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Accreditation

What does 'accredited provider' mean?

There are over 200 activity providers offering over 40 exciting activities on OutdoorNI.com so you are spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting your next adventure in Northern Ireland. 

Whilst fun and excitement are key,  safety is of paramount importance to OutdoorNI.com.  Therefore we have given prominence on our website to those activity providers with recognised external safety accreditation.

OutdoorNI.com recommends that you choose an 'accredited provider' when choosing your next adventure. 

How does an activity provider become safety accredited? 

There are many different ways an activity provider can become safety accredited - it depends on which activity they offer.  All those with 'accredited provider' status on OutdoorNI.com have undergone an external and independent safety inspection by one of the methods outlined below.  These safety accreditations will apply to the activity provider rather than the individual instructor: 

AdventureMark

This is an accreditation scheme focused on safety that is for adventure and activity providers.  The holding of AdventureMark provides an effective method for a provider to prove, through an external and independent verification process that they are suitably competent and meet statutory requirements and industry standards for their operations.

Find out more at the AdventureMark website.

International or National Governing Body Accreditation 

Many activities have their own governing body either within the UK, Ireland or internationally.  Many of these governing bodies carry out annual external safety inspections of activity providers for example the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) will annually inspect their Recognised Teaching Establishments.  

Statutory Accreditation 

Some activities are required to be inspected annually by law.   The following activities on OutdoorNI.com are subject to statutory legislation:

Boat Charter - All passenger charter boats should be accredited by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Boat Trips - All passenger boats should be accredited by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Gliding - All gliding operators should be accredited by the Civil Aviation Authority under the statutory legislation of the Air Navigation Order 

Microlight Flying -  All microlight operators should be accredited by the Civil Aviation Authority under the statutory legislation of the Air Navigation Order 

Sky Diving & Parachuting - All sky diving and parachuting operators should be accredited by the Civil Aviation Authority under the statutory legislation of the Air Navigation Order 

The 'Accreditation' tab on each activity provider's profile indicates which organisation they are accredited by and for which activities. 

Does OutdoorNI.com carry out inspections?

No - OutdoorNI.com leave safety inspections to the experts outlined above.  We then provide the platform for outdoor activity providers to tell you which safety accreditation they have achieved.

Are those without accreditation unsafe?

It should be remembered that adventure activity providers in Northern Ireland have had an excellent safety record with very few incidents recorded. 

In Northern Ireland, the vast majority of safety accreditation is voluntary rather than the law (exceptions are listed above) therefore it is the activity provider's choice as to whether they obtain accreditation.  

Activity providers can operate without external safety accreditation hence they are still listed on OutdoorNI.com,  but before making a booking please ensure they prove their competence to operate.

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