Thames Young Mariners Outdoor Learning Centre – Surrey Outdoor Learning and Development

Riverside Drive, Ham, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7RX
England South
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Thames Young Mariners, part of Surrey Outdoor Learning and Development, was established over 40 years ago, on a 22-acre site including a large lake alongside the River Thames, betweenRichmondandKingston. The centre is surrounded by 200 acres of public open space, which has been designated as a local nature reserve.

In addition to the land-based activities found at our other centres, Thames Young Mariners offers water-based activities in a safe controlled environment as well as land-based activities. The centre is recognised as a teaching centre by the Royal Yachting Association and the British Canoe Union.

Thames Young Mariners is in easy reach of southLondonboroughs and is very suitable for school day visits for a single class or a whole year group. The centre runs a very successful holiday programme for local young people.

Surrey Outdoor Learning & Development (S.O.L.D) deliver high quality and creative outdoor learning programmes for a wide range of user groups from inside and outsideSurrey. These groups include mainstream schools; youth groups; targeted youth, ‘inclusion’ and behaviour projects; special needs groups; and young leader, graduate and corporate training programmes.

Underpinning all of our work is our 10‑point curriculum, which highlights the key areas of skill, knowledge, experience and personal development that we target through our centre and offsite programmes.

Working with yourself, we will design a programme to focus on the particular areas of development and the learning outcomes you wish your group to achieve.

Our activity sessions use the Plan, Do, Review model of Experiential Learning to achieve a lasting impact on the participants, encouraging them to apply what they have learnt with S.O.L.D to their everyday lives.

Our programmes can be accredited using the A.Q.A. Unit award scheme and/or National Governing Body awards.


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