ice was interesting, route was terrific, scenery was mind blowing!!Got chatting with Andreas, a guide operating out of Chamonix who was guiding a client up the same route as us, and got some useful climbing tips. Thank you : )Last time we climbed Patri was February 2016 again in great conditions.Got a few more days out here so fingers crossed : )K[...]

Ice Climbing Cogne - Lillaz


I'm in Cogne, Gran Paradiso National Park (Italian Alps) ice climbing with Jim Gayler.We experienced some interesting ice conditions over the last few days. Due to the heavy snowfall and associated high avalanche risk, we've been in the Lillaz area (recommended by a local guide we met in the car park) and routes are coming into nick nicely! Cascade de Lillaz and Loie routes, and checking out a few others...  The Cogne Ice Opening festival opened last night, through today and the weekend, so the whole area got extremely busy today : )Met another local guide in the car park today, and the ice on Patri is looking fat. Thanks Michele for the advice, much appreciated! Dropping to minus 11 now, grabbing an early start to get on a classic route tomorrow!KAnother great use for a Red Scaffolding business card, thanks Jazz : )[...]



Early Xmas Snow for the Isle of ManThe Isle of Man got a fine snowfall on Friday, which meant the weekend of family fun started early as school was off and sledging was on! : )Rounding off the weekend this morning, Sea Kayaking with the Adventure Club, heading south from Peel Castle (on the west coast of the Isle of Man), using the sheltered rocky coastline to practice edging and dynamic strokes. The Mountains of Mourne were prominent today, coated white  : ) Catch you on the water soon : )Kps. Xmas Vouchers available - Buy Online A member of out team will also be at Ballabrooie on Saturday 16th December, 9 'til 5pm for you to call in and pay with cash or cheque : )Happy 16th Birthday Finn : )[...]

Spring Tides


The Adventure Club train every Sunday morning, year round. Sunday morning's sea kayaking training session with the Adventure Club IOM at the Calf Sound on 3rd December, embrace the Manx winter for its increased learning opportunities!! WATCH VIDEOYou'll need the sound ON : ) Adventure Club Xmas Social at FilbeysAdventure Club sea kayaking skills development at Chicken RockAdults Paddlesport - Indoor Kayak Training over the winter Contact Us to sign up for January 2018 Catch you on the water soon!Kps. Experiences also run year-round, on demand... on a family Sea Kayaking Experience at Laxey last Saturday, we saw a pod of Dolphins, Seals, Porpoise, Peregrine Falcons, Gannets, Fulmars...[...]

Awards for Excellence - Winner


Adventurous Experiences won the Isle of Man Newspapers Awards for Excellence 

For the Isle of Man Government Award for 'Freedom to Flourish'.
Keirron Tastagh was presented with the Award by the Chief Minister, Hon. Howard Quayle MHK and photographed (below) with compere Miles Jupp at the awards night on 16th November.

Our 'Award Winning' Skills Development Training Programs

Our unique skills development pathway runs through two established commercial training programs, right from 7 - 8 year olds learning the FUNdamentals through to seniors and adults in life-long learning programs. Informed decision making is one of the key outcomes : )

We are so fortunate to have what we have on the Isle of Man.
Long may it continue : )

November in the Isle of Man


Family Coasteering ExperienceNational Coasteering Charter - Workshop with the RNLI Skills Development - Sea Kayaking at the Calf of ManSea Kayaking Experience from LaxeyJunior Paddlesport at Western Swimming PoolIndoor Kayaking - Junior Birthday Party Adventure Club training in real conditions Catch you on the water soon : )K[...]

Junior Paddlesport - British Canoeing Awards


Our Award Winning Junior Paddlesport Program......presenting junior paddlers with their British Canoeing Awards : )More pics from the October training block : )October Sea Kayaking in the Isle of Man October Coasteering Experiences in the Isle of Man Catch you on the water soon!Keirron and the Team[...]

October Skills Development


Coasteering Experience in the Isle of ManCorporate Team Building - McDonalds CoasteeringSunrise on Douglas BeachJunior Paddlesport at Western Swimming Pool, PeelAdventure Club - Sea Kayaking to Chicken Rock at Spring TidesCoasteering Workshop in Northern Ireland Establishing consensus on good practice and standardising some risk management solutions : )Developing Skills through Junior PaddlesportSunday morning Adventure Club training at PeelMore to follow : )Catch you on the water soon!K [...]

Isle of Man Sea Kayak Symposium


The Seven Kingdoms: Isle of Man Sea Kayak Symposium takes place annually in September.Timed to coincide with the Autumnal Equinox (the largest spring tides of the year) to create opportunity for real learning in a really FUN environment!Typical format: International Training Weekend plus optional 4 day training course.Sea Kayak Symposium enjoys epic conditionsThe Seven Kingdoms: Isle of Man Sea Kayak Symposium takes place every September, and is a truly international event. Timed for the Autumnal Equinox, largest tides of the year, the world-class training environment attracts international coaches and students, who travel to explore the island’s Tidal Races and Overfalls.Created by Keirron Tastagh in 2003, (and became effective promotion prior to launching Adventurous Experiences the following year) the Symposium showcased the Isle of Man as a consistently high-quality training venue for Sea Kayaking, through an exciting, challenging and friendly Isle of Man event. Keirron explained how the event has developed from a stand-alone weekend offering experiences in advanced water conditions, and leadership training courses, to being an integral part of the Sea Kayaking calendar, enjoying its 14th year of sustainable growth.“It has been sponsored by Sea Kayaking UK and supported by IoM Steam Packet since the outset. This ongoing support has also played a key part in establishing Adventurous Experiences in a worldwide network of training centres, who deliver British Canoeing; Personal Performance, Leadership and Coaching Awards.”  Symposium literally means ‘meeting and drinking’ and traditional symposiums are typically based around this ethos of social and mass paddling experiences. When Adventurous Experiences was established in 2004, as an Adventure Sports Centre, its core offer was activity driven high quality sea kayaking tuition and trips. The business delivered real adventure and individualised coaching in a group environment, and this meshed well with the Symposium model as an ‘annual celebration of sea kayaking’.As permanent educational programs through paddlesport were established, the symposium also developed to meet the increasing demand for quality education, and professional coaching with low ratios. The Island provides the required conditions to run British Canoeing Moderate Water and Advanced Water leadership training and assessment courses.Local paddlers and Adventure Club members have the opportunity to receive training from visiting coaches, bringing in knowledge and also providing external verification for British Canoeing awards, ran locally. “The great benefit of this continuous learning network” says Keirron “is that I get to travel to other other symposiums as a guest coach, fulfilling this role to their local kayakers. This has included Israel, United States, Scandinavia, and the UK. International coaches also bring their students over to us to train, and many of them sign up to a full week on the water.” Keirron continues;“We have developed world-class professional risk management education through outdoor training and experiences in the Isle of Man, a perspective that runs through all activities and programs we run. We got a lot of complements from our visitors on the standard of personal performance and decision making skills of our members of the Adventure Club and the Junior Paddlesport programs. In addition, the Island is unique in the numbers of juniors coming into the sport of Sea Kayaking.”The annual Symposium is a major part of the 7 Kingdoms Events offer each September.Participants sign up to skills development classes with professional coaches in: advanced water skills, moving water skills, incident avo[...]

Isle of Man Orienteering Championship


The inaugral Isle of Man Orienteering Championship took place on Saturday 16th September 2018, using Peel and Corrins Hill, overlooking the west coast and Peel Castle.Organised by IoM Orienteering and Sponsored by Mylchreests Group  Starting grids at Knockaloe Beg Farm competitors chose between using the paths or short-cutting across open hillsideclose competition in the Mens Championship course using an open hillside made for natural challenge and plenty of ground colour leading pair on the Novice course orientate their mapsthere was great team work by all participants   3rd Peel Scouts fielded a few teams on the Novice course - one of the pairs at a course control Novice Course - Podium Left to right: Nadene Jeffery (2nd) George Martin & Rona Tastagh (1st) Ryan Higgins (3rd)  Ladies Championship Course - Podium Left to right: Finn Martin (2nd) Katia Tastagh (1st) Suzanne Webster (3rd) Mens Championship Course - Podium Left to right: Chris Littler (2nd) Tony Udris (1st) John Kewley (3rd) Youngest Competitor AwardIsle of Man Orienteering is supported by DEFA, Knockaloebeg Farm, Adventurous Experiences, Peel Town Commisioners, Green Mann Water, Ballabrooie Apples and the immense enthusiasm of the Isle of Man Orienteering Klubb (IoMOK).Looking forward to another year of Orienteering in the Isle of ManKeirron & the Team[...]

Coasteering at the Chasms


When favourable conditions all alignWe work hard to make the best use of conditions every day, with informed decisions centred around the individuals in the group and environment we operate in : ) This was an exemplary Coasteering Experience, for a group physically up to the task.  The Chasms area is owned by Manx National Heritage, and the farming land we access this location is privately owned. Respecting the environment we work in is high on our priorities.This is the latest in 100% 5-star reviews through our online booking system in 2017.The route taken was superb, with a mix of difficult and easier routes for all abilities. The guides were experienced, friendly and very informative, we all improved as the course progressed. We were taken to excellent stepping off points, with stellar views... This is an opportunity that should not be missed. Christopher HursthuisCatch you on the water soon : )Keirron & the Teamps. The Online booking schedule typically runs April to September.We run experiences year-round. For groups of 4 or more, on demand.Contact Us [...]

the Big One!


Experiences have been running daily, right through into September... And our Skills Development programs are now entering the more intensive training season : )Sea Kayaking with the Adventure Club at the Sound tidal races this morning.Saturday's Coasteering and Sea Kayaking Experiences in the Isle of ManFriday's Coasteering and Sea Kayaking Experiences in the Isle of Man Catch-up: Gorge Scrambling, Coasteering and Sea Kayaking Experiences in the Isle of Man Our Unforgettable Experiences and Skills Development Programs run year-round!Catch you on the water soon : )Keirron & the Team[...]

Fun & Frolics


 Other Experiences over the August Bank Holiday Unforgettable Coasteering, Sea Kayaking and Gorge Scrambling Experiences in the Isle of Man.  Catch you on the water soon!Keirron & the Team[...]

Entering September...

2017-09-01T20:36:50.681+00:00 Full Steam!Today's Unforgettable Experiences in the Isle of ManIntroducing Juniors to Coasteering, and water safety, Corporate Sea Kayaking and a sunset Family Coasteering Experience! Catch you on the water soon!Keirron & the TeamBook Online or Contact Us to book your own Coasteering, Gorge Scrambling or Sea Kayaking group experience, group 3/4 or more. [...]

Manx Coastline Experiences


Sea Kayaking Experience from Port St MaryWednesday morning Sea Kayaking Experience from Port St Mary, on the south coast of the Isle of Man... exploring caves, inlets, super clear water, sunshine : ) Coasteering Experience at Peel CastleThursday afternoon family Coasteering exploration beneath the mighty Manx National Heritage Peel Castle, amazing conditions and water clarity : ) Such a hot day, mild water temperature and so many folk on the beach too!  Catch you on the water soon : )Keirron & the TeamBook Online or Contact Us to book your own Coasteering, Gorge Scrambling or Sea Kayaking group experience, group 3/4 or more. [...]

Adventure Club Mini-Expedition


Circumnavigation of the Isle of ManThe Annual Adventure Club - Circumnavigation of the Isle of Man by Sea Kayak took place over 4 days over the August bank holiday, led by Keirron & Janet. Wild camping each night, and paddling in all conditions during the day : )Amazing times, some interesting conditions, and a fantastic team achievement.WELL DONE!Coasteering ExperiencesSea Kayaking ExperiencesJunior Paddlesport - Youth Skills Development WeekLunchtime on the Sulby River, during one of the day's adventures : ) Catch you on the water soon!Keirron & the Team[...]

Rock & Water Experiences


Coasteering Experiences in the Isle of ManAnother great day in the water today, Gorge Scrambling and Coasteering Experiences, plus a Sea Kayaking trip up the Sulby river for the Youth Development training session : )three pics we missed from Friday at the Chasms Catch you on the water soon!Keirron & the Teamfamily Gorge Scrambling today[...]

Real Experiences


Skills Development - Day 2.Our Youth Development week progresses with a Coasteering journey around Peel Castle in the morning, and our extended Gorge Scramble at Glen Maye in the afternoon, followed by some free-time at the bouldering beach, in really hot sunshine! Evening Sea Kayaking at Peel Last night's totally chilled Sea Kayaking Experience from Peel enjoyed some amazing close encounters with seals, as we journeyed south along the cliffy coastline, a warm breeze coming off the land, admiring the rock formations, clear waters, abundant birdlife and inquisitive seals!Another Monday in the OfficeFamily Gorge Scrambling ExperienceAdventure Club - Skills DevelopmentUsing the 'Dragon's Breath' overfall beneath the mighty Drinking Dragon Rock, Calf of Man.Catch you on the water soon!!Keirron & the Team[...]

Coasteering at the Chasms


 Family Coasteering Experience  Today's family Coasteering Experience used the Chasms area, exploring the rocky coastline on the South coast of the Isle of Man. Sheltered from the westerlie winds, led by Keirron, Kim and Sam : )A really great day out and a terrific group : )Catch you in the water soon!Keirron & the Team[...]

Dynamic Adventure


We are so fortunate to have customers who appreciate that activity locations vary with conditions on the day, and we may even offer changes to session times to make best use of the weather.It really helps us deliver the best possible experience : )Thank you all so much! Catch you on the water soon : )Keirron & the Team[...]