Practical information

General practical information

Arrival & reception

You are welcome at the start location from 30 minutes before the start of the activity or the departure. We ask to be present at least 15 minutes before the start! The responsible of the group announces the presence to supervisor of The Shelter.

If you start at the base location of The Shelter (in Korbeek-Dijle), the  dressing rooms and toilets are available from 30 minutes before the start of the activity and up to a maximum of 30 minutes after the activity.

During the weekend you can enjoy a drink at the Café & Terrace of The Shelter.

Would you rather come earlier? Let us know why you would rather come earlier and your preference for arrival time. You can mention this in 'comments' on the reservation form. We are happy to see what is possible that day!

Parking

Starting at The Shelter:

Cars and motorbikes can be parked in the private parking of The Shelter. It is located next to the hanger. To reach the hanger you drive in through the Stationsstraat, drive to the back and turn left. 

Bicycles can be parked at The Shelter's bicycle parking area, located behind the terrace.

Large vehicles (buses) can park on the opposite side of the Stationsstraat on the public parking lot. The entrance to The Shelter is too narrow for large vehicles!

(Vehicles can be picked up at the parking until one day after the activity if you do not leave with your car after the activity.)

Start at a different location:

Depending on the starting location you can park at or near the starting location. You can find more information about the start- and end-location of the activity on the page per activity under '' General Information ". Before starting the activity, make sure you search the location via Google Maps to view the parking options.

The return from the end-location:

There are different return options depending on the choice of departure. You can find more information about this on the page per activity under "How do I return after the trip?".

Activities with kids

General

Children/adolescents (-18 years old) must always be accompanied by at least 1 adult who accompanies them during the entire activity.

Birthday party

For birthday-parties we ask at least 1 adult per 10 children and at least 2 adults per group for the guidance during the activity. They must actively participate and guide the group during the entire activity.

The Shelter is the general organizer of birthday parties. The supervisors of The Shelter are responsible for the smooth running of the activity but don't have the task to supervise the children. The accompanying adults (parents, friends, ...) are the organizers of the birthday party and are responsible for the proper supervision and support of the children during the entire party.

External camps & Youth-movements

For external camps & youth-movements we ask at least 1 adult companion per 15 children/adolescents and at least 2 adult companions per group. They must actively participate and guide the group during the entire activity.

The Shelter is the general organizer of the activity. The supervisors of The Shelter are responsible for the smooth running of the activity but don't have the task to supervise the children/adolescents. The accompanying adults of the group are responsible for the proper supervision and support of the children/adolescents during the entire activity.

Schools

For schools we ask at least 1 adult companion per 15 students and at least 2 adult companions per group. They must actively participate and guide the group during the entire activity.

The Shelter is the general organizer of the activity. The supervisors of The Shelter are responsible for the smooth running of the activity, but don't have the task to supervise the students. The accompanying adults are  responsible for the proper supervision and support of the students during the entire activity.

Material to be brought and what with personal belongings

Depending on the chosen activity and the weather conditions we recommend to bring a few things. 

Recommended material for activities: 

  • Sporty clothing and fixed (water-resistant) footwear
  • Spare clothing and spare footwear
  • Adapted clothing in case of bad weather 
  • Sunscreen (and headgear) in case of sunny weather

Personal belongings (wallet, smartphone, keys, ...) can be taken during the activity, but we highly recommend to leave them at home or safely store them at The Shelter before the start of the activity.

If you have planned a trip down the Dyle or Demer, personal belongings can be transported to the endpoint  in the car of The Shelter.
That way there are few risks and it will arrive dry and safe at the endpoint. 

During the activity we recommend to take as little personal belongings as possible. Belonings that you need during the activity (raincoat, medicines, water, snacks, glasses, ...) can be taken in a backpack or bag (to be brought yourself).

We offer waterproof barrels for the trips down the Dyle and Demer if you would like to take belongings during the trip. 

Each person is responsible for their own material. Even with adapted packaging material, we as an organization can't guarantee that nothing will happen to the material taken along. Personal belongings are not refunded in the event of loss or damage before, during or after the activity.

Material of The Shelter

The necessary material for activities is supplied by The Shelter. This material is distributed at the start of the activity and returned after the activity.

In the event of damage or loss of material, this must be reported to the supervisors of The Shelter.

In the event of damage or loss, costs are charged depending on the material lost or the damage incurred. The amount depends on the material. (See also general conditions: liability.)

Trips down the Dyle and Demer

Course of a trip down the Dyle or Demer

Before the start of the trip the supervisor of The Shelter explains how to execute the trip down the Dyle or Demer by canoe, SUP or raft by explaining the way to use the given material and the important points on the route. The participants receive a swim-jacket (obligatory!), a paddle and a waterproof barrel (optional) before going on the water in their chosen vessel. 

At the endpoint, the supervisor of The Shelter helps participants in getting out of the vessel, collects the used material and loads it on to the trailer before returning. He also explains how to return to The Shelter or gives instructions about the following activity. 

If you have given personal belongings to the supervisor before departure (to transport to the endpoint), you will receive them back after the activity. More information under "Material to be brought and what with personal belongings".

Extra guidance during the trip on the Dyle or Demer

There is no guide from The Shelter present on the water during the trip from Korbeek-Dijle to Heverlee and during the trips down the Demer. These trips are easy to navigate (after a short explanation before departure) and therefore don't require extra guidance.

Only during trips to the centre of Leuven and during the trip to Wilsele a guide on the water is required (included in the price!).

If you would like a guide from The Shelter on the water present during the trip from Korbeek-Dijle to Heverlee or during the trips down the Demer, you can let us know via the reservation form. Mention this in "comments".

A guide of The Shelter on the water: € 70,00 per group

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