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 JUDITH A ANNETT – COUNTRYSIDE CONSULTANCY 2 ADVENTURE ACTIVITY PROVIDERS IN NORTHERN IRELAND – REPORT ON DATABASE AND QUESTIONNAIRE 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. JUDITH A ANNETT – COUNTRYSIDE CONSULTANCY 3 ADVENTURE ACTIVITY PROVIDERS IN NORTHERN IRELAND – REPORT ON DATABASE AND QUESTIONNAIRE 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. JUDITH A ANNETT – COUNTRYSIDE CONSULTANCY 4 ADVENTURE ACTIVITY PROVIDERS IN NORTHERN IRELAND – REPORT ON DATABASE AND QUESTIONNAIRE 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. JUDITH A ANNETT – COUNTRYSIDE CONSULTANCY 5 ADVENTURE ACTIVITY PROVIDERS IN NORTHERN IRELAND – REPORT ON DATABASE AND QUESTIONNAIRE 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. JUDITH A ANNETT – COUNTRYSIDE CONSULTANCY 6 ADVENTURE ACTIVITY PROVIDERS IN NORTHERN IRELAND – REPORT ON DATABASE AND QUESTIONNAIRE 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 JUDITH A ANNETT – COUNTRYSIDE CONSULTANCY 7 ADVENTURE ACTIVITY PROVIDERS IN NORTHERN IRELAND – REPORT ON DATABASE AND QUESTIONNAIRE 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 JUDITH A ANNETT – COUNTRYSIDE CONSULTANCY 8 ADVENTURE ACTIVITY PROVIDERS IN NORTHERN IRELAND – REPORT ON DATABASE AND QUESTIONNAIRE 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. JUDITH A ANNETT – COUNTRYSIDE CONSULTANCY 9 ADVENTURE ACTIVITY PROVIDERS IN NORTHERN IRELAND – REPORT ON DATABASE AND QUESTIONNAIRE 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. JUDITH A ANNETT – COUNTRYSIDE CONSULTANCY 10 ADVENTURE ACTIVITY PROVIDERS IN NORTHERN IRELAND – REPORT ON DATABASE AND QUESTIONNAIRE 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. JUDITH A ANNETT – COUNTRYSIDE CONSULTANCY 11 ADVENTURE ACTIVITY PROVIDERS IN NORTHERN IRELAND – REPORT ON DATABASE AND QUESTIONNAIRE 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 JUDITH A ANNETT – COUNTRYSIDE CONSULTANCY 12 ADVENTURE ACTIVITY PROVIDERS IN NORTHERN IRELAND – REPORT ON DATABASE AND QUESTIONNAIRE • 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. JUDITH A ANNETT – COUNTRYSIDE CONSULTANCY 13 ADVENTURE ACTIVITY PROVIDERS IN NORTHERN IRELAND – REPORT ON DATABASE AND QUESTIONNAIRE 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. JUDITH A ANNETT – COUNTRYSIDE CONSULTANCY 14 ADVENTURE ACTIVITY PROVIDERS IN NORTHERN IRELAND – REPORT ON DATABASE AND QUESTIONNAIRE 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. JUDITH A ANNETT – COUNTRYSIDE CONSULTANCY 15 ADVENTURE ACTIVITY PROVIDERS IN NORTHERN IRELAND – REPORT ON DATABASE AND QUESTIONNAIRE 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 JUDITH A ANNETT – COUNTRYSIDE CONSULTANCY 16 ADVENTURE ACTIVITY PROVIDERS IN NORTHERN IRELAND – REPORT ON DATABASE AND QUESTIONNAIRE 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 JUDITH A ANNETT – COUNTRYSIDE CONSULTANCY 17 ADVENTURE ACTIVITY PROVIDERS IN NORTHERN IRELAND – REPORT ON DATABASE AND QUESTIONNAIRE 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 JUDITH A ANNETT – COUNTRYSIDE CONSULTANCY 18 ADVENTURE ACTIVITY PROVIDERS IN NORTHERN IRELAND – REPORT ON DATABASE AND QUESTIONNAIRE 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 JUDITH A ANNETT – COUNTRYSIDE CONSULTANCY 19 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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