Safety is at the very core of the Sam Sykes™ ethos – a commitment to ensuring the welfare of all expedition members underpins everything the company does. Safety procedures are rigidly adhered to, and the fully trained Sam Sykes™ team is at the very forefront of health and safety practices.

Planning ahead is absolutely essential, and Sam Sykes™ pays uncompromising attention to detail when organising an expedition. Every aspect of a plan is carefully scrutinised and thorough risk assessments are undertaken. The team’s expertise in delivering expeditions, both for the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and independently, provides a greater understanding of any issues which may arise during an expedition, alongside a detailed knowledge of how to overcome them. Throughout the expedition, members of the Sam Sykes™ team continually re-evaluate environmental circumstances and group performance, ensuring that the expedition participants enjoy a challenge but are never put at risk

A safety consultation service is available for schools and youth organisations planning outdoor activities. Please get in touch for more details on how this service can enable you to design exciting and rewarding activities that never infringe on safety or legislation.

DofE Approved

Sam Sykes’™ experience in delivering bespoke Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions has enabled the company to become an Approved Activity Provider for the expedition section of the Award, as well as offer professional advice on all aspects of the scheme.

AALA Licensed

The Adventure Activities Licensing Authority is the government body and part of the HSE that assesses, regulates and monitors outdoor activity provision and ensures the safety of all participants. Sam Sykes™ is proud to be AALA licensed and to uphold the high standards of safety that this licence represents. Click on the AALA logo on the left to find out more.


Sam Sykes™ is fully insured for outdoor activities and holds public liability as well as employee liability insurance with Activities Industry Mutual. Personal accident insurance cover is available through the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.


All staff are fully qualified in delivering expeditions and hold a range of qualifications awarded by national governing bodies in the field of outdoor activities, with first aid a particular area of focus.



What our customers believe motivates the Sam Sykes team.

Bronze DofE Documentary

Bronze DofE Documentary

In November a group of school children from inner-city Manchester, set off to the Lake District to begin their Duke of Edinburgh adventure. For many it was their first time in the countryside.