Swapping the classroom for crystal clear Sardinian waters

Undergraduates from Liverpool swapped their classroom for the stunning scenery of Sardinia in May for their latest field trip.

The group, all studying on the Foundation Degree in Outdoor Adventure Studies at the Hugh Baird University Centre, are no strangers to expeditions. Validated by the University of Central Lancashire, the course sees undergraduates tackling regular outdoor pursuits, from climbing and hiking to kayaking and potholing.

This year, tutors took a group of students to the beautiful Italian Island of Sardinia for an amazing week of sea kayaking. Based in a campsite near the old town of Alghero, the location was perfect for access to beautiful sandy beaches – and fantastic restaurants!

The group linked up with local sea kayak provider Clark Weissinger from Sea Kayak Sardinia and were led on daily trips by their accompanying lecturers.

Course Leader for Outdoor Adventure Studies, Matt Giblin, said:

“In all, we spent four days on the water sea kayaking around the North West coast of the island. The cliffs and headlands of Punta Giglio and Capo Caccia were some of the most spectacular sea cliffs we had ever seen but the trip was much more than just sightseeing for our undergraduates. It gave them the opportunity to develop essential skills that will benefit them in a life working in the outdoors. As well as specific skills linked to kayaking, they were learning about the management of groups in dynamic and potentially dangerous situations. They bonded closely as a team and demonstrated excellent drive and a strong work ethic.”

First year student, Chris Barlow said:

“The trip was fantastic. I was able to go because of the bursary fund we get in our first year, which helped with the cost. I’m so grateful for the opportunities the Hugh Baird University Centre has provided. Going on the trip meant I could put into practice lots of the theoretical elements we’ve covered during the year, and in such a breath-taking location.”

The staff are already planning next year’s trip and are hoping it will be just as successful as this one.

If you are interested in turning your adventurous spirit and enthusiasm for the outdoors into your dream career, why not see how our Outdoor Adventure Studies courses could help. Visit www.hughbaird.ac.uk/index.php/university-centre/outdoor-adventure-studies or call 0151 353 4444.

Click here to view footage and photos of the undergraduates in action throughout the year.

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