Updated 10th July 2020
No Coasteering provision from us at the moment:
Over the past few weeks we have been working through logic, Risk Assessment, working practices, contact time of staff and clients,the HSE obligations to all our staff and freelance instructors, Current Covid19 legislation, plus team meetings with NCC, Pembrokeshire Outdoor Charter Groups, WATO, Our Technical Advisor Dave Brown and finishing today with inhouse staff meeting.
We have decided to stay with our original plan of a few months back, and only provide hill and mountain based courses and guided days for 1 household.
And to wait until August for further updates from Welsh Government.
Updated 8th July 2020
As well as being official Snowdonia National Park Ambassadors; We have been in business for 20 years and have been responsible for guiding thousands of people on Yr Wyddfa/ Snowdon.
Our director, Mark, has been to the summit 1100 times himself, let alone the other mountains he has worked on around the world.
595,000 people visit Yr Wyddfa each year, most of these are in the peak tourism season, summer holidays.
Our guides are working on the mountain nearly every day of the week, so they come into contact not only with the group they are leading, but also with tens of thousands of people who are also on the paths and tracks, as they pass by on the way up and down, through the narrow sections and the usually congested summit area.
After looking at our operating procedures, risk assessments and legal obligations under HSE requirements for our staff and our clients, as well as Wales Covid19 legislation and social distancing; We have decided to stop providing guided hikes on Yr Wyddfa for the rest of 2020.
We will be providing guided hikes on other less frequented mountains away from the crowds, and hope you will join us, take a look here:
Wales’ coronavirus travel restrictions lifted from 6 July so people can “travel as far as they like for all purposes,” First Minister Mark Drakeford has said.
Travel into and around Wales will be possible from that date, as long as coronavirus is still under control.
Self Catered accommodation providers only, are allowed to take bookings after 11th July. So only day trips into and around Wales will be allowed from the 6th July to the 11th July.
The latest Welsh Government lifting stay local travel restriction
Please Read The Commonly Asked Question with regard to Welsh Legislation
Are the mountains open?
As official ambassadors for the Snowdonia National Park, we can tell you that the mountains are open for tourism, and we all want you to think about these beautiful places and how you interact with them and others during your visit, so please:
Please help us create a safer National Park for our communities and other visitors by following these guidelines:
- Be safe – Observe social distancing at all times. Maintain a safe distance between you/your group and others. Be mindful of any pinch points and remember to sanitise your hands after contact with hard surfaces.
- Tread lightly – Be willing to change your destination. Have a few options prepared in case you arrive somewhere that is increasingly getting busy.
- Be kind – Park in designated parking spaces. Check how busy our car parks are by following our live updates page before you set off.
- Do not park on roadsides or across entrances, it is dangerous and can cause problems for our farmers, communities and emergency services.
Snowdonia Adventures can now provide Private coaching/instruction/activities on a limited basis.
Governing bodies have been advised by Welsh Government that the regulations do allow for private instruction provided:
- The instructor is only providing instruction to one household at a time (the instructor counts as the other household and a household is upto 5 people).
- Both the instructor and the clients stay within the regional legislations.
- There is no sharing of equipment, so the clients must already have their own equipment.
Private guiding, coaching for individuals, and small groups from the same household
We can provide 1:1 private courses and guiding to individuals and small groups from the same household subject to certain conditions being met.
Those courses and activities will probably be lowland, hill and mountain based where social distancing can be achieved safely.
Activities such as rock climbing, gorge scrambles/canyoning will Not be possible until a later date, due to the need for closer proximity of our staff and clients meaning safe social distancing would not be possible.
Our relaxed terms and conditions of booking
In a nutshell we are going to relax the T&C of booking so we can transfer everyones booking to another suitable date in the future. Also we will honour your booking fees until December 31st 2021, so even if you want to enjoy your course, activity or adventure day next year, then we will happily transfer your booking with no charge.
If you have a booking with us you will have received an email, please also check your junk folder.
We all have to be proactive in helping to stop the spread of this virus, stay well, stay safe, stay local top your home as per guidelines and legislation in your locality.
Requirements to be met for 1:1 and private coaching/activities
You will need to be able to agree to the following requirement before attending
- Be able to confirm that within 21 days previous to attending, you have not been infected or had symptoms relating to Covid19 and nor has anyone in your household.
- No one in your household is in the vulnerable or extremely vulnerable categories as defined in the current UK Government advice.
- Each person will have their own hand gel/sanitiser and use this as and when needed on a regular basis.
- Each person will need their own personal 1st aid kit
- If you or anyone in your household shows symptoms of Covid19 after attending a course or activity with us, you agree to inform us immediately so that appropriate measures can be implemented for our staff.
What we will do
- We will be responsible for the cleaning and quarantine of any group equipment provided to you, inline with government health-board and equipment manufacturers guidelines.
- Wherever possible you will need to bring your own equipment for hill and mountain based courses or activities.
- All out staff will use hand sanitisers/cleaners as and when needed.
- Any group equipment supplied by us, will be cleaned and quarantined for 72hrs before being reissued again.
- All our staff will endeavour to maintain social distancing from all clients wherever possible.
- Our staff will endeavour that all those in group course or activity stay socially distanced wherever possible.
- If any of our staff display symptoms of Covid19 we will inform all clients who were part of their group so that appropriate measures can be implemented.
Addition to our standard T&C of booking
Should any of our staff develop symptoms, or has been in contact with someone showing symptoms of Covid19 and if we can not find a replacement staff member, we will need to change the course or activity date. We will not be liable for any travel or accommodation costs that you may incur.
We will not be providing or sharing any group transport, there will be no car pooling of our staff personal vehicles, you are responsible for your own transport and travel during any part of a course or activity you are attending with us.
The Law in Wales, Scotland and NI is different to the new changes announced for England on 10th May.
Legislation for accommodation providers in Wales: https://gov.wales/guidance-note-holiday-accommodation-owners-health-protection-coronavirus-restrictions-wales
Snowdonia National Park Closure Information: https://www.snowdonia.gov.wales/authority/coronavirus/routes-closed
Canoe Wales Guidance on return to activity:https://irp-cdn.multiscreensite.com/bd6fed78/files/uploaded/COVID-19%20Paddlesport%20Guidance%20RED%20V3.pdf