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  • AAI MANIFESTO

    Recreational adventure activities have prompted many national benchmarking and regulatory schemes but insularity, cultural, legal and environmental differences have prevented the development of a purely international system.

    By their very nature, outdoor people have a tradition of being self-reliant and adventurous and taking individual responsibility for their actions. The amount of individual freedom outdoor people can expect in order to pursue their activities around the world varies and, where there is freedom, this cannot be taken for granted.

    As the world population continues to increase and commercial and other activities expand, more pressure can be expected on the worlds remaining wild places, the lakes, mountains, rivers, forests and oceans where we seek recreation and commune with nature.  Security and environmental interests put additional demands on these limited resources. Rules on public safety, economic pressure and international regulations are also increasing and it is essential that recreational outdoor activities have a voice as governments around the world are developing their initiatives. The AAI is a developing voice worldwide to represent adventure sports for recreation and educational purposes and freedom for adventurers.

    As an organisation consisting of a network of accredited practitioners worldwide, the AAI can lobby governments, organisations, businesses and individuals to reflect the views and concerns of its supporters.

    ACCESS:  The AAI believes that the right to access the worlds wild outdoor places and waterways is a fundamental birthright of all and should only be limited in exceptional circumstances.


    The AAI scheme is based on the principle that responsible recreational adventuring is encouraged more by the implementation of safe practice than by regulation.  The core principles of the AAI scheme at all levels are skill, knowledge, fitness and sound judgement. It endeavours to ensure this happens through a structured scheme designed by very experienced practitioners.  The AAI scheme will be actively promoted and best practice will be communicated through forums and newsletters.

    The AAI will oppose any schemes that would affect enjoyment of lawful outdoor activity. Examples of specific issues are renewable energy installations that affect waterways and coastal waters, overzealous conservation initiatives that seek blanket exclusion of outdoor people and legislation restricting adventure activity. Where other users deem adventure activities incompatible with their activities the AAI will ensure a voice for outdoor people.

    Millions of people worldwide regularly enjoy outdoor activities on lakes, mountains, rivers, forests and the sea. Adventure sports include many disciplines - from a relaxed leisure pastime to highly challenging activity for experts. Equipment and craft can be knocked up in the shed or made from high tech cutting-edge materials and technology.  Research now clearly shows the potential positive benefits are physical, psychological, spiritual social and for governments, financial.

    INCLUSION:  The AAI believes that all ages and abilities, regardless of race or gender, benefit from outdoor activities. The social and personal qualities of health, companionship and well-being, self reliance, determination and personal responsibility are all nurtured by outdoor and adventurous activities and should be encouraged by authorities and accessible by all.