Zipit Forest Adventures

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Zipit Forest Adventures opened its forest doors in 2011 at the spectacular Lough Key Forest
Park, Co.Roscommon with over 1.5 kilometres of activities, including 850 metres of ziplines. Lough Key Forest Park is one of the highest rated parks in Ireland with an indoor activity centre, lakeside café, boat, bike and Segway hire guaranteeing an exciting full day’s activity.

In 2013 Zipit brought their Aerial Trail course to Tibradden Woods, Dublin 16. Nestled in the Dublin Mountains in a Scots pine wood Zipit Tibradden is only 15 minutes from Dundrum town centre. Built on a sloping site, the course contains our highest vantage points at 20 metres above ground providing panoramic views of Dublin Bay as you move from tree to tree.

In 2015 we ventured south and opened our third course at Farran Forest Park, Co. Cork. The course stretches over 1.2 kilometres with our longest zipline measuring 150 metres and clearing 10 metres from the ground. This wonderful forest park is located on the southern shore of Inniscarra lake and holds sweeping views of the lake and surrounding countryside. It is approximately 20 minutes from Cork city, just off the N22 road to Macroom. This park also offers walking trails with a children’s playground, deer enclosure and duck pond.

Zip it (76)Zipit Forest Adventures offers students an exhilarating and challenging outdoor activity in a natural setting, building confidence, teamwork and self-esteem. The students experience a great sense of achievement as they master each activity, pushing their comfort zones in a completely safe environment but with the perception of risk.

On arrival, students are introduced to their instructor, fitted with a safety harness and undertake a safety initiation before venturing into the treetops. Many different activities offering escalating levels of challenges such as rope bridges, ziplines, climbing walls and cargo nets await, all suspended between platforms. There are 4 individual circuits accessible for secondary school students, depending on their height and ability, ensuring their entertainment for 3 to 4 hours.

Instructors are positioned around the course, trained to reassure and motivate students to complete the activities, increasing their confidence and encouraging them on to the next challenge. The lowest circuit is the Green, with platforms approximately 1-2 metres in height. This is intended for students looking to gain confidence and become accustomed to the equipment before venturing on to higher circuits. The Orange and White circuits are up to 10 metres in height and present more difficult and challenging activities.

Students have the option of continuing on to the Blue Circuit, which is higher again (up to 15 metres) and more physically challenging. For older students the Red Circuit (up to 20 metres) is an option and this requires upper body strength and determination to complete all activities but expect to feel a great sense of achievement on completion. For those who decide not to attempt the higher circuits the earlier circuits can be repeated, with students gaining confidence as they grow more accustomed to the challenges.

Zipit operates to the highest safety standards and our course is approved by the French company Vertic Alps which is one of the leading inspection company in Europe. Additionally, all of our instructors hold the European Rope Course Association (ERCA) Instructor qualification and have undertaken First Aid training.

For further information on organising a school tour at Zipit phone 051 858008 or email info@zipit.ie. Follows us on Facebook www.facebook.com/zipitfa or Twitter @ZipitFA

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