Wild Fitness is a new sports program which has been developed by Dragon American School in order to take advantage of the exceptional environment in which the school is located. Wild Fitness activities are designed to take place outdoors and to benefit from an outdoor natural environment, bringing students closer to a whole world of enriching experiences in every way.
At Dragon American School we have always been committed to being as close as possible to nature. It is not a coincidence that we are in an environment that offers us everything we need to be able to develop these experiences with our students.
Wild Fitness offers a range of fun and demanding outdoor sports and activities that require students to be both in good shape and aware of all of the techniques involved. Likewise, and in line with our way of learning, these activities will provide the opportunity for students to understand physical and mathematical principles through the implementation of techniques and safety measures etc.
The first stage of Wild Fitness involves students taking part in six base activities, however Wild Fitness is not a closed program, it can and will evolve and grow over the course of time. The activities that we currently offer are:
– Canyoning (in season)
– Skiing (in season)
– MTB (mountain bike)
– Trail Running
Most definitely, yes. All Wild Fitness activities are sports, and very demanding sports at that, both physically and technically. They require good physical health, training, knowledge and a consistent improvement of techniques, etc.
Not necessarily, unlike sports such as football or basketball, which are mainly based on competitions (one team always competing against the other), in Wild Fitness activities, you take part in sports for the pure pleasure of doing so without a need to compete. Having said this, competitions do exist in all of the activities offered: climbing competitions, skiing, trail running, etc. Our program is not designed from a competitive point of view, but students who wish to compete in any of the activities will have our full support and Dragon American School will help them in any way possible as they develop their sports career in any competitions they may choose to take part in.
A) Wild Fitness within the school’s academic schedule: students from grade 1 to 12 are able to carry out activities within the school day. These activities are part of the normal school day and have NO ADDITIONAL COST.
This means that within the school calendar and timetable: Wild Fitness is a subject at Dragon American School and students can choose this subject just like they choose any other, and their teacher/coach will set the activities for each week according to the season, the weather, etc. Both students and parents will be informed in advance of each activity so that students can ensure they come with the appropriate equipment.
B) Wild Fitness Club (WFC): an extra-curricular activity that includes classes focused on improving techniques and specific training, as well as trips and outings etc. These activities ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE SCHOOL FEES AND THEREFORE THERE WILL BE AN EXTRA COST TO JOIN THIS CLUB.
This means that these activities are seen as extracurricular: students who wish to deepen their knowledge, perfect their technique and physical condition, and ultimately establish themselves at a higher level in one of the offered activities, can sign up for the classes that will take place out of school hours. As previously mentioned, this does have an extra cost.
C) Free use of the facilities: students, in their free time within the school timetable, are able to use the school’s facilities as long as they consistently follow the safety rules and they have been given the appropriate permission to do so – for example, the school’s climbing wall. However, if they haven’t signed up for classes (inside or outside of school hours), they will not have technical instructions or follow-up.
D) Outings and trips: a variety of Wild Fitness activities such as half-day, one-day, one-week, camps, etc will be scheduled for students who have signed up. Both within the school agenda and during the holidays.
Wild Fitness is a sport, but as we have already said, it is also a “laboratory” where you can practice, understand and apply scientific knowledge. However this is not all it is, it also has a cultural dimension. It promotes cultural and natural knowledge of our very own local mountain range “La Sierra”, which is full of history, legends and adventures. There is a whole magical world to discover within easy reach in the mountains that surround us.
Many of the activities offered in Wild Fitness have a certain risk of injury, as most sports do. In this respect it is important that students and their families are aware of this, that they always adhere to the safety measures and follow the instructions given in order to minimize these risks, that they follow the instructions given by instructors and teachers at all times, and that if in the event of an accident, they need to accept the responsibility with sportsmanship, integrity and equanimity.
Wild Fitness is very appropriate in the difficult times we are living in. Taking part in outdoor activities, minimizes the risk of infection. This is one of the many reasons why we have been working hard in order to ensure the program is available as soon as possible.