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Accreditation Schemes

AdventureMark

This is an accreditation scheme focused on safety that is for adventure and activity providers.  The holding of AdventureMark provides an effective method for a provider to prove, through an external and independent verification process that they are suitably competent and meet statutory requirements and industry standards for their operations. 

Academy of Surfing Instructors (ASI)

ASI accredited surf schools, camps and tours have demonstrated they meet the high ASI worldwide standards for training, equipment, service and safety.

British Association of Rally Schools (BARS)

The British Association of Rally Schools was formed in 1995 by six Rally Schools whose aim was to standardise the core elements of rally driving courses and provide a consistent level of control, safety and enjoyment for all participants.

Recognised by and accountable to the Motor Sports Association, the founding Rally Schools established safety policies, standards and controls to cover the preparation of rally school cars, licensing of rally school instructors and the safety of all participants involved in rally driving courses and experiences.

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (BHPA)

BHPA Registered Training Schools are monitored for safety and the quality of the training they offer and the equipment they use, and their instructors are licensed by the Association.

British Horse Society (BHS Ireland)

BHS (Ireland)  is committed to promoting, through its Approvals Scheme, the highest standards of equine welfare, equestrianism and customer service at riding schools, livery yards and trekking centres.

BHS (Ireland) Approved Establishments have horse and pony welfare along with client safety and satisfaction as priorities. All establishments are insured for public liability and comply with the latest health and safety legislation. To uphold the scheme’s standards and ensure quality services, unannounced annual inspections are organised.

British Kite Surfing Association

The BKSA only recognise tuition within its Nationwide schools network. All of these recognised schools undergo an inspection annually ensuring quality standards, safety management, equipment and legal necessities like insurance are up to scratch and tuition is delivered safely and professionally. Each school has a senior level instructor at the helm, which means there is an experienced seasoned expert overseeing operations at every recognised school.

British Off Road Driving Association (BORDA)

BORDA is the UK's only professional Association dedicated to Off Road Driving at Authorised Venues throughout the UK

BORDA Members need to demonstrate that they:

  • hold a Minimum of £2m Public Liability insurance
  • Have First Aid arrangements
  • Pass BORDA's site inspection
  • Pass BORDA's Test of Knowledge

British Parachute Association (BPA)

BPA's role is to is to organise, govern and further the advancement of Sport Parachuting (skydiving) in the UK.  The BPA authorises only qualified individuals as competent persons to conduct parachuting activities at BPA Affiliated Clubs, Schools, Centres, Associations or Organisations (Clubs).  The training and qualification of persons as competent, and the content of the BPA Operations Manual, are regulated by the BPA Council through its Safety and Training Committee, assisted by competent technical staff employed by the BPA.

CANI Clubmark NI

The Canoe Association of Northern Ireland’s accreditation scheme is aligned to Sport Northern Ireland’s Clubmark N.I.

The accreditation process ensures that a club operates to a set of consistent criteria based on minimum operating standards.

Clubmark N.I. is Sport Northern Ireland’s quality junior accreditation which demonstrates to sporting partners, local authorities, schools and parents, that a club meets the minimum operating standards to ensure clubs serve young people well, by offering a quality experience.

Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)

CAA  is the UK's specialist aviation regulator. Through its skills and expertise it is recognised as a world leader in its field.

 It is ensures aircraft operate within the legal requirements of the Air Navigation Order.

Irish Surfing Association

The Irish Surfing Association Surf School Program aims to promote best practice in the surf school industry on the island of Ireland. Surf Schools that commit to the program agree to abide by the Irish Surfing Association Surf School Standards.

Maritime Coastguard Agency

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency carry out safety accreditation on passenger boats.  This is a legal requirement under statutory legislation.

PADI

PADI Five Star Dive Centre Membership is awarded to progressive PADI Dive Shops that excel in providing scuba divers with a full range of scuba certification programs, scuba gear selection, and scuba experience opportunities.

To qualify as PADI Five Star Dive Center, a dive shop must meet elevated service and business standards and both promote and offer only PADI scuba diving lessons as their recreational scuba diver training.

These dive shops also actively promote underwater environmental awareness and embrace the PADI System of diver education, with a commitment to providing quality training, products, services and experiences.

Royal Yachting Association (RYA)

RYA Recognised Training Centres have passed the high standards of the annual inspection, including safety checks. Training centres accreditation may cover yachting sailing, windsurfing and powerboating.  Each training centre will be accredited for different disciplines so please check with your training centre.

Surfing GB

The purpose of the British Surf Schools scheme is to provide a clear set of rules for the safe and successful management of surfing activity on British beaches.

This enables a surf school to comply with current national, regional and local beach, recreational and sport legislation. It gives clear Surfing GB guidance for UK schools to organise and manage “best practices” for coaching of surfing that is seen as consistent, coherent and comprehensive across all levels

The overall aim of the scheme is to ensure that all surf school customers receive the highest standard of safety and success in their surfing lessons.

Water Skills Academy

The WSA annually inspect member surf schools to ensure they are delivering the best current practice with the best equipment to give new to experienced paddlers and surfers the very best experiences. 

Waterways Ireland

Waterways Ireland has responsibility for the management, maintenance, development and restoration of inland navigable waterways principally for recreational purposes. The waterways under the remit of the body are the Barrow Navigation, the Erne System, the Grand Canal, the Lower Bann, the Royal, the Shannon-Erne Waterway and the Shannon Navigation.

Waterways Ireland carries out Passenger Vessel Registration for all hire craft on Lough Erne via the Lough Erne Warden.

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