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Information for Parents (FAQs)


Plus Icon Will my child need to wear any particular clothing or equipment?

Carnegie Great Outdoors will provide all the specialist equipment necessary for your child to participate in our activities. Daily safety and equipment checks are made by our Course Directors and risk assessments have been carried out for all activities and sites in which we operate. You will be given a kit list which identifies clothing that will be required for your child.

View sample kit list

Please be advised:

  • Clothing and equipment will become wet and dirty during the residential.
  • Denim jeans are not suitable for any of the activities.
  • Please bring extra synthetic t-shirts and underwear for each wet activity.
  • Boots are recommended to have ‘good tread’ and ankle support.
  • Please remember to provide any medication your child needs for the week. Inform the teacher/group leader and highlight your child’s medical needs on the Medical Consent Form which will be provided.

Personal items are not covered by our insurance and although your child may wish to bring valuable items (i.e. cameras, jewellery, etc.) this is at your own risk.

No previous experience is necessary. Our friendly instructors will tailor the activities to the experience of the group and encourage and support your child.

Plus Icon My child can’t swim; can he/she still take part in watersports?

Yes, we provide all buoyancy aids. If your child cannot swim 50m unaided, we do ask to be told this in advance on our Medical Consent Form so that our instructors are aware and can offer your child additional supervision and support.

Plus Icon What is the accommodation like?

Different venues offer different rooms types and some venues are available with exclusive use - meaning only your group will stay there for the duration of your trip.

Plus Icon What is your instructor to pupil ratio?

Carnegie Great Outdoors will staff all activities at ratios in accordance with NGB/AALA guidelines.

Plus Icon What if my child has special needs?

If your child has special needs, please ensure you inform the teacher or leader who is organising the school trip - they can then pass on the information to us to ensure activities are suitable and support is provided. We will always endeavour to ensure our activities are inclusive wherever possible.

Plus Icon Will my child be supervised at all times?

Your child’s teacher or group leader will have ultimate responsibility for the welfare of their group throughout their excursion and are expected to take an active role in the supervision and support of group members. This will be under the overall direction and supervision of Carnegie Great Outdoors instructors whilst activities are running.

Plus Icon Are the activities safe?

Safety is our primary concern. As providers of adventurous activities to children and young people under the age of 18, we are required by law to operate with the use of an AALA licence. This licence will ensure, through the guidance provided by its inspectors that we not only offer courses to young people safely, but that all our courses are delivered in line with recognised industry best practice.

We work with the aid of Technical Advisors and other experienced staff and have established a system of policies and procedures to ensure our clients get the most from our programmes without being exposed to unnecessary risk. We aim to provide appropriately challenging experiences while ensuring all members of our parties are not exposed to undue risk or danger.

Our licence number is L11927/R1845. This licence covers:

  • Kayaking
  • Open Canoeing
  • Improvised Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Abseiling
  • Hill Walking & Mountaineering
  • Gorge Scrambling
  • Sea Level Traversing
  • Ice Climbing
  • Caving
  • Pot Holing
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Plus Icon Can you provide risk assessments?

For all off-site visits and all activities, we complete a full health and safety risk assessment and provide a set of operating procedures to ensure that delivery of activities is safe and complies with all regulatory conditions. Our risk assessments are regularly reviewed and updated and take full account of site specific activities at all our delivery locations.

Plus Icon Are all of your instructors DBS checked?

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). All Carnegie Great Outdoors instructors are DBS checked.

Plus Icon What if my child has allergies/dietary requirements?

If your child needs to follow a special diet or has any allergies, ensure you inform the teacher or leader who is organising the school trip - they can then pass on the information to us and the accommodation provider.

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