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Thorpe Acre Scouts Cycle Camp

It’s not very often you come across a group that chooses to do a cycle camp across County lines, but one Leicestershire group did just that, and Leicestershire Media tagged along to follow their progress.
With nine Scouts, two Explorers and 4 leaders along with a support vehicle, the group set off on the 54 mile round trip from their base at  Thorpe Acre. They caught National Cycle Route 6 from behind their base, which starts from Central London and runs Through Leicestershire including Market Harborough, Leicester City, towns and villages leading to Loughborough onto Derby.
The route is well sign posted and avoids major roads, as the vast majority runs along Cycle paths. Of course Scouts being Scouts were going to have a bit of banter as the rode along the route to keep themselves entertained, from signalling Lorries over the M1 to hoot, singing songs that have 99 versus.
They had several breaks along the way to allow slower riders to catch up, Halfway along the Cloud Trail Greenway, an old Railway now part of the route, on a bridge overlooking the river Trent one Scout was invested.  From there they made their way along the canal and stopped for lunch at Swarkestone Lock.
All fed and watered, the group made their way along the route to Alvastone Park in central Derby where they had beverages and a trial on their famous BMX track before heading off back on their journey.
The group continued on their Journey through landmarks such as Silk Mill Park and Derby Cathedral, then changing to route 54 at Parker’s Piece, then out into Little Eaton finishing for the night at Drum Hill Camp site, where they all setup their Hammocks before cooking their dinner on Trangias.
Day two saw the group preparing after breakfast for their return journey, pretty much everything in reverse with a couple of differences.  Rain fell most of Their return journey, but the cafe manager at Alvastone Park laid on snacks for the group complimentary of the park, and after that and hot chips the group continued their ride back knocking two hours of their previous day’s time.
The Group despite having a couple of Special needs rode together encouraging each other in true Scouting spirit, ending their two day adventure with smiles and proud parents.
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Who are we?

Leicestershire Sub Aqua Unit offers affordable scuba diving & snorkelling to all members of the Scout & Guide Associations.

We meet between 8-10pm on Thursdays in Lutterworth, Leicestershire. All of our instructors are nationally qualified by the British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) for scuba and snorkelling and, as members of the scouting movement, all our adult members are fully DBS checked.

What we do?

Scuba Try Dives
A try dive is the best way to find out what it is like to scuba dive. A Try Dive is completed in one evening.
We start in the classroom for about an hour looking at the equipment and diving techniques.

A pool session follows, also an hour, where you get the opportunity to scuba dive in the 3m deep pool
with our qualified instructors who will help you get maximum fun and enjoyment from your first scuba dive. 4-6 people is the ideal number for a Try Dive session however it is possible to cover larger groups please get in
touch for further information.

Experience Snorkelling:
This is the ideal taster ‘Try Snorkelling’ session’. Experience snorkelling is designed to be fun yet at the same time building in water confidence.

We start in the classroom looking at the snorkelling equipment and how to use it. A pool session follows with in water guidance on how to use the equipment from qualified instructors, and usually ends with some in water games using fins masks and snorkels.

Next steps – hooked? Want to go further?

Scuba Courses
BSAC Ocean Diver
This entry level course provides you with the essential knowledge and skills needed for open water diving.
Learning to dive is all about knowing how to use your equipment properly and safely. The Ocean Diver
training course starts on preparing you for this in the safety of a swimming pool or sheltered water and then introducing you to open water in a controlled and safe manner.

LSSAU offers a full range of BSAC scuba courses after Ocean Diver – you could become one our future Instructors.

Snorkel Courses
BSAC Dolphin Snorkeller
Dolphin Snorkeller is designed to introduce snorkelling to children with three progressive fun sessions. Each session is named after a different dolphin and completion of a session results in the award of a Dolphin sticker. Each Dolphin session can be as long, or short as required by the snorkellers taking part, their ongoing snorkelling safety and fun being all important.

LSSAU offers a full range of BSAC snorkelling courses after Dolphin Snorkeller – you could become one our future Instructors.

What its costs?

Scuba Try Dives:
Ages: 12+
Ideal numbers: 4-6
Cost: £15 per person
£20 pp for non-Scouting members
Length: Approximately 2 hours (classroom & pool)
All equipment is provided

Experience• Snorkelling:
Ages: 8+
Ideal numbers: 12
Cost: £8 per person
Length: Approximately 2 hours (classroom & pool)
All equipment is provided

Scuba Courses:
Ages: 13+
Cost: £5 per week
BSAC Ocean Diver
Length: 8 weeks classroom & pool sessions
Length: 2-3 Days open water, entry cost to inland dive site and air fills
Course Materials and membership to BSAC is required, cost to be advised

Snorkel Course:
Ages: 10+
Cost: £8 per week
BSAC Dolphin Snorkeller
Length: 3 weeks’ classroom & pool sessions
Membership to BSAC is required, this includes the course materials, at a cost of £10 per member

Please note – to take part in scuba diving or snorkelling you must be confident in water and able to swim, a statement of medical fitness to participate is required.

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