What is an Adventure Activities Licence?
Adventure activities remain a popular past time for both children and young people, but while canoeing and mountaineering in the outdoors is certainly a lot of fun, there is also a responsibility for activity providers to ensure health and safety compliances are being followed, while also ensuring that the safety of visitors are not being compromised by illegal outdoor activities.
The Activity Centres (Young Persons’ Safety) Act 1995 and the Adventure Activities Licensing Regulations 2004 make it a legal requirement in the UK for providers of certain adventure activities for young people to hold a licence, this licence is an Adventure Activities Licence.
What activities require a licence?
The following outdoor adventure activities would require an Adventure Activities Licence if the activities in question were chargeable for under 18s.
- Rock climbing
- Ice climbing
- Gorge walking
- Ghyll scrambling
- Sea level traversing
- Dragon boating
- Wave skiing
- White-water rafting
- Improvised rafting
- Hill walking
- Fell running
- Pony trekking
- Off-road cycling
- Off-piste skiing
- Mine exploration
REMEMBER – It is illegal to operate licensed outdoor activities without an Adventure Activities Licence and you can be prosecuted.
How to apply for an Adventure Activities Licence
An Adventure Activities Licence is authorised and issued by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority. Applicants can apply for an Adventure Activities Licence at the Official Adventure Activities Licensing Authority Website.