Our accreditations make life easier for you

Risk assessments, health questionnaires, parental consent forms… do you ever feel that taking students out of school for educational trips is an endless health and safety, paper-pushing exercise?

We can all cite absurd, over-the-top safety instructions – from 1st birthday cards ‘not suitable for children under 3 years’ to dog medication advising the user to be careful ‘when operating a car or dangerous machinery’! But it’s important to remember that most safety rules and regulations, especially those surrounding school trips are the result of catastrophic failures in the past.

At Lakeside, safety is our top priority – whether it’s during relaxation time or our more adventurous activities. But because we take our visitors’ safety so seriously, we can save you time.

Less paperwork for you

As well as being approved suppliers for several Local Education Authorities, we hold numerous accreditations that prove we meet and (in many cases exceed) all required safety standards.

And that reduces the form filling for you.

Our accreditations and what they mean

As well as independently verifying our safety credentials, our accreditations mean that you can have full confidence in the quality of our programmes and instruction.

Adventure Activities Licence

Awarded by the AALA (Adventure Activities Licensing Authority), the licence is a legal requirement for any organisation providing adventure activities for young people. It’s a demanding application process, which checks that our equipment is up to standard and in excellent working order, and makes sure that we have rigorous systems, processes and safeguarding practices in place. We must also demonstrate that we deliver good quality adventure programmes for young people.

To make sure we maintain our high standards, we’re inspected annually. In June, independent inspectors visited Lakeside and were given free access to all areas. They spent time talking to and observing our instructors while they worked, and we passed with flying colours.

British Activity Provider Association (BAPA)

To become a member, we agree to abide by the BAPA Code of Conduct, which covers everything from accommodation and activity equipment to environmental responsibility and learning support.

The BAPA badge gives you confidence that we work to high standards of safety and quality in everything we do here at Lakeside. Inspections take place annually and this year’s audit takes place later this month.


Awarded by BAPA, the Adventuremark is for centres like ours that offer accommodation and more adventurous activities. It proves that we’re all geared up to offer more challenging outdoor activities such as mountain walking, trekking, canoeing and caving.

Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge (LOtC)

One of the things that makes us different at Lakeside is the learning and development opportunities we offer. This additional accreditation shows that our programmes provide quality learning and support for young people.

You can be confident that they’re learning new skills with us, even if they’re having too much fun to realise it.

British Canoeing

The sport’s governing body has accredited Lakeside as a centre for the provision and instruction of canoeing. In other words, we offer top quality canoeing instruction.


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Learning outside the classroom

British Canoeing Quality Mark

Royal Yachting Association Training Centre

We’re also an official training centre for the Royal Yachting Association. It means that we’re qualified to train yachting instructors, as well as teach young people and novices to sail.

Find out more

If you want to know more about the quality programmes and outdoor education we offer here at Lakeside call 01539 539000 or email lakesideenq@fyldecoastymca.org.

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