European Ropes Course Association (ERCA)
The Association For The Promotion Of  Ropes Courses e.V.
Ferdinandstr. 7
D-30175 Hannover

Service and support:

Phone: +49-(0)511-16989937

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

For crisis management and urgent cases

Englisch: Mr. Nick Moriarty, +44-(0)778-8590971,
Englisch, Deutsch: Hr. Meik Haselbach, +49-(0)170-7322864
German: Mrs Ulrike Mai, +49-(0)171-5266488,

Picture Credits

Landing Page:
© Alexandra_Koch auf Pixabay
© Karl Rohnke: Playing with mirrors by Hmerritt under Creative Commons License 'CC BY-SA 3.0'
© panthermedia.net/denrud
© Bildagentur PantherMedia  / 
© Bildagentur PantherMedia  / 

Background Pictures:
1. Hochseilgarten Wörrstadt (Photographer: Stephan Dinges)
2. ERCA e.V.
3: Olga von Plate

Other pictures:
- ERCA e.V.
- Picture 'eLearning' from: © Bildagentur PantherMedia  / 
- Picture 'Escape Route' from:Stephanie Albert auf Pixabay
- "Forum Unterrichtspraxis": Koelnmesse GmbH, Harald Fleissner auf www.didacta-koeln.de
- "Maintenance": Oberholster Venita auf Pixabay
- "Smartphone & Whatsapp": von bricketh auf Pixabay
- "Jana Schimke (MdB) mit Verbandsrepräsentant:innen vor Jurte": by Anne Riediger
- "ERCA Volunteers presenting Inclusion Activities at Rehacare":by Petra Hähn
- "Team of Camp Adventure Academy in the middle of a Low Ropes Course": by Camp Adventure Academy GmbH
- "DSGVO Euro Flag" by Benedikt Geyer from Pixabay
- "Warning Sign" by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay
- "25-years" Celebration by from © Bildagentur PantherMedia
- "Ropes Course on the Roof Tops of Cardiff International White Water" by Jim Bacon;
- "Train-the-Trainer observed presentation" by Pit Bangerter;
- "Euro-Plant" by Gerd Altmann at Pixabay
- "Sandmännchen im Kletterpark" from Ullrich / Schomerus für rbb - Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg
- "Sandmännchen im Kletterpark / 2" from Thomas Ernst for rbb - Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg and published via www.presseportal.de/pm/51580/5229230
- "Team of Castlecomer Discovery Park" from Angela Matheußer
- "Insurance Ireland" from at © Bildagentur PantherMedia
- "Kampagne-Logo # Wir Machen Urlaub" from © Bayern Tourismus Marketing GmbH
- "Discount on Metal Ladders" by Paul Harrison from Pixabay (edited by ERCA)
- "Event-Icon Master Trainer" by Peggy and Marco Lachmann-Anke from Pixabay (edited by ERCA)
- "Event-Icon Community" by Peggy and Marco Lachmann-Anke from Pixabay (edited by ERCA)
- "Event-Icon Inspector" by Peggy and Marco Lachmann-Anke from Pixabay (edited by ERCA)
- "Oak Processian Moth" by LeeleeUusikuu from Pixabay (edited by ERCA)
- "Eichenprozessionsspinner" by Alexander Fox | PlaNet Fox from Pixabay
- "Plenum: Plattform Zukunft des Tourismus" by Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz" from Andreas Mertens
- "Mitarbeiter der Geschäftsstelle: Plattform Zukunft des Tourismus" by Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz" from Andreas Mertens
- "Last Minute - Megaphone" from © Bildagentur PantherMedia  by 
- "Inspectors with Free-Fall-Device/ ERCA-Summer-Event" by Linda Green;
- "Audit Techclimb Ltd" by Angela Matheußer;
- "Forest Spruce Extraction" by ivabalk from Pixabay
- "Audit Zipit Forest Adventures" by Angela Matheußer;
- "Save-the-Date" by Memed_Nurrohmad from Pixabay
- "Jigsaw Puzzle Hotel" by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay
- "Netherlands Day 2024" by mello-media.nl
- "Shaping the Future"-Conference by Julia Richter from zukunftgestalten.info
- "Mental Health First Aid" by Ümit Bulut from Unsplash
- "Webinar eRechnung" by from Bildagentur PantherMedia
- "Pin-Needles on the world map" by Adrian at Pixabay

Kampagne #klassenfahrtabersicher:
Key Visual „#klassenfahrtabersicher“ von Daniel Chudoba (onlion® Studio) / Bündnis Schul- und Klassenfahrten
Picture „Gemeinsam ins Neue Schuljahr“ und Picture "Lagerfeuer" von Florian Lukas / Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Erlebnispädagogik e.V.

Members Meeting 2022
- Picture from Alexandra_Koch auf Pixabay
- Comic "Beaver": Dragan Milos
- "Santa Claus Hat": Clker-Free-Vector-Images auf Pixabay
- "Christmas Tree": Darkmoon_Art auf Pixabay
- "Parcel red": Monika Grafik auf Pixabay
- "Parcel yellow": sdvigger auf Pixabay

Legal Notice

Information provided according to Sec. 5 German Telemedia Act (TMG):

European Ropes Course Association (ERCA)
Verein zur Förderung von Ropes Courses e.V.
Ferdinandstr. 7
30175 Hannover

Represented by:

Einzelvertretungsberechtigte Vorstände sind
Ulrike Mai, Linda Green, Nick Moriarty


Telephone: +49-(0)511-16989937
Telefax: +49-(0)321-21265927

Register entry:

Entry in the Vereinsregister.
Registering court:Fulda
Registration number: 1268


VAT Id number according to Sec. 27 a German Value Added Tax Act:

Information concerning professional indemnity insurance:

Name and residence of insurer:
Dialog Versicherung AG
Adenauerring 7
81737 München

Responsible for contents acc. to Sec. 55, para. 2 German Federal Broadcasting Agreement (RstV):

Ulrike Mai
c/o European Ropes Course Association (ERCA)
Verein zur Förderung von Ropes Courses e.V.
Ferdinandstr. 7
30175 Hannover

Dispute resolution

The European Commission provides a platform for online dispute resolution (OS): https://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr.
Please find our email in the impressum/legal notice.

We do not take part in online dispute resolutions at consumer arbitration boards.

Liability for Contents

As service providers, we are liable for own contents of these websites according to Sec. 7, paragraph 1 German Telemedia Act (TMG). However, according to Sec. 8 to 10 German Telemedia Act (TMG), service providers are not obligated to permanently monitor submitted or stored information or to search for evidences that indicate illegal activities.

Legal obligations to removing information or to blocking the use of information remain unchallenged. In this case, liability is only possible at the time of knowledge about a specific violation of law. Illegal contents will be removed immediately at the time we get knowledge of them.

Liability for Links

Our offer includes links to external third party websites. We have no influence on the contents of those websites, therefore we cannot guarantee for those contents. Providers or administrators of linked websites are always responsible for their own contents.

The linked websites had been checked for possible violations of law at the time of the establishment of the link. Illegal contents were not detected at the time of the linking. A permanent monitoring of the contents of linked websites cannot be imposed without reasonable indications that there has been a violation of law. Illegal links will be removed immediately at the time we get knowledge of them.


Contents and compilations published on these websites by the providers are subject to German copyright laws. Reproduction, editing, distribution as well as the use of any kind outside the scope of the copyright law require a written permission of the author or originator. Downloads and copies of these websites are permitted for private use only.
The commercial use of our contents without permission of the originator is prohibited.

Copyright laws of third parties are respected as long as the contents on these websites do not originate from the provider. Contributions of third parties on this site are indicated as such. However, if you notice any violations of copyright law, please inform us. Such contents will be removed immediately.

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Privacy Policy

1. An overview of data protection


The following gives a simple overview of what happens to your personal information when you visit our website. Personal information is any data with which you could be personally identified. Detailed information on the subject of data protection can be found in our privacy policy found below.

Data collection on our website

Who is responsible for the data collection on this website?

The data collected on this website are processed by the website operator. The operator's contact details can be found in the website's required legal notice.

How do we collect your data?

Some data are collected when you provide it to us. This could, for example, be data you enter on a contact form.

Other data are collected automatically by our IT systems when you visit the website. These data are primarily technical data such as the browser and operating system you are using or when you accessed the page. These data are collected automatically as soon as you enter our website.

What do we use your data for?

Part of the data is collected to ensure the proper functioning of the website. Other data can be used to analyze how visitors use the site.

What rights do you have regarding your data?

You always have the right to request information about your stored data, its origin, its recipients, and the purpose of its collection at no charge. You also have the right to request that it be corrected, blocked, or deleted. You can contact us at any time using the address given in the legal notice if you have further questions about the issue of privacy and data protection. You may also, of course, file a complaint with the competent regulatory authorities.

Analytics and third-party tools

When visiting our website, statistical analyses may be made of your surfing behavior. This happens primarily using cookies and analytics. The analysis of your surfing behavior is usually anonymous, i.e. we will not be able to identify you from this data. You can object to this analysis or prevent it by not using certain tools. Detailed information can be found in the following privacy policy.

You can object to this analysis. We will inform you below about how to exercise your options in this regard.

2. General information and mandatory information

Data protection

The operators of this website take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data as confidential and in accordance with the statutory data protection regulations and this privacy policy.

If you use this website, various pieces of personal data will be collected. Personal information is any data with which you could be personally identified. This privacy policy explains what information we collect and what we use it for. It also explains how and for what purpose this happens.

Please note that data transmitted via the internet (e.g. via email communication) may be subject to security breaches. Complete protection of your data from third-party access is not possible.

Notice concerning the party responsible for this website

The party responsible for processing data on this website is:

European Ropes Course Association (ERCA)
Verein zur Förderung von Ropes Courses e.V.
Ferdinandstr. 7
30175 Hannover

Executive Board
Ulrike Mai, Linda Green, Nick Moriarty

Register Court
Amtsgericht Fulda
Vereinsregister Nr. 1268

USt-IdNr: DE815240511

Telephone: +49-(0)511-16989937

The responsible party is the natural or legal person who alone or jointly with others decides on the purposes and means of processing personal data (names, email addresses, etc.).

Revocation of your consent to the processing of your data

Many data processing operations are only possible with your express consent. You may revoke your consent at any time with future effect. An informal email making this request is sufficient. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.

Right to file complaints with regulatory authorities

If there has been a breach of data protection legislation, the person affected may file a complaint with the competent regulatory authorities. The competent regulatory authority for matters related to data protection legislation is the data protection officer of the German state in which our company is headquartered. A list of data protection officers and their contact details can be found at the following link: https://www.bfdi.bund.de/DE/Infothek/Anschriften_Links/anschriften_links-node.html.

Right to data portability

You have the right to have data which we process based on your consent or in fulfillment of a contract automatically delivered to yourself or to a third party in a standard, machine-readable format. If you require the direct transfer of data to another responsible party, this will only be done to the extent technically feasible.

SSL or TLS encryption

This site uses SSL or TLS encryption for security reasons and for the protection of the transmission of confidential content, such as the inquiries you send to us as the site operator. You can recognize an encrypted connection in your browser's address line when it changes from "http://" to "https://" and the lock icon is displayed in your browser's address bar.

If SSL or TLS encryption is activated, the data you transfer to us cannot be read by third parties.

Information, blocking, deletion

As permitted by law, you have the right to be provided at any time with information free of charge about any of your personal data that is stored as well as its origin, the recipient and the purpose for which it has been processed. You also have the right to have this data corrected, blocked or deleted. You can contact us at any time using the address given in our legal notice if you have further questions on the topic of personal data.

Opposition to promotional emails

We hereby expressly prohibit the use of contact data published in the context of website legal notice requirements with regard to sending promotional and informational materials not expressly requested. The website operator reserves the right to take specific legal action if unsolicited advertising material, such as email spam, is received.

3. Data collection on our website


Some of our web pages use cookies. Cookies do not harm your computer and do not contain any viruses. Cookies help make our website more user-friendly, efficient, and secure. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and saved by your browser.

Most of the cookies we use are so-called "session cookies." They are automatically deleted after your visit. Other cookies remain in your device's memory until you delete them. These cookies make it possible to recognize your browser when you next visit the site.

You can configure your browser to inform you about the use of cookies so that you can decide on a case-by-case basis whether to accept or reject a cookie. Alternatively, your browser can be configured to automatically accept cookies under certain conditions or to always reject them, or to automatically delete cookies when closing your browser. Disabling cookies may limit the functionality of this website.

Cookies which are necessary to allow electronic communications or to provide certain functions you wish to use (such as the shopping cart) are stored pursuant to Art. 6 paragraph 1, letter f of DSGVO. The website operator has a legitimate interest in the storage of cookies to ensure an optimized service provided free of technical errors. If other cookies (such as those used to analyze your surfing behavior) are also stored, they will be treated separately in this privacy policy.

Server log files

The website provider automatically collects and stores information that your browser automatically transmits to us in "server log files". These are:

  • Browser type and browser version
  • Operating system used
  • Referrer URL
  • Host name of the accessing computer
  • Time of the server request
  • IP address

These data will not be combined with data from other sources.

The basis for data processing is Art. 6 (1) (b) DSGVO, which allows the processing of data to fulfill a contract or for measures preliminary to a contract.

Contact form

Should you send us questions via the contact form, we will collect the data entered on the form, including the contact details you provide, to answer your question and any follow-up questions. We do not share this information without your permission.

We will, therefore, process any data you enter onto the contact form only with your consent per Art. 6 (1)(a) DSGVO. You may revoke your consent at any time. An informal email making this request is sufficient. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.

We will retain the data you provide on the contact form until you request its deletion, revoke your consent for its storage, or the purpose for its storage no longer pertains (e.g. after fulfilling your request). Any mandatory statutory provisions, especially those regarding mandatory data retention periods, remain unaffected by this provision.

Registration on this website

You can register on our website in order to access additional functions offered here. The input data will only be used for the purpose of using the respective site or service for which you have registered. The mandatory information requested during registration must be provided in full. Otherwise, we will reject your registration.

To inform you about important changes such as those within the scope of our site or technical changes, we will use the email address specified during registration.

We will process the data provided during registration only based on your consent per Art. 6 (1)(a) DSGVO. You may revoke your consent at any time with future effect. An informal email making this request is sufficient. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.

We will continue to store the data collected during registration for as long as you remain registered on our website. Statutory retention periods remain unaffected.

Processing of data (member, customer and contract data)

We collect, process, and use personal data only insofar as it is necessary to establish, or modify legal relationships with us (master data). This is done based on Art. 6 (1) (b) DSGVO, which allows the processing of data to fulfill a contract or for measures preliminary to a contract. We collect, process and use your personal data when accessing our website (usage data) only to the extent required to enable you to access our service or to bill you for the same.

Collected customer data shall be deleted after completion of the order, termination of the membership or termination of the business relationship. Legal retention periods remain unaffected.

4. Spam Protection Tool

hCaptcha by Intuition Machines Inc.

We use the "hCaptcha"-tool on our website. This service is provided by Intuition Machines, Inc. 1065 SW 8th St #704, Miami FL 33130, USA.

In order to protect the privacy of our customers and the availability of our website from automated and abusive access attempts even more reliably, we use the hCaptcha technology.

The service uses bot detection and risk assessments trained through machine learning to determine whether visitors to our website are humans. If required, an interactive task for validation is displayed when using the website. If you registered for the barrier-free service from this company, the system reads the relevant cookie with the duration of one month instead of providing a validation task.

The legal basis for the use of the technology is Art. 25 (2) (2) of the TTDSG in conjunction with Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR. The legitimate interest is to protect the data of the data subjects and the infrastructure from automated and abusive access attempts.

For more information about hCaptcha by Intuition Machines Inc., please visit the following links: https://www.hcaptcha.com/privacy and https://www.hcaptcha.com/terms.

5. Newsletter

Newsletter data

If you would like to receive our newsletter, we require a valid email address as well as information that allows us to verify that you are the owner of the specified email address and that you agree to receive this newsletter. No additional data is collected or is only collected on a voluntary basis. We only use this data to send the requested information and do not pass it on to third parties.

We will, therefore, process any data you enter onto the contact form only with your consent per Art. 6 (1) (a) DSGVO. You can revoke consent to the storage of your data and email address as well as their use for sending the newsletter at any time, e.g. through the "unsubscribe" link in the newsletter or by notification to our contact address. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.

The data provided when registering for the newsletter will be used to distribute the newsletter until you cancel your subscription when said data will be deleted. Data we have stored for other purposes (e.g. email addresses for the members area, contract data, data related to certification processes, data related to participation in training or events) remain unaffected.

6. Classified data

You can publish free-of-cost classifieds on the website by entering the data in an online form. Since the purpose of the classified ad is to be contacted by interested parties it is intended to enter a specified set of mandatory contact data. We may use these contact details to contact you to verify the authenticity of the classified ad. Each classified ad is manually controlled and will only be published if it complies with the netiquette and does not violate any law or association's rules. ERCA cannot be held liable for the content of third party advertisements.
After 180 days, the classified ad will automatically unpublished and removed. 7 days before the expiry date of the classified ad you will receive an automatic e-mail reminder. You can then decide if the classified ad expiry date should be extended again.
You can amend, limit or revoke your consent by notice to the above mentioned contact address at any time and with future effect. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.

7. Privacy Policy for the Certification System

Our separate privacy policy for the ERCA Training and Inspection Certification System can be found on the following separate website, which is used for managing the certification system: Privacy Policy for the ERCA Intranet.

8. Plugins and tools


Some online forms are provided by our service provider 'DW Formmailer'. For the purpose of data transmission, those forms are either embedded on our website or you will being redirected to the 'DW-Formmailer website'. For website visitors, it is not obvious at first glance whether the form is an embedded one (from our service provider DW-Formmailer) or an erca.cc-hosted one. The embedding of forms runs in the background and website visitors are not informed about technical embedding of a form. The operator of the DW-Formmailer service is Wolfgang Dürr (Einzelunternehmen), In den Kehlen 4, 97342 Marktsteft, Germany. We have concluded an agreement for data processing between us and the service provider.

For more information on how to handle user data, please refer to the DW-Formailler Privacy Policy at: https://www.dw-formmailer.de/index.php?action=datenschutz

Google Maps

This site uses the Google Maps map service via an API. It is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

To use Google Maps, it is necessary to save your IP address. This information is generally transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. The provider of this site has no influence on this data transfer.

The use of Google Maps is in the interest of making our website appealing and to facilitate the location of places specified by us on the website. This constitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO.

Further information about handling user data, can be found in the data protection declaration of Google at https://www.google.de/intl/en/policies/privacy/.

9. Our social media appearances

Data processing through social networks

We maintain publicly available profiles in social networks. The individual social networks we use can be found below.

Social networks such as Facebook, Google+ etc. can generally analyse your user behaviour comprehensively if you visit their website or a website with integrated social media content (e.g. like buttons or banner ads). When you visit our social media pages, numerous data protection-relevant processing operations are triggered. In detail:

If you are logged in to your social media account and visit our social media page, the operator of the social media portal can assign this visit to your user account. Under certain circumstances, your personal data may also be recorded if you are not logged in or do not have an account with the respective social media portal. In this case, this data is collected, for example, via cookies stored on your device or by recording your IP address.

Using the data collected in this way, the operators of the social media portals can create user profiles in which their preferences and interests are stored. This way you can see interest-based advertising inside and outside of your social media presence. If you have an account with the social network, interest-based advertising can be displayed on any device you are logged in to or have logged in to.

Please also note that we cannot retrace all processing operations on the social media portals. Depending on the provider, additional processing operations may therefore be carried out by the operators of the social media portals. Details can be found in the terms of use and privacy policy of the respective social media portals.

Legal basis

Our social media appearances should ensure the widest possible presence on the Internet. This is a legitimate interest within the meaning of Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR. The analysis processes initiated by the social networks may be based on divergent legal bases to be specified by the operators of the social networks (e.g. consent within the meaning of Art. 6 (1) (a) GDPR).

Responsibility and assertion of rights

If you visit one of our social media sites (e.g., Facebook), we, together with the operator of the social media platform, are responsible for the data processing operations triggered during this visit. You can in principle protect your rights (information, correction, deletion, limitation of processing, data portability and complaint) vis-à-vis us as well as vis-à-vis the operator of the respective social media portal (e.g. Facebook).

Please note that despite the shared responsibility with the social media portal operators, we do not have full influence on the data processing operations of the social media portals. Our options are determined by the company policy of the respective provider.

Storage time

The data collected directly from us via the social media presence will be deleted from our systems as soon as the purpose for their storage lapses, you ask us to delete it, you revoke your consent to the storage or the purpose for the data storage lapses. Stored cookies remain on your device until you delete them. Mandatory statutory provisions - in particular, retention periods - remain unaffected.

We have no control over the storage duration of your data that are stored by the social network operators for their own purposes. For details, please contact the social network operators directly (e.g. in their privacy policy, see below).

Individual social networks


We have a profile on Facebook. The provider is Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA. Facebook is certified under the EU-US Privacy Shield.

You can customise your advertising settings independently in your user account. Click on the following link and log in: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=ads.

Details can be found in the Facebook privacy policy: https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/.

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