Birr O.E.C. run a wide variety of courses, catering for a large number of groups and individuals. These courses vary in length from half-day adventure sports courses to 4 week long English Language courses. Full residential courses as well as day courses are available which give people the opportunity to try out a range of Adventure Sports. Choose from Rock Climbing, Orienteering, Hillwalking, Body surfing, Sailing, Canoeing, Gorge Walking, Archery and Abseiling.
Many of these activities are more enjoyable if we manage to stay warm and dry, some of them involve getting wet or muddy (or both!) by their very nature. Plan what you bring to the Centre accordingly. If you need any advice on equipment to bring, please phone us here in the Centre.
Arriving in the Centre
If you are coming to Birr O.E.C. on a residential course, please let us know if you will be arriving on the evening before the course begins (preferably between 7.30 and 8.30 p.m.) or on the morning that the course begins (preferably between 9.00 and 9.30 a.m.).
Departing from the Centre
We would ask all groups to leave the Centre before 5.30 p.m. on the final day of their course. We hope that you have an enjoyable stay in the Centre and that the activities will be both educational and enjoyable.
Normal daily routine for day courses in Birr O. E. C.
(Detailed programmes and activities for the day will usually be arranged prior to arrival in the Centre.)
The normal routine is as follows:
9.15 – 9.30 a.m. Arrive in the Centre, Briefing and Registration.
9.30 a.m. Depart for activities
1.00 – 2.00 p.m. Lunch – this may be out on activities or in the Centre.
5.00 p.m. Return to the Centre, put away equipment, depart.
Normal daily routine for residential courses in Birr O. E. C
(Programmes and specific activities will usually be discussed prior to arrival in Birr O.E. C.)
The normal daily routine is as follows:
8.00 a.m. Wake up!!
8.15 a.m. Breakfast
9.10 a.m. Meet instructors, collect equipment from the stores.
9.30 a.m. Depart for activities, lunch is out on activities, but in very bad weather, we will return to the Centre.
5.00 p.m. Return to the Centre, put away equipment, relax until…
6.00 p.m. Dinner
7.30 p.m. Evening activity, until approx. 10.00 p.m.
11.00 p.m. Lights out in Centre .
In Birr O.E. C., we rely on all students to assist in putting away equipment after activities, keeping your dormitories clean and helping with domestic chores after meals. There will always be staff available in the Centre to help and offer advice.