Member benefits and Joining info
The benefits of being a member of SWOAPG
We are very keen for all Outdoor Activity Providers active in South Wales and the Brecon Beacons National Park to join SWOAPG, so that all providers :
The AGM and further information.
SWOAPG hold an AGM between the months of October and November. Full details of the next AGM will be sent to all members in good time and will also appear in the Events section of the website.
The minutes from the 2018 Emergency General Meeting on 19th April 2018 (EGM) can be viewed here.
The minutes from the 2017 14th Full Members Meeting on the 13th November 2017 (AGM) can be viewed here
The minutes from the 2016 13th Full Members Meeting on the 7th November 2016 (AGM) can be viewed here
The minutes from the 2015 11th Full Members Meeting on the 2nd November 2015 (AGM) can be viewed here.
If you require copies of previous meetings and AGM's then please contact us
Alerts and Important Updates
NB we are no longer publishing Alerts and Updates on this website: visit www.swoapg.com/news for our current news-feed
Find posted important and useful information, alerts and updates that may affect activity delivery in the South Wales area. If you have an update, alert or relevant member information, please do contact us
The Work of SWOAPG
A summary of some of our projects, tasks, site access agreements and more.
Click on the pictures to access the full information
One of the areas SWOPAG have been active in is ensuring access to outdoor activity venues is maintained for the benefit of members across the South Wales region. The effectiveness of SWOAPG has been demonstrated in Swansea with the introduction, without consultation, of a permit scheme for surfing by the City Council at Caswell Bay.
National Trust Access
Early in 2011 it came to SWOAPG’s attention that the National Trust were considering the introduction of a Licensing and Ambassador Scheme on their Gower landholdings. We proactively contacted the National Trust on Gower to convince them to withdraw their single site, single provider ‘Ambassador Scheme’ and to abandon plans to impose Licensing. There is still work to do to secure a long term working arrangement with National Trust on Gower, but progress so far is promising.
Resources and Further Information
Since SWOAPG was formed in July 2010, many Providers have asked whether the BBNP Outdoor Environmental Charter that had been developed in 2000 could now be taken on by SWOAPG. Enquiring at SWOAPG meetings whether SWOAPG members agree with this, it was clear that it made a lot of sense to keep it and that people working in the Outdoors are generally passionate about an Environmentally Sensitive approach.
Thanks to a grant provided by CCW in 2013/14 the group were able to develop a range of resources and deliver a number of linked events for members. Here you will find links to wider Environmental Resources as well as our own, to help give Activity Providers and Instructors a helping in hand in running sessions that are both Environmentally Educational and Sustainable.
for signed up members
The logo is there to show members who have signed up to the charter. The badge can be used to promote their contribution towards sustainable and environmentally considerate outdoor activity provision. If you are a member and not signed up then contact us
downloadable guides and web links
Click here for a comprehensive guide to the lower plant life of the Mellte and Sychryd (species guide) including Lichens, Flowers, Bryophytes and Liverworts.
Click here for general info about Lichens and Bryophytes.
Click here for information about animal tracks.
Website Links :
downloadable guides and web links
River Canoeing and Paddlesport
Events and Workshops
Information and details of our up and coming events, meetings and workshops are now at www.swoapg.com/events.
To book a place or enquire for more info please click on the links for the workshop you are interested in.
Over a period of time the SWOAPG workshop programme has continued to grow and develop and our workshops are often well attended by a cross representation of our membership. Click here for our statement of purpose which clarifies the aims of the SWOAPG workshop programme
Please note, to manage the bookings of workshop places we are using a 3rd party booking agent to manage this on our behalf. To book a place simply follow the links below. It is important you think carefully about booking a place and committing to the event as often our workshops and events are over subscribed but not fully attended. If you are unable to attend once you have booked please contact us.
Information and Adverts for outdoor related job opportunities in South Wales
If you have a Job Opportunity you would like to be placed on the website please contact us
Full Project List
The following section contains information about current (and past) projects and work undertaken by SWOAPG
Caswell Surfing Permit Scheme
The License scheme for Surfing Providers for Caswell commenced on 1st January 2012 and the single day Permit System started at the same time
,One of the areas SWOPAG have been active is in ensuring access to outdoor activity venues is maintained for the benefit of members across the South Wales region. The effectiveness of SWOAPG has been demonstrated in Swansea with the introduction, without consultation, of a permit scheme for surfing by the City Council at Caswell Bay.
When we became aware of this scheme we entered into dialogue with Swansea County Council about access to Caswell Beach for Surfing. Early in 2011, they set up a License system for up to 3 Surf Providers and awarded a 3 year license to the only provider willing to apply for one. They then stated that no other delivery of Surfing would be permitted. This was all agreed before SWOAPG were made aware of their intentions. Subsequently SWOAPG representatives then met with Swansea County Council and they agreed to set up an additional arrangement for our members, whereby they could book access via a low cost permit system and hence have permission to use the site.
In the longer term they would be willing to review the situation at Caswell, but that having gone through procurement and awarded a license to a surfing operator, they were not prepared to withdraw that scheme at this stage and so the permit system would have to stay in place for Caswell at this time. They also re-iterated that their motives for doing this were purely driven by concerns about safety due to potential over-use of a what is a relatively small site, especially during summertime.
The License scheme for Surfing Providers for Caswell commenced on 1st January 2012 and the single day Permit System started at the same time. They have agreed to review the situation before the end of the first year and arrange an open meeting for all interested parties to have an input.
Click here for info from the Swansea County Council Website and how to access the permit
Glasbury to Hay
Canoeing Code of Conduct
A Code of Conduct is now in place for use of the River Wye between Glasbury and Hay. SWOAPG input into the consultation for this code to help create a "least restrictive" outcome.
The Code of Conduct document can be found here and contains all of the information you need to know.
All enquires should be directed to Countryside Services, Powys County Council
Telephone: 01597 827500
Previous projects and archives
Information and details of work and projects undertaken by SWOAPG
Mines and Tunnels Inspection Scheme
The Scheme had been in place since 1996 and is intended to provide clear guidance for Outdoor Activity Providers on the suitability of Mine and Tunnel sites for Group visits.
The Inspection took place once every two years and sites covered by the report were:
The inspection last took place on 9th April 2011.
As access has not been granted to inspect the Dinas mines it has not been deemed financially viable to run the inspection. When this situation changes the inspections will restart.
Organisations using any of these sites were recommended to subscribe to this scheme to ensure that their commitments are met in ensuring safe use of the sites from an Insurance, Licensing and HSE point of view. Mines are considered to be ‘places of work’ for anybody taking a group into them, this scheme being a means of satisfying the need to determine the ongoing suitability for access of such sites.
Subscription was £35 for two years.
Llangattock Access - 2015
This access agreement has been in place for some time, but is now due for review. SWOAPG will be working with BBNPA to review the agreement and, if appropriate, launch a modernised version during 2012.
New access agreement is now in place (2015). See BMC for more information
Valleys Regional Park (VRP) - 2014
Valleys Regional Park is an exciting, dynamic initiative to co-ordinate, drive and promote activities related to the environment and heritage and associated tourism activities across the valleys of south Wales, working in conjunction with the Welsh Assembly Government’s Heads of the Valleys and Western Valleys Regeneration Programmes, with marketing through the Valleys ‘Heart & Soul’ campaign, to change the reality and perceptions of the Valleys as a highly-desirable place to live, work and visit.
Over forty partners are involved to deliver these activities in a more effective, collaborative approach, both cross-sector and cross-boundary, towards a regional vision.
The overall objective is to enhance and promote the Valleys’ outstanding environmental and cultural assets thereby helping to regenerate the area.
The partnership’s activities cover the area that was essentially the former south Wales coalfield, defined as the Valleys Regional Park in the Wales Spatial Plan.
SWOAPG attends VRP Activity Group meetings and represents SWOPAG member interest in this project.
The Big Pitch 2013 - 2013
Congratulations to Goleg Gwent - Valleys Marketing Team for Winning the Big Pitch 2013
Also prizes for 1st and 2nd Runners up went to - Team SWAG (Ystrad Mynach College) and Reality (Bridgend College)
Blue Green Gym - 2012
SWOAPG are involved in the “Blue Green Gym pilot” . The Blue Green Gym (BGG) concept is focused on creating a memorable outdoor experience within the natural environment of the South Wales valleys, in the area bounded by the Valleys Regional Park (VRP)
The vision of the BGG is two-fold:-
Two pilot schemes are being designed for roll-out in 2012:-
SWOAPG representatives have sat on the BGG steering group seeking to protect and further the interests of our members and to ensure a collaborative approach to designing project pilots. A crucial aspect of our involvement has and continues to be ensuing that the pilot schemes designed:-
Wales Activity Tourism Organisation
Our National Representation
Pembrokeshire Outdoor Charter Group
Our regional partner in the West
Our regional partner in the North
Funding for this SWOAPG website platform was provided by Welsh Government through Visit Wales