The Adventure Activities Licensing Service
The Adventure Activities Licensing Service (AALS) came into existence on 1 April 2007. The AALS is presently operated by TQS Ltd, a not-for-profit company under contract to the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA). TQS Ltd was previously the AALA.
Role of AALS
AALS delivers the licensing regime on a day to day basis on behalf of the AALS. Some of the ways it does this are:
- considering applications for licences (including renewals and requests for changes;
- carrying out inspections, including spot checks, of providers of adventure activities;
- deciding on applications and issuing licences;
- revoking or varying licences to secure safety;
- investigating complaints within its remit;
- making information about licence holders available to the public;
- answering general queries about licensing.
The AALS has a small, permanent team of senior inspectors who are all highly qualified and experienced outdoor professionals. They have worked in the sector for many years before joining AALS and all still participate actively in adventure activities. Overall the team has detailed knowledge and experience of all licensable activities and many non-licensable ones which are often found at centres. The requirement to be suitably experienced or qualified is set out in the regulations.
The permanent team is supported by freelance inspectors who can be called upon when needed to deal with particular projects or peaks of work.
All inspectors are appointed in writing and carry identification. They will show this on request.
The inspection team is supported by a small but knowledgeable office team.