Outdoor adventure company Reach Outdoors’ challenge to adapt and overcome

Rach, Rich and Ash - company co-founders and directors - take new paddleboards out for a spin

Rach, Rich and Ash - company co-founders and directors - take new paddleboards out for a spin - Credit: Archant

Accustomed to an ever-changing outdoor environment, the team at Reach Outdoors are no strangers to adapting their best-laid plans and having to think quickly on their feet.

Reach Outdoors offers one-to-one tuition

Reach Outdoors offers one-to-one tuition - Credit: Archant

The Covid-19 crisis and the recent easing of Government restrictions has been no exception as the award-winning company looks to re-establish itself in the new and somewhat unfamiliar environment of social distancing.

With the summer order book of visiting trade seemingly undone almost overnight, the immediate future looked bleak.

However, the continued fine weather, uncertainty of future travel plans and the toils of the recent lockdown appear to have generated an appetite for adventure among many locals looking to make the most of the freedom that has been so restricted of late.

The Goodrington-based outdoor adventure company is determined to remedy this as they seek to provide options for local people to satisfy their hunger for adventure in a socially distant world.

Last month, providers of outdoor recreation were given the green light to re-open some of their services, subject to strict guidelines on social distancing and cleaning protocols.

Having built their reputation on small group tours, which are still subject to restrictions, Reach Outdoors is now adapting to focus on one-to-one coaching in paddle sports and is offering reduced rates during this continued period of uncertainty as they bid to make this service more accessible.

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One-and-a-half hours of private coaching will work towards developing the personal skills and confidence required to continue to practice this independently in the future.

The popular kayak and paddle board hire service operated at Goodrington South Sands has also returned.

A reduced service is being offered to ensure Government safety guidelines are met and appropriate cleaning of equipment can be carried out between use.

The announcement of the return of hire services was met with much enthusiasm on social media as people took to spread the word and began planning their socially-distanced activities with a fellow adventurer.

A visit to Goodrington South Sands has become a staple of an increasing number of schools' activity programmes over recent years with the likes of kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and coasteering being firm favourites. But, again, these large group off-site activities look set to be hampered for the foreseeable future as a result of the restrictions.

However, keen to keep the Reach team involved, schools are opting instead to have the team utilise school grounds to deliver activities such as archery and bushcraft onsite so that students can continue to have their adventure fix.

More information about Reach Outdoors can be found on their website www.reach-outdoors.com. Alternatively, a member of the team will be happy to answer any queries you may have regarding revised services over the phone on 01803 524 950.