Frequently Asked Questions
We have compiled a selection of common questions people have regarding their stay at Skern Lodge. Hopefully you will be able to find all the answers you need from this page.
However, if you still haven't found the answer to your question please do not hesistate to contact us. All our details can be found on the contact page.
- Are you open to the general public?
- Everyone is welcome!
Please be aware that all activities require pre-booking. Some activities need to be set-up or we may need specialist trainers on the premises, so we need to know in advance who is coming.
- How do I book?
- The booking process varies depending on the group size, age, activities, etc. But we do try to make it as simple as possible regardless. Give us a call and we will check availability before explaining the remainder of the process.
- How late can I book?
- In some circumstances we may be able to arrange the following:
With the exception of the above we require at least 24 hours notice for most activities.
- Bookings made the day before.
- Last minute pool hire.
- Last minute RIB charter
- Does the cost depend on the activity that you do?
- No the costs are based on the type of course rather than your activity choices. If optional extras are available, e.g. visits to local attractions
- What qualifications do the instructors have?
- All instructors are qualified in the activities they instruct. All have a first aid qualification and those that work on water have a beach and pool lifeguard qualification. For high elements, the Single Pitch Award from the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) is the norm and for remoter walking, either Summer Mountain Leader or Group Walking Leader also BMC qualifications.
Kayaking is run by British Canoe Union (BCU) Level 2 Coach (Kayak)/UKCC BCU level1 and 3 star sea or above coaches. A Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Power Boat Instructor drives the powerboat and supervises beginners. All other activities are covered by a carefully designed in-house training system. Qualifications are available for inspection.
- Will you be forced to do the activities?
- Certainly not. Skern is about success and positive outcomes. The programmes are designed to have a variety of activities so that in a stay of a few days you will find, hopefully, all activities fun, some easy and some more challenging. No one will be made to do an activity they do not want to but equally we will encourage you to have a go. Skern is a great place to learn more about yourself and to achieve more than you thought you could.
- What about transport to activities?
- Many of the activities are on-site. For those off-site then either a local coach company is used or more normally, one of our minibuses. These are Passenger Carrying Vehicles (PCV) run under an operator’s licence and as such checked very regularly. All drivers have PCV licences and of course working seat belts are provided to each seat.
- What equipment do I need to bring?
- Only personal effects - clothes, shoes, towels etc. All adventure equipment is provided; it is modern, checked regularly and has quality standards where available. All bedding is provided but once again no towels so you do need to bring these.
- Do I need much extra money?
- Very little. Almost everything is included and any extras will have been clearly detailed before you book. We do have a small shop on-site that sells toiletries, sweets and drinks, postcards and t-shirts etc. There is also a small bar for adult clients so some "pocket money" is advisable but not necessary. There are soft drink vending machines on-site.
- What about the weather?
- What about it? On the whole activities are carried out regardless of the weather. Each morning, and just before starting an activity, an assessment is made about the weather. Sometimes strong winds can make kayaking unsafe or winter cold may make surfing unsuitable. In these cases great alternatives will be found. Safety is never compromised.