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Thurston Outdoor Education Centre: Safety policies and procedures


  1. About the centre
  2. Residential courses
  3. Activities
  4. Self-catering
  5. Camping for groups
  6. Safety policies and procedures
  7. Friends of Thurston
  8. Contact and directions

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 summary192.6KB

Generic outdoor activity risk assessment54.91KB

Drinks room risk assessment48.46KB

Minibus risk assessment92.87KB

Main house risk assessment56.67KB

Dining room risk assessment49.13KB

Barn risk assessment49.06KB

Grounds risk assessment48.89KB

Norovirus risk assessment89.0KB

Ticks risk assessment89.54KB

Tractor risk assessment48.67KB

Kitchen risk assessment169.02KB

Maintenance risk assessment144.57KB

Housekeeping risk assessment145.92KB

Blast Off risk assessment96.59KB

Bushcraft and wilderness skills risk assessment92.91KB

Camping, bothies, bivouacking risk assessment93.14KB

Climbing wall risk assessment92.28KB

Climbing and abseiling (Thurston Trees) risk assessment94.53KB

Climbing and abseiling (outdoors) risk assessment93.22KB

Low ropes course risk assessment90.15KB

Mine exploration risk assessment93.64KB

Winter mountain walking risk assessment122.74KB

Mountain walking risk assessment92.26KB

Mountain biking risk assessment93.47KB

Orienteering risk assessment90.27KB

Problem solving risk assessment90.26KB

Unaccompanied activities risk assessment90.1KB

Nightline risk assessment91.67KB

The Dell risk assessment92.08KB

Blue green algae (HABs) risk assessment92.31KB

Dinghy sailing risk assessment94.34KB

Drascombe longboats risk assessment93.89KB

Ghyll scrambling risk assessment92.0KB

Stand up paddleboarding risk assessment91.68KB

Paddlesport risk assessment93.12KB

Paddlesport (moving water) risk assessment92.91KB

Paddlesport (estuary) risk assessment93.83KB

Jetty jumping and swimming risk assessment93.97KB

Raft building risk assessment91.55KB

Sea level traversing risk assessment93.1KB

Whaler rowing risk assessment93.92KB

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