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Safety

Abernethy has an excellent safety record, and has been operating Outdoor Adventure Centres in Scotland since 1971. We have built up a wealth of experience over the years and work closely with the Adventure Activities Licensing Service (AALS - see our license details below) to ensure that our adventure programmes are delivered to an exceptionally high standard – the safety and wellbeing of the 12,000 guests who visit our Centres annually as well as that of our 100+ Team members is our top priority.  

Health & Safety Policy Statement

Our emphasis on safety does not just cover the adventurous activities on offer at our Centres, but all areas of our operation.   Our Health & Safety Policy Statement is as follows:  
The Abernethy Trust’s goal is to prevent accidents or sickness occurring as a direct result of its operational activities.   The Abernethy Trust recognises and accepts its Health & Safety duties under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and Management of Health and Safety Regulations 1999.   Through the duties imposed upon its Board and Management and carried out by individual Centre/Operations Directors, the Abernethy Trust seeks to achieve high standards of Health & Safety for its employees, customers, contractors and visitors in order to prevent personal injury and ill health. The Board of Directors will actively support and encourage Managers and Employees to maintain high standards of Health and Safety throughout the organisation and will take steps to ensure compliance with all legislation and statutory duties. The Abernethy Trust will keep under review and monitor performance in safety matters at its operating Centres.   Details of employee’s responsibilities and Health and Safety Procedures are set out in our Health & Safety Policy Document. It is a condition of employment that employees fully comply with these responsibilities and procedures at all times.  

General Safety

We carefully manage our sites to ensure your comfort and safety at all times. We have policies and procedures in place including fire safety, first aid, food hygiene as well as vehicle safety and child protection. We actively pursue the highest standards in all that we do, and carry out internal audits to ensure these standards are maintained.  

Activity Safety

We offer over 30 adventure activities between the four Abernethy Centres, and all of these are operated within clearly defined safety guidelines and standard operating procedures. Each activity is risk assessed and all instructors are trained and qualified to an appropriate level. All four of our Centres are inspected and licensed by AALS to ensure the highest possible standards of instruction. AALS Licensing details for our Centres are shown below.  

Click HERE for our Safety Standards document

AALS Licence Details  

Important details from our AALS Licences are shown below for all four centres. Please contact the relevant Centre for a copy of our license if you require it.  

Abernethy Nethybridge
Reference No:R0347
Licence No: L10681
Issue Date: Apr 2013
Expiry Date: Apr 2014  
Activity categories covered by the licence:
Climbing, Watersports, Trekking 
Specified Activities:
Abseiling, Coasteering, Gorge Scrambling, Hill Walking & Mountaineering, Improvised Rafting, Kayaking, Off-Road Cycling, Open Canoeing, Rock Climbing, Sailing, Ski Touring - (Nordic skiing - off piste), Windsurfing  

Abernethy Ardeonaig
Reference No: R0346
Licence No: L11321
Issue Date: 13 Mar 20134
Expiry Date: 13 Mar 2015 
Activity categories covered by the licence:
Climbing, Watersports, Trekking
Specified Activities:
Abseiling, Gorge Scrambling, Hill Walking & Mountaineering, Improvised Rafting, Kayaking, Open Canoeing, Rock Climbing, Sailing - (Open Keel Boat, and dinghies), Ski Touring - (Nordic ski-ing - off piste. local area.)    

Abernethy Barcaple
Reference No: R0117
Licence No: L11099
Issue Date: 23 Aug 2013
Expiry Date: 23 Aug 2014  
Activity categories covered by the licence:
Climbing, Watersports, Trekking
Specified Activities:
Abseiling - (Single pitch crags), Gorge Scrambling, Hill Walking & Mountaineering, Improvised Rafting, Kayaking, Off-Road Cycling, Open Canoeing, Rock Climbing - (Single pitch crags)  

Abernethy Ardgour (School of Adventure Leadership)
Reference No: R0348
Licence No: L10680
Issue Date: 02 Apr 2013
Expiry Date: 02 Apr 2015  
Activity categories covered by the licence:
Climbing, Watersports, Trekking  
Specified Activities:
Abseiling, Coasteering, Gorge Scrambling, Hill Walking & Mountaineering, Improvised Rafting, Kayaking, Off-Road Cycling, Open Canoeing, Orienteering, Rock Climbing