We pride ourselves on not only meeting but exceeding industry standards when constructing our courses, so you can have peace of mind that your course will be safe, and a robust investment.
Inside Out Ropes Courses Standards
At Inside Out Ropes Courses we strive for excellence, in part, due to our dedicated and diligent approach to ropes course construction and our continual drive for improvement evident at all levels within the company.
All designs undergo rigorous structural assessments, including drawings and a structural report.
All critical materials used in the construction are tested and certified to ensure they meet the relevant European Standards.
The sharp edges on every ferrule used on our courses are filed to ensure they can be handled safely
All our woodwork is outdoor pressure treated, strength tested and certified
All our cut ends of timber are treated to ensure they are weather proofed
All the rope we use is 18mm combination (wire core with nylon outer) for improved handling and superior durability and strength.
We aim to exceed the European Standards below and to give you peace of mind all our courses are independently inspected.
The European Ropes Course Association (ERCA)
The European Ropes Course Association (ERCA) is an umbrella organisation that oversees the standards relating to construction, operation and inspection of ropes courses. All Inside Out Ropes Courses courses are inspected on completion by an Independent ERCA type A inspector to give you peace of mind that the course exceeds relevant standards and ensures compliance with EN 15567 part 1 & 2.
Inside Out Ropes Courses is an ERCA member and as such is bound to comply with the ERCA professional code of conduct.
EN15567: Part 1 Sports and Recreational Facilities: Ropes Courses
This standard relates to construction and safety requirements for ropes courses. It is intended to ensure that the design and construction of the facility is undertaken using appropriate materials; is constructed to minimum standards; and is externally inspected by an independent ERCA type A inspector. (An Individual that does not build or maintain ropes courses and can therefore make an impartial assessment having no vested interest in the outcome of the inspection).
EN15567: Part 2 Operational Requirements
This relates to the operational aspect of ropes course facilities and is intended to ensure the construction company passes on the necessary operational and risk assessment document to the user of the structure. It incorporates aspects such as; supervision levels; signage; participant requirements; risk assessment; maintenance and inspection regimes. This documentation is assessed during the inaugural inspection on completion of the construction by the ERCA type A inspection.
EN12572: Artificial Climbing Structures
This standard relates to construction and safety standards for artificial climbing structures. It is intended to ensure that the design, construction process and materials used are compliant with the minimum standards.
I have worked with a number of construction companies in the High Ropes Construction Industry and Inside Out Ropes Courses have by far provided the best service.
Rod Baber, Managing Director
A ropes course is a facility used for education, recreation or a combination of both.
It enables participants to accept challenges and develop personal and social skills through practicing new behaviours in a framework of safety and support. They might involve the participant in climbing, leaping , swinging and traversing elements, individually or whilst working with others.
A Ropes course can range from a single activity to numerous different elements and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They range from walls and towers to cow’s tail courses and continuous belay trails; Multi-activity structures to single elements constructed between trees.
Indeed, many structures that come under the auspices of ropes courses have little, if any, rope used in their construction. All ropes courses require a varying degree of supervision depending on their nature. A ropes course is a powerful tool for learning and recreation that can enable your clients to realise they are capable of achieving more than they think.