Are Ziplines, Canopy Tours and Aerial Adventure Parks Safe?
They can be!
The Association of Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) is the organization that oversees zip line canopy tours and challenge courses in America to insure safety in operations and construction. American Adventure Park System adheres to these guidelines. Our main venue is Historic Banning Mills in Whitesburg, Georgia. We are the largest Zip line canopy tour in the world certified by the Guiness Book. We have been in operation for over a decade. We could not continue operations without safe practices. www.historicbanningmills.com
Three of our staff are ACCT certified inspectors. Safety is built on a foundation of good construction. AANSI has adopted ACCT guidelines for construction, policy and procedures. The next building block for safety is good policies and procedures established by certified and experienced consultants. Trained staff is the next block. Staff need to be trained and drilled in policy and procedures. Staff needs to understand safety will not be compromised. In addition to park operations your guides need to have training in emergency response. An emergency response plan shall be a part of your policy and procedures. All guides should have basic first responder training in First Aid or Wilderness First Responder. Some of your lead guide should be Emergency Medical Technicians. Guides must be trained in high line rescue. Our Guides practice four levels or rescue each week. Level one is self rescue ( guides may advise on how to rescue oneself)Participant pulls themselves back to the bridge or platform. Level Two guide assisted rescue is where the guide helps pull the participant back to the bridge or platform. Level Three Rescue uses a Petzl ID Descender device with a 3-1 reduction pulley to pull the participant back to the bridge. We use no cut aways in rescue. Level four rescue the Descender and 3-1 reduction pulley is used to lower the participant to the ground. Senior guides are trained in Level 5 rescue. In a level five rescue the participant is supported by a guide as they are lowered to the ground. A course controller oversees the days operations and provides needed back up to assist rescues. Training in course management, rescues, and wilderness responder courses are available at Historic Banning Mills or we can send an instructor to your course to train your staff on your course.
Regular and routine inspections are a keystone to safety. Each course is required to have a certified ACCT inspector to inspect the course each year. The inspection should incude a review of your policy, procedures and emergency plan. American Adventure Park Systems is the American Distributor for the Quick Trekker Continuous Belay System. This belay system is the simpilest to use, toughest and most reliable available. Please go to www.americanadventurepark.com to view a short video of it in use. Guides inspect harnesses, pulleys, tethers, helmets, at each use with the 4 H’s Helmet, Harness, Human, and hardware. Not only the hardware attached to your harness but every nut, bolt and wire on the course.