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									ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES IN
    NORTHERN IRELAND




   A STATISTICAL ACCOUNT OF PROVISION




                                               JUNE 2005




PREPARED FOR THE DEPARTMENT FOR CULTURE ARTS AND LESURE
           AND THE SPORTS COUNCIL FOR NORTHERN IRELAND
                                                       BY




                                           Judith A Annett
                                   Countryside Consultancy
ADVENTURE ACTIVITY PROVIDERS   IN   NORTHERN IRELAND – REPORT   ON   DATABASE   AND   QUESTIONNAIRE



      ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES IN NORTHERN IRELAND
            A STATISTICAL ACCOUNT OF PROVISION




                                        Judith A Annett
                                    Countryside Consultancy
                    Old Forge, Kilkeel, County Down BT34 4JX
                                        Northern Ireland
                                    Tel 00 44 28 4176 3262
                       www.countryside-consultancy.co.uk




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 REPORT ON THE PREPARATION OF AN ADVENTURE ACTIVITY PROVIDER DATABASE AND THE
     OUTCOME OF A POSTAL QUESTIONNAIRE TO ADVENTURE ACTIVITY PROVIDERS:
BACKGROUND
       The purpose of this study and report was to:
               •       establish the number of providers of adventure activities in Northern Ireland
               •       prepare a database of providers to allow further contact and consultation.
               •       to identify the scale of provision
               •        to gain some indication of both participant throughputs, existing risk
                       management practices adopted and the current level of incidents and
                       dangerous occurrences.
       1. The list of activities within the scope of the research was as follows:
            Mountaineering,              rock     Surfing in all its disciplines,        Cycling
            climbing,        abseiling,   hill    including surf boarding, body          Off road 2 & 4 wheeled
            walking        and     all  other     boarding, kayaking and wave            motor sport in all its
            associated activities including       skiing                                 disciplines
            artificial structures                 Powered water sports in all its        Dirt Boarding/Mountain
            Caving        and     all   other     disciplines including jet skiing,      Boarding
            associated activities including       water skiing and tour boating
                                                                                         Archery, target and field
            artificial structures                 Rowing
                                                                                         Outdoor Shooting in all
            Canoeing,        kayaking     and     Sub aqua                               its disciplines, including
            rafting in all their disciplines
                                                  Orienteering                           paint balling
            and all associated activities
            including improvised activities       Equestrian sports in all its           Combined water and
                                                  disciplines                            rock activities including
            Sailing in all its disciplines
                                                                                         bouldering,          gorge
            including windsurfing and
                                                                                         walking and coastal
            land yachting
                                                                                         traversing; and
            Kite related activities in all its
                                                                                         Air based activities in all
            disciplines
                                                                                         its disciplines.



THE DATABASE
  3.        An initial database was drawn up from a combination of sources including:
                   •    Listings from N I Tourist Board,
                   •    Countryside Access and Activities Network web site,
                   •    Yellow pages
                   •    4NI website listings
                   •    Advertising by providers either on the World Wide Web or in the pages of
                        specialist publications.
                   •    Lists from Education and Library Boards
                   •    Listing from other government agencies such as SEUPB, DETI and DARD
                   •    Information on council tourism websites
                   •    Information from Governing Bodies of Sport.




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NUMBER OF PROVIDERS
  2.           The first combined database numbered over 400 adventure activity providers and
               over 100 providers within schools and youth organisations. Over the process of the
               questionnaire, this was finally honed to list of 263 (including the 13 schools and
               colleges that responded) through removal of duplicate entries, removal of those not
               coming within the scope of the study and identification of those that had
               discontinued their business. This number does not include most schools, colleges or
               youth organisations.
PRIMARY ACTIVITIES
  3.           The following is a breakdown of providers on the database by primary activity1.
                   •    41 hill walking
                   •    66 equestrian
                   •    12 sailing/windsurfing
                   •    9 cycling
                   •    7 surfing
                   •    21 outdoor shooting/paintball,
                   •    14 canoeing/kayaking
                   •    10 powered watersports
                   •    4 rockclimbing
                   •    14 offroad 2 or 4 wheel
                   •    15 air sports
                   •    1 survival skills
                   •    22 sub aqua
                   •    3 kite activities
                   •    6 archery
                   •    8 orienteering
                   •    5 boat trips
LOCATION OF PROVIDERS
  4.           The highest number of providers by county was in County Down with 82 providers.
               Detail of the location of providers was as follows:
                   •    County Antrim                       66
                   •    County Down                         82
                   •    County Armagh                       15
                   •    County Fermanagh                    25
                   •    County Tyrone                       24
                   •    County Londonderry                  32


  1
      The activity that provides the highest throughput for a provider.



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MAIN PURPOSE OF ACTIVITY PROVISION
  5           In terms of the main purpose2 of provision of adventure activities of those on the
              whole database:
                   •   113 organisations provided skills development
                   •   38 personal and social development
                   •   113 activity tourism
                   •   12 team or corporate development
                   •   3 spiritual development
                   •   4 curriculum studies.
TYPE OF ORGANISATION
  6           In terms of types of organisations providing activities by far the most numerous type
              was private or commercial with 168 providers in this category. Others were
                   •   Private/commercial         168
                   •   Public Body                19
                   •   Charitable                 9
                   •   Community                  7
                   •   Sports club                423
ACTIVITY SESSIONS
  7.          The number of adventure activity person sessions (i.e. a morning, afternoon or
              evening session) in total provided by the 122 respondents to the questionnaire to
              people under 18 years of age and over 18 years is shown below. Activity sessions
              for under 18s may be declining, whilst provision of sessions for over 18s is
              increasing:
                   •   2002 under 18s             300,824 person sessions
                   •   2003 under 18s             332,224 sessions
                   •   2004 under 18s             325,364 sessions




  2
      The main reason for providing activities at all – although many providers had a secondary reason for
              provision and many were used for a range of purposes by their clients.
  3
      Although sports clubs do not normally come within the scope of adventure activities legislation the
              clubs listed offer wider taster opportunities to the general public and therefore may be
              considered to be a provider to people other than their own members. Of the sports clubs that
              responded to the survey 9 provided mostly for over 18s and 4 for under 18s, but all had some
              participation from under 18s.



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                                         Adventure activity sessions provided to under 18s




       335000

       330000

       325000

       320000

       315000

       310000

       305000

       300000

       295000

       290000

       285000
                           2002                              2003                                         2004
                                                             year




                    •   2002 over 18s               140,320 sessions
                    •   2003 over 18s               174,523 sessions
                    •   2004 over 18s               192,442 sessions

                                         Adventure activity sessions provided to over 18s




         200000

         180000

         160000

         140000

         120000

         100000

          80000

          60000

          40000

          20000

                0
                            2002                           2003                                    2004
                                                           Year




8.         In total in 2002 there were 441,144 adventure activity person sessions provided by
           respondent providers, in 2003 this increased to 506,747 and in 2004 to 517,806
           sessions. 63% of all sessions in 2004 were provided to under 18s and 37% to over
           18s.




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                                           Total activit y sessions provided




        520000


        500000


        480000


        460000


        440000


        420000


        400000
                       2002                            2003                         2004
                                                       Y ear




ACTIVITY DAYS
  7.         In terms of activity days, if an average of two sessions per day are provided then
             there were 258,908 person days of adventure activities provided by the 105
             respondents answering the throughput question about last year (2004) or an average
             of 2466 person days per provider. The questionnaire returns represented just over
             46% of the 263 providers on the database. Assuming that the response was
             representative then all providers in Northern Ireland – excluding most schools and
             youth organisations - may have delivered some 1.3 million adventure activity
             sessions in 2004.
EXTERNAL PROVIDER ACCREDITATION /APPROVAL
  8.         56% of all providers returning forms held some form of approval as a provider from
             a Governing Body approval or accreditation scheme or were approved by some
             other type of organisation. The most common approvals were:
                   •   British Canoe Union/Canoe Association for Northern Ireland
                   •   Royal Yachting Association
                   •   British Horse Society
                   •   Professional Association of Dive Instructors
                   •   Civil Aviation Authority.
                   •   Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
  9.         Whilst a number of the approvals provide a similar level of assurance to the
             statutory scheme in England, Wales and Scotland (e.g. BCU, RYA, PADI, Maritime
             and Coastguard Agency and BHS) others listed do not provide a relevant level of
             accreditation to the purpose (e.g. DARD which deals primarily with the welfare of
             the horses rather than the humans, LANTRA which is a training/coordination body
             in countryside skills, and the Mountain Leader Award or Mountain Training Bodies
             which provides accreditation of individuals and not providers). Around two thirds of
             those recording approvals on the questionnaire provided relevant types of approval.
             This means that less than half of all operators have any form of provider approval in
             place. Most approval scheme accredit only one activity within a centre or




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             organisation, unlike the licensing scheme in GB where a provider’s approach to risk
             and safety management is examined across the range of activities offered.
AGE GROUPS OF PARTICIPANTS
  10.        Of the 122 centres responding, only 11 provided only for over 18s with the
             remainder having some under 18s provision. Only 8 dealt solely with under 18s. In
             total 97% of providers make some provision for under 18s.




                                              Only over 18s        Only under 18s
                                                   7%                   9%




                     Mostly over 18s
                          40%
                                                                                        Mostly under 18s
                                                                                              44%




SAFETY RECORD
  11.        The safety record of the providers was established by asking them to record the
             numbers of major incidents, dangerous occurrences, and near misses experienced
             and recorded in each of the past three years (2002-2004) with the following totals.
                                                   2002         2003             2004          3 yr total
                    Major incidents                  17          16                18              51
                    Dangerous                        5           16                30              51
                    occurrences
                    Near misses                      42          50                57             149


  12.        Dangerous occurrences and near misses seem to be increasing in frequency,
             however the vast majority of respondents reported no incidents of any type.
  12.        Relating these to the number of sessions provided overall the incidence of major
             incidents is 1 per 28,739 activity sessions, the incidence of dangerous occurrences is
             the same, and the incidence of near misses is one in every 9837 activity sessions.
             Comparative details for the three years are as follows:
                                                            No of activity sessions




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                                                                      2002                2003          2004
                    Major incident - one per                         25950            31672           28767
                    Dangerous occurrence one per                     88229            31672           17260
                    Near Misses one per                              10503            10135             9084



                                            Ratio of incidents to activity sessions


                                                           No of activity sessions

                          2002                                      2003                                        2004
         0
      10000                  10503                                      10135                                      9084
      20000                                                                                                        17260
                             25950                                                                                 28767
      30000                                                             31672
      40000
      50000
      60000
      70000
      80000
      90000                  88229

  100000

                                     Major incidents           Dangerous occurences               Near misses



13.           In the case of providers offering adventure activities either only or mostly to people
              under 18, those providing solely for under 18s recorded no major incidents, no
              dangerous occurrences and no near misses for year 2001, 2002 and 2003. These
              providers were responsible for 2065 sessions and were the smallest category of
              provider. Those providing mainly for under 18s provided 634,858 sessions and
              recorded incidents as follows:
                                                  2002                2003                 2004            3 yr
                                                                                                           total
                    Major incidents                 14                  11                  9                34
                    Dangerous                          3                13                  26               43
                    occurrences
                    Near misses                     34                  42                  49               125


14.           Providers of adventure activities mostly for under 18s had the ratio of incidents to
              activity session in the years 2001 –2003 shown in the graph below.




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                                        Ratio of incicents to activity sessions providers for under 18s


                                                                        No of activity sessons
                          2002                                                  2003                                          2004
          0
                                                                                       7595                                          6355
                                 8576
                                                                                                                                     11976
      20000                      20827
                                                                                       24538
                                                                                       29000
                                                                                                                                     34598
      40000



      60000



      80000


                                 97192
     100000



     120000


                                                      Major incidents        Dangerous occurrences        Near misses




13.            Of most significance is the apparent change in the ratio of dangerous occurences to
               activity sessions between 2002 and 2004 amongst all providers, and the higher level
               of near misses reported by those providing mostly for under 18s. Providers of
               activities mostly for under 18s however, had fewer major injuries in relation to
               activity sessions than the average of all providers in 2004.
14.            The data allowed an analysis of which type of provider had the highest average
               incidence per year of each of the three types of incident. The chart below identifies
               the relative contribution of the averages of each type of provider to each type of
               incident for each of the past three years. Of significance is the incidence of
               dangerous occurrences amongst public sector providers and the low contribution by
               community based organisations. Although the questionnaire used statutory
               definitions for major injuries and dangerous occurrences, and provided a definition
               for near misses, there may have been some variation in judgement of what
               constituted a qualifying incident between providers, and this may account for some
               of the results that seem out of place.
15             This section of the questionnaire seems to indicate the value of a training
               opportunity for providers on their health and safety responsibilities.




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              100%

               90%

               80%

               70%

               60%

               50%

               40%

               30%

               20%

               10%

                  0%




                          privat e commer cial    public body    char it able      communit y   school or college



STAFF EXPERTISE
  16        Respondents were asked about the level of expertise of staff employed in different
            staff roles. Expertise levels were related to coaching levels where 5 is the most
            experienced and qualified and 1 the least. Results were as follows:
           16.1        Staff with overall supervision and responsibility for a provider’s activity
                       would be expected to have a qualification or experience at level 4 or 5. In
                       the survey level 4 was the most frequent response with level 5 being the
                       next most frequent.

                                                  Staf f wit h overall supervision of programmes




                                                                Level 1
                                                      Level 2

                                                                                                 Level 5



                                     Level 3




                                                                                Level 4




           16.2        Staff in charge of an activity session should be at level 3 or above in most
                       circumstances. The most frequent response within the questionnaire was
                       level 3 with the balance towards higher qualifications and experience.




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                                                            Assistant instructor




                                                      Level 1                      Level 5




                                                                                                 Level 4
                                Level 2




                                                                      Level 3




            16.3     Assistant instructors are likely to be qualified to level 3 or below, and in the
                     survey this was the case with level 3 being the most frequent response and
                     with level 2 the second most frequent. This is a reassuring result.

                                                                    Training other st aff




                                                          Level 1



                                                                                                   Level 5


                                            Level 2




                                              Level 3




                                                                                       Level 4




            16.4     Staff training should be the domain of level 4 and 5 staff. In the event, the
                     most frequent response was level 5 with four being the second most
                     frequent. However, 15 providers recorded Level 1 as being the level of staff
                     applied to the staff-training role. This may have been a misunderstanding of
                     the question.
OTHER SAFETY RELATED PRACTICE
  17.        In terms of other safety related practices of respondents the following results were
             obtained



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                                      •    52 providers used external technical experts (43%)
                                      •    77 undertook in house training for staff (63%);
                                      •    90 had general risk assessment and health and safety policies (73%);
                                      •    79 had site or activity specific risk and health and safety policies (64%);
                                      •    80 had parental consent forms for under 18s (65%)
                                      •    in only 14 cases insurance companies had provided discounts for
                                           appropriate staff qualifications (11%.)
INSURANCE COVER
  18                            All respondents completing part two of the questionnaire recorded that they held
                               public liability insurance. Levels of insurance purchased varied from under £1
                               million to over £10 million £2 million and £5 million being the most common.
                               Results had the distribution below. In a number of public bodies the parent body
                               carried its own indemnity.

                          30


                          25


                          20
        No of providers




                          15


                          10


                          5


                          0
                               <£1m       £1m   £2m    £3m       £4m      £5m       £6m      £7m      £8m     £9m      £10m   >£10m
                                                                Value of Public Liability Insurance




  19.                          Aspects of practice that should cause concern are the low rate of in-house training
                               for staff which should arguably have been 100%; the low percentage of providers
                               with general health and safety policies which should also arguably have been 100%;
                               and the low rate of parental consent forms at only 65% where it is known that 93%
                               of providers cater for people under 18 years of age.
GENERAL COMMENT
  20                           In terms of trends uncovered by the questionnaire, a significant number of
                               businesses have ceased trading in the past few years due to increases in insurance
                               premia. This was most prevalent in equestrian centres where there had been a
                               change over to livery or rental of arenas for events only, but also included activity
                               tour operators..
  21.                          There has been an increase in private sector activity tourism businesses in the past
                               few years, partly as a result of European rural funding initiatives.




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22.        A number of education sector outdoor centres are currently under threat due to
           budgetary constraints in the Education and Library Boards and at least one has
           ceased to provide residential experiences for young people, now operating on a daily
           basis only.
23.        Whilst some of the organisations in the listing are sports clubs or associations they
           may be considered to be providers because they provide to people outside their own
           membership. This is a ‘grey’ area and includes the provision of introductory
           sessions which the clubs hope will lead to club membership (kite activities); turning
           former clients into club members (some riding schools) to reduce insurance
           premiums; providing short term race licenses to non members (motor sport
           associations) and running events which are open to non members (most adventure
           sports including triathlon, challenge events, orienteering and canoeing). Some Sub
           Aqua clubs in particular advertise their programmes to diving tourists. In the main
           however clubs and associations provide for their own members.
24.        Of the list of 263 adventure activity providers identified some 59 would be likely to
           fall into and accreditation scheme based on the AALA scheme currently operating
           in England Wales and Scotland.. Of these 59 providers, 37 (62%) provided a usable
           questionnaire.
25.        A list of the providers that would seem to within scope of the terms of the GB
           licensing scheme is provided at Appendix 2. Some assumptions have been made in
           the case of those providers who did not return questionnaires. It is not possible to
           match providers against a possible NI scheme as the detail of who would come into
           scope would depend on the statutory regulations introduced.
26         Education and Library Boards and youth organisations were contacted and asked to
           provide lists of schools and youth organisations providing adventure activities in
           their areas. The response to this was partial with some no returns and some very late
           returns. Some ELBs were only able to identify qualified people rather than providers
           and in one case a list of all schools and youth organisations was provided as a
           starting point. A database was drawn up and questionnaires sent out at the same time
           as for the survey reported above. In the event, 13 completed surveys were received
           from youth organisations and schools and have been included in the survey above.
           A considerable volume of provision is known to take place through schools and
           youth organisations in Northern Ireland, mostly outside the scope of the terms of the
           licensing scheme in the rest of the UK.
27.        Some providers clearly did not consider themselves to be adventure activity
           providers and commented as such. This was mainly in clay pigeon shooting, other
           outdoor shooting and equestrian sports.




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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:
          The author would like to thank the organisations in Appendix 1 who returned
          questionnaires and thereby contributed important data to the study. Thanks are also
          due to those individuals who piloted and commented on drafts of the survey
          questionnaire including Ashley Hunter of OYT, Trevor Fisher of Tollymore, and
          Raymond Finlay of Gortatole.
          Governing bodies of sport also helped extensively in helping understand the
          frameworks of qualification and safety around their activities and in providing
          contact names and addresses for their affiliated clubs.




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APPENDIX 1 – ALPHABETICAL LIST OF PROVIDERS RETURNING USABLE QUESTIONNAIRES:
  Abercorn Estates
  Activity Holidays Ireland
  Aerosports Paragliding School
  Alltrak
  An Clachan Cottages
  An Creagan Visitor Centre
  Aquaholics Dive Centre
  Aquazone Sub Aqua Club
  Ardnabannon Outdoor Education Centre
  Ards Open Duke Of Edinburgh Award Centre
  Ark Outdoor Adventure ( inc L Melvin)
  Atlantic Shores Scuba & Watersports
  Ballykeel Equestrian Centre
  Ballymena Academy
  Ballymena Sub Aqua Club
  Ballynahinch Riding Centre
  Ballyvally Archery Club
  Bangor Sea School
  BELB -Drumalla Outdoor Education Centre
  Belfast Activity Centre
  Blue Juice Diving Centre
  Boys Brigade
  Bushmills Outdoor Education Centre
  C2Sky Kite Adventures
  Cabra Towers OEC
  Canoe Association of NI
  Carnview Farms Clay Pigeon Shooting Club
  Carrick Craft
  Causeway Coast Board Riders
  Causeway Institute of F.E.
  Colebrooke Park
  Coleraine Baptist Campaigners
  Cookstown District Council
  Corralea Activity Centre
  Craigavon Watersports Centre
  Cross & Passion College
  Cullybackey High School
  Derrygonnelly Field Centre
  Dive Northern Ireland
  Donaghadee High School
  Down High School
  Dromara Youth Club
  Drumgooland House Trekking Centre
  Drumhoney Riding Stables
  Dunclug College
  East Down Institute
  Edge Watersports
  Enniskillen Airport
  Escarmouche Paint Ball
  Eventing Ireland



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Fermanagh College
First Flight Paragliding School
First Tracks - Mountainbike Coaching & Guiding
Formula Karting
Ganaway Activity Centre (Boys Brigade)
Glengormley High School
Glenlola Collegiate School
Glenullin Hill Walking Festival
Gortatole Outdoor Education Centre
Gosford Karting
Gransha Equestrian Centre
Greenhill YMCA National Centre
Greenvale Trekking Centre
Indoor Tennis Centre & Ozone Complex
International Yacht Master Academy
Island Equestrian Centre
Killowen Outdoor Education Centre
Kinnego Marina
Kitecrew
Lagan Valley Orienteers
Land Rover Experience
Life Cycles
Lough Cuan Bowmen
Lustybeg Activity Centre
Mackenzies Equestrian Centre
Maddybenny Stud and Riding Centre
Motor Cycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre)
Motorcycle Racing Association
Mountaineering Council of Ireland
Mourne Activity Breaks
Mourne Cycle Tours
Moy Riding School
Newcastle Riding Centre
NI Microlights
NI Motor Cruising School
NI Orienteering Association
North Irish Lodge Dive Resort
North West Institute of Further & Higher Education
Ocean Youth Trust Ireland
Outdoor Ireland North
Peak Discovery
Royal Yachting Association (NIC)
Seriously Scuba
Shannaghmore Outdoor Education Centre
Share Centre
Sperrins Cycle Breaks
Sperrins Hillwalking Festival
Sperrins Tourism Limited
St. Josephs College
Strolls In The Sperrins
Sullivan Upper School
Surfin' Dirt Mountain Boarding
Tempo Manor



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The Forest Stables
The Highpoint Group ( also Blue Lough)
Todd's Leap Off-Road Driving Centre
Tollymore Mountain Centre (also Hotrock Climbing Wall)
Trialstar Ltd
Troggs Surf Shop (Portrush)
Tullymurray Equestrian Centre
Tullynewbank Stables Limited
Tullywhisker Riding School
Ulster Clay Pigeon Shooting Association
Ulster Cruising School
Ulster Gliding Club
Ulster Microlights
Ulster Rifle Association
Walk In The Mournes
Watertop Farm Trekking Centre
Wild Geese Parachute Centre
Wild-Live
Woodhall Outdoor Education Centre




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APPENDIX 2
FULL LISTING OF PROVIDERS, CONSIDERED LIKLEY TO COME INTO THE SCOPE OF AN
ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES LICENSING SCHEME IF REGULATIONS WERE TO BE INTRODUCED
SIMILAR TO THOSE OPERATING IN THE REST OF THE UK
  (Assumptions have been made about the activities of some providers not returning
           questionnaires, on the basis of advertised information)


  Activity Holidays Ireland
  Ardaluin House Outdoor Centre
  Ardclinis Outdoor Adventure
  Ardnabannon Outdoor Education Centre
  Ards Open Duke Of Edinburgh Award Centre
  Ark Outdoor Adventure (inc L Melvin)
  Atlantic Shores Scuba & Watersports
  Bangor Sea School
  Drumalla Outdoor Education Centre
  Belfast Activity Centre
  Bushmills Outdoor Education Centre
  Cabra Towers OEC ( imminent closure)
  Causeway Institute of F.E.
  Corralea Activity Centre
  Craigavon Watersports Centre
  Creggan Country Park
  Dal Riada Ventures
  Delamont Outdoor Education Centre
  Derrygonnelly Field Centre
  Drumrush Water Sports Centre
  East Coast Adventure
  Edge Watersports
  First Tracks - Mountainbike Coaching & Guiding
  Ganaway Activity Centre (Boys Brigade)
  Glentrax Survival School
  Glenullin Hill Walking Festival
  Gortatole Outdoor Education Centre
  Gortin Hostel Activity Breaks
  Greenhill YMCA National Centre
  International Yacht Master Academy
  Killowen Outdoor Education Centre
  Killyleagh Outdoor Education Centre
  Lagan Watersports Centre
  Lough Melvin Holiday Centre
  Lustybeg Activity Centre
  Martin McGuigan Walking & Climbing Activity Provider
  McNamara's Famous Guided Walking Tours
  Mountaineering Council of Ireland
  Ocean Youth Trust Ireland
  Out & About Activities
  Out and Out Activities
  Outdoor Ireland North
  Peak Discovery
  Royal Yachting Association (NIC)
  Shannaghmore Outdoor Education Centre



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    ADVENTURE ACTIVITY PROVIDERS   IN   NORTHERN IRELAND – REPORT   ON   DATABASE   AND   QUESTIONNAIRE




Share Centre
Shepherd's Lodge Mountain Centre
Sperrins Adventure
Strolls In The Sperrins
Take A Walk On The Wild Side
The Highpoint Group (also Blue Lough)
Tollymore Mountain Centre (also Hotrock Climbing Wall)
Tudor Farm Watersports
Ulster Cruising School
Walk In The Mournes
Wave Riders Watersports Centre
Wilderness Ranger
Wild-Live
Woodhall Outdoor Education Centre




       JUDITH A ANNETT – COUNTRYSIDE CONSULTANCY                                     20
ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES IN NORTHERN IRELAND.
Could you please fill in the responses to the questions below and post to the address at the end of the
questionnaire.
Fully completed, questionnaires, returned by the deadline of Friday 25th February 2005 will be
entered into a draw for a £200 equipment voucher
                                                         CONFIDENTIALITY
Address and contact details will be made available to the Department for Culture Arts and Leisure and to the Sports Council for contact
and consultation purposes.
Please tick this box if you do not wish address and contact details to be listed on the Sports Council for NI’s facility website
Part 2 information will not be divulged except in summary form to DCAL and no organisation will be able to be identified from the data.
 Part 1: Address and contacts, basic description, main activity provision
Organisation ⇐                                                          Contact name ⇐

Address⇐


                                   County:
                                   Postcode: BT__ ___
E mail contact         ⇐                                               Telephone⇐
Website               ⇐                                                Fax⇐
Activities provided                                                    Main purpose of                        Personal and social
(Please circle all those listed below that apply and                   provision ⇐                               development
number in order of throughput by your organisation                     (Please circle the one
with 1 indicating your highest throughput of people)                                                          Curriculum studies
                                                                       description on the right
Activity                                                    Order      that best describes your                Team or corporate
                                                                       organisation’s main                       development
Hill walking and/or mountaineering                                     purpose in providing
                                                                       adventure activities)                 Spiritual development
Rock climbing and or abseiling including climbing
walls                                                                                                            Activity tourism
Caving including artificial caves and mines                                                                   Skills development

Canoeing, kayaking and rafting including                                                                      Coach development
improvised activities                                                                                         Other (fill in below)
Sailing in all its disciplines including windsurfing
and land yachting
Powered water sports including jet skiing, water                                                              ……………………..
skiing and tour boating
Sub aqua
Air based activities in all its disciplines
Equestrian sports (all disciplines)                                    Type of provider ⇐                     Private commercial
Kite related activities                                                (Please circle the one
                                                                                                               School or college
Surfing including surf boarding, body boarding,                        category which best
                                                                       describes your                         Youth organisation
surf kayaking and wave skiing
                                                                       organisation type)
Cycling                                                                                                             Charitable
Rowing                                                                                                             Community
Dirt Boarding/Mountain Boarding
Orienteering                                                                                                       Public body
Off road 2 & 4 wheeled motor sport                                                                            Other (fill in below)
Archery, target and field
Outdoor Shooting including paint balling
                                                                                                          …………………………….
Combined water and rock activities including
bouldering, gorge walking and coastal traversing
Is your organisation approved by any organisation that oversees the safety or quality of                                    Yes     No
any adventure activity you provide?
 e.g. CANI, RYA, BHS, AIRE, PADI centre approval/recognition schemes
Which organisation(s) provide approvals to you as a provider?


For what age group do you                         Only for                Mostly for               Mostly for               Only for
mostly provide activities ?                       over 18s                over 18s                 under 18s               under 18s
Please circle      ⇐
                                             PART 2 Confidential information
Throughput, No of accidents and near misses, staffing and qualifications, risk assessment, etc.
1. How many person/sessions1                        2002                           2003                      2004
  in adventure activities have
                                                                        Under
  you delivered in each of the           Under 18        Over 18                    Over 18       Under 18     Over 18
                                                                        18
  past three years? Please
  separate sessions provided for
  under 18s and over 18s ⇐
2. How many accidents to those people for whom you provide adventure activities have you recorded in the
   past three years in the following categories:
  Major injuries, Dangerous occurrences.
 The definition of major injuries and dangerous occurrences used for this survey is at the bottom of this page2.
                                            2002                    2003                              2004
No of major injuries
No of dangerous occurrences
3. How many recorded ‘near misses’ have you had as a provider in each of the past 3 years?
   A 'near miss' is any incident, accident or emergency which did not result in an injury and which is not a dangerous
   occurrence (as defined at the bottom of this sheet)
                                         2002                       2003                              2004
No of ‘near misses’

4.Staffing and expertise used in providing adventure activities.
  Please identify for your three most common staff/instructor roles the level of qualifications/training of staff applied to
  the role using the following levels for reference:
        5. External technical expert- highly qualified in the sport/activity.( i.e. outside your organisation)
        4. Technical expert on your staff –highly qualified in the sport/activity (permanent or full time)
        3. Well qualified full instructor/coach with governing body of sport or other relevant qualifications
        2. Basic instructor coach or leader with governing body of sport or other relevant qualifications
        1. Staff with in house training only
          Please circle in the Level of competence or qualification ( 1 -5 above) you normally use for each role
Overall supervision of activity programme within your organisation                            5    4     3      2     1
Person in charge of an activity session                                                       5    4     3      2     1
Assistant instructor, coach or leader                                                         5    4     3      2     1
Staff training for activity provision                                                         5    4     3      2     1
5.Which of the           We use external technical experts to help manage safety                             Yes        No
following                We provide in house training for staff                                              Yes        No
statements apply We have general safety and risk assessment policies                                         Yes        No
to you as a              We have specific activity and site based risk assessment and policies               Yes        No
provider?                We have parental consent procedures for under 18s                                   Yes        No
Please circle the        Our insurers provide a discount for appropriate staff qualifications                Yes        No
answers that apply 6. What level of public liability insurance do
                         you hold as an activity provider                      £


Finally, do you have any other information that you would like to provide? Please write in the box on the right or
attach a separate sheet
Thank you for your help                                     Further comment
Now please return in the envelope provided to
Countryside Consultancy
FREEPOST BEL4251
Newry
BT344BR
         th
Before 28 February 2005



1
 A person/ session refers to the number of people multiplied by the number of sessions. E.g. a day with separate
morning, afternoon or evening sessions may involve 10 persons each time so the total person/sessions in that day
would be 30
2
  A major injury includes a fracture, dislocation, amputation, head injury, loss of sight or hearing, burn, electric
shock, heat/cold induced illness such as hypothermia or heat stroke, or loss of consciousness for any reason. A
dangerous occurrence is a failure of any activity equipment that did not but could have led to an accident or
injury.

								
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