French Broad Adventures has a long history in the outdoor industry. Started as a small, family company called French Broad Rafting in 1981, we are as committed to your safety today as we were then. But a lot has changed, and improved, in 36 years – new gear, new hardware and new certifications to name a few. There is inherent risk in any outdoor activity, but we believe that the only thing more important than providing your family with an exciting and memorable adventure is mitigating and managing any potential risk. Your family’s safety is our number one priority!
Zipline Safety Practices
- Our zipline canopy tour was commissioned and is regularly inspected by a third-party ACCT Professional Vendor Member (PVM) to assure that it meets or exceeds all Design and Performance standards set forth by the Association for Challenge Course Technologies (ACCT).
- In addition to our yearly inspection by a third-party we do a pre-use course inspection every single day that we have guests on tour. We also do an additional in-depth course inspection every month to monitor all components and hardware.
- Owner Korey C. Hampton and Site Manager Michael Waters have completed the In-House Inspector Certification given by the ACCT, demonstrating their knowledge and experience in zip line course inspections. Korey also inspects courses around the country through her work with Phoenix and Challenge Towers.
- We also have a third-party ACCT Professional Vendor Member (PVM) perform periodic Operational Reviews to assure that we are meeting or exceeding ACCT standards for operational procedures.
- Every piece of customer and guide equipment (i.e. harnesses and helmets) is inspected before and after every single use. We also do an additional in-depth gear inspection every other month.
- All guides must complete a comprehensive training and evaluation process before they begin guiding tours. Additionally, all zipline guides are required to complete monthly refresher trainings for skills such as emergency braking and rescue techniques.
- All of our Guides have First Aid and CPR certifications.
- We have a ground-based zipline for guests to practice on before they get up on the zipline course. At “Ground School” the guides instruct guests on appropriate zipping procedures and give them an opportunity to practice until they are comfortable with the instructions.
- Our guides are trained to do all of the clipping and un-clipping, so that guests don’t have to be concerned with how to stay clipped in to the system at all times.
- We teach the class! Owner Korey Hampton and Site Manager Michael Waters teach the Zipline Guide class at a nearby college. They also work for ACCT PVM’s Phoenix Experiential Designs and Challenge Towers to train and certify guides on other courses throughout the country. Korey is a Level II Challenge Course Practitioner.
- We are members of the ACCT, the world’s leading and largest American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accredited Standards Developer focused specifically and solely on the challenge course industry.