There is a whole lot more to a Rope Course than climbing around a bunch of poles, ropes and nets. Rope Courses are beneficial for both mind and body and are a fantastic activity suitable for everyone.
A Rope Course is a fun outdoor recreational activity made up of interconnected elements or obstacles including cargo nets, zip lines and tarzan swings either elevated or low to the ground. Rope courses have come a long way since the old days of their use in the military where the focus was on peak fitness rather than personal safety. Modern rope courses are sophisticated and well-designed using state-of-the-art utility poles, wire rope, friction devices, climbing harnesses and belay attachment systems to ensure safety.
Let us get back to the enormous benefits of rope courses, the most obvious being physical exercise. Balancing, climbing, swinging and sliding provide a fabulous overall body workout using the upper and lower body and muscles that are rarely used in everyday living. Rope courses also make the most of the great outdoors, for which South Africa is well known! With a little encouragement, kids and teenagers will forget about their technological gadgets, and you may even have a little difficulty extracting them from the rope course at the end of the day!
The less obvious, but equally important, advantages of rope courses are things like development of eye-hand coordination, decision making and problem solving, building self confidence and trust, social bonding and teamwork. All of these skills transfer to other aspects of life.
Rope courses range in difficulty from easy to adrenaline-pumping, and some courses are even themed for added entertainment. Low to the ground courses for kids, designed for youngsters from 3 years are a perfect setting for swinging, dangling and balancing - things children are born to do, but in a safe and supervised environment.
So, swing into action and give a rope course a go! You may just find you get hooked and make it a regular feature of your exercise routine. Ideal for birthdays, hens and stag parties, and workaholics and matric students who need to de-stress.