Safety

The management of risk and the safety of customers is always the top priority at GWC.   This covers all aspects of a visit from arriving on site, moving around the Centre, living and eating at the Centre as well as the adventurous activities. 

The Centre is inspected by a number of regulating and licensing authorities including the Adventure Activities Licensing Service, Royal Yachting Association and the British Canoe Union. The Centre also holds the AHOEC Gold Standard which exceeds the benchmark of the Learning Outside the Classroom (LotC) badge.

The Centre has a Child Protection policy which is overseen by Cambridgeshire County Council and all staff and instructors are checked through the Disclosure and Barring Service.

All staff will either hold a relevant National Governing Body (NGB) qualification, or a statement of competence signed by an appropriately experienced and qualified person consistent with the requirements of the Licensing Regulations.  Copies will be available for inspection on site.

The Centre has Risk and Benefit Assessments and Operating Procedures which are reviewed annually and inspected by the various licensing authorities.  The Centre also reviews the weather each day to ensure that activities are suitable and appropriate for the conditions and the group. 

Visiting School staff or leaders act in Loco Parentis for the duration of the visit.  GWC have a qualified First Aider based on site at all times and operate an ‘on call’ system 24 hours a day. 

All specialist equipment is provided.  All equipment will be fit for purpose and is inspected as part of our adventure activities license.  Records of equipment checks will be available for inspection on site.