Confrontation at Brecon Promenade

We’ve received a report of a member of the public aggressively and abusively confronting a group of paddlers at Brecon Promenade this week, demanding to know what they were doing on the river. It seems he may have been particularly incensed by a group that had been lunching river-right at the foot of the ‘rapids’ … Read more

Please share with SWOAPG…

…any ideas for training / networking workshops / events that you’d like to see us run over the autumn / winter – NB these should be about ‘adding value’ to your role and knowledge as instructors and providers, rather than NGB-type training (we’re currently looking at ideas for a half-day workshop on ‘environmental good practice … Read more

Freelance Instructors Survey Results

We’d like to thank everyone (both freelancers and employers)  who completed SWOAPG’s survey in June about additional services that we were considering offering. We had enough responses to demonstrate some demand for a ‘freelance instructors database’ BUT the SWOAPG Steering Group doesn’t feel at the moment that we can justify the resources needed to make … Read more

Safety Alert: Gas canister / stove explosion

AdventureRMS has issued the following alert which expedition / camping providers might wish to take note of: We have received a report of an incident involving the explosion of a gas canister being used during a Duke of Edinburgh Award assessment expedition. Witnesses saw a fire engulfing the canister, which then exploded as people were … Read more

River Wye Glasbury-Hay Concordat: Paddlesport Advisory Group

The following message has been sent to providers with a known interest in paddlesport on the Wye, but if other SWOAPG Members are also interested, please let us know. To representatives of : AHOEC, Canoe Wales, Celtic Canoes / Wye Valley Canoes, Glasbury Paddlers, Local Military Units, ScoutsCymru, Ultimate Adventure, Want to Canoe, SWOAPG Wye Working Group, SWOAPG Steering Group Dear all, Please … Read more

Campaign for fair funding for the path network

We have received this request for support from Ramblers: “You may have seen over the summer we’ve been stepping up our calls for better funding for path maintenance and improvements. We launched at the Royal Welsh and got some great BBC coverage: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-62248703 (the comments on the article are also worth a read!) “We’d really … Read more

AdventureUK Survey

Please below a message from the AdventureUK Board regarding the work they have been doing to create an alternative accreditation scheme to AALA and a request to complete an online survey: We realise that many of us are currently very focussed on recovery from the pandemic and for many these are still difficult times. However, … Read more

Have your say on a visitor levy for Wales

The Welsh Government has launched a public consultation today on proposals to give local authorities the powers to introduce a visitor levy. The levy would be a small charge paid by people staying overnight in accommodation in Wales. Each local authority in Wales will have the power to decide if they want to introduce a … Read more