Health and safety
Safety of your students and staff is our number one priority
To uphold our commitment to safety:
- all instructors have a first aid qualification
- all staff have an enhanced DBS certificate and we regularly check the records
- our equipment undergoes regular and rigorous safety checks and maintenance
- all minibus drivers are trained and assessed through the MIDAS scheme.
- all staff complete a full induction programme to maintain high and consistent standards
- many of our staff hold high level National Governing Body qualifications
We provide all necessary safety equipment and protective clothing during your stay, including harnesses, helmets, wetsuits and buoyancy aids.
Our kit lists are a guide to what we would recommend you bring but please consider the time of year and weather forecast!
Special educational needs and accessibility
Hampshire Outdoor Centres deliver inclusive outdoor education programmes. We have adapted most activities so they meet the needs of people with physical or other needs. All our centres have accessible bedroom and bathroom facilities. Please contact us to discuss your requirements in advance, or to ask any questions. We will plan the best experience possible for students with special educational needs.
We invite you to visit any of our centres in advance, to see the facilities and discuss options.
Medical forms and consent
Group Leader’s must ensure that they have obtained fully informed (parental for under 18s) consent for the group members to attend Hampshire Outdoor Centres before arrival. Parents/guardians and visiting staff should accept that, by their nature, adventure activities may involve some level of risk which cannot be fully eliminated.
A small fund is available to provide financial assistance to children to help fund a visit to our outdoor centres. Funding can cover:
- residential and non-residential visits
- costs directly charged by the centre
- tuition, activities, and excursions provided by the centre