The hotel is the 3 star Hotel Victoria located in the Segur de
Calafell, a quiet beach resort 40 km to the south of Barcelona. The hotel is 250
metres from the sea. The beach has 'Blue Flag' status, shelving gently. It is
monitored by lifeguards during the summer season only.
The hotel rooms are accessed through reception, manned 24 hours
The heated swimming pool is 1.8 metres deep. Lifeguards may be
hired by the hour.
The hotel meets all relevant fire, health and safety
regulations. Fire escape doors open outwards and are situated on all floors at
the far ends of a single accommodation corridor. Stairs halfway along the
corridors lead to reception. The fire doors can sometimes need a good push
to open. The fire emergency meeting area is outside the hotel in the parking
area by the main road.
The hotel contains a gymnasium and sauna which must not be used
by students without permission.
Balconies and the consumption of alcohol form the greatest
Students to be made aware of hotel
emergency procedures, fire escape routes and exits. There may be a practice fire
British electrical appliances, e.g. hairdryers, must only be used with
approved plug adaptors.
No smoking in hotel rooms or balconies.
Risk of drowning
Swimming in the hotel pool or sea
may only be undertaken with the permission of the group leader and in the
presence of requisite staff.
Risks associated with being unsupervised in rooms and around
hotel corridors and lounge areas
Students will be reminded about expectations
regarding behaviour in and around hotel.
Students will not be allowed to invite 'guests' from outside the party back
to the hotel. They will be refused entry.
Any damage to hotel furnishings or fittings must be reported immediately to a
member of staff and then to hotel management.
Staff rooms will be dispersed among those of students to ensure broadest
monitoring and availability in an emergency.
All rooms to be allocated on one floor if at all possible.
Staff will enforce agreed 'bedtimes' and ensure that students are settled
when lights go out.
Risks during 'free time' in area around the hotel
Staff will accompany students into appropriate selected venues
for 'free time'.
Students warned to be vigilant on roads.
Clear 'ground rules' will be set on expectations regarding behaviour and
consumption of alcohol.
Girls in particular to be advised on how to deal with unwanted attention in
the street or on the beach.
Students advised to wear appropriate dress and to avoid drawing unwanted
attention to themselves by their behaviour.
Risk of minor injury e.g. twisting ankles, scratches from vegetation and
Risk of falling from balconies
Clear 'ground rules' will be set on expectations regarding
behaviour and consumption of alcohol. Students must not climb between balconies.
Risk of injury in the gymnasium
Students must not use the gymnasium.
Risk of theft outside the hotel. There has been a
incident of theft from a group during their departure from the hotel. A group of
women approached the hotel entrance as the coach was being loaded and stole a
teacher's bag left on the ground.
Staff and students should be particularly
vigilant in the area around the hotel. A member of staff should stand in a
vantage point at the top of the hotel steps throughout the coach loading and
Risk of theft inside the hotel
Access doors to the balconies should be kept
locked and blinds drawn when not in the room or sleeping. Valuables should be
left in the hotel safe.