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Terms & Conditions

General Terms and Conditions

Welcome to our website. If you continue to browse and use this website, you are agreeing to comply with and be bound by the following terms and conditions of use, which together with our privacy policy govern Serious Outdoor Skills relationship with you in relation to this website. If you disagree with any part of these terms and conditions, please do not use our website.

The term Serious Outdoor Skills or ‘us’ or ‘we’ refers to the owner of the website whose registered office is Serious Outdoor Skills 6 Sherrell Park, Bere Alston, Yelverton, PL20 7AZ.  The term ‘you’ refers to the user or viewer of our website.

The use of this website is subject to the following terms of use:

The content of the pages of this website is for your general information and use only. It is subject to change without notice.

This website uses cookies to monitor browsing preferences. If you do allow cookies to be used, personal information may be stored by us for use by third parties.

Neither we nor any third parties provide any warranty or guarantee as to the accuracy, timeliness, performance, completeness or suitability of the information and materials found or offered on this website for any particular purpose. You acknowledge that such information and materials may contain inaccuracies or errors and we expressly exclude liability for any such inaccuracies or errors to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Your use of any information or materials on this website is entirely at your own risk, for which we shall not be liable. It shall be your own responsibility to ensure that any products, services or information available through this website meet your specific requirements.

This website contains material which is owned by or licensed to us. This material includes, but is not limited to, the design, layout, look, appearance and graphics. Reproduction is prohibited other than in accordance with the copyright notice, which forms part of these terms and conditions.
All trade marks reproduced in this website which are not the property of, or licensed to, the operator are acknowledged on the website.

Unauthorised use of this website may give rise to a claim for damages and/or be a criminal offence.
From time to time this website may also include links to other websites. These links are provided for your convenience to provide further information. They do not signify that we endorse the website(s). We have no responsibility for the content of the linked website(s).

Your use of this website and any dispute arising out of such use of the website is subject to the laws of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.


Course participants must be over 18 years of age or accompanied by a paying adult and agreed with Serious Outdoor Skills. Course participants must have a good standard of general fitness and be aware that a survival and bushcraft course, navigation and canoe events can be both physically and mentally demanding. Serious Outdoor Skills cannot be held responsible for any losses or injury incurred as a result of failure from clients to disclosing medical conditions or issues.


Serious Outdoor Skills will make every possible effort to run the courses as scheduled. There could possibly be circumstances for example, extreme weather conditions or the minimum number of course participants required not being met, when we are forced to cancel or postpone a course. In these circumstances which are out of our control,  an alternative date will be offered or the amount paid will be transferable to an alternative event. Course content may also be subject to change for the best nature of the group. This decision can be made by SOS instructors at any period before or whilst an event is in progress.


If the client cancels for any reason 70% of the course fee will be reimbursed. If the client cancels between 2 to 4 weeks prior to the course date booked then 50% of the course cost will be reimbursed. If the Client cancels in the last 2 weeks before the course commences then 100% of the course cost will be forfeited.

If a client books onto a course within 2 weeks of the course start date, they will have a 24 hour cancellation period after which the course fee will be non refundable.

The client acknowledges that such cancellation charges are reasonable due the need of Serious Outdoor Skills to make substantial changes and or preparations to forthcoming courses.

Due to the costs of advanced booking of accommodation and activities for our oversees courses, if the client cancels for any reason up to 6 months before the start date of the course 50% of the course fee will be forfeited. If the client cancels between 6 months and 3 months prior to the course date booked 75% of the course cost will be forfeited. If the client cancels in the last three months before the course commences then 100% of the course cost will be forfeit.

The client acknowledges that such cancellation charges are reasonable due the costs already incurred by Serious Outdoor Skills and the unlikeliness of a replacement client booking at such short notice.

All refunds will be subject to a £20 administration fee. Courses purchased to the value of £45 and under will incur a £5 administration fee.

Any purchases made through PayPal or Stripe will have the relevant site fee deducted from the refund amount.


All deposits for course bookings are non refundable after 24-hours from the time of purchase.


Gift Vouchers are valid for one year from the date of purchase. After this date the voucher(s) will not be redeemable.


If the client wishes a refund for any reason up to 24 hours after the time of purchase the full amount will be reimbursed. If the client requests a refund after the 24 hour refund period the value of the Serious Outdoor Skills gift voucher(s) will be non-refundable.

The client acknowledges this upon purchase of any Serious Outdoor Skills gift voucher(s).


If there are any problem with your item(s) that relate to a manufacturing fault, Serious Outdoor Skills will replace the damaged or defective item(s). If there are no replacements available Serious Outdoor Skills will offer a full refund of the cost of the item(s) excluding postage and packaging cost. (Please refer to course terms and conditions below for complaints). This does not affect your statutory rights.

If for any reason you are unhappy with your purchase, Serious Outdoor Skills will fully refund the purchase value of any item within 7 days of receipt of the order. Items must be returned free from damage, unused and be within its original packaging. We would also recommend taking insurance when returning goods as Serious Outdoor Skills cannot be held responsible for goods damaged or lost in transit.


Items are normally dispatched within 48 hours and we will try and dispatch immediately within working hours (9.00am till 5.00PM) Monday to Friday by second class mail. All items ordered will be posted to the address requested at the time of order, and cannot be changed therefore afterwards.


Serious Outdoor Skills has £5,000,000 of Public Liability Insurance and £100,000 errors and omissions insurance with a reputable Outdoors Activities insurer; a copy of the Insurance Certificate details can be provided on request if needed. The courses take place in a varied environment, and the client acknowledges that these environments are never completely hazard or risk free. While Serious Outdoor Skills makes every effort to minimise risks, we will not be held liable for accidents, mishaps or losses that are not a result of negligence on the part of Serious Outdoor Skills, or for any accidents or losses which are due to client’s failure to follow the instructions of the instructors. Serious Outdoor Skills cannot be held responsible for any losses or damage to clients’ personal belongings, clothing, money or vehicles. It is the client’s responsibility to ensure that they arrive at the designated meeting point in a timely manner in order to be able to join the course. Serious Outdoor Skills will not be responsible for any accidents or mishaps occurring to third parties taught by attendees of any Serious Outdoor Skills course.


The customer agrees that any photographs or photography taken by the instructors during the course may be used by Serious Outdoor Skills in promotional material or advertising either printed or on the internet.


We advise that in the unlikely event that any complaints or issues should arise they should be directed in the first instance to the instructors during that particular course, so that the issue(s) can be resolved at the present time. Any complaints that arise after the end of the course must be put in writing to Serious Outdoor Skills within 28 days of the end of the course that you attended. Serious Outdoor Skills will not be liable for any complaints received after this time period.