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Thurston Outdoor Education Centre: Safety policies and procedures


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  2. Residential courses
  3. Activities
  4. Self-catering
  5. Camping for groups
  6. Safety policies and procedures
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Safety policies and procedures

At Thurston Outdoor Education Centre, safety is our top priority.

Thurston holds an AALA Licence (Provider Reference R0572), LOTC Quality Badge, Adventuremark, and AHOEC Gold Standard. All staff are highly qualified and hold relevant outdoor qualifications

If you have any questions about our policies or procedures, please get in touch.

Emergencies and planning

Emergency procedures

First aid arrangements

Fire policy

Planning for extreme situations

Maintenance and repairs

Maintenance policy

Repairs and breakages procedure


Internet use policy

Guidelines for group leaders - acceptable group behaviour

Behaviour policy

Child protection

Child protection policy


Administration of medication policy

Activity policies

Bushcraft and wilderness skills

Blast Off

Camping, huts, bothies and bivouacking

Climbing wall

Climbing and abseiling - Thurston Trees

Climbing and abseiling - outdoors

Low ropes course

Mine exploration

Mountain walking

Mountain biking


Problem solving

Unaccompanied activities

Blue green algae (HABs)

Drascombe Longboats

Ghyll scrambling



Raft building

Sea level traversing

Whaler rowing

The Dell (bush and fire craft)

Night Line

Risk assessments

We carry out detailed risk assessments for all our activities and buildings.

These files may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. If you need this information in a different format, please contact us.

Risk assessment summary775.94KB

Generic outdoor activity risk assessment160.89KB

Drinks room risk assessment149.12KB

Minibus risk assessment152.56KB

Main house risk assessment159.56KB

Dining room risk assessment150.04KB

Barn risk assessment150.27KB

Grounds risk assessment144.03KB

Norovirus risk assessment147.77KB

Ticks risk assessment147.34KB

Tractor risk assessment150.2KB

Kitchen risk assessment286.89KB

Maintenance risk assessment266.7KB

Housekeeping risk assessment267.71KB

Blast Off risk assessment152.14KB

Bushcraft and wilderness skills risk assessment151.04KB

Camping, bothies, bivouacking risk assessment150.35KB

Climbing wall risk assessment150.63KB

Climbing wall risk assessment150.63KB

Climbing and abseiling (Thurston Trees) risk assessment152.42KB

Climbing and abseiling (outdoors) risk assessment150.78KB

Low ropes course risk assessment148.79KB

Mine exploration risk assessment151.02KB

Winter mountain walking risk assessment156.1KB

Mountain walking risk assessment150.64KB

Mountain biking risk assessment151.1KB

Orienteering risk assessment149.04KB

Problem solving risk assessment147.99KB

Unaccompanied activities risk assessment149.09KB

Nightline risk assessment151.69KB

The Dell risk assessment150.09KB

Blue green algae (HABs) risk assessment150.92KB

Dinghy sailing risk assessment152.16KB

Drascombe longboats risk assessment152.04KB

Ghyll scrambling risk assessment150.65KB

Stand up paddleboarding risk assessment150.49KB

Paddlesport risk assessment152.96KB

Paddlesport (moving water) risk assessment151.0KB

Paddlesport (estuary) risk assessment152.25KB

Jetty jumping and swimming risk assessment151.41KB

Raft building risk assessment153.83KB

Sea level traversing risk assessment151.23KB

Whaler rowing risk assessment153.41KB

COVID-19 campsite risk assessment199.91KB

COVID-19 buildings risk assessment281.4KB

COVID-19 task based risk assessment192.99KB

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