Adventurous Training


Group 314 conducts adventure activities throughout Australia under the Adventurous Training Australia brand. We are contracted by the ADF for the formal delivery of Adventurous Training (AT), but also conduct activities for schools, adult groups, and businesses. Our staff have collectively facilitated the conduct of AT for tens of thousands of personnel – all without serious incident.

What is Adventurous Training (AT)?

With a heritage from the ADF, AT is a special form of training used to develop the resilience of individuals and groups to thrive in an environment of complexity and adversity. AT is facilitated by specialist staff who are highly skilled in the use of experiential learning techniques to achieve resilience outcomes. AT includes briefs before and after the conduct of activities to help facilitate the learning outcomes. AT is a life changing experience for many participants.

Risk and Safety

All AT has an element of risk, it is necessary to achieve the desired learning outcomes. We are specialists in designing activities with high levels of perceived risk but low real risk. For this reason, our activities are often associated with feelings of peak adventure, but we have never had a serious injury.

Adventure Disciplines

Group 314 conducts AT in the following adventure disciplines:

  • Camping.
  • Four Wheel Driving.
  • Survival.
  • Bushwalking.
  • Challenge Ropes.
  • Abseiling.
  • Rock Climbing.
  • Caving.
  • Canyoning.
  • Snow Shoeing.
  • Back Country Skiing.
  • Alpine Survival.
  • Sea Kayaking.
  • Canoeing.
  • Whitewater Kayaking.
  • Whitewater Rafting.
  • Adventure Racing.


AT is conducted by specially selected and trained staff with the following:

  • Nationally recognised qualifications in Outdoor Leadership (in the adventure discipline being undertaken).
  • Nationally recognised qualifications in Adventure-Based Learning.
  • Experience in conducting AT for the ADF.
  • Working with Children Clearance.
  • Police Check.

Group 314 operates under the principles and requirements of the Australian Adventure Activities Standard and associated Good Practice Guides.

Activity Style

Activities range in complexity and cost because of a number of variables so many activities are custom designed and require an individual quote.

The following styles of activities are conducted:

Some activities can be short, from a few hours to a whole day.

It is common, however, for Group 314 to conduct 3-5 day activities.

The best AT results are achieved when activities are over 7 days in duration.

The level of difficulty for the activity must match the abilities of participants and the desired outcome. A balance is required.

On multi-day activities it is common to graduate the level of difficulty such that they start easy but increase in challenge as individual skills improve.

We have the ability to set the level of difficult to make the activity as easy or difficult as desired.

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When we have multi-day activities it is common to establish a basecamp so that participants return to camp at the conclusion of each days’ activity.

There are times, however, when an expedition is preferred (or necessary) and we establish camp each night in a new location. Bushwalking, whitewater rafting, seakayaking, and back country skiing, are often conducted as expeditions.

Some activities are best conducted as a single discipline. This can allow for individual skills to be developed so that more advanced activities can be conducted. It is also common when the activity is in an area where only one discipline is possible due to the geography of the area. Activities that are often conducted as single disciplines include back country skiing, rock climbing, sea kayaking, and whitewater kayaking.

Multi-discipline activities are conducted as a bullring when teams rotate through a range of disciplines, or as a linear activity where one team simply conducts one discipline after the next.

Bullring style activities are popular for large groups because it allows for the efficient use of staff, equipment, and training areas.

Group 314 can partially support an activity, perhaps through the supply of vehicles, equipment, supervision, camping, or specialist communications. This may simply involve the hiring of equipment.

A fully guided activity is where Group 314 is responsible for all facets of an activity.

Group 314 staff are experienced to meet the needs and expectations of both civilian groups and the military. The activities may vary due to the different outcomes required.

The military has a unique culture and specific needs from AT. With contracts in place for the delivery of AT to the military, Group 314 is familiar with defence reporting requirements and can access defence equipment from the AT equipment pool. Units can engage directly with Group 314 for the conduct of AT.

Adventure Racing is where teams compete to complete activities as quickly as possible. These activities are excellent for developed leadership and teamwork because of the addition of time pressure.

Group 314 conducts adventure racers from time to time for groups up to 200 participants. This includes the provision of catering, transport, equipment, and supervision.

Backcountry skiing on Mount Kosciuszko

Why study with us

  • The practical application of skills and knowledge is important to us.
  • Our trainers and assessors have vast amounts of industry experience.
  • Prior learning is recognised to avoid unnecessary effort.
  • Courses are customised to suit individual and organisational needs.
  • We will help as much as we can.
  • There are no unexpected charges and payment plans are offered.

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