Conditions of use for the YSS SRT facility, Helwith Bridge.

Risks - “The British Caving Association recognises that caving, cave diving and mine exploration are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.”

Although the SRT facility is an artificial environment the risks involved are no less serious than when underground in a cave or abandoned mine.

The soft flooring is designed to provide a more comfortable landing for users. IT DOES NOT MAKE THE ROPEWORK ANY SAFER. Broken and sprained limbs are common on this type of flooring and uncontrolled falls are likely to result in injuries to yourself or others.

Going beyond your capabilities above or below ground could well result in an accident. Any accident may result in an injury despite the safety systems in place to avoid it. You must make your own assessment of the risks.

Our Duty of Care - The rules of the SRT Facility set out below are not intended to limit your enjoyment of the facilities. They are part of the duty of care that we, the Club, owe to you, the caver, by law. As such they are not negotiable and if you are not prepared to abide by them, then we cannot allow you to use our facilities.

Your Duty of Care - You also have a duty of care to act responsibly towards the other users. Statements of ‘Good Practice’ are posted around the centre adjacent to the relevant facilities. These describe the accepted methods of use and how you are expected to behave towards others.

Unsupervised SRT - When you are underground, you and your party are self-sufficient and need to be able to deal with any situation as it arises. This is exactly the same in this facility. We, therefore, expect that you are competent in whatever techniques you are practising, or that you have in your party sufficient numbers of competent people to watch you. When registering, you are required to agree to this, to confirm that you are prepared to abide by the Rules below and that you understand the risks involved in your participation.

Anyone who has not registered is must not use this facility.

Unsupervised SRT is just that! If you are not confident in the use of any equipment or technique then do not attempt to use it without the close supervision of someone who is competent to do so.

Under 18s – All under 18s must be directly supervised by a suitably-competent adult at all times.



General Safety