Safe and Enjoyable Learning

Outdoor Learning and Youth Group Activities in Aberlour, Banffshire

Backed by more than 27 years of experience, Aquaplay Scotland provides outdoor learning and youth group activities. Based in Aberlour, Banffshire, our company is dedicated to providing exciting, stimulating events that permit pupils to develop their abilities.

Education and Personal Development — Outdoors

The outdoor environment provides an exciting context in which students may develop their skills and personal attributes through activities organised by Aquaplay Scotland. We offer great opportunities for young people to have fun while supporting and building on their learning within school. Courses may be tailored to suit the needs of different groups of learners, from a single day’s activity to a course running across several weeks, or even months.

Skills

Alongside the skills associated with an activity, pupils are encouraged, through tasks and challenges, to development important life skills. This includes self-reflection and evaluation, problem-solving, team-building, decision-making, leadership, and communication. If required, we can focus on one specific skill, developing it in more depth. We can also incorporate risk assessment techniques, an introduction to water safety and rescue methods, and scenarios for pupils to practice first aid skills.

Curriculum for Excellence

Aquaplay Scotland provides opportunities for personal achievement, and experiences beyond the classroom, where pupils will meet challenges and success at their own individual level. Our outdoor learning activities contribute toward young people becoming successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens, and effective contributors.

Health and Well-being Outcomes

Our activities and skill development exercises naturally contribute to some of the desired health and well-being outcomes of the curriculum for excellence. We have included some examples below.

“I can expect my learning environment to support me to:

  • Develop My Self-awareness, Self-worth, and Respect for Others
  • Meet Challenges, Manage Change, and Build Relationships
  • Experience Personal Achievement and Build My Resilience and Confidence
  • Understand and Develop My Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Wellbeing, and Social Skills
  • Understand How What I Eat, How Active I Am, and How Decisions I Make About My Behaviour and Relationships Affect MyPhysical and Mental Well-being 
  • Participate in a Wide Range of Activities Which Promote a Healthy Lifestyle
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  • Understand That Adults in My School Community Have a Responsibility to Look After Me, Listen to My Concerns, and Involve Others Where Necessary
  • Learn About Where to Find Help and Resources to Inform Choices
  • Assess and Manage Risk and Understand the Impact of Risk-taking Behaviour
  • Reflect on My Strengths and Skills to Help Me Make Informed Choices When Planning My Next Steps
  • Acknowledge Diversity and Understand That it is Everyone’s Responsibility to Challenge Discrimination

Physical Wellbeing

I am learning to assess and manage risk, to protect myself and others, and to reduce the potential for harm when possible.

I know and can demonstrate how to keep myself and others safe and how to respond in a range of emergency situations.

Cooperation and Competition

While learning together, and in leadership situations, I can:

  • Experience Different Roles and Take Responsibility in Organising a Physical Event
  • Contribute to a Supportive and Inclusive Environment
  • Demonstrate Behaviour that Contributes to Fair Play

Evaluating and Appreciating

I can analyse and discuss elements of my own and others’ work, recognising strengths and identifying areas where improvements can be made.

Physical Activity and Sport

I am experiencing enjoyment and achievement on a daily basis by taking part in different kinds of energetic physical activities of my choosing, including sport and opportunities for outdoor learning, available at my place of learning and in the wider community.

Coach Training

In addition to activities for schools and youth groups, we also provide coaching and courses on a variety of topics.