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Due to vital maintenance and upgrading of the IOL IT systems there is the potential for disruption to the IOL website and email systems during the period from Friday 30th January until Monday 2nd February.

Our apologies for any inconvenience caused.


Thursday 29th January - weather update

Due to the weather conditions the IOL office is unattended today. We are able to pick up emails.

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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


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

05/01/2015 APIOL Inductions - Scotland
APIOL Inductions - Scotland
West Highland College UHI Fort William. 12.00 - 16.00
19/01/2015 RPIOL Mentor Training
RPIOL Mentor Training
Veneu - Nr Amersham

If you would like to run RPIOL at your centre you will need to attend this course and be an APIOL or going through the APIOL process (each centre needs 2 RPIOL Mentor). The cost of the training is £150 per delegate. Your centre candidates will then be able to go through the RPIOL process for £80 plus £53 (IOL Membership).
An independent candidate would be charged £250 for RPIOL plus individual membership of £53.

Further details about RPIOL http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=73
can be found on the IOL website

20/01/2015 IOL Peak Region AGM
IOL Peak Region AGM
at Oaklands Manor in Buxton (SK17 6ST)
22/01/2015 APIOL Inductions - Scotland
APIOL Inductions - Scotland
West Highland College UHI Fort William. 12.00 - 16.00
23/01/2015 IOL North West CONFERENCE
at Brathay Hall, Ambleside

See more at: http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=163

Full Conference info   

23/01/2015 IOL AGM + Election of Trustees
IOL AGM + Election of Trustees
Taking place during the IOL NW Conference
at Brathay Hall, Ambleside

See more on the Conference at: http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=163

Full Conference info   

05/02/2015 Safeguarding & Protecting Children
Safeguarding & Protecting Children
Safeguarding and Protecting Children

IOL South West Event

Presented by Pat Dollard

More info: http://www.outdoor-learning.org/Default.aspx?tabid=61
06/02/2015 Outdoor Learning Day and IOL Wessex AGM
Outdoor Learning Day and IOL Wessex AGM
For more info see the IOL Wessex web page.

IOL Wessex web page'
09/02/2015 IOL East Region open meeting
IOL East Region open meeting
at Priory School, Bury St Edmunds
19/02/2015 IOL Scotland AGM
IOL Scotland AGM
09/03/2015 IOL Regional Chair meeting
IOL Regional Chair meeting
Taking place over two days near Hexham
09/03/2015 Foundational Bushcraft Certificate As...
Foundational Bushcraft Certificate As...
21/04/2015 IOL Foundational Bushcraft Assessment...
IOL Foundational Bushcraft Assessment...
22/04/2015 IOL Bushcraft 2 day Special Event - B...
IOL Bushcraft 2 day Special Event - B...
Delegate fees:
IOL BSIG Members - £55
IOL Members £80
Non IOL Member £120
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