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 40 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 received an acceptance inspection and is inspected annually by a third-party ACCT Professional Vendor Member (PVM) to assure that it meets all design and performance standards set forth by the Association for Challenge Course Technologies (ACCT).
- We also have a third party PVM perform periodic Operational Reviews to assure that we are meeting ACCT standards for operational procedures.
- In addition to our yearly third party inspection we do an in-house 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.
- 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 periodic refresher trainings for skills such as emergency braking and rescue techniques.
- All of our Guides have First Aid and CPR certifications, and some have more advanced certifications such as WFA (Wilderness First Aid) and WFR (Wilderness First Responder).
- 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 securely clipped in to the system at all times.
- Owner/Operator Korey C. Hampton is an ACCT Certified Professional Inspector. In addition to inspections at FBA, she inspects courses around the country through her work with Challenge Towers, an ACCT Professional Vendor Members (PVM). She is also a Trainer, teaching new and experienced guides, and an Operational Reviewer, evaluating ziplines and challenge courses for compliance with ACCT operational standards and recommending areas for improvements in safety and risk management.
- FBA is a member of, and Korey is the President of, the NCAAA, the North Carolina state organization for ziplines, challenge courses, and aerial adventure parks.
- FBA is a member of the ACCT, the world’s leading and largest American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accredited Standards Developer focused specifically and solely on the zip line/challenge course industry.
- FBA was the first ACCT-Accredited Organization, going through a lengthy process to demonstrate that we are a an organization that serves the general public through a commitment to quality, professional conduct, business practices, and ongoing use and adherence to industry operations standards.
- Korey is on the Board of Directors of the ACCT, and as Secretary she serves on the Executive Committee.