Who are We?

The Centre Standards Board was established by the Association for Adventure Sports in 1989. The Board seeks to involve providers of adventure sports, the relevant sports governing bodies and other interested parties, in the design, monitoring and recognition of safety standards in the Irish Adventure sports sector.

The Board is composed of representatives from Outdoor Education Ireland, Irish Association for Activity Centres, Mountaineering Council of Ireland, Underwater Council, Irish Canoe Union, Irish Orienteering Association, Irish Surfing Association, Speleological Union of Ireland and the Irish Amateur Archery Association.

The relevant sports Governing Bodies have designed safety guidelines regarding issues such as qualifications, instructor to participant ratios, equipment requirements, and activity locations. The Board uses these sports guidelines as well as operational requirements such as written operating procedures, accident report books and insurance, as benchmarks by which providers are inspected.

The inspection process is undertaken by monitors with relevant sports qualifications and experience in the industry. All providers are inspected by previously announced visits once a year and unannounced spot checks are also undertaken. The Board uses the monitors report as the main basis for approval. This approval is granted for specific activities and not for the providers operation in its entirety.

The approved list is published in January of each year and is available on this website. Given that there is a dynamic approval element of spot checks, this approved list is updated regularly.

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