Information For Schools & Youth groups

Information For School & Youth Group Organisers

We are licensed and insured to take Under 18s out in our canoes on the River Dart Estuary between the weir at Totnes and Dartmouth Castle.

Fully licensed

We are inspected annually by the Dart Harbour Authority, who issues our commercial operators' licence, and every three years by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority, part of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), who issue our license to take out U18s according to a UK national standard.  Both those inspections involve an assessment of the qualification and experience of our staff, our operational procedures, and the quality of our vessels and equipment.

Staff: student ratios - part of our Risk Assessment and Safeguarding Policy

Please note that numbers of students and staff attending are an essential part of our Risk Assessment and Safeguarding policy.    We need at least 6 adults or reasonably sized paddling teenagers to make the boats safe in most conditions in our operating window.  We need at least one adult that is known to the young people in each canoe.  Please therefore advise us if your numbers change beforehand.  

Fully insured

Our insurance is provided by Activities Industry Mutual Limited that specialise in outdoor and adventure activities.  Our public liability extends to £5,000,000 each and every occurence.  Our Employers liability extends to £10,000,000 each and every occurence.  Our professional Indemnity cover extends to £100,000. 

Weather contingency

We keep a constant eye on the weather forecast and will be in touch in advance of you trip to explore contingency options, should conditions look like being outside of our operating window. 

Please find attached
- Standing Risk Assessment
- Adventure Activities Licensing Service (AALA) Certificate
- Public Liability Insurance Certificate