Answers to all your questions here, if you can think of a different one, gives us a call.

What insurance do you have?
The CMC has public liability and employers insurance which covers instances where the CMC is liable. It is strongly recommended that each visitor takes out their own personal holiday insurance which covers outdoor activities and includes cancellation, injury and theft of belongings. The centre can provide details on request.

Do I have to be able to swim in order to take part in water sports?
You do not need to be able to swim, but you do need to be happy to be in deep water wearing a buoyancy aid. In most circumstances the willingness to try the activity wearing a personal flotation device is sufficient.

Are there any CMC staff on duty at night?
There is always a member of CMC staff who is qualified in First Aid on site at night.  We provide group leaders have a mobile contact number for a member of the senior staff team for out of hours problems or emergencies.

Are outdoor activities solely confined to the summer months?
Some activities may be restricted during some weather conditions. However, the CMC is always able to provide a full programme of activities throughout the year and whatever the weather.

How many free leaders places can I have?
One free leaders place for every 10 paying group members. This only applies to residential bookings.

What size are the activity groups?
Groups are between 8 and 12 students. In the case of technical and specialist courses the group sizes are normally smaller.

Can group members be contacted by home?
Yes, there is a payphone in the lobby at both Pensarn Harbour and Bryn-y-Moel which is accessible to all residents; tel 01341 241691 for Pensarn and 01341 241470 for Bryn-y-Moel. In an emergency messages can be left on the office number (01341) 241646.

What is the minimum age that children can take part in activities?
Eight years old without their parents. Younger children can experience some of the activities provided a parent/guardian is present at all times.

What medical or physical conditions would exclude participation in activities?
In most cases, activities can be adapted for any participants, although the instructors do need to know of any medical conditions. For further information, or to discuss any special needs, please contact the centre.

What happens in the evenings?
The group leaders are expected to look after their group in the evenings. A member of CMC staff will be working each evening and can make suggestions on what to do, help out on activities, provide first aid cover and generally be around to sort out any equipment or problems. Possible activities include a bonfire on the beach, indoor games, a wide game, a talent show, night walk. Organised group activities requiring qualified instructors will be charged at the half day rate pertinent to the time of year.

What do I need to bring?
All group members are requested to bring the following:

  • Good quality, comfortable outdoor socks are essential please bring one or more pairs, these will make your stay so much more pleasant and help look after your feet!  (We keep a small stock available for purchase at the centre April 2013 onwards).
  • Wash Kit
  • Towel
  • Clothes for evenings
  • Plastic bags
  • Drinks Container
  • Sandwich Box
  • Swimming costume/trunks
  • Old pair of trainers
  • Warm old clothing for activities, preferably woollen or synthetic fleece (No jeans)
  • Spare jumper/coat
  • Torch
  • Woollen/fleece hat and gloves
  • Small box of Plasters
  • Sunblock
  • Personal Medication (e.g. inhalers)
  • Optional, if you have them:
  • Walking Boots
  • Small rucksack
  • Waterproof top and bottom

If you do not have the optional items listed above, these can be borrowed (free of charge) from the centre.