At the request of the Government, the AAIAC has been working on a non-statutory safety accreditation scheme for adventurous activities to sit alongside Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) and cover activity settings that are not in scope of the Regulations.
The scheme has now been finalised under the name of Adventuremark. It endorses safety standards and associated practices for a wide-range of activities, when operated in a non-statutory setting. This can include any activities for adults, but also adventures for under-18s in benign environments, such as canoeing on flat water, hiking in accessible country and climbing on artificial walls.
AAIAC – Statement of affirmation
At its January 2010 meeting the AAIAC unanimously affirmed its commitment to continuing and developing the adventure activity accreditation schemes for which it is the award body:
- The LOtC adventurous activities quality badge
Where appropriate it will seek to do this by harmonising the two schemes yet retaining the freedom for providers to gain Adventuremark alone.
AAIAC will now lead the way in developing a complementary continuum of accreditation schemes across the adventure activity industry. This will encompass statutory and non-statutory accreditation and all age groups not just those within the current statutory framework.
This will enable equality of standards for all users irrespective of age, activity or location. AAIAC will work harmoniously with other stakeholders in these fields and will invite their active participation. AAIAC wishes to start this work with a view to having viable suggestions in time for the forthcoming review of statutory licensing.
Adopted 19th January 2010
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