National Air Cadet Training Centres

The Air Cadets have 2 National Adventure Training Centres:

National Air Cadets Adventure Training Centre, Lake Windermere

This centre is located at the heart of the Lake District National Park, just 5 minutes walk from the centre of Windermere, itself. It has room for 30 cadets (20 male/ 10 female) and has full catering facilities. It is staffed by the only Mountain Instructor Award (MIA) qualified instructor in the Air Cadet organisation. There is no age limit to attend the centre.

Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing use the Centre on a regular for Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Training and outdoor pursuits which seek to extend cadets skills at Navigation, and introduce them to the local area. Whilst at the Centre, Cadets participated in High level walking, Rock Climbing/Abseiling, Scrambling, Orienteering, and Mountain Biking. All activities are organised and supervised by fully qualified instructors.

All main utilities are provided and the centre is warm and comfortable. The self- catering kitchen has gas cookers, adeqate cooking equipment, freezers, refrigerators, microwave and a dishwasher. The facilities also include showers, toilets, TV, Video and DVD players and a large drying room. The Centre has an excellent lecture facilities, with modern computer projection equipment, ideal for courses and teaching. The Centre was awarded ‘Approved centre’ status in 1996 by the Mountain Leader Training Board, to run Mountain Leader (Summer) courses.

National Air Cadets Adventure Training Centre, Llanbedr, Gwu

The Centre is situated on the Welsh Cost, five miles from Rhinog Mountains and was opened in August 1987. The Centre sits next door to the former Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) airfield of Llanbedr and nestles beneath the stunning backdrop of the Snowdonia mountains on the mid-Wales coastline. The primary aim of the Centre is the same as Windermere, to provide facilities for cadets to participate in adventure training in terrain more demanding than that normally found in their local area. The Centre, is a base from which training is undertaken in the Snowdonia National Park. Cadet courses are provided annually over a 40-week period from February to November. 2445 (Ardudwy) Sqn and the 25metre rimfire range are located adjacent to the Centre. All main utilities are provided and the centre is warm and comfortable.

The self- catering kitchen has gas cookers, adequate cooking equipment, freezers, refrigerators, microwave and a dishwasher. The facilities also include showers, toilets, TV, Video and DVD players and a large drying room. The Centre has excellent lecture facilities, with modern computer projection equipment, ideal for courses and teaching. In 1999 the Centre was given a £300k programme of refurbishment, redesign and expansion. It was awarded ‘Approved Centre’ status in 2002 by the Welsh Canoeing Association (WCA) and had a further refurbishments in 2005.

It is one of the primary centres to run our week long residential cadets adventure training camps. Headquarters Air Cadets and Wings also run many staff training courses from this centre. The centre also utilises a number of other local facilities including Capel Curig Training Camp and the Nuffield Centre. The Nuffield centre is co-located with the joint Service Mountain Training Centre [JSMTC] Indefatigable at Llanfair PG on the island of Anglesey.

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