Coral Cay Conservation takes the Health and Safety of its staff and volunteers extremely seriously. As a founding member of the Year Out Group, we were instrumental in helping to create British Standard 8848 and have been independently assessed and accredited by the Young Explorers' Trust. BS8848 covers the preparation and execution of adventurous activities abroad so that the level of risk included is reasonable and acceptable.
Our Chief Executive was also one of the authors of the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality and Safety badge for overseas expeditions.
Our staff are individually selected to lead groups overseas. Selection of staff is based
on many factors, including both hard and soft skills. We select our Field Base Managers for their ability to communicate with groups and be fun people to have around! All Field Base staff must complete an arduous training and selection process, assessed by our experienced core team of instructors. All key staff have undertaken training in Off-Site Safety Management.
Every Field Base has a Satellite Telephone, Personal Locator Beacon and a Global
Positioning System Handset (GPS). As well as having qualified medics on-site, our Field Bases are linked to a 24-hour “teli-medical” system with UK doctors on-call 24-hours a day.
Our Operations Room is active 24-hours a day, whilst groups are overseas. With our
team of highly qualified incident managers on alert to coordinate rescue work.
Coral Cay Conservation are members of the Year Out Group, Young Explorers Trust and the Expedition Providers Association.
BS8848 Corporate Compliance
Adventurous activities undertaken without the appropriate training or experience can be high-risk and dangerous, possibly resulting in injury, illness or death. It is essential for organisers to
apply the principles of good management to ensure risks are managed.
BS8848 pulls together expertise and good practice into a new national standard for the safe management of overseas ventures. BS 8848 provides a specification for organising and managing visits, fieldwork, expeditions, and adventurous activities outside the United Kingdom.
BS8848 covers the preparation and execution of adventurous activities abroad so that the level of risk included is reasonable and acceptable. It will prepare participants for the risks involved, and the actions and behaviour required to keep risks down to acceptable levels.
All of Coral Cay's expedition sites are rigorously risk assessed, with a comprehensive risk assessment being provided to staff on site and available for public viewing by request. The presence of trained staff on all our sites increases the safety for our volunteers. Each expedition has an Expedition Guide and Project Summary; these ensure the safety of our volunteers is paramount.
Ventures provided by Coral Cay Conservation Limited conform to BS 8848, specification for the provision of visits, fieldwork, expeditions, and adventurous activities outside the United Kingdom. Independently assessed and declared by The Young Explorers’ Trust, on the basis of the operating procedures and safety management systems evidenced on 20th January 2011 and a sample venture examined, and valid to 20th January 2014.
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Our 24 hour operations room is linked to the Global Incident Map, providing up to the minute global security and safety news 24 hours a day.
The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System provides real-time alerts about natural disasters around the world and tools to facilitate response coordination, including media monitoring, map catalogues and a Virtual On-Site Operations Coordination Centre.
Coral Cay Conservation are a member of the Expedition Providers Association (EPA) - an organisation dedicated to expedition safety.
We utilise the services of Remote Medical Support. RMS provide all of our field staff with a 24-hour additional back-up medical service along with access to specialist trauma counsellors.
Member of the British Safety Council.
Coral Cay Conservation subscribe to the NGO Security Database of the Humanitarian Innovation Fund.
Coral Cay Conservation use the professional services of Rapport to train our staff in security awareness and threat assessment.
Coral Cay Conservation subscribe to the services of the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) to ensure our expeditions are informed of any medical issues in-country in real time.
We work closely with the Diving Diseases Research Centre to ensure that volunteers receive the correct treatment worldwide if required.
Our Field Bases are linked 24-hours a day to the specialist travel doctors at Interhealth.
All Coral Cay Conservation volunteers undertake a remote medical training course with the Expedition Care Program (ECP). A worldwide leader in wilderness first aid.
We utilise the services of Red24 to provide accurate up to the minute security advice to our 24-hour operations room and expedition sites.
Coral Cay Conservation staff are registered RLSS National Water Safety Management Programme trainers.
All of our project sites are backed up by 24-hour satellite communication systems.
As a member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), Coral Cay has provided a bond to meet the requirements of the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. In the event of insolvency, protection is provided for non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK and other non-flight packages excluding pre arranged travel to and from your destination. Please note that packages booked outside the UK are only protected when purchased directly with Coral Cay. In the above circumstances, if you have not yet travelled you may claim a refund, or if you have already travelled, you may claim repatriation to the starting point of your non-flight package.
Coral Cay Conservation is listed on the UKRLP as a verified UK learning provider. As a UKRLP provider, CCC has been verified and allocated a UK Provider Reference Number. The UK Register of Learning Providers (UKRLP) is a Managing Information Across Partners project led by the Department for Education and Skills allowing the sharing of information between Government Departments and learning providers.
Coral Cay Conservation are insured by Dive Master Insurance.
We work closely with Risk Lifesigns to ensure that our Field Bases remain alert to possible security issues.