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Get active, get connected and get outdoors. This is a great opportunity for students to enjoy an exhilarating and challenging outdoor activity in a natural setting, building confidence, teamwork and self-esteem. Students will feel a great sense of achievement as they conquer each activity, pushing their comfort zones in a completely safe environment but with the perception of risk. Big challenges or baby steps, our energetic instructors will encourage and motivate even the most nervous student, creating a lasting sense of achievement.
Our students had a wonderful day and really enjoyed the experience.
I’d like to pay tribute to the excellent staff.
Thank you for a great day, the kids really enjoyed it, as did we.
We welcome primary school children from age 9 upwards and secondary students, with circuits to suit all ages and levels of fitness. Activities last for 4 hours. Safety is always paramount.
What better way to bond with your students, than participating alongside them and facing your fears too! Free participation and free tea and coffee for all teachers. However, we do ask that at least one teacher remains on the ground at all times, providing active supervision.
We can take 150+ students in any one day, by staggering start times. We have parallel initiation circuits to ensure a streamlined throughput so you can focus on enjoying your day out. To avoid queues and ensure an enjoyable time for all, we start approximately 45 students at one time, with the next group following one to two hours after. Please contact us for exact times, depending on size of group.
If you do have a very large group, the natural forest surrounds offers plenty of open space for games and trails through the forest. Coillte also offers orienteering. Log-on to Coillte.ie/activity/hiking for more details.
If you have children with special needs, please call us to discuss their needs. All children must be physically and mentally able to manage their own safety. SNA’s must supervise children under their care on a one to one basis.
Supervisors have the choice of participating or keeping their feet on the ground. We do ask that all supervisors attend and listen to the safety briefing / initiation. Supervisors are not expected to help children, this is our job. Encouragement and discipline when required is all that is needed.
At least one teacher/supervisor must remain on the ground at all times.
Ratios for school visits depend on the age of the students and size of the class. On enquiry, we can advise of the ratios required.
- Minimum age for school tours is 9 years.
- Minimum Height is 1m.
- Maximum Weight is 120kg (leg strap dimensions can also limit fitting of harness)
Our park in Farran Woods, Cork, uses a different safety system to our other two parks, and involves the use of magnets. Magnets may interfere with the operation of pacemakers and ICD’s.
We recommend that you check with your doctor, before booking Zipit at Farran.
Unfortunately, due to safety risks anyone who is pregnant is unable to participate.
Dress appropriately for physical exercise in an outdoors environment. We recommend layers, with a light rain jacket, even in the summer! Padded jackets should not be worn. Runners are ideal, no open toed shoes or sandals. Little hands can get very cold in winter, so bring a pair of woolen gloves for extra warmth.
For further information on food and toilet facilities, select a location from one of the 3 courses below.
If you need to know more, visit our FAQ section for further information.
€20 package is optional (minimum of 15 students pre-booked)
Ready to Book
Call us on 051 858008 or complete our Group Booking Form and we will check availability for you. Please state that you are a school to avail of the discounted rates.
- We require a €100 booking deposit at time of booking.
- Confirmation of numbers must be made 48 hours in advance, as this is the number of children charged for on the day, regardless of a drop in numbers. Please understand that harnesses have been reserved for every child booked, and cannot be re-sold last-minute. We also roster staff in accordance with number of people on the course.
- Payment can be made on the day.
Our French construction crew have built more than 90 courses worldwide, including parks in Europe, the West Indies and South Korea. The platforms are built around trees at various heights (ranging from 1 metre to 20 metres off the ground) and connected with a range of activities to allow the participant move from one tree to another. the construction company adheres to EN 15567-1 Sports and recreational facilities - Ropes courses - Part 1: Construction and Safety Requirements
Zipit Forest Adventures is a member of the European Ropes Course Association (ERCA) and adheres to EN 15567-2 Sports and recreational facilities - Ropes courses - Part 2: Operation Requirements
This European Standard applies to the operation of ropes courses and specifies the operational requirements to ensure an appropriate level of safety and service when used for either recreation, training, education or therapeutic purposes.
Our harness design protects you from accidentaly unclipping from the circuit, ensuring that your safety is paramount.
All of our Instructors are European Rope Course Association (ERCA) trained with the following certifications:
- ERCA Instructor Training.
- ERCA Site Specific Rescue Training.
ERCA Training is undertaken by either our own staff who have been trained as a Trainer or an external UK specialist company. All final assessments and certifications are undertaken by the external company.
- First Aid with CPR.
- Manual Handling.
- Maintenance Training.
Working with Children
All our staff have undertaken an on-line child protection course and are garda vetted.
We have a policy of informing participants of the nature of risk associated with our activities through our Disclaimer and safety rules.
Our Initiation/Safety Briefing (approx. 45 minutes) is carried out by our qualified instructors and is mandatory for all customers wishing to participate on our courses. Our instructors monitor customers completing the Initiation circuit and are patrolling throughout the park should any assistance be needed during your visit.
Our minimum age requirement is strictly enforced. All children under 18 must be supervised by an adult, either participating or on the ground.
Through strict adherence to the ERCA requirements and continual investment in the most current Personal Protective Equipment we are confident that all risks are minimised. Our advanced safety harnesses ensure that customers are always connected to our safety system whilst traversing the treetop activities.
- Instructors navigate each circuit every morning before opening, as if they were a customer. They digitally sign a spreadsheet to confirm the circuit has been checked and this is then digitally signed by the Duty Manager who notes and addresses any issues.
- Completed at end of day by the instructors whose names are logged and checked by the Duty Manager who signs off. Any harnesses which do not pass the highest standard safety checks are put out of service. An annual inspection is also carried out in accordance with EN15567-2.
- All equipment inside our Rescue Bags are regularly checked and devices function tested.
- Our Instructors check the course equipment thoroughly to identify and address any issues. These checks are in addition to the daily checks.
- Performed as required, primarily during peak season. This is a general assessment of the site by the Operations Manager including safety checks and instructor performance.
- Completed annually or as required, checking the health and suitability of the trees on the course by a European specialist company.
- A European Specialist company annually checks the structural elements of the course.
Course Safety Equipment
- Fallstops and Base Jumps are serviced by the manufacturer or a service provider trained by the manufacturer.