STAND NUMBER: C73
Plas Menai National Outdoor Centre
Ideally situated on the banks of the Menai Strait, the facilities at Plas Menai, the National Outdoor Centre for Wales, are second to none. Owned and operated by Sport Wales, the Centre has been delivering quality instruction for over 35 years, and the delivery of Rescue 3 Europe courses is no exception.
If your organisation has employees that spend time working in or around the water, it is important they are suitably trained and hold relevant qualifications. For key organisations such as Fire and Rescue Services, whose staff may be called upon at any time to attend a wide range of incidents involving the water, it is essential team members are well versed and rehearsed in how to deal with an often developing situation. Developed by Rescue 3, the internationally recognised Swiftwater Rescue training scheme follows DEFRA module guidelines and covers a range of scenarios for those using boats or ropework to safely manage an on-water incident.
Throughout the year, we are able to launch straight onto the water from our own private slipway. The naturally occurring stoppers and weirs, and unique tides of the Menai Strait, are just the tip of what is on offer here. Being able to reach the incredible natural flooded environment of the world renowned Swellies within a 10 minute boat drive, means that the transition between classroom and practical delivery is seamless. The fabulous architecture of the arches and straight walls of the Menai Suspension Bridge excellently simulate a `flooded street` scenario, ideally replicating potentially treacherous real-life situations that many rescue teams may find themselves in. This is the perfect training environment to ensure your teams are best prepared for every eventuality.
Using either of our military grade 50hp 2 stroke Zodiac ribs, or 30hp 2 stroke Excel Vanguard 435, we always make full use of the natural resources the area has to offer. There are various other locations on hand where we can easily incorporate manoeuvring within marinas, and the interpretation and application of tidal information, all whilst gaining a sound understanding of the areas buoyage and other interesting navigational features. In fact, this is the perfect coastal environment to work on planning, and chart work. And with the River Seiont just a few miles along from us, we can also integrate additional paddle boat skills for those that want it. Our instructors have spent years working this stretch of water, and are prepared for every weather and tidal condition, meaning you are in very capable and qualified hands with our experienced trainers.
Whilst you are welcome to wear your own kit, we will provide you with boots, helmets, buoyancy aids, throw bags, and full Aquatek dry suits during delivery, at no additional cost. With over 140 beds available at the Centre, catering facilities operating 7 days a week, indoor changing rooms, hot showers, and teaching areas all available onsite, you can rest easy knowing that we provide everything you could possibly require under one roof, so you needn`t look any further for your training needs.