We're good to go! Delivering DofE Expeditions which are COVID-Secure.

We're Good to Go!

As an outdoor education and expedition provider who places safety, health and wellbeing at the heart of everything we do, we have made significant adjustments to our operations to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and protect public health, both in the local area and for customers travelling from other areas. This has been done in compliance with legislation and government guidance.

We have been hard at work redesigning our DofE programmes to ensure we are COVID-Secure. We want to reassure our participants and staff that we are following government and industry COVID-19 guidelines. 

HERE ARE THE STEPS WE HAVE INTRODUCED TO HELP PROTECT PARTICIPANTS AND STAFF

COVID-SECURE MEASURES - Participants’ Responsibilities
  • All participants will complete an online COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire.
    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.

    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.

    Participants who develop symptoms of COVID-19 during the expedition will be required to notify their Group Leader immediately. The expedition will be terminated, and all participants and staff involved in the Programme will be advised to follow Government advice, including self-isolation (currently 14 days).

  • Use hand sanitiser and hand soap.
    Participants will be requested to bring a minimum of 50ml of hand sanitiser with a minimum of 60% alcohol content. This is to be used regularly and can be refilled using our supplies if needed. In addition, participants must bring their own hand soap, in a suitable travel container.
  • Supply own face covering
    Your face covering should be available to you when social distancing is not possible.
  • 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.
COVID-SECURE MEASURES - The Adventure Element Ltd Responsibilities
  • All staff will complete an online COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire.
    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.

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

    If Staff develop symptoms of COVID-19 during the expedition, the expedition will be stopped with immediate effect. will be removed from the programme. All participants will be advised to follow Government advice, including self-isolate for 14 days.

  • Reduced numbers on all programmes.
    Following the governments new 'Rule of Six' guidance, each expedition team will have a reduced maximum of 6 participants. Each team with in the expedition will operate completely independently from each other.  

  • Routes adjusted.
    All routes will be designed to reduce the risk of teams spending prolonged periods in remote terrain. This is to reduce any potential need to require the assistance of mountain rescue in an emergency.
  • Sleeping arrangements.
    • No sharing of tents
      Unless participants are from the same 'bubble' or family group, sadly, participants will not be allowed to share tents. Each person will be allocated their own tent for the expedition. During the day, the participant will carry a portion of their tent (as they would if they had been sharing a tent) and the remainder will be transported safely to the campsite by our staff.
Following the expedition the tent will be quarantined for 72 hours before being re-used.
    • Bunkhouse Accommodation will not be used for sleeping.
      We will still be hiring our usual bunkhouses as a base for the first nights of the programme, but all activities will be based outside in the grounds, including sleeping (in tents).
  • In the event of inclement (very poor) weather.
    The indoor facilities at the bunkhouse may be used during training sessions. In this instance, face coverings, strict 2m social distancing, side-by-side working and covid-secure hygiene will be enforced.
  • Cooking - No group cooking or use of shared kitchen facilities.
    Participants will need to bring enough food for the full duration of the expedition programme. Food will be prepared on their individual camping stoves provided by us. We have teamed up with basecampfoods.com who have a large selection of meals to choose from and also offer free postage.

    Visit their website: Basecamp Foods

    We would highly recommend dried meals for the duration of the programme. They are both easy and convenient and it is possible to eat out of the packaging which can then be disposed of.

    A word of advice:
     Dried meals are far lighter in weight than Ready to Eat meals. If purchasing for your expeditions food, consider how much weight you are able to carry. You should ideally aim for 1kg of food per day.

    Stoves will be washed in hot soapy water after each meal. 

  • A map for each team member
    Each team member will be issued with their own laminated map. At the end of each expedition these maps will be quarantined for 72 hours.

  • First Aid
    Where possible participants will carry out first aid on themselves. Practicing Covid-safe First Aid will be discussed on day one.

    See also advice from St John’s Ambulance: https://www.sja.org.uk/get-advice/first-aid-advice/covid-19-advice-for-first-aiders/

  • Quarantine of group equipment.
    All equipment provided by The Adventure Element Ltd will be quarantined for 72 hours between expeditions, with the exception of Toilets and Toilet Tent, which will be ‘deep cleaned’.


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