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    run over rough ground completely unprepared forest terrain or rough open hills cross country in the true sense of the word Therefore considerable body strength and agility is needed Fitness similar to that of a 3000m steeplechase or marathon runner is required There is a wide variety of orienteering events individual competitions and relays ultra short park races and mountain marathon events Night orienteering with the aid of a head lamp is also a popular form of orienteering In uneven numbered years the best foot orienteers in the world fight for the World Champion titles whilst the victory of the World Cup is at stake in even numbered years The programme of the World Championships includes three competitions for both women and men classic distance short distance and relay Foot orienteering became a recognized Olympic sport in 1977 Equipment RACING SUIT A lightweight stretchy suit protects from undergrowth whilst allowing maximum freedom of movement even if it gets soaking wet SHOES Light strong shoes with non slip soles allow sure grip on all types of ground including mud and bare rock MAP The map provided by the organiser shows the course with the control points which must be visited The

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    bike orienteering is the newest of the orienteering disciplines administered by the International Orienteering Federation It started in the late 1980s at club level in countries where mountain biking was a popular outdoor sport In 1997 national championships were already run in 12 countries and the number is rapidly growing World Championships in mountain bike orienteering will be organised every second year from 2002 onwards Equipment MAP The map provided

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    has to make decisions about which route is the fastest between the controls The route choice is made on the basis of the quality of the ski tracks gradient and distance all of which can be read from the map In respect of physical condition ski orienteering is comparable with marathon running or cross country skiing To be successful in ski orienteering the athlete must master all skiing techniques classical and free technique as well as all general downhill and turning techniques World Championships in ski orienteering are held every even numbered year and the World Cup is organised in uneven numbered years The programme includes competitions in long distance or medium distance short or super sprint distance and relay for both women and men Having its origins in the 1890s ski orienteering is a sport with long traditions Ski orienteering became a recognized Olympic sport in 1949 Equipment RACING EQUIPMENT Ski orienteers use the same kind of racing skis ski poles suits boots and bindings as cross country skiers MAP HOLDER A specially designed map holder attached to the chest makes it possible to view the map at competition speed while skiing at full speed MAP The map provided

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    disabilities compete on level terms Proof of correct identification of the control points does not require any manual dexterity allowing those with severely restricted movement to compete equally Most trail orienteering events have classes open for everyone European Championships in trail orienteering have been organised every year since 1994 Athletes who cannot participate on reasonably equal terms in the sport for able bodied people because of a functional disadvantage due

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    Wienerwald the Viennese Forest Finally the wave floods onto the vast Hungarian Plain close to the placid waters of Neusiender See and journey s end Vienna To reach this point Chris will have soared over 1 000 kms 600 miles of the great Alpine wave whose crests form the Roof of Europe Chris must self navigate the course with map compass and GPS over a route that traverses virtually every major Alpine mountain range to complete their journey Massifs studded with mountains that are both the cornerstones and touchstones of modern mountaineering Mont Blanc Matterhorn Eiger are mountains amongst many whose names conjures the full gambit of emotions within the non climber and climber alike It was here cradled in these mountains that the Alpinist and alpinism were born and nurtured Chris is an experienced climber and it was during his time in the high mountains that the new sport of paragliding first fired his imagination ten years ago At first Chris l paragliding was simply a means of descending rapidly from a large mountain An expedient means that lead to a longer session by the fire in a local pub with a well earned beer or several as the end the classic end to a cracking day in the hills The last four or five years have seen great advances in paraglider design that have introduced phenominal improvements in flight performance and safety Developments that have radically altered the potential of these wings of change A sophistication that still retains the fundamental concept that requires the whole rig to pack neatly into a rucksack for an easy carry comfortably on a pilot s back Naturally a complimentary evolution of pilots expectations and demands has moved in concert The flexibility promoted by these aircraft in a backpack has prompted a small yet growing number of adventurers to access and explore the remotest of the World s wildernesses Today Chris spares no time for rock climbing preferring to focus all his energy on the next flight Although Chris promises to make a return to climbing one day the hypnotic lure and scope of free flight for personal exploration are temptations too powerful to resist The Alps are a small mountain chain by Himalayan or Andean standards and they are shared geographically by seven European countries France Switzerland Austria Liechtenstein Germany Italy and Slovenia Alpine inhabitants are ethnically very diverse and yet through the seasonal cycle of mountain life they have more in common with each other than with their lowland countrymen Continued economic pressure is forcing rapid change on each alpine berger Traditional agrarian lifestyles can no longer compete with lowland economies of scale Tourism has effectively brought a form of reprieve An economic respite that has in turn impacted heavily on today s much sought after Alpine wilderness Sadly in the wake of this overt commercial pressure many local habits and customs have paid a heavy price and are now sadly lost to posterity Living their journey Chris will hopefully

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    all divers What is a BSAC Branch BSAC branches are autonomous groups of BSAC members who organise and promote their own diving activities frequently having group ownership of equipment such as dive boats compressors and often training equipment Most branches have open membership and are based on population centres usually meeting weekly at local swimming pools Some groups are based on closed facilities such as Universities Military bases or works based Sports Clubs and form Special Branches with restricted membership BSAC Branches can be found in numerous locations all around the World with the majority located in the U K You can chosse to join a BSAC Branch or to become a Direct Member of the BSAC How can I join a BSAC Diving Course You can learn to dive with the BSAC or you can continue your training if you have started with another organisation Courses are available either from a BSAC Branch or at a BSAC School Branch training courses are usually provided for the members of a Branch and are organised around the regular Branch meetings usually at a local swimming pool BSAC Schools offer dive courses to everyone it is not necessary to first become a

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    water as soon as possible and provide them with the instruction necessary to gain confidence in their diving abilities PADI s entry level scuba certification is Open Water Diver Once certified divers can continue their education by becoming Advanced Open Water Specialty and Rescue Divers Further training such as the Divemaster and Assistant Instructor courses allow interested divers to become dive leaders Divers looking for scuba diving careers most often choose to become PADI Instructors The PADI Instructor Development program sets the industry standard for instructor training Through a comprehensive curriculum dive leaders build upon their supervisory skills and learn to teach PADI courses Each new PADI Instructor has demonstrated a thorough knowledge of the PADI System and the ability to conduct PADI programs by meeting specific evaluation criteria during a PADI Instructor Examination IE PADI Instructor Development programs may only be conducted by qualified PADI Course Directors Course Directors are experienced Master Instructors who have received training and gained experience in conducting instructor development programs PADI Instructor Examinations are conducted by a select group of Instructor Examiners who ensure that the evaluation process is objective and consistent All PADI programs entry level through instructor training fall under strict educational standards to maintain worldwide consistency and quality PADI takes a proactive approach to quality assurance with a full time department that randomly surveys PADI Divers to monitor PADI programs and to confirm that PADI courses meet PADI s high standards This commitment to a strong quality assurance process helps maintain credibility and continually improve customer satisfaction To keep PADI Members up to date on important dive issues safety training techniques and business information PADI publishes a magazine and various newsletters The Undersea Journal a magazine for dive industry professionals features information regarding diver education safety standards dive retailing travel industry news science and the environment PADI Members also receive special bulletins and newsletters such as the CEO Report with information regarding PADI s stance on dive industry issues Assisting and Divemastering a newsletter with information and ideas for PADI Assistant Instructors and Divemasters is mailed with The Undersea Journal Published quarterly the Instructor Development Newsletter and Training Bulletin allow members to stay abreast of important training and education changes and issues The Business of Diving is a newsletter dedicated to the specific needs of PADI Dive Centers and Resorts PADI Offices also publish regional newsletters and bulletins that keep PADI Members informed on a local level In addition to member publications PADI publishes Dive Traveler the official resort guide of the PADI Travel Network The Dive Traveler informs divers about PADI Travel Network services and holiday opportunities at PADI Network Resorts worldwide Sport Diver The official publication of the PADI Diving Society is distributed to PADI Diving Society members in the United States a different magazine also called Sport Diver is distributed to members in the United Kingdom These magazines cover the people places and events that make up the diving lifestyle and encourage readers to seek the assistance of

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  • Bluedome - Walking on the Isles of Scilly
    chocolates everyone good and each of them different The islands consist of five inhabited islands and around fifty more which are considered to be islands but are often looked upon as rocks sticking out of the sea The islands are Britain s smallest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and they are also recognised and protected as a Marine Park The human history on the islands can be traced back over 10 000 years and the small museum in Hughtown on St Mary s is worth visiting to see the range of artifacts that illustrate life here The museum also has displays recording some of the shipwrecks of which there are many Wildlife on the islands follow the seasons and the islands are a favorite for migrating birds The famous nature guide Will Wagstaff is based on St Mary s and he organises a wide range of nature walks and island visits The whole eco system of the islands is intertwined with the tides and the seasons and a guided trip is a sensible way of getting the best out of your visit Life on the Isles is at a pace that we have long forgotten on the mainland Try to

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