1. Make new friends
Our residential holidays are a great way to make new friends - many of the youngsters who holiday with us have made life-long friends. Rockley offers such a lively, friendly environment that before you know it, you’ll feel right at home. Most of the youngsters who come on a residential holiday with us are coming on their own so you are all in the same boat which makes making friends a lot easier!
2. Try new foods
A residential holiday means that all your food is included but it’s not a hotel so you can’t order whatever they want! All our meals are prepared with you in mind – enjoy buffet style breakfasts and lunches as well as some firm favourite evening meals like lasagne. Of course we are always well stocked with lovely fruit and vegetables to keep your mind and body fuelled whilst on an such an active holiday. If there is something you haven’t tried before or think you may not like it, you’ve really just got to give it a go - you may be pleasantly surprised!
3. Have fun
Above everything else, HAVE FUN. At Rockley, we take great pleasure in seeing children out on the water, making friends laughing and really enjoying their experience. It’s the best way to learn and create those all important memories which will stay with you well in to adulthood!
4. Try something new
For those staying on a 5-day holiday, we offer a Friday Fun day which means you get to try out some new activities or equipment. Whether it’s perfecting your balance on a paddleboard, messing around on a kayak or experiencing the thrill of dart sailing, there is bound to be something you will enjoy!
5. Embrace independence
This may be the very first time you have spent any time away from home and while you hope that your parents have sufficiently prepared you for the day when you have to stand on your own two feet, there’s no better test than actually giving it a go! It’s up to you to get yourselves up and dressed ready for breakfast in all the right gear and knowing where you need to be and when. But don’t worry, our Instructors and staff are super friendly and helpful – please ask any questions or approach a staff member at ANY point if they need to. Our advice - enjoy both the freedom and responsibility in equal measures!
6. Jump in
Literally and metaphorically! We want your children to whole heartedly enjoy the experience of learning something new or improving a skill and grab it with both hands, and, if the opportunity arises, whether it’s from a sailing dinghy, windsurf board or paddleboard, why not JUMP IN and enjoy being young!
7. Be Challenged
Doing anything different for the first time can be a daunting prospect for some. Even for those who have sailed many times, the next stage, not knowing who will be on your course or who will be teaching you can be scary but please don’t let this phase you! Challenge is a great thing, and great things can be achieved if you are just willing to take the challenge! We pretty much guarantee that when you return home, yes you will be tired but you’ll also be smiling, and proud of what you have accomplished.