Herts & Bucks Wing

  Adventure Training Group








  1. Adventure and outdoor activities offer educational and recreational opportunities as well as personal and social development to participants, regardless of their background. These activities can help to foster a spirit of adventure in which the participants can learn to work with others and cope with an element of the unknown and so develop the ability to deal with changing circumstances and the management of risk. 

  2. The public are willing to accept a certain level of risk in order to secure these benefits, so long as they can be confident that the risk is worth taking and that it is being properly controlled. This does not extend to the elimination of all risks or the establishment of standards that are so high as to reduce the potential benefits. 

  3. The balance between challenge and safety is therefore an important consideration for all adventure activity providers. The best facilities, environments and experiences are those that, through thoughtful design, management and maintenance, offer participants the maximum developmental value while ensuring that their safety is effectively managed. 



  1. This means that the provider of the activity needs to identify, and make informed judgements about, the hazards to which participants and leaders are exposed. The provider should then take steps to ensure that the risks are managed and controlled so far as is reasonably practicable while allowing the potential benefits to be delivered

This process needs to include:

Ensuring that the activity is managed by people whose competence and experience are appropriate to the task and the hazards it presents and whose judgement can be relied upon

Ensuring that participants, especially young people, are properly prepared to undertake the activity and that the activity is appropriate to their levels of physical and mental maturity

Ensuring that management systems are in place to set the boundaries of acceptability of the risk and control mechanisms through risk assessments

Ensuring that the equipment to be used is fit for purpose in terms of its initial specification and subsequent maintenance

Ensuring that authoritative, relevant good practice is followed

Ensuring that statutory obligations are met

  1. Activities or conditions that involve higher levels of hazard will require more detailed judgements to be made and higher levels of experience and competence on behalf of the leaders to ensure that these factors are recognised and managed



  1. Activities or conditions that involve higher levels of hazard will require more detailed judgements to be made and Properly managed outdoor and adventure activities can help participants understand and risk awareness, risk assessment and risk management and the control measures that are necessary, and thereby help to equip them to deal with the risks inherent in life. Achieving this depends on the identification of the hazards and risks and the development of the skills and experience necessary to overcome them with appropriate levels of supervision.

      Web site by: Flt Lt Geoff Bowles RAFVR(T), ML(S), SPA                                                            This page last updated on 28 October 2003