Coronavirus Adventuremark and LOtC Quality Badge Accreditation


    At a meeting today, and based on the latest available advice, the Adventure Activity Industry Advisory Committee agreed that: Inspections for Adventuremark and the Learning Outside of the Classroom Quality Badge will be postponed during the current Coronavirus situation.


    Existing Providers who are due re-inspection will continue to be accredited, subject to payment of the re-inspection fee and completion of a Provider Declaration. This will be followed up by an inspection when it becomes possible to once again undertake inspections.


    As with the existing annual renewal process, where significant variations in the Providers operation are identified through the Provider Declaration we will conduct a telephone interview and seek further information in order to confirm continuing accreditation.


    No new applications will be accepted until inspections can once again be undertaken If you have any questions please contact: info@adventureactivityassociates.co.uk


    This position statement will be updated on the 1st July 2020 (or sooner if new advice becomes available).


    These are very challenging times for all and we appreciate that Providers are facing many difficulties; we will do our best to support you and add our voice to Government for support for the Industry.


    Mike A Rosser 

    Chair, AAIAC, 17th March 2020

  • The sector’s lead body for adventure activities

    Safety Accreditation : Representation Guidance

  • What We Do

    AAIAC, the Adventure Activities Industry Advisory Committee, is the sector’s lead body for safety in adventure activities. It is representative of a wide range of stakeholders from the UK adventure activities sector and is supported by the Institute for Outdoor Learning.

    Safety Accreditation:

    taking a coordinating role in safety accreditation of adventurous activity and managing, developing and growing Adventuremark.


    being a single contact point for Government and other agencies in the areas of safety, risk management and good practice.


    being a single point of contact for all stakeholders, sharing good practice, developing standards and guidance

  • Governance

    AAIAC was restructured in 2019 to be accountable to Adventure UK, which meets annually to receive an annual report and to provide direction, guidance and support on its strategic plan.

    Adventure UK is the body of representative organisations who oversee the election of AAIAC members and its work plan.

    Current Adventure UK members:


    Stephen Saddler, Independent Chair


    Alistair Boyd, Institute for Outdoor Learning

    Mark Brazier, Expedition Providers Association

    Dan Cook, British Cycling

    John Cousins, Mountain Training UK

    Graham Derrick, Young Explorers Trust

    Paul Donovan, Wales Adventure Tourism Organisation

    Linda Green, European Ropes Course Association

    Asa Gurden, Scout Association

    Jane Campbell Morrison, Scottish Adventure Activity Forum

    Paul Kenwright, British Activity Providers Association

    Craig McCullough, Adventure Industry Northern Ireland

    Steve Morgan, Sport Wales National Outdoor Centre

    Julian Penny, Overseas Expeditions Industry

    Sophia Reed, Activities Industry Mutual

    Andy Taylor, Adventure Activity Industry Advisory Committee

    Shaun Roberts, Scottish Adventure Activity Forum

    Andy Robinson, Institute for Outdoor Learning

    Dave Scourfield, Outdoor Education Advisors Panel

    Gordon Smith, Scottish Advisory Panel for Outdoor Education

    Martin Smith, Outdoor Council/OEAP

    Sally Thompson, Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

    Lisa Wainwright, Sport and Recreation Alliance

    Jim Whittaker, Association Heads Outdoor Education Centres

    Ali Dreyer, Chair Scottish Advisory Panel for Outdoor Education

    Ruth Hall, Mountain Training Trust / Plas Y Brenin



    Ian Lewis

    Richard Manchette



    The above people are your way to influence the work of AAIAC through the member organisations.

    For a copy of the AAIAC Constitution please click here

  • The AAIAC Committee

    The ten members of AAIAC are elected from all areas of the sector.

    Elections for at least five places on AAIAC take place every three years.

    The following members were appointed in 2015 and will be eligible to serve until 2021.

    • Mike Rosser
    • Tom Partridge (Vice Chair)
    • Richard Hamilton
    • Jethro Moore

    The following members were appointed in 2017 and will be eligible to serve until 2023.

    • Paul Airey
    • Ben Longhurst

    The following members were appointed in 2018 and will be eligible to serve until 2024.

    • Jo Barnett
    • Andy Taylor (Chair)
    • Dick Griffiths
    • Gary Dovey
    • Chris Proud

    The following are currently Observer Members:

    • John Cousins
    • Paul Donovan
    • Representation from HSE and AALS
  • Safety Accreditation

    The Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge and Adventuremark are non-statutory quality and safety badges respectively. Both are supported by the AAIAC.

    The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a manifesto to support LOtC. As part of this initiative, DfE is introducing a badging regime for quality learning provision (including safety) entitled LoTC Quality Badge.

    Adventuremark is a non statutory scheme for adventurous activities in the UK, supported by the AAIAC.

  • Approved Schemes and Accredited Providers

    AAIAC Multi Activity Approved Schemes

    • AHOEC (Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres)
    • BAPA (British Activity Providers Association)
    • BC (British Canoeing)

      AAIAC Activity Specific Approved Schemes


      • MT (Mountain Training) 
      • MIAS (Mountain Biking Instructors Award Scheme)
      • BASI (British Association of Skiing Instructors) 


    • News and Updates

      Here you will find what AAIAC has been working on and any important updates relevant to the sector

    • Resources and Guidance Documents

      Resources for the Outdoor Sector

      AAIAC Ropes Course Guidance 2015

      Surviving a Career in Adventure Activities

      Adventuremark Survey Report 2015

      Which Route to Accreditation

      AALS Info Log - Articles

    • Connect With Us

      To get in touch with the Chair of AAIAC - Mike Rosser - Please use the following contact

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