• DES expeditions are not global adventure holidays. Every expedition member must take on a leadership role. Everyone becomes part of the planning including risk management. This is at the core of our commitment to safe and responsible expeditions. The leader selects a team who understand the place of measured risk taking because each person’s contribution adds up to an awareness of the need to be safe.

• The DES has an outstanding safety record over 28 years. Our leaders work to British Standards (BS8848) for expeditions and are constantly updating best practice. All our plans are assessed by expedition evaluation committees to the British Safety Standard.

• We constantly review our safety procedures and are regularly contributors to the Young Explorer’s Trust Forum.

• Our expedition leaders also contribute to Health and safety policies in schools and colleges.