Our courses are designed to educate, motivate and inspire our clients. All of our courses carry an element of risk but these risks are balanced by the very real benefits that instructors and clients can enjoy from being in the mountains and the great outdoors.
The mountaineering community recognises that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering carry a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should therefore be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.
Our instructors / leaders are fully qualifed to run your course. They demonstrate their competency according to the HSE guidance, namely by holding the relevance national qualifications and by received appropriate in-house training or through experience.
Confirming and paying for your course acts as an indication that you have read and understand this document. It is merely to make sure you are aware of what you are letting yourself in for! We have taken all reasonable steps to provide you with the level of care and assurances of safety appropriate to these activities.
However, you should be aware that certain inherent risks remain which are integral to the activity, and which cannot be eliminated without destroying their unique character. Amongst other things, some of these risks can contribute to:
• The loss or damage of your personal clothing or equipment,
• Accidental injury or illness which could become very serious.
Nature’s Work holds Public Liability Insurance.
Freelance instructors and leaders hold individual Public Liability Insurance.
Clients are recommended to take out personal accident and cancellation insurance.
The level of real (as opposed to apparent) risk associated with these courses is very low. However, the type of risks may be something with which you are not familiar. The level of risk is generally no greater than that associated with, for example, the normal play of an average child, or that associated with normal adult undertaking recreational activities appropriate to their ability, fitness, age, etc.
Things you may encounter may include, but may not be limited to:
Rough or rugged terrain:
This may be on mountain or moorland, forestry or agricultural land.
All courses involve physical effort that at times may be more than you are used to. If you have medical conditions or injuries, past or present, these courses may not be suitable for you.
Environmental risks & hazards:
These may include such factors as lightening or floods although the more common would be changes in the weather, or unstable or slippery conditions underfoot. Slips and trips - this is the commonest type of accident throughout society and our courses are no exception. We will endeavour to ensure that the consequences of such a slip are not serious but you should be aware that the likelihood of falling over or slipping is likely to be greater than you are used to.
Moreover, given the nature of the environment in which these may occur the situation can compound giving rise to a more serious incident. We have clear obligations and responsibilities and we take these very seriously.
Covid-19 is a hazard that we are all learning to manage. Medical disclosure is more important than ever. In participating in these workshops we encourage you to take ownership of any personal medical problems. Avoid sharing anything that can be kept separate such as food and drinks, maps, sun cream etc. We encourage everyone to bring and use their own hand sanitiser. If driving to a site is required then please wear face coverings whilst in the vehicle. We will operate withint guidelines for social distancing at all times.
By booking onto this / these course(s) with Nature’s Work you understand and recognize that:
The nature of the risks may be different to ones I am familiar with.
Certain inherent risks remain.
The BMC acts on behalf of walkers, climbers and mountaineers in the UK and offers the following participation statement that we ask you to agree to:
“The BMC recognises that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.”