One of the questions we are asked many times by parents when they are sending their children for their first session of watersports is ‘what do they need to bring?’. Totally understandable. You don’t want them to turn up with a suitcase of ‘just in case’ items but then you don’t want them to come home upset because they didn’t have the right things.
Here we have compiled a list that we hope will help you.
When the children arrive on the first day you will need to sign in at reception. We will ask you for details of any medical conditions that are likely to affect them whilst they are at the centre. If you need to go in to depth you will be given the opportunity to speak to the manager of the day at the end of the parent briefing. We will also ask you for an emergency contact number, just in case. If you are due to be in a meeting that morning please come prepared with other contact numbers, again, just in case. If it is all to hand it will save time.
Your child will need to arrive dressed in clothes as opposed to their own wetsuits as it may be that they will do some land based activity before they go on to the water. Also have good shoes for running around! In their bag they will need to bring swimwear and a towel and something to wear on their feet in the water. You can buy little wet shoes in the supermarkets. Alternatively old trainers or plimsolls are great. If they have their own wetsuit they are welcome to bring it although wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets etc are provided. If the weather is not great and they have a shortie please let them know that it might be a day to wear one of ours so that they do not get cold
During the course of the session they will stop for a break so pack a drink and a snack in their bag or some pocket money to get something from the cafe. If they are on the Kids Activity Week they will also stop for lunch which some people will have booked and paid for when they made their original booking. If you did not do this and still want them to have an in house lunch you can order the lunch at the cafe first thing each morning. If you prefer to send them with a packed lunch that is absolutely fine, they will all eat together so if they have come with friends they will still be together.
The weather on the coast can change very quickly. If it is a sunny day please send them with suncream on and also put some in their bag – we will encourage them to put more on half way through the session. However hot and sunny it is please send them with a hoody or jumper, after a period of time in the water any body will get chilly!
If you are still not sure what to send them with call us and we will be more than happy to advise.