Ecotourism operators have a responsibility to reduce the possibilities of a negative impact on the environment and to maximize on the opportunities to show that as tour operators we care about our surroundings and those that we share it with. We can do this by a series of conservation initiatives.
- Supporting conservation programs (donations of resources and time)
- Keeping up to date with current conservation practices in our areas
- Promoting responsible care of the environment and its resources
- Encourage clients to support local projects and initiatives
- Maximizing the enjoyment of the client in the wilderness in turn to maximize positive feedback of the environment
- Maintaining safe viewing distances to allow minimal stress to the wildlife
- Do not feed wildlife or approach nesting sites or interfere with young and their mothers
- Learning about regulations and restrictions for waterways and national parks we will explore
Cultural, Historical and Archaeological sites
- Learn to respect local cultures and customs and the appropriate behavior to use
- Respect protected sites and its history
- Only take memories not artifacts
- Abide by guidelines set out by the relevant authorities
As guides we are the face of the company and as such we should
- Show professionalism at all times and lead by example
- Put safety for the wildlife and the client first and foremost
- Have the appropriate qualifications, experience and knowledge
- Be trained in First Aid and the relevant activity safety practices including emergency procedures
- Be considerate, respectful and knowledgeable for the clients, cultures and wilderness
- Leave only footprints. Ensure we remove what we bring and not add to the destruction of our environment
Your safety is our priority so as guides we aspire to:
- Have reliable communications with our support teams and base locations
- Carry First Aid equipment and know how to use it.
- Have emergency, contingency plans
- Carry out risk assessments and continual assessments throughout activities
- Hire fully qualified guides
- Have medical cover and insurance for each person on each activity
- Ensure clients know what is suitable and acceptable behavior
Some of our trips will take you right into the wild so you can expect to be far from immediate help and rescue so as a participant you may have to deal with emergencies as part of a team or on your own. So you may need to be prepared for adverse weather conditions, and potentially dangerously close wildlife encounters.
As part of the canoeing trips you may face:
- Fast flowing rivers with large rapids and strainers
- Floating debris including fallen trees
- Flash floods
- Prepare for river rescues and capsizes of yourself or other group members.
So it is important to carry and wear the appropriate safety gear and to be proficient in its use.
As part of a fishing trip you may face:
- Capsize from a vessel
- Injuries from large fish due to bites or in the case of sailfish the snout
- Flash floods