Here are just some of the benefits you get from working with us:
We have always developed our systems, processes and risk assessments to surpass the minimum requirements of our sector. Wayahead Training is licenced to provide trekking and mountaineering activities by the Adventure Activities Licensing Service, a government body and part of HSE that assesses, regulates and monitors outdoor activity provisions and ensures the safety of all participants.
Details can be confirmed by calling AALS on telephone number: 02920 755715 or visiting their website www.aals.org.uk.
Wayahead Training is registered under no. L14961/R2050.
The Adventuremark is a non-statutory safety scheme devised by the Adventure Activity Industry Advisory Committee (AAIAC) for providers of adventurous activities that are outside the scope of the Adventure Activity Licensing regulations. Adventuremark allows providers to demonstrate to their customers or users that the provider’s arrangements for managing the potential risks of adventure activities have been inspected and found to meet the necessary standards of good practice in the adventure activity industry.
Wayahead Training is proud to hold the Adventuremark. We also proudly hold a Learning Outside the Classroom Badge .
The LOtC Quality Badge, awarded by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, provides for the first time a national award combining the essential elements of provision – learning and safety – into ONE easily recognisable and trusted accreditation scheme for ALL types of learning outside the classroom provider organisation. The LOtC Quality Badge reduces the red tape associated with learning outside the classroom by making it easier for teachers and other education providers to incorporate LOtC into the everyday curriculum. This increases the likelihood of children having the opportunity to have wider educational experiences which directly benefit their educational, social and emotional development. The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom is the managing and overall awarding body for the LOtC Quality Badge, which recognises providers offering good quality LOtC and managing risk effectively. As part of this process, the Council is working to reduce bureaucracy in schools, whilst maintaining safety and quality in learning.
As organisational members of the Institute of Outdoor Learning, we are aware of developments in the education sector, which then informs our approach to what we provide.
Wayahead Training is licenced by the DofE as an Approved Activity Provider. This demonstrates that we have met the DofE’s criteria.We work closely with the DofE Head Office and DofE Licenced Organisations to ensure our programme meet the requirements of the DofE Expedition Section (the 20 Conditions) – weblink . For more details visit the DofE website.
Wayahead Training is fully insured for the activities it provides through Activities Industry Mutual (AIM). We hold a public liability policy which covers up to £5,000,000 and an employer’s liability policy. For more information please visit www.activitiesindustrymutual.co.uk. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award provides limited personal accident insurance cover for participants, see www.dofe.org for more information.
We strongly recommend that participants booking onto one of our expeditions take out additional insurance cover for cancellation or curtailment as we are not able to offer refunds for participants unable to attend or complete a training course or expedition. Where possible we do offer participants the choice of an alternative date. Suitable travel insurance policies are widely available.
Complete Peace of Mind
At the heart of our company are our team of instructors. They come with a wealth of knowledge about all things ‘outdoorsy’, experience earned over many years and several continents and an enthusiasm to share this with you. All of our instructors hold the Mountain Leader (Summer) Award as a minimum, with trainees working towards assessment supervised by qualified MLs. All instructors are personally known to Wayahead Training and have enhanced CRB’s. All are DofE accredited assessors with most holding other and higher qualifications in everything from mountain biking to winter climbing to first aid training. For more information on qualifications please click on this link www.mountain-training.org/award-schemes.
How Do We Do This Safely?
We train each group to the recommended standard, and often beyond, for the level of award they are undertaking. Through this we gain an understanding of each individual and groups ability and tailor the experience and challenge to them. All of our instructors have current and relevant knowledge of the expedition areas we use. Wayahead Training carries out both generic (activity) risk assessments and site specific risk assessments which are communicated to all parties (instructors and participants). Throughout the expedition our instructors make dynamic risk assessments, taking into account the group’s performance, and conditions underfoot to ensure that we are continually applying the appropriate level of support and supervision to each group. Our instructors ensure they are always in a position to offer quick and effective support to groups in expedition. Where appropriate, we employ modern communication technology (GPS, mobile phones etc), between instructors and also between the instructor and the group to provide additional advice and guidance (if necessary).
In order for groups to complete their DofE expeditions they need to be self-sufficient, completing their route without outside assistance. This means that during their qualifying expedition groups will be monitored from a distance, and supervisors will have limited direct contact with the group.
Working with Pharos Response we have 24/7 critical incident cover and systems that have been audited and stress tested.
We take storage and usage of personal data seriously and comply with all current UK Data Protection requirements. You can find us on the public register of data controllers, which is available by calling the helpline on 0303 123 1113