https://geronigo.com/blogWed, 17 Apr 2019 12:45:30 +0000en-GBhourly1https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.4Go Karting in the UKhttps://geronigo.com/blog/go-karting-in-the-uk/https://geronigo.com/blog/go-karting-in-the-uk/#respondWed, 17 Apr 2019 07:00:33 +0000https://geronigo.com/blog/?p=2076Read More Go Karting in the UK]]>In search of a new hobby? Think go karting might be for you but not sure where to start? Fear not, getting into go karting couldn’t be simpler with Geronigo!

So, if you’re a thrill-seeker, a competitive sportsperson, or simply want to try out something new, grab a helmet and let’s go!

Where can I try Karting near me?

Want to have a crack at karting? You’re in luck because there are plenty of places to go near you!

From all-weather indoor tracks to huge tracks that will see you tackling tricky bends, hairpin turns and chicanes – it’s time to get behind the wheel and challenge your mates, or even the kids, to a race!

Karting Brentwood, Essex

Karting Brentwood, Essex

Do I need a licence to go kart?

No, you don’t need a driver’s licence to drive a go kart as we give newcomers all the guidance and training they need for an epic high-speed race before their very first session!

Karting Mile End, London

Karting Mile End, London

I have never go karted before, will I like it?

Don’t worry if you’ve never karted before…the sooner you learn the ropes, the sooner you’ll be racing like a pro!

If you’re a little nervous at the prospect of controlling a kart, your instructor will tell you everything you need to know – meaning you can spend more time racing, and less time worrying! 

Karting Lydd, Kent

Karting Lydd, Kent

How much does go karting cost?

The cost of the average karting session varies according to the venue. For example, some venues will give discounts for group bookings, child karting and half day sessions.

With a price of £30 – £40 per 30-minute session, there’s nothing stopping you from injecting some midweek mayhem into your working week!

Karting Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs

Karting Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs

Is Go Karting safe?

Yes, absolutely. Go karting is one of those activities which people of all ages can enjoy. That’s why all safety equipment and a full safety briefing are provided at each one of our venues to ensure you’re completely safe once you’re strapped into one of our high-speed karts!

Karting Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

Karting Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

What clothes should I wear for go karting?

Wear comfortable clothing that you can feasibly sit and stretch in – nothing too loose or that you’d be precious about getting mucky, just simple jeans and a T-shirt will do.

You’ll also be given overalls and gloves before you get into the track area, so make sure your clothing isn’t going to be too heavy going – it gets pretty warm once the race adrenaline kicks in!

Karting Newmarket, Suffolk

Karting Newmarket, Suffolk

What types of races can I take part in?

GP Experience sessions are our most popular packages for individuals and small groups as they are the perfect opportunity to practice taking those corners in a non-competitive race format.

Mini Grand Prix and Endurance are the most popular race formats for most groups. Discounts are often offered for races during school or off-peak hours but please call us on 01133 400206 to check!

Karting Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire

Karting Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire

What facilities do go kart tracks have?

All circuits have changing areas and also viewing areas so your fans can cheer you on as you fly past the chequered flag.

Most have catering offering soft drinks and snack food. On request, most will provide additional catering but please do check with the site you are interested in for the full details!

Karting Bristol

Karting Bristol

Are there any age restrictions for go karting?

For most circuits, the minimum age is 8 years old on the cadet kart when doing an Arrive and Drive Session. Most circuits have a minimum age restriction of 16 years and upwards when taking part in any race event such as a Grand Prix or Team Challenge!

Karting Birmingham City, Midlands

Karting Birmingham City, Midlands

How do I book go karting?

Making a booking for your visit to any one of our tracks is simple. Once you decide which of our experiences ticks your boxes, click on the link and follow the instructions to check availability and make your booking!

Karting Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Karting Sheffield, South Yorkshire

So, what are you waiting for? Why not book your next session online or call 01133 400206 so you can truly put your skills to the test!

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Rock Climbing around the UKhttps://geronigo.com/blog/rock-climbing-around-the-uk/https://geronigo.com/blog/rock-climbing-around-the-uk/#respondMon, 15 Apr 2019 07:00:41 +0000https://geronigo.com/blog/?p=2045Read More Rock Climbing around the UK]]>UK climbing spots come in all shapes and sizes, catering to every style of rock climbing from sport and trad climbing to bouldering and deep water soloing with the British Isles packed with different mountains and cliffs to keep you constantly inspired and pushing your climbing limits.

Rock Climbing Brecon

Rock Climbing Brecon


With all this choice on offer, it can be hard to pick where to start but never fear because Geronigo is here to answer your most frequently asked questions…

Is Rock Climbing Safe?

Rock Climbing Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan

Rock Climbing Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan

Yeah, absolutely. Once you learn the safety procedures, gain experience in the outdoor environment, you will find rock climbing as safe, if not safer, than many other sports.

By far the safest way to climb is under the supervision of a qualified instructor, so make sure you listen carefully, follow instruction and above all have fun!

Is there a min/max age to try Rock Climbing?

Rock Climbing Neath, West Glamorgan

Rock Climbing Neath, West Glamorgan

The minimum age for taking part in a session with our rock climbing instructors is 5. However, there’s no maximum age limit, so if you feel fit and able, then why not come along!

Are there any Rock Climbing centres near me?

Rock Climbing Swanage, Dorset

Rock Climbing Swanage, Dorset

Yes, and there is only one way of finding the nearest climbing venue to you: Rock Climbing near me

What should I wear for Rock Climbing?

Rock Climbing Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan

Rock Climbing Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan

Luckily, climbing doesn’t require a lot of proper technical clothing. In fact, you can probably find what you need in your wardrobe.

For women, shorts are an option, although you may find that’s a bit uncomfortable against the rock walls . We suggest non-restrictive yoga pants, leggings or joggers are other good options.

For men, again athletic clothes are a great choice. Just like for women, if you decide to wear loose-fitting shorts, you may want to wear tighter spandex shorts underneath for obvious reasons!

Whatever happens, don’t let the decision about what to wear stop you from climbing!

How much does it cost to go Rock Climbing?

Rock Climbing Neath, West Glamorgan

Rock Climbing Neath, West Glamorgan

Our prices range from £18.50 upwards across the UK and Ireland but depending on how frequently you go, it may be worth trying one of our gift vouchers.

Remember, our gift vouchers are not just awesome for Rock Climbing, they can be redeemed for any Geronigo adventure, literally giving you access to over ten thousand action-packed experience days at over 2000 locations!

Do I need to be experienced to rock climb with Geronigo?

Rock Climbing Honister Slate Mine, Cumbria

Rock Climbing Honister Slate Mine, Cumbria

We know that learning to rock climb can seem intimidating, especially if you’ve never been shown the ropes before, but it is surprisingly accessible.

If you’re willing, there’s no reason for you to be super athletic to start learning how to climb!

Rock Climbing Swanage, Dorset

Rock Climbing Swanage, Dorset

So, think you can handle a rock climbing challenge? Why not take a look at all our rock climbing venues near you!

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Scuba Dive Tasters in the UKhttps://geronigo.com/blog/scuba-dive-tasters-in-the-uk/https://geronigo.com/blog/scuba-dive-tasters-in-the-uk/#respondSat, 13 Apr 2019 07:00:05 +0000https://geronigo.com/blog/?p=2107Read More Scuba Dive Tasters in the UK]]>Everyone has different motivations for taking up scuba diving. Some people are just interested in breathing underwater, while others might be looking for new ways to challenge themselves and overcome fears. No matter what the reason is, we’re sure you have lots of questions before embarking on an underwater adventure…

How long will my taster dive last for?

Scuba Diving Surrey

Scuba Diving Surrey

After a quick safety briefing, it will be straight into the pool for a spot of underwater fun where you’ll be spending 60 to 90 minutes with one of our trained instructors!

How deep do I dive in the pool?

Scuba Diving Worcester

Scuba Diving Worcester

The common depths of taster dive pools are between 1 – 4 metres (3.3 – 13 feet) deep so you don’t need to worry about the pressure of water at large depths!

Do I need to be able to swim to scuba dive?

Scuba Diving Hertford Heath

Scuba Diving Hertford Heath

For safety reasons, there are some minimum swimming requirements. You will need to complete a 200-metre swim, float for ten minutes and complete some basic snorkelling skills.

The most important thing, however, is your level of comfort in the water so the more comfortable you are the more enjoyable your dive will be!

Do I need my own scuba gear?

Scuba Diving Grays, Essex

Scuba Diving Grays, Essex

No, it’s not necessary to bring any of your own scuba gear to go diving as all equipment is provided on the day, however, you will need to bring your own swimwear and a towel as the chances are you will get wet!

How do I do an open water dive?

Scuba Diving Newcastle

Scuba Diving Newcastle

Once you’ve tried a taster dive and been ‘bitten by the bug’, the next step is open water diving. Following your taster dive, you will be given information on how to progress your underwater adventures with PADI courses.

Where can I book a scuba taster dive?

Scuba Diving, Worcester

Scuba Diving Worcester

It’s so easy to try a scuba taster dive with Geronigo as we have centres all across the country just ready to welcome you!

So, if you’re looking to take the plunge, why not call us on 01133 400206 to arrange your next scuba diving adventure or find your nearest scuba taster experience by searching your location on our website!

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What is Paintball and where can you try it?https://geronigo.com/blog/what-is-paintball-and-where-can-you-try-it/https://geronigo.com/blog/what-is-paintball-and-where-can-you-try-it/#respondThu, 04 Apr 2019 08:19:55 +0000https://geronigo.com/blog/?p=2012Read More What is Paintball and where can you try it?]]>Paintball is an adventure sport where players strategically attempt to eliminate their opponents by firing small paint pellets at them… Simple? Well that’s the idea of the game, but how do you play paintball? What should you wear for paintball? Where can you play paintball? Does paintball hurt? Here’s all your questions answered…

Paintball North Bournemouth

Paintball Bournemouth North

Can just two of us play paintball?

Yes, however, you will be teamed up with other people on the day, which adds to the fun and challenge. You will be on large fields or woodland (but still small enough that you don’t spend the whole game without seeing anyone else) which will make it a whole lot of fun achieving the object from one game to the next.

Paintball Brighton

Paintball Brighton

Does paintball hurt?

All in all, not as much as you think. It can feel like a little sting, but with your adrenaline pumping, you’re probably not even going to feel it anyway. Whatever you do, don’t let it stop you from taking part in the action-packed game that is paintball!

Paintball Bristol

Paintball Bristol

Can I play paintball in London?

The capital might not be the first place you think of when it comes to paintball, but believe it or not, you can actually go paintballing in London and there are some brilliant paintball grounds just a stone’s throw away from the heart of the city!

So, if you’re planning a trip to the capital, don’t forget to find time to visit some of these superb paintball grounds in the London area!

Paintball Gravesend

Paintball Gravesend

What should I wear for paintball?

While a couple of thick layers is good for protection, five minutes of running around in the heat and you’ll be finished. So, when you’re working out what to wear, we’d recommend layering up as you would in the winter, but use thinner layers – so ditch the hoodie for a couple of long-sleeved t-shirts, and perhaps replace the heavy sweat pants with cotton combats.

Although you may want to wear shorts and t-shirts in the hot weather, you’ll regret doing so the second you’re struck by a paintball pellet – so thin layers of protection is your best option!

Paintball Dorchester

Paintball Dorchester

How much does paintball cost?

This is a question that we regularly hear and whilst it can be a difficult one to answer, we try to give our customers an average figure as the actual cost would be made up depending on how trigger happy or not you are.

For example, a player who wishes to have a more attacking style of play will almost certainly use more paintballs than a player,who goes with a more defensive style. Paintballs vary between £6 and £10 per 100 on the day.

With prices starting from just £7.50 for a half day, why not find the closest venue near you!

Paintball Hereford

How do I win at paintball?

Whether you’re a regular Paintball player or a rookie testing out the sport for the first time, paintball is played to win. Some people can get caught up in complicated strategies which can take the main focus away from having a laugh and bonding with your mates, but as long as you communicate, keep moving, be aware of your surroundings, remain positive, and use the element of surprise, you’ll lead your team to victory as well as having a great time!

Paintball Newcastle

Paintball Newcastle

Is it paintball suitable for children?

For younger players, our low impact paintball sites deliver all the thrills of the sport, but without the “ouch” factor that sometimes comes along with it!

With plenty of packages available, there really is something for everybody so why not get your kids involved!

Paintball Scunthorpe, Messingham

Paintball Scunthorpe, Messingham

What are paintball game zones?

Game zones are designed to maximise endless fun as you rally your teammates! Whether that’s storming a two-storey castle, or keeping on your toes as you evade a zombie invasion, our Hollywood-style sets will ensure you’ll never want to leave!

Paintball Southampton, Salisbury

Paintball Southampton, Salisbury

Do I need my own paintball gun and mask?

No, but you can bring your own equipment as long as the Centre Manager allows you to use it. As long as they haven’t been modified in any sort of way, you should be able to use it, however, most equipment will be provided on the day.

Paintball Yarm

Paintball Yarm

What if I run out of paintballs?

So you’re in the middle of a paintball match and you suddenly realise, “Uh oh… I have no more ammunition!” And now you think to yourself “What do I do?!” Don’t fret! There are three big things you can do: One, create a distraction, two, make a run for it, or three, buy some more!

All our sites have ample paintballs to purchase for even the most trigger happy of players. Between £6 and £10 per 100 paintballs to purchase on the day, there’s no excuse for you to run out of paintballs ever again!

Paintball Exeter

Paintball Exeter

Can I use pyrotechnics in paintball?

Yes, pyrotechnics are various paintball grenades such as flashbangs, thunderflashes and smoke grenades available at all our Paintball centres. Pyrotechnics can keep the enemy’s heads down long enough for you to execute a plan of attack so why not use the element of surprise and take them out!

Paintball Bishops Stortford

Paintball Bishops Stortford

So, what are you waiting for? Why not enter for the chance to WIN a Paintball Experience for Four at one of our custom-built indoor or outdoor battlefields!

WIN WITH GERONIGO

Want to play this weekend? Find your nearest site here

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Top Tips for a Successful Segway Experiencehttps://geronigo.com/blog/top-tips-for-a-successful-segway-experience/https://geronigo.com/blog/top-tips-for-a-successful-segway-experience/#respondThu, 21 Mar 2019 11:49:50 +0000https://geronigo.com/blog/?p=1926Read More Top Tips for a Successful Segway Experience]]>Looking for green and efficient urban transportation? Hoping for a teen travel activity that won’t have your kids rolling their eyes? Perhaps you just want a fun and unusual alternative to the typical walking tour. For many, the answer lies in exploring the Segway experience. They certainly look simple enough when you see others floating by on them, don’t they? The truth is, there’s a little more to riding a Segway than first meets the eye.

Segway, Macclesfield

Segway, Macclesfield

While riding a Segway does offer many perks, it clearly pays to be prepared. Especially for the first time. When it comes to gathering advice, here are our top tips for a successful Segway experience

Subtlety rules.

The first thing you need to know about how to ride a Segway is that smaller, subtle movements will produce the smoothest experience. For example, in order to steer left or right, a light lean in either direction is all that’s needed. Move too quickly or severely, and you may find yourself shooting out. The good news? It doesn’t take long to get a feel for these machines. A short training session and a few turns around a track or two, and you’ll feel more comfortable than you ever thought you would.

Segway, Hexham, Northumberland

Segway, Hexham, Northumberland

Pay attention to your foot placement.

The first few minutes of your training will look a bit like a Three Stooges routine, but if you shift your feet a little further forward on the footboards, it will make all the difference so it’s best to keep your foot placement precise.

Segway, Horsham, West Sussex

Segway, Horsham, West Sussex

The handles may look like a motorbike, but they work quite differently.

You may go into your Segway experience expecting the handlebars to serve some function besides balance and stability. Well, they don’t. While at first glance they may look remarkably like the handles on a motorbike or quad, you don’t actually accelerate or break with them at all. They’re used for mounting, dismounting and maintaining the proper body position on the machine while you’re moving.

Segway, London, Alexandra Palace

Segway, London, Alexandra Palace

Slowing or stopping requires a backward lean and weight shift.

As with the other skills required for a safe Segway adventure, it pays to practice this one first. Remember, leaning too far back can throw off your centre of gravity and result in one of those unfortunate flips featured in many videos online. That’s why you should focus only slightly on the full body lean and more on shifting the weight to the heels of your feet. As with any mechanized vehicle, stopping won’t necessarily occur at the same speed with which you can snap your fingers. Factors such as speed and the strength you put behind your weight shift will enter into the equation. Practice in large areas at different speeds and inclines in order to get your “sea legs”, so to speak.

Segway, Keynsham, Bath

Segway, Keynsham, Bath

Acceleration requires a slight forward lean and the shifting of your weight as well.

The first few times you do this, chances are you’ll feel like you’re learning to drive a manual car. Practice makes perfect, however, and you’ll definitely get better the more time you practice. In essence, take the skills and techniques required for slowing and stopping, and apply them to the front balls of your feet when you lean and shift your weight forward. A few trips around the course, and you’ll feel more confident.

Segway, Milton Keynes

Segway, Milton Keynes

Staying stationary is a matter of balance.

Having your feet too far forward or backward can leave you feeling “tippier” than you’d like, and result in a more severe angle of body placement on the machine. However, this is far from the most confident position for a positive Segway experience. Try placing each foot firmly in the middle of the step area and using the balls and heels of your feet to shift your weight. Basically, you’re combining your skills from tip numbers five and six into something you can use to control when you stop and start the machine during your Segway adventure. It’s sort of like using a clutch on a manual vehicle. You may rock back and forth slightly, but you’ll pretty much be able to stay put.

Segway, Tockington, Bristol

Segway, Tockington, Bristol

Mounting and dismounting should be done with care.

Subtle and swift motions are best, as are mounting and dismounting one side of your body at a time. During your experience, you’ll be advised to go with your left foot on the step plate and left hand on the handlebar first, followed by the swift ascent to the machine with both of your right limbs. The trick is to not put any of your weight on that first foot until you’re ready to step up with your side. You use the same technique in reverse when dismounting. You can certainly start with your right side first as well. The point is to complete your on or off motions before the machine can “misinterpret” them. When all else fails, wait for your instructor, and make sure you have perfected this skill before you start riding.

Segway, Formby, Liverpool

Segway, Formby, Liverpool

Know your limits.

The average Segway top speed is between 11 – 12 miles per hour. You’ll know when you’ve reached that limit, because the handlebars will press back towards your waist, indicating that you are now operating at maximum warp. At least as far as Segways are concerned, there’s nothing wrong with going this speed, provided your skill set and conditions fit the situation. Common sense and good safety judgement are the keys here.

Segway, Nottingham, Mansfield

Segway, Nottingham, Mansfield

Plan your take along items.

Most Segways have room for a small pack that attaches just underneath the handlebars. This is the perfect place to tuck a bottle of water, a smartphone and a few healthy snacks to get you by if you’re going to be riding a Segway for any length of time.

Segway, Malpas, Cheshire

Segway, Malpas, Cheshire

Know where you are.

When learning how to ride a Segway, it’s definitely important to remember where you are. This is, after all, a mechanized vehicle that you’ll be controlling. Keep your eyes on the course and practice basic courtesy. Of course, smiling and enjoying yourself doesn’t hurt either.

When all is said and done, most people enjoy a successful Segway experience. The trick is to master the skill set, know your boundaries and practice reasonable safety protocols. For a peek inside just how extreme you can get with a Segway adventure, check out our website for all the latest experiences.

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Quad biking – fun for everyone (really) at any time of year!https://geronigo.com/blog/quad-biking-fun-for-everyone-really-at-any-time-of-year/https://geronigo.com/blog/quad-biking-fun-for-everyone-really-at-any-time-of-year/#respondMon, 18 Mar 2019 11:48:47 +0000https://geronigo.com/blog/?p=1904Read More Quad biking – fun for everyone (really) at any time of year!]]>

There are many fast-paced adrenaline sports on four wheels and quad biking falls perfectly into that category. With quad biking all about skills and tactics and even more so about speed and adrenaline, there’s nothing stopping you from being truly at one with your machine!

Quad bikes are great fun and can be very challenging at times. The chances are, you’ll not really get out of second gear… but that’s the whole point.

Quad Biking

Like many of our activities, the misconception of adventure sports being just for the hardcore adrenalin junkie is just not true.

Quad biking appeals to both men and women, and the beauty of quad biking on our sites is that the sessions are completely tailored to the individual person or team.

Quad Biking

We have many groups who are more than happy to just ride around on the grassy test area for the majority of their session and that’s enough for them. There are some cones to navigate, which is easier said than done when you’re on a quad bike for the first time. Some people will show a thirst for more, so we’ll move onto a more complicated course with a few more bumps and a bit more mud before we really are certain that you can handle the woods.

We make sure that quad biking is accessible for everyone, no matter how brave (or otherwise) you’re feeling…

An introduction to quad biking sessions

Quad Biking

When you arrive you’ll be given the normal briefing and safety talks. You’ll be reminded that riding a completely open and very heavy machine deserves respect and understanding. Luckily, it’s very easy to get into and you’ll soon be at one with your beast.

First of all, you’ll need some attractive gear to cruise through the mud in. By all means wear your own comfortable clothes and we’ll kit you out in a helmet and gloves to protect your head, face and hands (mainly from the brambles and branches).

Next it’s time to get to know your quad

Quad Biking

All our quads are very capable machines offering electronic gear shifts (so there’s no complicated clutch to worry about). They offer great suspension, a comfortable riding position, high-grip off-road tyres, and they’re easy to control.

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How to ride a quad bike

Quad Biking

Are you sitting comfortably? 

The seating position is important. Most quad bikes are rear wheel drive, so sitting upfront as close to the petrol tank as possible is essential if you don’t like performing wheelies! Basically you need the petrol tank touching your crotch for maximum centre of gravity.

Get it in gear

The quads don’t have a manual clutch, and the gears are simple to operate. The up and down electronic buttons on the left hand side of the handlebars are simple to use. Reverse (should you get stuck) can be found with a combination of brake lever and reverse button and then down on the gears. You’ll spend most of your time in second gear as first gear is too vicious and tends to jolt the bike.

Accelerate your quad

The accelerator is a simple thumb lever on the right handlebar. The trick with a quad is to use a smooth motion and bring on the power gently – not jerking like a learner driver on their first day.

Stopping all the fun

To stop you need to use the brake levers. Pull both towards you and the quad bike will stop. The brakes are exactly the same as a push or motorbike and for most people are instinctively simple to use.

A word of warning on brakes: Once you’ve been through a few puddles and gathered up some mud, they won’t perform anywhere near as well as they do on the simple test at the beginning. You won’t really need to make any emergency stops but just make sure you don’t tailgate your friend in front!

Move your body

In normal situations you can just stay seated and ride but when you hit some slopes and odd gradient you will need to move slightly to the side to counter balance your quad bike. Don’t worry as again this is fairly instinctive – hopefully your own balance will come into play.

Don’t stop moving – keep that momentum

Quad Biking

The courses are very bumpy with tree roots and potholes. When the rain comes it’s very boggy and full of puddles and tramlines.

The important thing to remember is to keep your momentum going.

This doesn’t mean going at it hell-for-leather but it does mean not letting off the throttle when you’re in the thick of the mud and still moving.

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What to do if you get a quad bike stuck

Quad Biking

Our instructors will be with you all the way around the course but getting out of trouble is fairly simple. Because our quads are only two-wheel drive you can get stuck, especially if you stop or lift off the throttle at the wrong moment.

Reverse gear is your best friend when you’re stuck. If you get stuck reach for reverse and gently apply the throttle to try and pull yourself out of trouble. In the worst case scenario you may need a push but if you’re with others then you’ll have plenty of volunteers.

Some of the main reasons that you’ll get stuck will be deep ruts in the ground or steep inclines. Try and find the dry route through the track and follow the instructor who will know the best way through.

If you get into a rut try and power your way through it and don’t panic – the worst that will happen is you’ll be wedged in and you’ll be safe from everything but the pointing and laughter from your teammates.

With steep inclines it’s all about selecting the best route up and applying the power once you’re on the incline. Try to avoid racing towards the hill as this can go against you by banging the quad into the ground and unsettling the grip.

If you do get stuck on a hill or slope just apply the brakes to hold yourself and try to reverse back down the slope if it’s safe to or wait for the instructor to work out the best plan.

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Who is best suited for quad biking?

Quad Biking

People with lots of experience? Boys who like fast cars? Tractor drivers or farmers?

Well all of those… but also you too. It doesn’t really matter what experience you have.

At Geronigo®, we cater to you and won’t try and push you into anything you’re not comfortable doing. This is meant to be fun, after all!

Quad biking is perfect for stag and hen parties as well as team building days. It’s a new, exciting skill and usually one you’ll all learn together. Getting stuck is all part of it and, although you’ll get muddy, you’ll have a great time doing so!

So what are you waiting for? Get a team together and let’s get into the woods!

Book your session now or speak to one of our team about quad biking or any other of our fantastic activities on 01133 400206!

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Everything you need to know if you’re rallying for the first timehttps://geronigo.com/blog/top-tips-for-rally-driving-first-timers/https://geronigo.com/blog/top-tips-for-rally-driving-first-timers/#respondMon, 04 Mar 2019 10:39:33 +0000https://geronigo.com/blog/?p=1868Read More Everything you need to know if you’re rallying for the first time]]>Whether you’re a rally racing pro, or you’re stepping behind the wheel for the first time, the right preparation is vital. Both you and your car must be ready to take on the rigours of the road. For new drivers, this can be quite challenging, but these few simple details will go a long way toward easing your entry to this type of experience… and ensuring it’s one you’ll want to repeat again and again!

Will I be racing others?

With many types of racing, there is wheel-to-wheel competition. You’ll be side by side with other cars as you take turns on the track and attempt to muscle past one another in straight lines. That’s not the case with rallies. Groups leave the start line in timed intervals. You’re only racing against yourself here. It’s about time, not head-to-head competition. Realise this early on and hold onto that as you power through the race.

Rally Car

Will I need to pay attention to the driving surface?

Racers in all environments must pay attention to the driving surface, but it is even more important in rallying. You’ll be running on rough tarmac, or mixed surface, or just gravel. You’ll be driving on a surface that dozens of other cars have already torn up, and riding in ruts left by local vehicles over the years. You’ll learn to actively read the road’s surface and prepare for the traction (or lack of) that you’ll have.

Rally Car

What should I wear?

Casual clothing. It is important that drivers wear correct footwear on the day too. We advise drivers to wear trainers of standard width or thin soled shoes. Work Boots can often be too wide causing problems using the car’s pedals. It is advisable to bring a jacket or warm clothing during cold days, however, all safety gear will be supplied by the site.

Rally Car

What will happen on the day?

On arrival, drivers and guests will be shown to the briefing room and will register themselves in. There is a short briefing given by the instructor covering safety, day format, cars, techniques etc. The participants then move to the driving area with their instructor, the adrenalin starts pumping… and the driving commences.

Rally Car

Can I bring spectators?

All guests and spectators are welcome. Dedicated viewing areas will be provided for guests on the site as well as a chance to attend the drivers rally briefing. As the driver you’ll be the envy of all…

Rally Car

Want to climb on board one of our high-speed rally cars? Well, why don’t you visit our website to take part!

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Things You Should Know Before You Go Skydiving For The First Timehttps://geronigo.com/blog/things-you-should-know-before-you-go-skydiving-for-the-first-time/https://geronigo.com/blog/things-you-should-know-before-you-go-skydiving-for-the-first-time/#respondTue, 19 Feb 2019 10:44:36 +0000https://geronigo.com/blog/?p=1847Read More Things You Should Know Before You Go Skydiving For The First Time]]>Is skydiving hard?

No! If you’re skydiving for the first time, you’re probably doing a tandem dive, which is when you’re strapped to another human through a Baby Bjorn-like series of carabiners and knots. When that human throws you out of a plane, he/she free-falls with you for a short while — probably less than a minute, depending on how high you’re jumping from, pulls the parachute, and then lands you safely on the ground.

Again, you’re not skydiving as much as you’re being voluntarily thrown out of a plane by a complete stranger.

Is it physically strenuous?

No, not at all. Your skydiving partner is doing 80% of the work, and gravity takes care of the rest. The harness you’re in does get a little bit snug — especially for gentlemen, uh, down there — but that’s more a matter of discomfort.

Who are these people you tandem dive with? Are they certified? Is it safe to skydive with them?

Absolutely. If you’re nervous, ask the skydiving facility where their staff was certified, and maybe ask for diplomas or paperwork to prove that they’re not making it up, and maybe even Google the names of those places to be super sure.

The other important thing to remember is that anyone who is taking you up in and throwing you out of a plane has done this quite a few times, and successfully landed each time, which is a better-than-average predictor of future success.

Isn’t this all kind of insane?

It is! But that’s not the craziest part of skydiving.

The craziest part is that you are going to meet a person with a parachute, be introduced to them, and then they will become one of the most important people you will ever meet in your life.

And yet, you are going to do the thing that humans always do in these situations, which is that you will forget this very important skydiving person’s name immediately.

You would think you would remember that person’s name, but no, you will immediately forget it, just like every other name you’ve ever heard.

There is a reason all skydiving videos involve one person yelling, “That was awesome, mate!” No one remembers anyone else’s name.

What’s the scariest part of skydiving?

Honestly? It’s the part where you ride into the sky in a tiny aircraft, but by the time you reach your skydiving height, you will be excited to leave that plane with the safety of a parachute.

If you get really scared once you’re in the plane, can you come down without jumping?

Yes. But once you’re up there, you’re going to come down one way or another, and most importantly, you’ve already paid for it, so you might as well jump.

What’s it like when the plane door opens?

The first thing you’ll notice is that it’s freezing up in the clouds. Then your skydiving partner will yell something to you, but it’s kind of loud in a plane with the door open, so you will have no choice but to yell back, “What??” And that’s when your partner jumps out of the plane, and you go with that person.

Is free-fall terrifying?

Yes! You remember those Wile E. Coyote cartoons where he’s chasing the Road Runner and then suddenly realises he’s over a cliff, and the fall doesn’t start until he looks down?

This is nothing like that.

It will be very, very obvious to you that you are falling, and that the Earth is getting very close very quickly. This is what skydivers describe as the “fun” part.

But then the parachute opens, and you realise you’re still alive, and the whole thing becomes pretty cool. You’ll spend the next couple of days thinking about how insane the free-fall was, and then you’ll start thinking about whether or not you should do it again.

Does it make a difference where you go skydiving?

Actually, yes! One of the underrated parts of skydiving is the few minutes after free-fall. The parachute opens, and you’re just soaring through the air looking at whatever’s around you. The view is astonishing, so you might as well skydive someplace with a great view.

How do you land?

Your skydiving partner does all the hard work. He/she steers you down, and then you lift your feet. You both kind of go sliding, and then someone comes and unhooks you. The whole thing ends with you taking a million photos with your skydiving partner, all of which involve hand gestures that haven’t been popular since 1996, and all of which you will regret later. You will try to tag your partner in your Facebook photos, but you will have long since forgotten his/her name.

Should I go skydiving?

Hell freaking yes.

Ever wanted to take that leap of faith and freefall through the air with your adrenalin pumping making YOU feel amazing? Then how about finding your nearest skydiving experience with Geronigo®!

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Top Tips: Beginners Guide To Clay Pigeon Shootinghttps://geronigo.com/blog/top-tips-beginners-guide-to-clay-pigeon-shooting/https://geronigo.com/blog/top-tips-beginners-guide-to-clay-pigeon-shooting/#respondFri, 01 Feb 2019 09:46:27 +0000https://geronigo.com/blog/?p=1811Read More Top Tips: Beginners Guide To Clay Pigeon Shooting]]>Mastering your technique when clay pigeon shooting can be a time-consuming venture. With a large number of variables, ensuring you are on target more often than not can take plenty of practice. However, by following our top clay pigeon shooting tips, you can set yourself on the way to becoming a skilled shooter of a clay. Whether you are a novice shooter looking to get your eye in or shooting for the day on a work’s outing, these suggestions will stand you in good stead:

DETERMINE YOUR DOMINANT EYE

Obviously, following the flight of clay is half the battle when it comes to clay pigeon shooting. So to do so properly, it’s important first to determine your dominant eye. The simplest way to do so is to point at an object on the other side of the room, then cover one of your eyes. If you no longer appear to be pointing at that object, the eye you have closed is your dominant one. Generally speaking, you want to shoot on the side of your body of your dominant eye. With the gun raised to your stronger visual guide, you will have a greater success rate with the clays.

DETERMINE YOUR DOMINANT EYE

ADOPT THE RIGHT STANCE

Once you know your dominant eye, it’s key to get your stance correct. The best way to perfect your stance is to lead with the opposite side to your eye. If you have your gun on the right-hand side of your body, start with your left foot forward and vice versa. With the weight on the front of your foot and toe pointing towards the kill-zone (the area you intend to hit the clay), you are half-way there. If you are shooting ‘gun-up’ (shooting with your shotgun lifted into position to start), ensure the butt of your gun is comfortably placed in the groove just next to your shoulder joint. A correct stance will undoubtedly help you swing your body to follow the flight of the clay when it is released.

ADOPT THE RIGHT STANCE

AIM AHEAD

Sometimes it’s easy to forget just how fast the clay is moving when aiming at your target. Following it and firing when you’re locked on, it’s likely to result in a miss nine times out of ten. Remember to consider the time it will take your shot to reach the clay after you squeeze the trigger. By tracing what you think will be the flight of the bird, you can pre-plan a collision point whereby you will break the clay. Learning how to ‘read’ a clay will ultimately become one of the fundamental elements of mastering your technique.

AIM AHEAD

KEEP ON SWINGING

Once you’ve picked your spot and squeezed the trigger, the temptation may be to stop the swing of your gun abruptly, one of the highest causes of missed shots in clay pigeon shooting. After firing off your shot, it’s important to continue the movement of the gun’s muzzle on the same axis on which you were previously moving. Think of it in the same way as a golf swing. Golfers don’t simply strike their ball and halt their momentum upon impact. By continuing the swing, you can bring more control into your shot, and therefore better accuracy.

KEEP ON SWINGING

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

As with many other hobbies and pastimes, the way to clay pigeon shooting success is to practice as much as possible. If you find yourself constantly missing or just generally lacking consistency, there is probably something you can change. Firstly, address some of the areas we’ve mentioned above. Is your stance correct? Are you sure you are aiming with your dominant eye? It could be that changing just one of the minor facets of your technique means all-round greater results. Like many other things though, if you are hitting the mark more often than not, small tweaks are the way to go. Fine tune your shot and soon you will be taking clays out of the sky with ease.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

Are you looking for the perfect shooting activity? At Geronigo®, all of our clay pigeon shooting activities are tailor-made to accommodate your specific skill level. So, whether you’re looking to learn the basics with full expert tuition from our qualified instructors or looking to improve your pre-existing dead-eye talents, we’ve got a venue to suit you!

Keep a lookout on our social media pages next week for a special announcement!

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Banish January winter blues with these fun-filled activities…https://geronigo.com/blog/banish-january-winter-blues-with-these-fun-filled-activities/https://geronigo.com/blog/banish-january-winter-blues-with-these-fun-filled-activities/#respondThu, 17 Jan 2019 12:50:27 +0000https://geronigo.com/blog/?p=1796Read More Banish January winter blues with these fun-filled activities…]]>The festive season is over which means there are no more lie-ins and it’s no longer socially acceptable to stay in your pyjamas all day or eat chocolate for breakfast!

For many of us, January can feel a bit bleak, with Spring feeling a long way off… So, why not plan a few events and activities to have something to look forward to on those cold winter mornings…

Blast clays out of the sky

You don’t have to be an Olympic standard marksman to come and shoot at one of our fantastic shooting ranges. As soon as you get to one of our locations, you’ll receive excellent one on one tuition which’ll make you feel like a professional gunslinger in no time!

Get out to the countryside on a quad bike

Chucking it down? Why not get down and dirty with some mud-churning, high-octane quad biking action! Whether you decide to make your way through a tricky woodland track or manoeuvre your way around our custom-built course, we’ve got everything to suit your adrenaline-seeking needs!

Take a weekend away in the country

Looking for short break this year? With everything from sandy beaches to dramatic mountain ranges and charming villages, you’re lucky to have a variety of country retreats on your doorstep!

Book your bucket list activities

We all feel more refreshed after ticking something off our bucket list. Whether it’s to learn how to snowboard, particpate in a water adventure or experience a 4×4 experience, you can find great actitives to get invloved with every single day!

We can’t guarantee the weather, but why let it stop you from booking a winter escape to beat the January winter blues this year? We always have plenty of special offers listed on our website for all types of actvities in all parts of the county, so why not make 2019 your year to explore!

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