How old do you have to be to go on the activities?
Is it safe?
Do you have selection standards for the staff you employ?
Do you employ staff who are in training?
Can I come as an individual?
What if the weather is bad?
What sort of gear do I need?
Is there a shop?
Is there a telephone/cell phone reception?
How many people can you deal with?
- How old do you have to be to go on the activities?
PFOC cater for all ages, but generally all river activities are for 10 years and over. However, river safety days cater for 8 years and over.
- Is it safe?
PFOC’s aim is to make each activity as safe as possible. We employ staff with relevant qualifications and experience for each type of activity. We are registered with WorkSafe NZ as an adventure activity provider and are audited by both Outdoors Mark and Maritime NZ. We have have comprehensive safety and risk management plans for all our activities, which you are welcome to view.
- Do you have selection standards for the staff you employ?
Yes. We employ staff that have current outdoor and first aid qualifications, and relevant experience. All staff must be familiar with the area and activities before instructing. There is annual staff training to ensure all staff are up to speed with the latest techniques and emergency procedures. The Operations manager is responsible for employing staff and checking their competency.
- Do you employ staff who are in training?
We do. When staff who are being trained are given responsibility for leading an activity for which they are not fully qualified, we always place a qualified staff member with them who is in overall charge.
- Can I come as an individual?
Most of our courses are geared towards organised groups, but we do have courses for individuals. Check the Calendar for these courses and date.
- What if the weather is bad?
If the weather is unsuitable or unsafe for an activity, PFOC will let you know and, where possible, an a modified or alternative wet weather programme will be arranged. Often it is a case of realising the old adage that 'There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes!'
- What sort of gear do I need?
PFOC will send you a detailed gear list for your course. Generally, you will not have to purchase any special clothing for your activities, but warm thermals and fleece/wool clothing are essential, even in summer. We provide all safety gear, such as wetsuits, in all sizes. We also have a stock of clothing that can be borrowed if your clothes are not suitable.
- Is there a shop?
Yes! The Peel Forest Cafe and bar is located a short distance for the PFOC office and approximately 3 km from the EcoLodge. The PFOC office also has a small stock of items such as sunscreen, insect repellent, maps and gas canisters. EFTPOS and bar facilities (as well as great coffee!!) are available at the Store, but not at the PFOC office. Geraldine is approximately 15 minutes drive from Peel Forest.
- Is there a telephone/cell phone reception?
There is a telephone at the PFOC office, but not at the EcoLodge complex. Cell phone reception at both the EcoLodge and the PFOC office is acceptable, but subject to atmospheric interference .
- How many people can you deal with?
PFOC can cope with up to 140 clients at a time, depending upon their programme. The EcoLodge sleeps up to 23 people, with accommodation outside in Shelter Stations for up to another 15 in summer. Our EcoCabins sleep 18, with a further 5 in the straw bale cabin. There are other accommodation options in the area, such as Glenburn Youth Lodge, Peel Forest Campground and many of our larger groups particularly primary and intermediate camps use Raincliff scout camp. There are also a variety of accommodation options in Geraldine which is only 15 minutes away.