You'll find answers to your questions here. If you can think of something we've not covered, please get in touch.

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 with 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.

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 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 or a 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! 
  • 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.