No doubt many of you will have received this email from HQ.
We are contacting you as a permit holder or assessor listed on Compass for Caving or Mine Exploration. As part of an ongoing review of the rules and guidance to manage activities we are currently looking at underground activities and would like any constructive feedback you have which would improve the permit scheme and make the activity safer and more accessible for members.
Please provide any feedback by 31st October, this will then be shared with the Programme Assurance Team along with other feedback and incident information which will inform the work they undertake on this review. Please keep your feedback constructive, if you identify a challenge please try and offer some solutions.
Is it worthwhile starting a discussion on our responses or is everyone going to feed their own views back to HQ?
One of my thoughts relates to group sizes. While POR says maximum of 8 including the Leader, I can think of a couple of our local caves/mines (Derbyshire) where we could manage a larger group, say 10, plus leader. (Note: I don't count the leaders who bring their group in my totals, otherwise the number of Scouts caving would be even less). We use Devonshire as our introductory system and, with the grwoing popularity of Scouting, we can struggle to fit enough trips in to meet demand. A group of 10 is perfectly manageable in there. What do others think?
I also think that the list of man-made caves on the POR page needs updating.