SDW supported by Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers

The Soldier Development Wing (SDW) is an Adventure Training unit set on the edge of the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales. Recruits from Army Training Regiments Pirbright and Winchester visit SDW during week 9 or 10 of their basic military training to carryout Adventurous Training activities in accordance with the SDW Mission Statement. SDW is responsible for exposing the recruits to the demanding and arduous environments of the South Wales Mountains, Caves, Rivers and Lakes with the aim of promoting the development of personal character and building team cohesion through the delivery of mountain walking, caving, open canoeing / kayaking, climbing and High Ropes course. The SDW Adventure Training Instructors are a strong mix of civilian outdoor instructors and operationally experienced Corporals from across the Field Army. As well as delivering these activities the Instructor will lead by example at all times, relating their operational experience to the experiences the recruits are going through and in particular bringing the Values and Standards of the British Army into context within each activity. The professionalism of the instructors ensures a safe training environment with the perception of danger and controlled exposure to risk. In addition to carrying out the activity the instructor will incorporate operationally based scenarios, to be recruit led, in order to further embed the Values and Standards of the British Army. Several times a year the SDW partake in their own training exercises, developing AT skills, team cohesion and a chance to further their qualifications. With the support of my own unit, the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers, I was happy to go back to my old stomping ground of the Central Highlands and head up the canoeing on great venues such as the Spey, the Findhorn and the Ness. Good times!
Standing room only...
Never underestimate the power of water...
On the Middle Findhorn...
Entering another rapid...
Taking the kayak line...
On the Spey...
Self-rescue...
Tandem action...
Ruling the waves...
Dropping in...

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31.10 | 18:40

Great stuff Chris. Thanks for all your support. Chris Ham

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01.02 | 11:48

No mark - I am involved with REMEC though. Please look up REMEC on FB. Regards, Chris

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01.02 | 09:01

Hi

is this the official page of the REMEC. Can you sign post me on details of membership and opportunities for training and development.

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01.12 | 01:15

Not a bad site- very nice photo's...

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