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The Institute for Outdoor Learning

The Institute for Outdoor Learning supports individuals and organisations who use the outdoors to make a difference for others.
Our mission is to increase participation in Outdoor Learning in the UK and to recognise and improve the quality of Outdoor Learning in the UK. More...    
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Essential Insurance
Insurance: Essential Insurance for those who run outdoor activities

JLT Adventure Activity Insurance Website - Click here.

Preferential rates for IOL members only. This offer is open to all companies with a turnover less than £150,000.

As the recommended Insurance Broker of the Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL), the Adventure Activity insurance scheme from Thistle Insurance Services (formerly JLT) have been specially designed for individuals, partnerships and companies with a turnover less than £150,000. Although we are also happy to review your insurance arrangements regardless of turnover, separate to the IOL scheme with our Lloyds Underwriter.

Talk to us today on 0345 872 5524 about:

• Employees Liability Insurance

• Public and Products Liability Insurance

The Adventure Activity Insurance Scheme is a leader in providing insurance for both activity centres and freelance instructors. We fully understand the importance of supporting, developing and promoting excellent practice in learning through outdoor experience. We recognise that every activity business is unique so have ensured that you have the flexibility to grow your insurance to match your particular requirements. And as your activities business grows, we can adapt your policy to suit you.

We also have a bespoke scheme for forest school leaders/bushcraft leaders/environmental study officers, who work on a freelance basis.

Under this scheme, a freelance instructor offering purely Environmental Studies can expect to pay just £169 inc IPT for an annual policy (depending on satisfactory completion on the proposal form) if they are a member of IOL. Please note: If you are trading under a company name, you are required to be an Organisation member with the IOL.

Visit the Adventure Activity Insurance Website, Or call us now on

0345 872 5524

Adventure Activity Insurance Scheme is a division of Thistle Insurance Services Limited. Lloyd's Broker. Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Services Authority. A JLT Group Company. Registered Office: 6 Crutched Friars, London EC3N 2PH. Registered in England No 00338645. VAT No. 244 2321 96. Outdoor Learning Services Ltd are Introducer Appointed Representatives of Thistle Insurance Services Limited.

Adventure Activity Insurance Scheme - Click here




Insurance is also provided by Activities Industry Mutual
  • Activities Industry Mutual has been established for the industry, by the industry, following industry-wide research of AALA licensed adventure activities providers. AIM is managed by Regis Mutual Management Limited, a company of professional managers who specialise in running mutuals.
  • www.activitiesindustrymutual.co.uk

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For details see: IOL Events page or the IOL Accreditation Diary Dates.

05/10/2015 IOL Peak Committee Meeting
IOL Peak Committee Meeting
16/10/2015 IOL North East Conference 2015
IOL North East Conference 2015
at Carlton Outdoor Education Centre, Carlton in Cleveland

Bookings are open.

Early Bird rates apply until 31st August.

IOL North East web page'

16/10/2015 IOL Midlands Meeting
IOL Midlands Meeting
The Midlands region will be holding a meeting at Laches Wood OEC (near Wolverhampton) on the 16th October which will see the appointment of a new chair for the region. Details of the programme and timings to be published shortly.

20/10/2015 IOL Peaks open meeting
IOL Peaks open meeting
03/11/2015 IOL Wessex meeting
IOL Wessex meeting
At Coopers Mill, Yeovil
06/11/2015 Active Reviewing in the Outdoors - wi...
Active Reviewing in the Outdoors - wi...
Active Reviewing in the Outdoors - with Roger Greenaway

at Borwick Hall Outdoor Education Centre, Carnforth, Lancs

IOL North West web page'
12/11/2015 Foundational Bushcraft Certificate As...
Foundational Bushcraft Certificate As...
At Springwood, Derbyshire.

13/11/2015 IOL North West meeting
IOL North West meeting
14/11/2015 IOL South West Conference
IOL South West Conference
At Mount Batten Centre, Plymouth


IOL South West'
27/11/2015 IOL SIG Adventure for All CONFERENCE...
IOL SIG Adventure for All CONFERENCE...
Taking place at Lake District Calvert Trust, Keswick.
Details will be announced soon.
12/01/2016 IOL Peaks committee meeting
IOL Peaks committee meeting
26/01/2016 IOL Peaks Open meeting
IOL Peaks Open meeting

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IOL Insights - March 2015
A round up of recent IOL activity that's with, for and on behalf of members and the wider Outdoor Learning sector
Caldecotte advert to 20Aug2016Land and Wave to Sept 2016Roots and WingsAIM March 2014
Influencing / Lobbying advice

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IOL CEO Andy Robinson writes....

from Andy Robinson, IOL CEO, September 2015
IOL Leadership Workshop / Sports Strategy Consultation / 21st UN conference on the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) / Association of Sail Training Organisations

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