Scottish Government Consultation on developing a safety system for Adventure Activities in Scotland

We have heard from the SCA and RYA that the above consultation is underway. You can read more about it on the following webpage:

In short there is a significant risk that every watersports club conducting any form of training may need to be inspected by a government agent and pay a license, unless the consultation that is now open provides clear opinion to the contrary.

Other that the financial implications, this would place further pressure on the volunteer coaches within clubs. Please look at the webpage and register your opinion before 30th March 2012.

  1. #1 by Sandy on 15 March 2012 - 11:42 pm

    Register is a very polite way of saying what absolute idiots they are.  As I see it we are trying to give lots of people the opportunity to take part in something which is part of Scottish culture and heritage. Go to the webpage and don’t be polite but obviously don’t use foul language but be very blunt about some of the idiocy which is trying to prevail. 

    All imvh and personal o

  2. #2 by Nick. on 19 March 2012 - 1:05 pm

    From the blurb:

    “The 1995 Act and the Adventure Activities Licensing Regulations 2004,
    require providers of adventure activities for young people under the age
    of 18 to hold a licience. Licensing requirements, however, only apply to
    those organisations which provide activities in return for payment. ”

    Unless I am mistaken, this is about adventure activity centers that provide outdoor activities for youngsters who pay to go there. I dont know about other SCRA rowing clubs, but this is certainly not something that rowporty is involved with. Adam, can you explain how this might affect us? Thanks.

  3. #3 by Ian Clark on 19 March 2012 - 6:58 pm

    This consultation exercise was brought to our attention by a
    representative of a national governing body of another sport at the
    Cross Party Group on Marine Recreation. The concern passed to us is
    that there is a desire on the part of some interests, commercial and
    political, to extend the scope of new legislation or scheme beyond the
    scope of existing AALA and beyond the existing commercial sector to the
    voluntary sector which would lead to more administrative overheads and
    costs. It may well be that skiff groups would feel strongly enough
    about this to respond to the consultation exercise by suggesting that
    any statutory or non statutory scheme should not be extended beyond the
    commercial sector, to which the AALA currently applies.

  4. #4 by Adam on 19 March 2012 - 10:47 pm

    Thank you Ian for explaining this more clearly.

    Ian attends this group’s meetings periodically and as he says we, at Royal West, have also been contacted by the RYA and the SCA on this matter. Both of whom are concerned about any possible extention of legislation by the Scottish Government to include voluntary providers of coaching of and access to watersports.

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