How to choose school camp providers in Adelaide?

29 May, 2015

group of students having fun in SUP boards

How to choose school camp providers in Adelaide?

Choosing a school camp provider in Adelaide can be as simple or as difficult as you make it.

There are many school camp operators in South Australia and here are a few things that might make your decision a little simpler.

LOOK FOR AN EXPERT IN A PARTICULAR ACTIVITY. Are you after an expert in a particular activity, or are you happy with a provider that does a bit of everything (a jack of all trades and a master of none). If you have the students best interests in the forefront of your mind, then I would suggest you to look into providers that specialize in a particular discipline of outdoor education. For example - Surf & Sun specialize in surf lessons and programs for School Groups. To help schools work with a group of specialists Surf & Sun created Beyond the Classroomwhere you can find ready-made package camps with expert providers in the one place. We partnered with Bike About and Canoe to Coorong to offer a wide range of outdoor education experiences.

MAKE SURE THE STAFF QUALIFICATIONS ARE UP TO DATE. When selecting a school camp provider, make sure that the instructors are qualified in what they are instructing. Reputable operators will have this information on file ready and reviewed. In fact many operators (like Surf & Sun) are affiliated with a governing body and these governing bodies (like Surfing Australia) check this annually and will not issue insurance or licenses without the qualifications being current.

CHECK REFERENCES. A quality and successful school camp provider will have references. They should be able to provide you with names / details of a client so you can ask the questions you need to of someone with an unbiased opinion.

MAKE SURE THEY HAVE EXCELLENT EQUIPMENT. Make sure your school camp provider in Adelaide has a regular equipment rotation policy. Many school camp operators hold on to their equipment for years and you may find for example surf boards are very heavy, wetsuits with rips and holes or with thin shoulders that do not keep you warm. Surf & Sun rotates its equipment every 12-24 months so you can be assured the latest and best quality equipment available.

MAKE SURE THEY ARE INSURED. It is amazing to think that this is still an issue in this day and age, but it is imperative that you sight the providers' Certificate of Currency. Neglect to do this and you may really regret it.

We wish you all the best when selecting not just your best surf school in South Australia but also your great school camp provider. If we can help you in any way, please let us know!

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