Overview – Outdoor Activities

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Overview – Outdoor Activities2018-10-01T21:29:23+00:00

An Overview of Our Outdoor Activities

For outdoor activities at NPTA our aim is simple:


To provide interesting, exciting, challenging and fun activities in a safe and supportive environment.


We try to be a little different, seeking alternative venues and adding that personal touch.


Our capable and experienced staff team enable us to offer a wide range of activities tailored to the specific needs of a broad range of groups.

Why Choose NPTA?

Our staff hold the relevant National Governing Body (NGB) Awards where applicable.

Perhaps more importantly they are capable of operating at a much higher level of technical proficiency than is required for their usual work. This means that when delivering outdoor activities they are operating well within their own comfort zone and can focus more fully on the needs of the people in their care. Time and energy can be devoted to “adding value” to the activity rather than managing the basics.

All staff undertake a process of ongoing CPD in their chosen areas.

It is our belief that qualifications are nothing without experience and that is where our staff excel. We have extensive experience with a variety of groups, activity venues, environmental conditions and differing aims and objectives. This experience enables our staff to react swiftly and decisively to the evolving needs of the participants and their changing environment.

Group Types – Our staff have  worked extensively with corporate groups, families, stag & hen parties, youth organisations, schools, young offenders and individuals. They adapt their delivery style accordingly to help engage and involve everyone.

Activity Venues – Knowledge of a range of activity venues means that we can match you with the venue that is most suitable for your particular needs.

Environmental Conditions – We have experienced our activity venues in pretty much all the conditions imaginable and know instinctively when it is appropriate for the needs of participants.

Aims & Objectives – Not everyone doing the same activity is doing so for the same reasons. Delivery style and technique must change to reflect this.

We deliver tailored activities not one size fits all.

Our staff have the skills necessary to adapt the chosen activity to take into account the abilities of the participants, their emotional state and the changing environmental conditions.

We operate a policy of Challenge by Choice whereby our staff will do everything within their power to encourage and assist participants to overcome their fears, step beyond their comfort zone and increase their own self belief.

Participants are never forced, cajoled or belittled into taking part.

Our aim is to ensure participants leave us feeling happy and proud of what they have achieved.

North Pennines Training & Adventure is licensed by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA), which is part of the HSE, to provide outdoor and adventurous activities under the following headings:

  • Abseiling
  • Caving
  • Gorge Scrambling
  • Hill Walking & Mountaineering
  • Improvised Rafting
  • Mine Exploration
  • Off-Road Cycling
  • Open Canoeing
  • Rock Climbing

Our AALA provider reference / licence number is: R1921/L10601

All our activities are fully risk assessed with formal reviews scheduled at appropriate periods.

Our qualified and experienced staff are our greatest safety management resource. They are capable of undertaking dynamic and ongoing risk assessments throughout the duration of an activity and reacting accordingly to changing circumstances.

NPTA operate in a manner that is in keeping with current acknowledged best practice.

We are a member of several national bodies e.g. Institute of Outdoor Learning, in order to ensure that we keep up to date with the latest developments within the industry.

At NPTA we recognise that the great outdoors is our workplace and that careless actions may have a negative effect on the environment.

We take our environmental responsibilities seriously and ensure that our working methods remove or minimise negative effects such as erosion, pollution and disturbance or damage to flora and fauna.

Strict care and maintenance procedures for all our PPE equipment and a policy of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle for all other consumables means that not only do you get the best quality, safest and well maintained equipment but we save natural resources too.

The nature of our activity locations means that the use of public transport is not a realistic option therefore we encourage the use of group transport or car sharing to all our activities.

The countryside is a workplace for many other people including farmers, gamekeepers and local businesses.

We work with landowners to ensure that all proper access permissions are in place and that our actions do not impede their work or inconvenience them in any way.

We actively support local businesses by purchasing local products and services where possible.

Many of our staff volunteer some of their spare time to local organisations and rescue teams, helping to “put something back”.

Its not just a job for us – our staff have a genuine interest in the activities that they lead and can often be found participating in them during their spare time.
It is this passion that enables the enthuse others and consistently give that little bit more
We are often asked by Schools if we hold the LOtC Quality Badge and the answer is “No”


The LOtC Badge is a non-statutory quality assurance scheme that considers both learning & safety in Adventurous Activities. There is an inspection every 2 years. Activity providers must pay both an inspection fee and an annual membership fee together which totals several hundred pounds.

NPTA (along with many other small independent activity providers) have made the decision not to participate in this voluntary scheme as it represents an additional cost which would have to be indirectly passed on to our clients.

NPTA are confident that through a combination of our capable staff, excellent equipment, robust policies and procedures and the AALA inspection (a statutory requirement) we offer a safe, educational, rewarding and exciting service. We work with organisations falling under the control of several different LEAs and their feedback and return bookings tell us that they like what we do and how we do it.

Without the LOtC Quality Badge LEA’s usually ask that an additional Provider Form is completed prior to a visit. If this is the case please get in touch as we already have the partially completed forms on file for many of the LEAs that we work with.

What Our Clients Say

“Thanks very much for doing the first aid with members of our team on Wednesday and yesterday.  I’ve heard this morning that everyone thought it was brilliant and the words “Best one I’ve ever been to” were mentioned to me by three of them.” – Outdoor First Aid
Shane Harris, North Pennines AONB
“Excellent course, well run and presented. Tailored to our company’s specific needs.” – Emergency First Aid at Work
Bruce Lenton, Totalpost
“Course content and instruction were both excellent. Trainer was very knowledgeable and open to answering questions – Also managed to put attendees at ease when acting as volunteers + carrying out practice.” – EFAW+F

The Next Step

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