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 Pharos Safety Ltd. 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 a qualified Doctor, Nurse, Paramedic or advanced first aider 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)
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Coral Cay Conservation are a member of the Expedition Providers Association (EPA) - an organisation dedicated to expedition safety.
All Coral Cay Conservation volunteers undertake a remote medical training course with the Expedition Care Program (ECP). A worldwide leader in wilderness first aid.
The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 for Coral Cay Conservation and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for the following:
- non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK;
- non-flight packages commencing and returning to a country other than the UK; and
- flight inclusive packages that commence outside of the UK, which are sold to customers outside of the UK
1, 2 and 3 provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled. 1 and 3 provides for repatriation. Please note that bookings made outside the UK are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with Coral Cay Conservation.