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A massive good luck to Senior Instructor Ed Curtis who finished work yesterday as he prepares to row the atlantic raising money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Ed and his team mate Nick Rees will be setting off from La Gomera in the Canary Islands on 2nd December and will finish in Antigua – hopefully sometime in January. We wish them both a safe passage and may the winds be with you! Find out more at Breakthrough Atlantic
We are currently in the process of adding our 2014 course dates to the website and hope to have the marjority of the dates live by the end of next week. We’ll post on our Facebook page when each section is completed, so if you want to keep up to date, make sure you like our page.
Cruising dates are now LIVE.
Our 2014 brochure will be posted out at the begining of December. If you are not currently on our mailing list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and postal address and we’ll pop one on the post to you when they are available.
We are running a free instructor training open day on Saturday 16th November. If you have ever dreamt about becoming a watersports instructor but have never really been sure where to start, come along and we’ll talk you through it.
You will be given a tour of the centre and get the opportuntiy to get out on the water. We’ll deliver a presentation outlining how to get into the industry and the training and job opportunties available to you and there will be a chance to speak to our staff on a one-to-one basis to discuss your needs.
A nights free B&B accommodation is included for those who require it. Book your place here.
We are currently looking for somebody who holds at least 1 instructor qualification to join our Instructor Development programme starting on 1st November. The position is PAID and full board and accommodation is included. Gain experience and new qualifications on this initial 6 month placement. For more information and to apply for a place, visit…http://www.plasmenai.co.uk/instructor-training/instructor-development-programme/ We are also looking for candidates for the same programme commencing on 1st March 2014.
The swimming pool will be closed to the general public between 1.00pm-4.00pm on Sunday 8th September, due to a Kayak rolling clinic running on that day. The pool will reopen as normal at 4.30pm on Sunday.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Pupils from Gwynedd and Anglesey have had enough to keep them occupied throughout the school summer holidays with thanks to their School Community Police Officers.
Over the last five weeks activities such as sailing, canoeing, climbing, windsurfing, mountain biking and swimming have been provided to almost 70 pupils from secondary schools across the area.
Funded by PACT (Police and Communities Trust) and North Wales Police, three of the area’s School Community Police Officers, PC Neil Williams, PC Dewi Thomas and PC John Rowlands arranged the activities as part of a scheme aimed at recognising good behaviour.
PC Neil Williams said: “The scheme was aimed at pupils who have a good attendance record, good behavioural record and those who have shown good citizenship throughout the school year. All pupils were nominated by their teachers who were then chosen to participate in the scheme.
“All pupils have thoroughly enjoyed themselves and hopefully they have learned new skills, enjoyed trying new sports and made new friends.
“It’s been great getting to know the youngsters a little bit more outside of the classroom. We hope they have all had a summer to remember.”
PC Williams added: “We would like to extend our thanks to PACT and the Force for providing funding for this initiative and a special thanks also goes to Mr Porter at Hillgrove School in Bangor who kindly allowed us the use of the school minibus.”
The scheme has visited Plas Menai Watersports Centre, Dangerpoint and the Indefategable Centre in Llanfairpwll and will continue until August 30th.
The AWSLCP is an educational initiative funded by the four Welsh police forces and the Welsh Government. The programme is delivered by trained police officers to pupils throughout Wales between the ages of 5 and 16 years of age.
The focus of the All Wales School Liaison Core Programme is to help prevent crimes and promote positive citizenship through lessons around three main themes, which are drugs and substance misuse, safety and social behaviour and community.
The scheme was launched in 2004 and North Wales Police currently have eighteen School Community Police officers (SCPO’s).
Their role involves visiting primary and secondary schools in their respective areas to deliver lessons from the All Wales School Liaison Programme.
The Outdoor Partnership is on the hunt for 10 people from across Gwynedd, Anglesey and Conwy to undertake a six week residential outdoor training programme being run at Plas Menai.
The course starts on Monday 23rd September and runs through to Friday 1st November.
During the course, participants will develop their canoeing and kayaking skills, as well as gaining a number of qualifications required to become an outdoor instructor including First Aid and Foundation Safety and Recue training.
There is no cost to participants, as the course is fully funded by the Outdoor Partnership via EU funding. However, to be eligible for a place, participants must be 50 years of age or above, be from Gwynedd, Anglesey or Conwy and be currently economically inactive.
Plas Menai and the Outdoor Partnership are holding a free open day on Tuesday 3rd September, where anybody who is interested, can come along to find out more and apply for a place. The open day will start at 10.00am
Owain Williams from the Outdoor Partnership who is overseeing the programme said, “Since our inception, the Outdoor Partnership has been committed to developing employment opportunities, for the local population, within the outdoor sector and this course offers a fantastic chance for those who are eligible to gain qualifications in the outdoors.”
If you are keen to find out more, please contact Owain on 01690 720 166 or visit http://www.partneriaeth-awyr-agored.co.uk
A big congratulations to everybody who entered the inargural Plas Menai-Caernarfon 5K. The event organised by Eryri Harriers proved hugely popular with 126 entries.
The race was won by Gwyn Owen in a time of 16mins 11 seconds.
Date for your diary. The race will be run again next year on Thursday 29th May.
We have a number of special offers running on selected courses in August. Make the most of this fine weather and come and join us out on the water. For a current list of the offers, please click here.
We are looking forward to welcoming our new intake of trainee instructors who will be starting with us towards the end of the month. During their 16 week training course our new recruits will be put through their paces in sailing, windsurfing and kayaking, in preparation for qualifying as instructors towards the end of their course. There are still a few places left, so if you want to become an instructor, find out more here…