Hi Everyone,

Hope you are looking forward to a great summer.  Hopefully May will bring some of that amazing sunshine we saw recently, but no matter the weather its always fun in the Outdoors, so don’t forget to get up and be active in 2015.

On that note get the Kids sorted and check out our Summer Camps beginning in July, we have Residential and Non Residential and both are great value.  Its a non stop week of land and water activities.  Check out our website and download an application form today www.cappanalea.ie/summer-camps/ or give us a call in the office 066-9769244, don’t miss out as the weeks are booking up fast.

E2 Kerry ETB Expedition

This article is a fantastic read and was written recently by Jeremy Wrenn of the Kerry ETB who was on the Expedition.  Full on Expedition and well done to everyone involved.

Article E2 2015 adventure expedition


Hi Everyone,

Hope you all had a fantastic summer of fun and adventure.

It’s nearly September and for some, you are probably already back to school/college and many starting for the time.  Very best of luck to everyone for the new term. 

We had a busy summer here and the weather on a whole was not that bad.  We had a busy season in Killarney out at Ross Castle offering a great Kayaking experience on the beautiful Lakes of Killarney.  It was nice to see the locals taking part in this as well with their families and for those visiting Kerry it was a great way to explore the Lakes for the first time and we do hope you come back for more next season.

Summer Camps were as always great fun and we had a lot of familiar faces back to us and of course many new faces too.  It was great to see all the groups mixing and many making new friends who we hope all stay in touch.  Summer Camps are a brilliant way to meet new people and it’s a good sign when people want to book already for next year.  We don’t have dates confirmed but don’t be afraid to contact the office and leave your details.

Sailing Courses took place down on Caragh Lake and that alone was a super start.  New and experienced sailors took to the lake and for the kids it is a fantastic way to get confident on the water.  We love running these courses for both young and old so keep an eye out for up and coming courses via our website or Facebook.

Scout Groups were in steady flow over the summer months most on Standing Camps.  We hope you all enjoyed your camp with us and that you had plenty adventure while you were here.  Always great having Scouts back with us year after year.

Kayaking Level 1 & 2 skills course took place just last week and even though the weather was not great we still had a good result for those who participated.  Again any courses will be advertised on Facebook and on our Website.  Of if you have a group that would like to organise a course let us know.

And while we are talking Website……watch that space!  We hope to have our brand new website up and running in the next few weeks.  We are very excited about this and we hope you will see the benefits of it.  We do of course appreciate all feedback or comments.

1st September sees the start of our School/Colleges programmes so we will be in full swing up till the Christmas holidays.  Keep watching our Facebook, Twitter and Website for updates and news. 

The Adventure Travel World Summit hits Killarney on the 6th – 9th October and Cappanalea OETC are delighted to be part of this Summit.  We will be hosting some of the Tours/Activities for the delegates visiting the Summit from overseas.  Great for us here in Kerry, Killarney and all Businesses involved.

And finally a big “Thank You” for all the likes, shares, comments and tweets during the summer and for supporting Cappanalea OETC (Outdoor Education & Training Centre).  

P.S. (You may notice we now have a “T” in our title….OETC..we are still the same only we are acknowledging the Training element of the work done here in Cappanalea).

Posted by: Jen | July 24, 2014

Outdoor Instructor Traineeship 2013/2014

Today is graduation day for the students on our Outdoor Activity Instructor Traineeship. It’s been a great 10 months.


Posted by: Jen | July 7, 2014

Summer at Cappanalea 2014

Hi everyone,

Lots happening here this summer so don’t forget to check us out.

Summer Camps – We have some spaces left on our Residential Camp for the 13-17 yr olds for the week of 11th – 15th Aug,other weeks are booked up Sorry!! And for the Non Residential Camps for the younger crew they are taking place on 4th – 8th Aug, 11th – 15th Aug, 18th – 22nd Aug and there are still some spots to fill so give us a shout. Booking forms are available on our website www.cappanalea.ie or call to the Centre.

Sailing Course for Juniors – This course is happening on 28th July – 1st Aug 2014 down on Caragh Lake. Few Spots left so book fast. Great course and something different for the kids, and don’t worry its for beginners and for those who want to brush up on some skills they might already have.

Kayaking on the Lakes of Killarney – We started back in Killarney last weekend out at Ross Castle and will be there till the end of August. Looking forward to a busy summer on the lakes. Please give us a call to book.

Day Activities – These are ongoing so don’t be afraid to give us a call and book yourself and the family in for a day of activity. Rock climbing, Kayaking/Canoeing, Orienteering, Hill walking, Sailing or perhaps even take on Carrantouthill with a bunch from work!!

We’ll keep in touch over the Summer enjoy the weather while its here, get out and be active.

We’re still here, not been blogging in a while but we have been busy which is good.
Firstly watch this space, we have a brand new website being developed which we are really excited about. It will be full of fun, video’s, Tours and testimonials. If you have been to Cappanalea OEC we would love to hear from you no matter how long ago s been please tell us your story. Site should be good to go in July sometime……………
We are busy now with School Tours and gearing up for Summer Camps which kick off in the middle of July and will keep going over the Summer weeks. Really hope the weather is kind to us but if it’s not that’s ok too as its just as much fun here in the rain!!!!
Scouts will be hitting the hills of Cappanalea shortly with most of our regulars coming back to us and a few new faces with is always nice to see. Spread the word if you’re a Scout, Scout Leader or have friends or family involved in it, perhaps they’d like to visit Cappanalea OEC next summer. Congrats to our long standing PEAK group who just celebrated 30 years of coming to us here at Cappanalea during Easter, another great week of fun.
If you fancy something different why not try our Sailing courses in July/August for the kids it’s great fun and very active, what a great way to spend your days.
And as always you can just book a Day Course if you haven’t time to spend the week with us, Canoeing/Kayaking, Hill Walking, Orienteering, Rock Climbing, Windsurfing. Just give us a buzz a few days before to book. Or if you are in Killarney we also offer Canoeing/Kayaking out near Ross Castle during July/August.
We’ll be in touch again soon but for now enjoy your Summer whatever Adventure or Activity you get up to….

ISODE 2013, a Leonardo Da Vinci VETPRO programme, is providing 15 Irish outdoor developmental specialists with a weeklong experience observing the delivery of outdoor education in Slovenia.

Donal Dowd the Director of the Kerry OECs is one of the Irish professionals who will spend a week in six Outdoor Education Centres in Slovenia, working and living alongside their Slovenian counterparts and gaining a valuable insight into the way outdoor education and field studies are delivered to national school children in Slovenia.

The fifteen selected candidates represent a cross-section of all that is good in the provision of outdoor education and field studies to children in Ireland. From both public and private sector, the candidates represent organisations at the forefront of delivery and development of the sector in Ireland.

Along with Cappanalea OEC / Killarney National Park Education Centre (The Kerry OECs) the others participating on the programme include representatives from Petersburg Outdoor Education Centre (OEC), Baltinglass OEC, Shielbaggan OEC, Kinsale OEC, Delphi Adventure Centre, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, Mór Active, University of Limerick Adventure Centre (Killaloe), Coláiste Dhúlaigh, Killary Adventure Centre, Dunmore East Adventure Centre, Institute of Technology Tralee, Outdoor Discovery and the School Completion Programme.

The group fly into Ljubljana and meet with their partners Center šolskih in obšolskih dejavnosti (CŠOD). The Slovenian national school curriculum requires compulsory attendance on outdoor activity and field studies programmes. Children in Slovenia as a result are, at national school level, required to attend adventure centres twice a year (within their school year) to develop their love, understanding and knowledge of nature and sport.

CŠOD is the largest provider of these activities, catering for up to 60% of all children in Slovenia annually. Their centres throughout this stunning country are situated in every type of landscape, from Alpine mountains to sea shore, karst landscapes (similar to the Burren) to fossil fields. As a result of this compulsory attendance, there are almost twice as many outdoor vocational education centres in Slovenia than in Ireland even though it has half the population.

The Irish candidates will spend a week visiting a selection of CŠOD centres and working with the managers and children. The aim of the programme is to promote the sharing of ideas and best practice.

It is hoped that the placement will also help develop long-lasting relationships between the Irish and Slovenian centres.

When asked about the programme, Mark Toner, Managing Director of Landon Carver and developer of the programme, stated: “We are delighted with the incredible interest in the programme. We were oversubscribed and unable to facilitate everyone who wanted to go on the programme. However, we are delighted with the standard of participants that have been successful in securing a place. It’s an outstanding group of 15 and really represents the best at what they do in Ireland; we would like to pay tribute to them for all their hard work over the years, and for their input in developing the programme.

It’s good to finally have a good news story and we are delighted to be involved. We would also like to pay tribute to Léargas for all their assistance.”

Posted by: Jen | June 26, 2013

Changes at Kerry Education Service

Mr Colm McEvoy, current CEO in County Cavan VEC, has been appointed as the permanent CEO to Kerry Education and Training Board (ETB) from the commencement of the new ETB. This appointment is as a result of the Department of Education and Skills decision to amalgamate VEC’s nationally and reduce the numbers from 33 to 16. Over the last few months the DES have been appointing CEO Designates to the new 16 ETB entities from the list of permanent CEO’s already in the system. As of the 1st July Kerry Education Service will be known as Kerry Education and Training Board. The current acting CEO Ms. Ann O Dwyer will hand over the reigns to Colm McEvoy and she will revert back to her previous role as Education Officer. Ann O Dwyer has been acting CEO since Dr. Barney O Reilly’s retirement in 2011.
We would like to express our appreciation to Ann O Dwyer for all her work and support over the last two years and we look forward to working with Colm McEvoy over the years to come.

Posted by: Jen | April 10, 2013

Work Placement in Capanalea OEC

IMG_2573My name is Egidijus Ceginskas I am a student from ITT Tralee, Adventure Tourism Management course and I have finished my six weeks work placement in Cappanalea OEC, where I had amazing, unforgettable time.
From the first day in Cappanalea I was welcomed and treated as a staff member. I have got lots of experience in variety activities, starting from rock-climbing, kayaking, hill walking, orienteering and canoeing. I have logged all my hours needed for the sea kayaking instructor training assessment, also I logged some hill walks needed for my Mountain skills assessment.
I am on my final day in the office, where I am familiarised with social media, marketing, management, event planning and all business side of the centre. I still can’t believe that is my final day today.
If you are thinking to do work placement in Cappanalea, I would say it is worth it by million percent.
Once again I would like to say thank you to all the staff of Cappanalea OEC.

Posted by: Jen | March 26, 2013

Summer Adventure Holiday Dates have been set

Looking for a Summer camp this summer….well look no further as Cappanalea OEC has both residential and non residential camps to suit all age groups. The non-residential camps are suited to those aged between 7 – 13 yrs of age while the residential camps are those aged from 13- 17yrs of age.
The camps stay the same amazing value as 2012. And we guarantee a fun well organised week of outdoor activities. To check out the dates log on http://www.cappanalea.ie for more information.

Posted by: Jen | January 17, 2013

Rás na Ríochta Early Bird Registration open

Early bird

Online registration is now open for Cappanalea OEC adventure race Rás na Ríochta. This years race is on Saturday 20th July 2013. Early bird registration is open untill Thursday 28th February 2013. So act now and build a little R n R into your 2013 racing calendar.
Log onto http://adventureracingkerry.com/rnr/rnr_registration.html

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