AdventureMark Training Workshop - 8th September

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chris scott
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Posted on 22 August 2011 at 11:04
HI all,

Please see message below from MIke McClure of SportNI.com regarding an upcoming AdventureMark workshop.

Kind Regards,

Chris Scott
Activity Tourism Manager


As many of you are aware we have begun to roll out Adventuremark in Northern Ireland as a suitable and appropriate alternative to statutory licensing along with a funding package to cover the costs associated with accreditation over the next 2 years. Please visit www.sportni.net/particpation/Adventuremark for further details

We are going to be holding a couple of training workshops on Thursday 8th September at the Lough Neagh Discover Centre near Lurgan to help providers who are preparing for assessment / accreditation. These workshops are free of charge and the focus will be on how to practically ensure that your operation meets the standards required by an accreditation scheme such as Adventuremark. Topics will include – risk assessments and other documentation, systems of accreditation of staff for particular activities, risk management policies etc. The workshops will be identical – so you only need attend 1 of them – but we realised that in September a number of providers may be very busy with school intro courses – so felt it would be useful to repeat the afternoon session in the evening for those that are unable to come in the afternoon.

The workshops will be lead by Iain Peter and Bob Barton from Adventure Activity Associates who administer the scheme – so it is a chance to hear the information from the horse’s mouth. Iain and Bob are widely respected throughout the industry – both are Alpine guides who have experience of working in National Centres, Governing Bodies, private sector centres and voluntary / charitable centres.

Workshop 1 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Workshop 2 6.30pm – 9.30pm

In order to gauge numbers please do contact Aidan Creamer aidancreamer@sportni.net (Tel 02890383215) to book your place on one of these sessions.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like any further information.


Mike McClure | Outdoor Recreation Officer |Sport Northern Ireland
Tollymore National Outdoor Centre | Hilltown Road | Bryansford BT33 0PT
t: 02890 383855 | m: 07976 468914
e: mikemcclure@sportni.net | w: www.sportni.net

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Posted on 22 August 2011 at 22:48
No evidence that the expense of AdventureMark accreditation is worthwhile where the sport's Governing Body already provides corresponding accreditation at much lesser cost and has the necessary expert inspection processes in place.

It therefore seems unfair discrimination to propose giving prominence, in websites and other publicity, to AdventureMark accredited providers over others who can demonstrate corresponding if not superior criteria relating to standards, inspections etc.

In relation to my own sports - hang gliding and paragliding - what expertise does Adventure Activity Associates have to ensure their credibility in assessing hang gliding or paragliding activity providers?

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