We’ve also been busy refreshing our skills and knowledge with plenty of staff training. As part of this, we are delighted to announce that our founder and head instructor, Lee Simpson, has been awarded a Technical Expert qualification from the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA)!
The Adventure Activities Licensing Authority ensures that providers of outdoor adventure activities to young people (under 18 years old) follow good safety management practices. This is particularly important for our school groups and Duke of Edinburgh Awards participants, and ensures we’re fully up-to-date and compliant with safety requirements. As safety is our top priority, we’re pleased to be licensed members.
So what does Lee’s new qualification mean for Keswick Adventures?
Covering hydrospeeding, canyoning and ghyll scrambling, Lee is now qualified to train and assess other members of the team to make sure they are efficient, safe and effective guides. While the award is mainly focused on providing safety for adventurers under 18, the skills and knowledge is relevant to anyone who takes part on one of these activities. So whether you’re 15 or 50, you can now be even more sure that you’re in the safest and most competent of hands!
As always, our main aim is to provide exciting outdoor activities in a completely safe environment. We hand pick the best instructors, keep their training up-to-date, and use only top-quality kit for all of our activities.
It’s an exciting result, and Lee is thrilled with the achievement. As a competent and experienced outdoor adventure provider who has worked across the world, he is still constantly learning and developing his skills.