Safety is at the forefront of everything we do. A to Z Expeditions has taken all necessary steps to ensure that our expedition programmes provide an appropriate challenge for participants without compromising on safety.
The Adventurous Activities Licensing Service is the body which regulates Adventurous Activities in the UK. It is a government body and part of the HSE. A to Z Expeditions is licensed by AALS to provide walking, cycling and canoeing expeditions. Our licence number is R1606, details of our licence can be confirmed by calling the AALS on 029 2075 5715 or by visiting www.aals.org.uk
A to Z Expeditions is a Duke of Edinburgh's Award Approved Activity Provider. We work closely with DofE head office and DofE Operating Authorities across the country to ensure our programmes fulfil the DofE Expedition Requirements.
We utilise the latest technology to ensure our groups have a safe and enjoyable expedition experience.
Inspired by the SARLOC system used by mountain rescue teams, we have developed FindMe to help locate lost groups. It uses the geolocation software on participants mobile phones to send us a fix on their location.
We also have a stock of Personal Locator Beacons which we issue to groups undertaking expeditions in remote areas. When activated the PLB sends a distress signal directly to the emergency services.
Our real strength is our fantastic team of instructors. They are all fully qualified and have the necessary experience to deliver DofE training and expeditions. Each instructor holds the National Governing Body qualifications appropriate for the terrain and mode of travel of the expedition.
Our instructors are also DofE experts, they have all completed a DofE Induction course and the majority are DofE Accredited Assessors.
All of our instructors are qualified first aiders and have attended activity specific courses to enable them to deal efficiently with any situation that may arise.
All participants will receive training to enable them to effectively deal with emergencies during their expedition. Each expedition group is also issued with a group first aid kit.
We recommend that participants undertake further first aid training, which could count towards their DofE Skills section.
As part of our child protection policy all of our instructors and office staff have Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau checks. These are renewed every three years.
We are fully insured to deliver training and expeditions through Activities Industry Mutual. We hold a public liability policy which covers up to £5,000,000 and an employer’s liability policy. Please see www.activitiesindustrymutual.co.uk for more information.
Duke of Edinburgh's Award provides limited personal accident insurance cover for participants see www.dofe.org for more details.
We strongly recommend participants take additional insurance to cover cancellation and curtailment as we are not able to offer refunds for participants who are unable to attend or complete training or expeditions. Suitable travel insurance policies are widely available.