OUR SAFETY ETHOS
All outdoor activities contain an element of risk. Our job as instructors is to assess this risk, both beforehand, and dynamically, and try and control it / eliminate it. In most cases, the remaining risk is just perceived, but that is what helps give you that buzz, that adrenaline kick! There are many ways in which we manage the safety with our events, and we have listed them here so you can be rest-assured that as a provider, we are as safe as we can possibly be.
Risk Assessments: All our activities, and the environments in which they are conducted have been formally risk assessed. These are reviewed regularly, and can be provided upon request.
Being Dynamic: All our instructors will risk assess as the event goes on, constantly making decisions based on current events.
Being selective: All of our staff are professionally qualified, and more importantly experienced, in the activity they are instructing on. All our instructors engage in Continual Personal Development to ensure they are up to date with best practice. All of our instructors are also insured and First Aid Trained (some are also full members of their local mountain rescue teams). Once again, any qualifications can be provided upon request.
Being Equipped: Our instructors all carry vital equipment in their packs which can be used to prevent illness or injury or help in times of emergency. This includes: a comprehensive first aid kit, group shelter, spare warm layers, spare energy foods.
Being Strict: With both our clients and ourselves. If someone turns up ill-equipped for an activity, this is a risk. We will be harsh and prevent people from participating if there is a possibility they are going to cause harm to themselves or others due to being ill-prepared. We of course provide a comprehensive kit list prior to the activity.
With all of the above you should be aware:
“The BMC recognises that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions.”
The British Mountaineering Council Participation Statement
As you can see we go to great lengths to ensure the safety of our participants. However, we are always learning, so if you have any feedback for us from one of our events regarding things we have done well, or could do better regarding your safety, please don't hesitate to contact us.