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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.

07/04/2015 Wessex committee meeting - Yeovil
Wessex committee meeting - Yeovil
Next committee meeting on Tuesday April 7th at Coopers Mill, Yeovil
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
More info:
22/06/2015 IOL East Region open meeting and AGM
IOL East Region open meeting and AGM
Details later....
11/09/2015 IOL NW Summer CPD Gathering
IOL NW Summer CPD Gathering
Following the success of last year's summer CPD gathering we are pleased to be holding an event for 2015.

at Ambleside

IOL North West web page'

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

IOL North East web page'


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IOL Insights

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

IOL Insights - December 2014
A quick tour of some of the activities undertaken by those working on your behalf for IOL and the outdoor sector. -

IOL Insights - September 2014
A round up of recent IOL activity that's with, for and on behalf of members and the wider Outdoor Learning sector
Land and WaveRoots and WingsAIM March 2014
IOL CEO Andy Robinson writes....

from Andy Robinson, IOL CEO, March 2015
AALA to be retained. The big news for the Outdoor Learning sector is that Adventure Activity Licensing is here to stay. The notice came out from DWP in the last few days.
Influencing / Lobbying advice

IOL has produced a simple paper by way of an introduction to developing a relationship with and influencing Government and your local MP. Find out more.


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