Seven out of ten people believe they can put their safety in the hands of the organiser of the leisure activity in which they are taking part. But remember that you also have a responsibility to weigh up your capabilities and the risks involved.
Are you going on a diving course, horse riding camp, hiring a canoe or doing a glacier hike with an instructor? The organisers of the services must abide by regulations that are designed to keep you safe. However you also have a responsibility in activities like these.
You have a responsibility to avoid injury. You are responsible for assessing whether the activity appears to be safe enough. Ask yourself whether you meet the requirements needed to participate, and answer honestly.
Most people assume that safety has been properly taken care of. Many people also believe that organisers are prepared for any emergency that could arise. The younger the person, the more trust they have in the organiser. This is the result of a survey conducted by the Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB).
The authorities have rescue facilities, but remember that the rescue teams will not always be able to reach you quickly, particularly if you're participating in an activity in a remote location, inaccessible terrain or difficult weather conditions. Sometimes the rescue teams also have to be careful not to put themselves in danger.
Have you come across an organiser who wasn't taking their responsibilities seriously, or have you come across an activity that was clearly dangerous? Report it, so that other people don’t experience the same thing.