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Need To Know…

Who leads Aquasports?

Aquasports is led by a team of about 50 volunteers, all committed Christians, who have a passion to see young people in a relationship with Christ. The team who oversee and run the water sports are qualified to do so and all staff are DBS checked.

Water Safety

We take the safety and welfare of the young people and team very seriously. Therefore, due to the nature of the holiday, all who attend and participate at Aquasports need to be able to swim 50 metres. More details can be found on our policies and procedures on the right.

What is included in the cost?

Aquasports supplies all the equipment needed for undertaking the sports. All food, accommodation and access to the sports is included in the price. We are a registered charity, non-profit and thus operate at cost.

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Aquasports is overseen by the Aquasports Cross Trust, a non-profit Christian charity, which has endeavoured to provide a spiritually challenging activity holiday for 14 to 19 year olds since 1967. We take safety and welfare of all on the holiday very seriously. Below is essential information on each of the key areas of the holiday.

Our Policies

Watersports safety

We have fully qualified instructors running the sports and we are governed by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority, a government body which regulates the industry running such sports. They can be contacted via their website.

Safeguarding

Aquasports has a safeguarding policy which we strictly adhere to. We are members of CCPAS who review our policies and provide support to our safeguarding officers and trustees.

General health and safety

Aquasports is registered with the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority. The aim of adventure activities licensing is to provide assurances to the public about the safety of those activity providers who have been granted a licence. A licence indicates that the camp has been inspected by the Adventure Activities Licensing Service on behalf of the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority, with particular attention being paid to our safety management systems with young people, demonstrating compliance with nationally accepted standards of good practice in the delivery of adventure activities to young people, with due regard to the benefits and risks of the activity.

Team selection

We have a great core team at Aquasports who regularly return to volunteer to serve each year. New team members generally have a connection with this core team, so there is a good provenance and a high level of accountability. We have a rigorous selection process in place for team members. As well as having all team members checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) – the service that has replaced CRB checks – we undertake reference checks on all team members. They also provide confirmation of church attendance and sign a declaration of faith.

Medical policy

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Payments and refunds

Our refunds policy is fully detailed in our Terms of Booking. Full payment for the holiday is required by 1st June and if you need to cancel, your deposit is forfeit to allow us to cover our costs. After 1st June, we operate a proportional refund policy, as explained in the Terms of Booking. Whilst we would like to refund all your money if you cancel, we are sure you understand that as a charity we need to cover our costs on the holiday.

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Governing bodies

Aquasports is governed and overseen by a number of independent bodies to ensure we run our holidays as well as we can.

  • Aquasports is governed by the Aquasports Cross Trust, a registered charity (no. 1075300), which is accountable to the Charity Commission. The Trust has endeavoured to provide a spiritually challenging activity holiday for 14 to 19 year olds since 1967.
  • The camp is registered with the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority, which is a government organisation which regulates activity holidays. Contact the AALA on 02920 755715 or visit their website.
  • The camp is also affiliated to CCPAS which supports and provides services for safeguarding and DBS checks.

Kit list

Need To Know…

What we Provide

Aquasports provides all the equipment you need to undertake the sports, e.g. wetsuits and buoyancy aids. The holiday takes place under canvas. Tents, showers and eating facilities (including great food) are all provided.

Check out the kit list on the right to see what you need to bring.

Here’s a list of the items you need to bring to Aquasports. We provide all wetsuits, buoyancy aids and associated kit, but you will need the following items…

• Underwear
• Socks
• T-shirts / tops
• Jumpers / Fleeces / etc
• Trousers / Jeans / etc
• Shorts
• Footwear (it may get wet and muddy)
• Waterproof jacket
• Warm jacket
• Wash kit
• Towels (at least two)
• Sun tan cream
• Swimwear
• Footwear suitable for use during water-sports

• Nightwear
• Sleeping bag and pillow
• Inflatable single-person matress / air-bed
• Two blankets – one to go on top of the air-bed to protect against the rising cold, and one for warmth.
(This creates a sandwich: air-bed, blanket, sleeping bag, blanket)

• Knife
• Fork
• Spoon
• Large plate
• Bowl
• Mug
(Please mark all eating utensils)

• Bible (if you have one)
• Pen and notebook

• Smart clothes (suitable for the end of camp Posh Nosh meal)
• Wetsuit (useful but not essential)
• If you decide to bring your own buoyancy aid, this will need to be checked to ensure it meets a 50N buoyancy test.

The Essentials

Please don’t forget to complete and your child bring their Health Form, Consent Form and Code of Conduct, which can be downloaded below.

Your child cannot attend Aquasports without these items.