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About Adventure Okehampton

About Adventure Okehampton

As the southern-most YHA Adventure Activity centre, we meet YHA standards for accommodation provision, as well as catering. Visit England inspectors gave our accommodation a 3 Star Activity Accommodation rating.

Our aims:

  • Using our activity expertise, residential facilities and staff to give people a great Dartmoor welcome
  • Ensure a safe environment for your adventure
  • Making an educational experience that lasts a life-time
  • Providing a challenging experience, that’s still fun and not impossible to achieve!
  • Giving a stimulating not suffocating experience for our participants

The Adventure Activity Team has a range of instructors with skills in different adventure activities. Many of the senior instructors have been with the team for several years, and we have an active Modern Apprentice scheme run in conjunction with Duchy College, Cornwall, allowing our young instructors to obtain qualifications on the job and progress to senior instructor positions. All of our adventure activities are reviewed on a regular basis by our own advisors as well as AALA inspectors.

Our adventure activity programme has Quality Badge from Council of Learning Outside the Classroom meeting their standards as a recognized provider in Outdoor Learning experiences. 

Staff you may come in contact with whilst arranging your stay

Centre Director: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  John is a qualified MLTB instructor, as well as the Centre Director for the last 15 years.  Formerly the Leader of North Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team, he is very familiar with the area of North Dartmoor. John is a keen walker, whose recent treks have included the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal and the GR10 in France.

Operation Manager: Paul Elson. Paul is the operations manager at Adventure Okehampton.  In the past he served as an activity instructor, having a SPA in climbing as well as being a keen mountain biker.  He is also a qualified electrician.  A Ten Tor veteran in the past, he also knows Dartmoor well, and but today he is more generally found managing the Hostel catering departments and building projects.

Activity Manager: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Michelle has worked at Adventure Okehampton for 8 years and is an experienced kayaker, who has represented the UK in Kayak surfing and competed in canoe polo.  She manages a team of up to 40 instructors.

Accounts Department: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Libby Curtis

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Mary works part-time at the hostel managing the web-site for Adventure Okehampton.  Can assist with developing programmes as has teaching experience: Geography, Geology, Biology and Environmental Studies.

Adventure Okehampton runs an adventure activity centre which is approved by:

We are registered providers for many county and city councils including:

Devon County Council

Plymouth City Council

We provide training courses for awards under:

British Canoe Union Approved training centre : What does it mean?

A BCU approved centre is your assurance of high standards of safety and qualified instruction.  Equipment and facilities are approved annually and Approved Centre status is only awarded when the approval officers are satisified that all aspects of the canoeing activity at the centre are up to standard. We also have their Paddleability status

NNAS Navigation Training Courses

The scheme was launched in 1994 at the Royal Institute of Navigation in London, and since then over 35,000 people of all ages have gained an award. The NNAS scheme was devised as a non-competitive, personal performance scheme for all ages, to encourage people to be confident in their navigation in the countryside.  NNAS courses do not provide leadership qualifications.