Safety & Support
Outposts offers unrivalled experience, support, security and peace of mind for expeditioners, their parents, schools and teachers!
We maintain the highest levels of safety to ensure that we are fully compliant with, and often exceed, industry standards expected of UK expedition companies, which are among some of the most stringent in the world.
Outposts Ltd is certified as being Corporate Compliant with the British Standard Institutes 8848 and as such has all Risk Assessments and Safe Working Practices externally audited. See below for further details of all our accreditations.
We have chosen to specialise in the destinations about which we have in-depth knowledge & experience; where we visit often to carry out recces and risk assessments; where Outposts staff have themselves led expeditions and established firm relationships, over many years, with in-country suppliers and emergency services.
We don't offer expeditions to destinations in parts of the world outside our areas of expertise. Preferring instead to give a more personal, flexible and tailor-made service to expeditioners, parents and teachers.
Operations room, Safety back-up & Critical Incident Management
Risk Assessments, Training & Expedition Leaders
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OUTPOSTS LTD'S ACCREDITATIONS & COMPLIANCE
Outposts holds an ATOL 9996 (Air Tour Operators License) which offers clients financial protection in the case of operator insolvency where clients have booked expeditions, trips or holidays abroad involving a combination of flights and ground arrangements with Outposts.
ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES LICENSING AUTHORITY
Outposts Ltd is one of 900 licensed providers in the United Kingdom under The Adventure Activities Licence Regulations 1996. The Outposts' Registered Number is: L10360 / R0626. The aim of the licensing scheme is to give assurance that good safety management practice is being followed so that young people can continue to have opportunities to experience exciting and stimulating activities outdoors while not being exposed to avoidable risk of death and disabling injury. Requirements on providers are drawn from existing health and safety legislation. Outposts Ltd is registered with The Adventure Activities Licensing Service as licensed to provide specified activities under the following headings: Kayaking (including sit-on-tops) Open Canoeing, Paddle Surfing, Improvised Rafting, Rock Climbing, Abseiling, Gorge Scrambling, Coasteering, Hill Walking & Mountaineering, Off-Road Cycling (also called Mountain Biking), Caving. Confirm on: Tel 029 2075 5715 or click on the logo.
The scheme guarantees that providers have been inspected and have demonstrated compliance with relevant health and safety legislation.
YOUNG EXPLORERS TRUST (YET) British Standard 8848
YET is a national charity dedicated to promoting safe and responsible expeditions for young people. Established in 1972 YET is a registered charity, seeking to promote safe and responsible expeditions for young people. By so doing it aims to give young people the opportunity to take part in exploration, discovery, and challenging adventure so as to help foster the qualities of service, self-sufficiency, and leadership.
YET regularly identifies, examines and evidences the policies and procedures of Outposts Ltd in respect of its operations outside the United Kingdom.
In addition, YET tests the application of these policies and procedures with reference to two sample ventures, and their Venture Leadership, and determined that these ventures operate in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Company.
On the basis of the evidence and information provided, together with the answers given to YET questioning and tests on the application thereof, YET consider that the overseas operating procedures and controls of Outposts Ltd conform to British Standard 8848:2007+A1:2009.
EXPEDITION PROVIDERS ASSOCIATION
Outposts Ltd is a member of the Expedition Providers Association which was at the forefront of helping to create BS8848, and also the EVAC badge for overseas expeditions.
INSTITUTE FOR OUTDOOR LEARNING
The Institute encourages participation in outdoor learning by developing quality, safety and opportunity in outdoor and by supporting and enhancing the good practice of those who work in the field.
Outposts Ltd is a member of the Institute and supports its aims of commitment to excellence, supported by policies of environmental sustainability and management of diversity. The Managing Director of Outposts Ltd is an Accredited Practitioner of the Institute.
LEAVE NO TRACE
The member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, and is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands. Through relevant and targeted education, research and outreach, the Center ensures the long-term health of our natural world. In its simplest form, Leave No Trace is about making good decisions to protect the world around you - the world we all enjoy.
INSTITUTE OF LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
Outposts is endorsed by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM). In addition to our own programmes we provide support to other ILM training providers in the delivery of all, or part, of their ILM-accredited training programmes.
COMPLEX ADAPTIVE LEADERSHIP
Michael Kingscote, Outposts Founder and MD, is part of the specialist leadership team at Complex Adaptive Leadership whose aim is to expand the view, practice and consistency of Leadership & Organisational Development at local, national and international level.
FOREIGN OFFICE ADVICE
Further information and advice can be found on the Government FCO 'Know Before You Go' website.