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Terms & Conditions


1.  Please read these terms and conditions carefully before completing and returning our booking form. Once a completed booking form has been accepted in writing by Backwoods Survival School, all persons named on the booking form (here-after to be known as "participant") will have entered into a binding contract on the basis of these terms and conditions. If you have any questions regarding these conditions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

2.  In all classes, demonstrations and excursions conducted by Backwoods Survival School, reasonable care is taken to prevent serious injury and to minimise accidents. A Backwoods Survival School course is by its very nature, exposed to natural variables, including the weather. Whilst every reasonable effort is made to deal with (indeed to learn from) such contingencies there may be occasions when Backwoods Survival School, through no fault of its own, is forced to vary or modify a course itinerary at short notice or decides to do so in order to take advantage of natural circumstances. The participant acknowledges this information and that in such circumstances it is not reasonable for Backwoods Survival School to be liable for any losses consequential on such a change and that Backwoods Survival School liability is limited accordingly.

3.  Backwoods Survival School states that woodlands and other habitats may present risks to Health and Safety and it is the responsibility of Backwoods Survival School to alert the participant to these risks. Whilst it is impossible to list all such hazards and risks. Backwoods Survival School have completed a risk assessment (available on request) covering those areas, which in the opinion of Backwoods Survival School require the most specific care and attention.

No unauthorised fires are allowed without the express permission of Backwoods Survival School. Even if authorised by Backwoods Survival School, no fire shall be left unattended at any time and adequate means of fire fighting must be provided and available at the site of any such fire at all times.

The participant should be advised that axes, bill-hooks and the like are very sharp and are not to be touched or moved without the express permission of Backwoods Survival School, especially by children, Parents/carers/guardians should make their children under their charge fully aware of the risks involved with the above.

Backwoods Survival School also insists only knives which are lockable may be used by the participant. All other knives are not to be used whilst under instruction of Backwoods Survival School, under instruction shall be deemed from the start time and the end time of a course run by Backwoods Survival School and as detailed by Backwoods Survival School in the course joining instructions.

4.  The participant states that he/she is fully aware that survival courses; team building and wilderness living skills courses, even under the safest conditions possible, may involve an element of risk. Whilst Backwoods Survival School will take every precaution possible to ensure a safe environment as is reasonably possible, the participant hereby agrees to accept full responsibility and assume all risks, including those caused by acts of God, of injury, death and/or loss to his/her person and/or property, knowingly and voluntarily.

5.  The participant agrees to obey the rules and regulations put into effect to risk to Health and Safety by Backwoods Survival School.

6.  Backwoods Survival School reserves the right to remove any participant from a course, at the discretion of Backwoods Survival School, if the participant conduct is abusive or inappropriate or they continue to present a risk to Health and Safety.

7.  The participant knowingly, voluntarily and irrevocably waives any and all past, present and/or future claims, demands and courses of action which the participant now has or may have in the future against all officers, employees, agents, instructors, and/or other participants while on the premises of Backwoods Survival School or premises used by Backwoods Survival School for the purposes of instruction, for any and all past, present, and/or future injuries, death, loss including those caused by acts of God, received while participating in activities conducted by Backwoods Survival School, as a student, participant, spectator, and/or visitor, or in any other manner or form, taking part in the exercises, practices excursions, and/or demonstrations of said survival courses, team building and wilderness living skills training.

8.  The participant certifies that he/she is physically capable to participate in courses run by Backwoods Survival School despite the rigors and risks that may be inherent in such an undertaking.

9.  Backwoods Survival School reserves the right to alter dates and/or location of courses, if this becomes necessary, Backwoods Survival School will endeavour to inform relevant parties as soon as possible.

10.  The participant accepts that the balance of all fees must be paid 3 weeks prior to any course commencement date. Bookings made within this period must be accompanied by payment in full, unless otherwise agreed by Backwoods Survival School in writing.

11.  If full payment is not made Backwoods Survival School reserves the right to treat the agreement as cancelled by participant pursuant to clause 10.

12.  The sum of the deposit is either £25 per person for a one-day course, £40 per person for a 3-day course and £100 per person for more than 4 days. The participant is aware that cancellation by the participant, for any reason, will incur the forfeit of the deposit. The deposit can be reallocated to another course one time only if the cancellation is made 3 weeks prior to the course for which it was originally intended. The participant acknowledges that it is reasonable for such penalties to arise, given the need for Backwoods Survival School to make preparations for the course substantially in advance of any survival courses and/or team building and/or wilderness living skills training.

13.  Whilst every effort is made to limit prices to those given in the booking form and or other documentation, Backwoods Survival School reserves the right to alter prices should costs in hosting a course increase for reasons beyond its reasonable control (including, without limitation, the cost of labour, transport and materials). In the event that a price is altered the participant will be notified as soon as reasonably possible and the balance of the altered price will be payable on the same terms as was the original price. In the event of a price increase the participant may opt to cancel the booking and will then be entitled to a full refund of all monies paid to Backwoods Survival School.

14.  In the unlikely event that a participant has cause for complaint, Backwoods Survival School would appreciate that it is brought to the attention of a Backwoods Survival School representative during the course, in order that corrective action can be taken. However, should a problem not be resolved, a complaint should be made in writing within 28 days of the course completion. To the extent permitted by law Backwoods Survival School will not be liable in respect of claims first intimated later than 28 days from the close of the relevant course.

15.  Subsequent instruction by participant. Although Backwoods Survival School courses are taught by experienced and capable leaders, it is not intended that any instruction provided to any participant while on a course will in any way qualify that participant to instruct any third party and no warranty is made to that effect. Backwoods Survival School hereby excludes any liability it might have to any third parties in respect of any loss or damage suffered or incurred by a third party in its reliance on any skills taught by any participant on the basis of having attended any Backwoods Survival School course.

16.  The person signing the booking form shall be deemed to sign that form for him/herself and as an agent for all others persons/parties listed on that form and warrants that he/she is appointed agent for that purpose.

17.  Acceptance of these terms and conditions, by completion of the booking form, signifies acceptance of the participant that any photographs taken during courses by Backwoods Survival School instructors may be published on behalf of or included in printed or digital promotional material for Backwoods Survival School.



Please Call 0141 641 2055 or email at info@backwoodsurvival.co.uk to find out more