Safety

Safety is at the forefront of everything we do. Mountain Water Expeditions has taken all necessary steps to ensure that our expedition programmes provide an appropriate challenge for participants without compromising on safety.


AALS 

Mountain Water Expeditions AALA

The Adventurous Activities Licensing Service (AALS) is the body which regulates adventurous activities in the UK. It is a government body and part of the Health and Safety Executive. Mountain Water Expeditions is licensed by AALS to provide;

Activity categories covered by the licence:

  • Climbing
  • Watersports
  • Trekking

Specified Activities:

  • Abseiling
  • Coasteering – (At specified venues. Summer conditions only)
  • Gorge Scrambling – (At specified venues. Summer conditions only)
  • Hill Walking & Mountaineering – (Including roped scrambling)
  • Improvised Rafting – (Sheltered Inland Waters. Summer conditions only)
  • Kayaking – (Including sea kayaking and kayak surfing)
  • Open Canoeing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sea Level Traversing – (At specified venues. Summer conditions only)

Our licence number is Reference Number is R2213, details of our licence can be confirmed by calling the AALS on 029 2075 5715 or by visiting www.aals.org.uk  

http://www.aals.org.uk/aals/provider_detail.php?ref_no=R2213

Reference No: R2213
Licence No: L11769
Issue Date:
22 Sep 2017
Expiry Date:
22 Sep 2020


Learning Outside the Classroom

Mountain Water Expeditions has been awarded the LOtC Quality Badge by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom. This badge provides for the first time a national award combining the essential elements of provision – learning and safety – into one easily recognisable and trusted accreditation scheme for all types of learning outside the classroom provider organisations. Our quality badge number is R2Q104621, details of our licence can be confirmed by calling the LOtC on 01479 811448.


Adventure Mark – AAIAC

Mountain Water Expeditions has been accredited by Adventuremark which is a non-statutory safety accreditation scheme devised by the Adventure Activity Industry Advisory Committee for providers of adventurous activities.

Adventuremark allows Mountain Water Expeditions to demonstrate to our customers and users that the relevant arrangements for managing the potential risks of adventure activities which have been inspected and found to meet the AAIAC provider accreditation standards which define “good practice” in the adventure activity industry.   All providers who hold Adventuremark will have undergone an inspection to confirm compliance.


DofE Approved (Expedition section for ALL three levels of the award & Gold Residential)

Mountain Water Expeditions DofE

Mountain Water Expeditions is a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Approved Activity Provider. We work closely with DofE head office and DofE operating authorities across the country to ensure our programmes fulfil the DofE expedition requirements.  


Technology

We utilise the latest technology to ensure our groups have a safe and enjoyable expedition experience.   We have a stock of Personal Locator Beacons which we issue to groups undertaking expeditions in remote areas.  


Qualifications

Our real strength is our fantastic team of instructors.  They are all fully qualified and have the necessary experience to deliver the activities we have available. Each instructor holds the National Governing Body qualifications appropriate for the activity you employ us to deliver.


First Aid

All of our instructors are qualified first aiders and have attended activity specific courses to enable them to deal efficiently with any situation that may arise. 


Enhanced Disclosure and Barring (DBS) checks

As part of our child protection policy all our instructors and office staff have Enhanced Disclosure and Barring (DBS) checks. These are renewed every three years. 


Insurance

We are fully insured to deliver training and expeditions through BAHIS. We hold a public liability policy which covers up to £10,000,000 and an employer’s liability policy.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award provides limited personal accident insurance cover for participants see www.dofe.org for more details.  

We strongly recommend participants take additional insurance to cover cancellation and curtailment as we are not able to offer refunds for participants who are unable to attend or complete training or expeditions. Suitable travel insurance policies are widely available.