All of the activities delivered by Atlantic Outdoors are done so in accordance with our approved safety management systems in which risk is assessed and appropriate controls are in place to minimise any potential for harm. We maintain a set of Normal Operating Procedures for all activities and our staff are suitably trained and assessed in accordance with any National Governing Body awards and/ or advice from a Technical Expert.
Safety on activities is of the highest priority to use and during activity sessions the delivery of the session and safety is the responsibility of Atlantic Outdoors Staff. Outside activity times, the responsibility for the supervision and well-being of the group lies with the visiting members of staff.
We hold a current A.A.L.S. license cover the activities we deliver and details of this can be found here.
License Number: L10799
Reference Number: R0118
A guidance and information document which summarizes our safety management, activity offer and licensing arrangements can be downloaded here.
Group leaders and Organisations can download a full written assurance document which includes current insurance certificates, licensing documentation and relevant documents for activities provided here.
Specialist safety and activity equipment will be provided by Atlantic Outdoors. All Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is regularly checked and recorded in line with the terms and conditions of the A.A.L.S. Licence, HSE and Manufacturers recommendations.
Sessions are regularly observed by senior staff members to insure good safety standards and quality of delivery. All accidents and incidents are logged and recorded (copies available to group leaders). Accident statistics are analysed and amendments that are deemed necessary are implemented in the Safety Management Plan.
In the event of a serious accident occurring, the Health and Safety Executive will be informed and an investigation will be undertaken involving external consultants.
On arrival, all groups are met by a member of staff. A short introductory talk is given to the group, which includes information on safety, rules, fire regulations and security.
During the summer period (June and July) groups are accommodated in one of the Atlantic College student houses. Preliminary visits are encouraged for staff organizing trips in order for them to familiarize themselves with the layout of the campus accommodation facilities
All accommodation blocks are fitted with smoke detectors and fire alarm systems. Regular fire practices are also held. The College campus is a no smoking area, however designated areas are available on request.
Whenever a group are resident on campus there is always a member of staff on 24 hour call who can be contacted by telephone. During June and July each group is also allocated two Contact Instructors who will liaise with group leaders on a daily basis.
All meals, unless otherwise requested, are taken in the College dining hall. There is always a choice of meals and vegetarians are catered for. Specific dietary requirements can be catered for provided that these are discussed well in advance.
UWC Atlantic College is covered for Public Liability. Please contact us should you require a copy. Group leaders are responsible for any additional insurance cover for items such as theft, loss of luggage and personal injury.
The use of College minibuses is governed by the College’s transport regulations which are available for inspection. All vehicles are maintained in a road worthy condition and there is a maintenance engineer on site. Minibuses used to transport clients are fitted with safety belts, comply with existing regulations and are appropriately insured.
If a problem arises during a visit, it should be discussed initially with the Duty Staff Member as soon as is practicably possible. If the problem cannot be resolved, it should then be put in writing and addressed to the Director of Outdoor Learning. All complaints will be acknowledged and investigated.