COVID-19 Update No.4 - We are planning to re-open!

Dear Customers, 

It has been a long few months for us all as we have navigated our way through the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst the pandemic crisis is not over yet, we are excited to announce that we are moving towards re-opening our DofE Open Expeditions in both the Lake District and Peak District, from the 13th July.

There will of course be a raft of measures in place to ensure we are COVID-secure. The measures will be announced in the coming days as we finalise procedures and update documentation.

With 80+ individual DofE Open Expedition participants already booked for this season, it is our hope that we will be able to deliver the following expeditions in the remainder of this year, to ensure everyone has an opportunity to complete their award.

Training/Practice Expeditions and Qualifying Expeditions will run on each of the dates (subject to meeting minimum numbers).

Lake District

Mon 13th July – Sat 18th July 2020

Mon 20th July – Sat 25th July 2020

Mon 27th July – Sat 1st August 2020

Mon 5th August – Sat 10th August 2020

Mon 3rd August – Sat 8th August 2020

Mon 17th August – Sat 22nd August 2020

Mon 24th August – Sat 29th August 2020

Mon 19th October – Sat 24th October 2020

Mon 26th October – Sat 30th October 2020

Peak District

Mon 13th July – Sat 18th July 2020

Mon 3rd August – Sat 8th August 2020

Mon 24th August – Sat 29th August 2020

Mon 19th October – Sat 24th October 2020

For existing participants, please inform us as soon as possible if:

  • If you already know that you are not available on date you have booked.
  • You would like to change your date.
  • You need to swap from qualifying expedition to practice expedition as your original practice expedition was cancelled.
  • You would like to book a qualifying expedition.

NOTE: We are allowing bookings to be transferred in to the 2021 season if required.

Smaller group sizes

One of the measures we are required to take is a reduced amount of participants per team. In line with the Governments current restrictions of a maximum of 6 people to gather outdoors from different households, there can be a maximum of 5 participants per team, plus an instructor.

Given these restrictions, we are forced to reduce the number of places available in each of our expedition programmes. This means that some of our expeditions are already over-subscribed and remaining places are filling quickly.

Staying COVID-Secure is everyones responsibility 

We are each responsible for staying Covid secure and ensuring that we limit the spread of the virus. 

In the coming days we will be releasing information regarding the extensive measures we are putting in place to ensure we are COVID-Secure. These will be available on our website and will also be emailed to participants.

We will be asking participants to also play their part in our COVID-Secure procedures. In order for you to begin your preparations, below is a brief outline of the measures we need you to put in place prior to, and adhere to during the expedition. 

COVID-SECURE MEASURES - Participants’ Responsibilities 

Complete the COVID-19 screening questionnaires.
Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has been in contact with anyone with symptoms within 14 days of your programme starting will not be allowed to attend and should self-isolate in line with Government advice. Participants who display symptoms of COVID-19 during the expedition will be removed from the programme.

All participants will be asked to complete a COVID-19 screening questionnaire prior to arrival. This will be emailed to you.

On arrival at your expedition venue, you will be asked to confirm that the details / responses provided by you in the questionnaire are still correct. 

Track and Trace
Be aware that personal information may be used by The Adventure Element Ltd to communicate with the Governments Track and Trace system.This system is to be used if it is discovered that a participant has come in to contact with a person how has displayed symptoms of COVID-19 or has subsequently had a positive diagnosis. 

Supply your own hand sanitiser and hand soap
Participants will be requested to bring a minimum of 300ml of hand sanitiser with a minimum of 60% alcohol content. Ideally in a number of smaller bottles. This is to be used regularly and can be refilled using our supplies if needed.

In addition, you must bring hand soap.

Supply your own face covering
Your face covering should be available when social distancing is not possible. I.e. indoors or when being transported. Guidance on face coverings can be found here: HOW TO WEAR AND MAKE A FACE COVERING.

To maintain a social distance from staff and other participants
A 2m distance should be maintained where ever possible from other participants and staff. Where this is not possible the 1m+ rule should be observed. 

Comply and follow all procedures
Naturally, the safety of all participants and our staff are paramount. We request that you are willing to comply with the new measures we have in place to ensure we are COVID-SECURE. We ask that you help us ensure the safety for all participants, staff and members of the public. Failure to do this may result in being removed from the programme.

These are tricky times and as a nation we are all navigating new ways to live our lives in a COVID-Secure way. I want to thank you all for your patience and understanding over the past few months. It has been a challenge for us all, but there is now a positive horizon and we are all excited to be getting back outdoors again!

I will be in touch again in the coming days with more updated information.

Kindest regards,

Ben Keen
Managing Director

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