The Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL) and the Activities Industry Mutual pursue very similar objectives, namely:
- To work for continued and improved public confidence in the adventure activities industry.
- To recognise, establish and promote good standards in the provision of adventure activities, understanding that to achieve this requires an investment by adventure activity providers in i) staff, ii) continuing professional development, and iii) systems and processes.
- To promote good risk management in the adventure activities industry and better management of the outcomes of incidents and accidents
- To manage the adventure activities industry’s reputation for the provision of truly adventurous and developmental experiences while ensuring appropriate levels of cost for liability cover.
Both believe that a closer working relationship will help achieve these objectives.
What is the Activities Industry Mutual?
AIM provides its Members with protection against liability and business risks. It was set up in 2001 specifically to cater for the needs of the Adventure Activities industry in the UK.
It is important to note that AIM is not a commercial insurance company but rather a hybrid mutual bringing its members together in a way that allows them to capitalise on their collective strength and group buying power. AIM does this in two ways, firstly it creates a pool of funds that enables it to settle relatively low level claims on a discretionary basis. AIM then also purchases supporting insurance with Lloyds of London to ensure the pooled funds cannot be exhausted by an adverse claims experience and that large claims benefit from the security of A rated insurance protection.
This structure enables AIM to provide cover that is comprehensive and affordable whilst also mitigating against the sometimes detrimental features of the commercial insurance market.
AIM is not a charity but its sole purpose is the provision of service and support to its members. It is owned by its members and any surpluses it makes are retained for the benefit of those members rather than being paid away to third party shareholders.
AIM also arranges contracts of insurance for individual Members as needed, much like a regular insurance broker.
AIM is run by a Board of Directors drawn predominately from the Mutual’s Membership. The Board has engaged a firm of professional mutual managers, Regis Mutual Management Limited, to carry on its day to day activities.
Some of the products and services provided by AIM are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority of FCA (previously the FSA).
IOL Regulatory status
The IOL has been appointed as an introducer appointed representative of Regis Mutual Management Limited. The appointment means the IOL can introduce its members to Regis and distribute certain promotions about AIM products and services from time to time.