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Welcome to the DARKSWAN FAQ page, where we answer your most common questions about our transformative programmes designed to build resilience through immersive experiences. Whether you're seeking personal development or team enhancement, our courses are tailored to meet you where you are and help you grow. From leadership and teamwork to resilience and personal development, discover how our unique approaches like Be More Rescue, Be More Circus, and Optimising Human Performance can empower you to reach your full potential. If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to contact us – we're here to help.


Are your programmes only for elite people and teams?

No, our courses have an impact regardless of your starting point. In fact, those who benefit the most are often those who have the most to learn! Our programmes are designed to meet people where they are and guide them towards growth.

Are your Radical Immersions a test of endurance and toughness?

Absolutely not. We focus on personal development through positive experiences that push you outside your comfort zone in a supportive and inclusive environment. We're here to help you grow, not to make you feel embarrassed or uncomfortable.

How can I enrol in your programmes or courses?

We offer events and courses throughout the year. You can sign up as an individual or a small group if you're from a small organisation. For groups larger than 10 people, please contact us to discuss a dedicated event for your team.

Do I need to be physically fit for Radical Immersion?

No, we design our programmes to be accessible to all, ensuring there's a role for everyone.

What areas of personal and professional development do you cover?

Our courses primarily focus on leadership, teamwork, resilience, and building confidence. They help teams and individuals reflect on their leadership skills, team dynamics, and personal and collective resilience.

Why do you use a rescue scenario?

A search and rescue mission following a natural disaster serves as an ideal scenario because it levels the playing field. With no experts, everyone must work as a team in uncertain conditions, providing a real-world test of judgement and decision-making.

What is the aim of Be More Circus?

Be More Circus is an experience that challenges your skills in planning, logistics, deadlines, teamwork, and the courage to try new things, culminating in a performance under pressure.

Who will we work with on Be More Rescue and Be More Circus?

You'll collaborate with world-class search and rescue and circus professionals who ensure the technical aspects of your experience are managed safely.

What do the DARKSWAN Guides do on your Radical Immersions?

The DARKSWAN Guides provide guidance and lead the learning process, helping you extract reflections and analysis from your experience. They have real-world experience and are adept at connecting with people to ensure learning is at the forefront.

How are your Optimising Human Performance courses different from Radical Immersions?

Optimising Human Performance courses are more lecture-based but utilise the environment to reinforce learning. These courses offer qualifications and provide knowledge based on the research and expertise of Professor Andy McCann.

Can I speak to someone about your programmes for my business?

Absolutely. Book a call or get in touch via our website, and we'll have a conversation to see if we're a good fit for you.

As an individual, how do I join one of your programmes or courses?

Check our website for schedules for Be More Rescue, Be More Circus, and Optimising Human Performance courses. Simply book and pay for your course online.

Can I cancel or reschedule if something comes up?

Please refer to our cancellation and rescheduling policies located in the footer of our website.

Do you provide accommodation?

For Be More Rescue and Be More Circus, we provide a semi-glamping experience. You can also bring your own tent or camper van or stay locally if necessary. For the Optimising Human Performance courses at Chilmark, we provide a list of local accommodation and offer onsite camping options.

Please contact us if you have further questions or would like us to tailor a programme to your specific needs

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