British offer 'Adventurous Training' in Brac

Capt. Vance White
First published in
SFOR Informer#131, January 31, 2002

Each nation participating in SFOR has different morale packages offered to its personnel. One opportunity that set the British Forces apart was the Adventurous Training (AT) package that was available to their own troops. Now, the opportunity to participate in trekking, dinghy sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, diving, rock-climbing, mountain biking and orienteering is open to soldiers of any nationality serving within SFOR.

As long as their participation at Adventurous Training does not hinder a unit's ability to complete operational tasks, soldiers are now given the opportunity to travel to Brac, Croatia, to learn new skills. For one week, they may build confidence by attempting training activities not normally available to them.
Group participation
Officially, the aims of AT are to help individuals develop the qualities of fitness, physical and moral courage, initiative, endurance and leadership through group participation in challenging pursuits and to identify and select suitable individuals for further training. A secondary objective is to provide soldiers with a break from their current operational deployment.
"Recently, there have been plenty of empty spaces in the one-week course provided at the Adventurous Training Centre Brac, which is on the island-town of Povlja," said Capt. Martin Annis, the new commanding officer of ATC Brac. The opportunities provided in the small town, located about 40 km Southeast of Split include the activities mentioned above, as well as water-skiing, snorkelling (summer only) and offshore-sailing in a "Nicholson 55" around the nearby islands (May-August).
The empty positions are now being opened to other nationalities on a first-come, first-served basis. Vacancies for non-British troops can only be confirmed a day or two before travelling to ATC Brac, as UK soldiers reserve priority for training.
A week of fun
Troops travel to Brac on Thursday and return to their units the following Wednesday. Each day, different activities are available to the soldiers, which allows them the opportunity to try each challenge at least once. Individuals are able to partipate in the activity of their choice on the final day. Members of the ATC staff organise various evening events at the Hotel Galeb, where the training is based.
British soldiers interested in in the ATC Brac activities are encouraged to either talk to their local AT representative, or to use their chain-of-command. Other nationalities should contact the nearest British unit, or send an e-mail to ATC at

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Photos: Cpl. Sylvain Bourget and Cpl. Brad Chappell
Montage: Jasmin Zeherovic

Trekking, dinghy sailing, wind surfing, kayaking, diving, rock climbing, mountain biking and orienteering are now open to soldiers of any nationality serving within SFOR.

About Brac and Povlja
· Brac is an island of 394 square kilometres and is home to about 14,000 residents.
· Brac is known for 'karst' - a porous limestone that is loved by stone masons and loathed by farmers. Karst is said to be the stone used in the pillars of The White House in Washington D.C.
· Olives are the main agricultural products.
· Piles of stone are found all over the island - monuments to the local farmers' struggles.
· Average annual temperature is 15.5 °C.
· Average winter temperature is 8.5 °C.
· The name Povlja comes from the Latin word 'paulia,' meaning 'harbour.'
· Povlja's main income comes from tourism - which has been growing annually since the end of the war. Other sources of income include olive farming and fishing.