Courses


We run a range of structured recognised course

cyclingireland_gearingup_offroad_approvedcentre_eastcoastadventure

Gearing Up Off Road is Cycling Ireland’s mountain bike skills programme, designed to help you develop the skills needed to safely and competently enjoy mountain biking.

It is an actioned packed and fun programme aimed at beginner and intermediate riders.

The Gearing Up Off Road programme is designed to be as flexible.

  • Weekly over 3 weeks lasting 2 hours per lesson
  • Mountain Bike Camp consists of two consecutive  days
  • There are specific times for Adult & Youth Lessons at both
  • Beginner & Intermediate levels

As well as learning cycling skills, you will also build confidence, develop teamwork and learn about respect and enjoyment for the outdoors.

Some of the skills learned include: Bike check & set up, getting on & off your bike, braking & controlling your speed, using gears, shifting your weight on the bike, awareness, cornering, front & rear wheel lift, trackstand, puncture repair and maintenance, cleaning & looking after your bike and most importantly putting all the skills together so you can hit the trails!

If learning all of the skills above and having fun with your friends wasn’t enough, you will also receive your own logbook to help progress through each skill session.

On completion you will also receive a Gearing Up Off Road certificate. The programme also includes Cycling Ireland insurance for the duration of the programme.

We run beginner courses for both Adults and Children

Our beginners courses are designed to give you an insight into what mountain biking is all about and will improve your bike skills. This course is also perfect for those of you who have never taken lessons before. There is also plenty of time to ask questions.

Course covers

  • How to set up your bike
  • Changing a tube
  • Your position on the bike
  • Balance Skills
  • Using your gears
  • Braking techniques
  • Front & rear wheel lifts

You will be riding on the Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails and the open space of Kilbroney Forest Park. You will not be on any trails that are too technical and we encourage group members to assess their own ability before we make the decision to move to single track trails. This is an important ability to have as you will need to be able to do this when visiting other trails you are not familiar with.

Fitness

Group members so not have to be super fit, however, a basic level of fitness is required.

Bike

Your bike must be in full working order and can be a hard tail or all mountain bike, however a suspension bike is not required.

Things to bring

  • Warm clothing (layers rather than a bulky jacket)
  • Rain gear for our lovely Irish Weather (light)
  • Helmet
  • Light snack & a drink for hydration

Lesson Length

2 hours (Total duration 6 hours over 3 weeks)

Location

Rostrevor Mountain Bike Centre. East Coast Adventure at Kilbrony Forest Park Rostrevor BT34 3AA

Group Size

Max 10 persons (Adults)

Max 8 persons (Youths)

Total Cost

  • £20 per lesson x 3 lessons (£60)
  • Uplifts are not required for this course.

So you’ve been out on your bike on the trials and need to build on your skills or have just completed your beginners course and are ready for the next step.

This is the course for you, where you build on the skills and experience you have gained over the last few months and are ready to up your game. It is recommended you have put in time on the trails, are comfortable on your bike and ready to learn more specific skills to improve your riding.

Course covers

  • Bike setup
  • Skills review/assessment
  • Various types of hops
  • Climbing & descending
  • Low level drop-offs
  • Small jumps

Terrain

You will be on the single track trails for most of this course and fire roads for skills practice.

Fitness

A basic level of fitness is required. The speed at which the course moves will be determined by the group however, if you have completed the beginners course you will notice a difference as this is a faster moving skills course.

Lesson Length

2 hours (Total duration 6 hours over 3 weeks)

Location

Rostrevor Mountain Bike Centre. East Coast Adventure at Kilbrony Forest Park Rostrevor BT34 3AA

Group Size

Max 10 persons (Adults)

Max 8 persons (Youths)

Total Cost

  • £20 per lesson x 3 lessons (£90)
  • Uplifts are not required for this course

This course is specific to downhill mountain bikers who have all the skills and now want to advance their downhill trail riding and speed. It is not for the faint hearted and requires a full suspension bike. We do advise that you have completed the Intermediate Course prior to the advanced course.

Course covers everything required to ride at speed, line selection, tackling wet roots, drop offs, jumps, off-camper techniques, tyre selection & pressure and other useful tips which you can then take away and use for leisure riding or racing events.

 

We will look at other aspects, like race prepartion, how to present yourself on  podium and offer advice for 1st time racers as well as seasoned riders.

Terrain

Off road single track.

Fitness

A moderate fitness level is required.

Course length

2 hours (Total duration 6 hours over 3 weeks)

Location

Rostrevor Mountain Bike Centre. East Coast Adventure at Kilbrony Forest Park Rostrevor BT34 3AA

Group Size

Max 10 persons (Adults)

Max 8 persons (Youths)

Or there may be a mix of both Adults & Youths

Total Cost

  • £20 per lesson x 3 lessons (£60)
  • £10 per lesson x 3 lessons (Uplifts) during training session

Personal Training Sessions

Personal training sessions can be arranged and cost £60 per person with each session lasting 3 hours.

Uplifts

Discounted rates for uplifts are available after/before your session begins/ends on the day of your training should you wish to make a day of it. A discount code will be emailed to you when you have booked and paid in full for the advanced training course.

gearingupoffroadskills_eastcoastadventure
gearingupoffroadskillscertificate_eastcoastadventure
RYA

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is the national body for all forms of boating under power or sail, including dinghy and yacht racing, motor and sail cruising, RIBs and sports boats, powerboat racing, windsurfing, inland cruising and narrowboats, and personal watercraft.

This course is an introduction to boating techniques for launching and recovering a boat from a road trailer, everyday boat handling and the use of safety equipment. Students will receive the RYA Powerboat Level 1 Certificate, but for those who want to take up powerboating or require a licence for insurance purposes, we strongly recommend the full two day combined RYA Level 1 & 2 Powerboat Course instead.

Assumed knowledge: None

Duration: 1 Day

Content: Launch and recovery (8-11 year olds observe)
Preparation of boat and crew, boat handling,  picking up and securing to a mooring buoy, leaving and coming alongside, being towed.

Outcomes: Able to drive under supervision

What’s Included:

  • Instruction
  • Use of a powerboat and fuel
  • Loan of a life jacket
  • RYA Level 1 Powerboat Certificate

Price: £200 + £31 for:

  • RYA Log Book
  • RYA Hand Book
  • RYA Certificate

This two-day entry level course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence.

It focuses on low speed close quarters handling, man overboard recovery, an introduction to driving at planing speed, and collision regulations. The course can be taken inland or on the coast and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly.

Assumed knowledge: None. May be preceded by Level 1

Duration: 2 Day

Minimum Age: 12. Candidates under the age of 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate

Content: Launching and recovery, boat handling, securing to a buoy, anchoring, leaving and coming alongside, man overboard

Outcomes: Self-sufficient powerboater in the right conditions, aware of own limitations and those of craft

Price: £250 + £31 for:

  • RYA Log Book
  • RYA Hand Book
  • RYA Certificate

Please note if you are taking this course and intend to apply for an ICC, this PB Level 2 course will allow you to apply for a coastal ICC for Power up to 10m.

Personal watercraft can be single-seater machines or can take two or three people. They are fast and exciting, but need to be handled with care. Whether you just want to have a go on holiday or buy your own machine, our Personal Watercraft course will teach you how to get the best from it. This course is designed for first time and experienced riders alike.

Increasingly this certificate is required for launching in UK harbours, but is also needed if you want to use your PW abroad.

Assumed knowledge: None

Duration: 1 Day

Minimum Age: 12. Certificates for children aged between 12 and 16 will be endorsed to show that they must use PWs only under the supervision of a responsible adult

Content: Launching, handling and recovery skills, passage planning and decision making, high and low speed riding skills, essential safety information, collision avoidance and orientation at sea

Outcomes: Self-sufficient in good conditions, aware of limitations of self and craft

What’s Included:

  • Use of our skis (maximum of 2 students per ski)
  • Instruction
  • RYA PWC Proficiency Certificate
  • RYA PWC Handbook
  • Loan of a bouyancy aid
  • Safety cover
  • Wet Suit

Price: £215

eastcoastadventure_jetski10
powerboatcourses