Outdoor Adventure’s archery tips for beginners

It’s not just water sport activities at Outdoor Adventure, we also have some incredible land based fun waiting for you on our primary school residential trips.

When on land, one of our more popular activities is archery. We don’t know if that’s because you’re shooting your arrows on the cliff overlooking the beautiful Atlantic Ocean or because it’s stripping things back down to basics, but we have to admit, there’s an appealing primal feeling when looking down the arrow towards a target!

Time and time again we have children on their primary school residential trips telling us how much fun archery is and the rewarding elements found within, especially when you finally hit that perfect flow and score a bulls-eye!

Archery was first documented way back in 1346 and was used for hunting and combat, with it being said that a Mongol longbow soldier could fire their arrows and hit people from 150 metres on horseback. More impressively, they shot the arrows in between the horse’s strides (to minimise error) and from a bow that weighed 150 pounds!

Today archery is used a highly contested precision sport as well as still being used as a traditional hunting method.

Outdoor Adventure brought archery into its range of schools activities due to its attraction and popularity as a sport with a less physical emphasis, while still giving that feeling of personal challenge and mastery. We worked closely with one of the South West’s most highly respected and experienced archers which has allowed us to create a tailored archery session that is fun, engaging and insightful for all of those involved and allows for children and people of all ages to build on personal skills such as self-control and perseverance.

Our highly qualified staff will obviously be there right from the start teaching you the skills, but it never hurts to get a heads up, so read below to see some key points to prepare you for your archery session at Outdoor Adventure.



Stand relaxed, with your feet parallel to the target and slightly apart.


Keep a nice relaxed grip on the bow handle, too tight a grip will put too much tension on the shot, leading to a miss.

Finger position

Position the string in the first groove of your first three fingers and move your hand up directly under the arrow until there is no space.

Preparing the shot

Raise your out stretched bow arm level with the target, but allow flex in your elbow making sure your bow arm is not fully extended. Keeping your bow arm out stretched, raise the elbow of your drawing arm so it is at least level with your shoulder height, or slightly above whilst turning your head to look directly at the target.

Drawing the bow

As smooth as possible, draw the bow string towards the side of your face whilst keeping your bow arm level with the target and your drawing arm elbow up.


Maintaining a consistent anchor point is key to great shots, draw the string back to your face and with the top of your hand look for a comfortable position that can be repeated easily making sure the string is in front of your eye so you can look directly down the arrow shaft.


If the string is in front of your eye, you should be able to look directly down the arrow to judge your left/right alignment. Focus on the centre of your target and envision the harrow hitting the centre of the target!

Follow through

After you have fired everything should remain as if you were still aiming your shot, keep your head, bow arm and body in the same position as when you were aiming, hold this pose for approximately two seconds after letting go.


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