Monthly Archives: June 2013

Managing Water Safety

So many excursions venture on or near bodies of water – whether researching fluvial dynamics, marine ecosystems or simply a university climbing club trip to Swanage.

The water element can be a major highlight of the trip but you have to consider what you would do in the event of an accident:

  • What if someone slipped in the water?
  • How much time do you have to get them out?
  • What should you do with the rest of the group?
  • What is that orange ring thing and where is it!?

Lots of courses focus on the lifesaving knowledge needed to deal with this sort of situation should it arise.  However, the The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) National Water Safety Management Programme (NWSMP) is different.  It is designed to give people the knowledge base and confidence to ensure that no one falls in the water in the first place – “prevention is better than a cure”!

It focuses on managing groups and their safety to prevent incidents occurring, as well as giving you the tools to know how to affect a rescue should the worst happen.


Water Safety Management Programme

Water Safety Management Programme

Water Safety is of paramount importance to the well being of anyone visiting a body of water, be it a swimming pool, lake, river or beach. This pragmatic, principle based course sits perfectly within our ethos at Training Expertise and we are therefore proud to offer the RLSS NWSMP as both a bespoke or open course as part of our Field Safety Training.

This qualification’s modular structure can be specifically tailored to your school’s needs so to learn more about this course, please feel free to get in touch

Field Safety? Amazing new challenge for risk management!

We’ve mentioned this guy quite a few times on our field safety courses recently in looking at risk – benefit and managing risk.  Our hypothetical example of roller skating on stilts across Striding Edge is in danger of being trumped – as ever truth can be stranger than reality!

Field safety above Grand Canyon

Field safety first – tight rope walking above the Grand Canyon

Very best of luck to Nik Wallenda who plans to attempt to tight-rope walk to cross the Grand Canyon this weekend – hope that gives you some Friday inspiration for a weekend adventure but remember kids, don’t try this at home!  Check out this video of his training regime as he practices walking the tightrope in simulated high winds.

Schools First Aid – tailored hands-on outdoor first aid training

We’ve just launched a wider range of outdoor first aid courses – particularly aimed at providing courses to suit a schools first aid requirments.  Over the last 10 years we have worked extensively in schools offering first aid training for teachers and students alike.  The experience of our trainers delivering outdoor activities, school trips and expeditions makes us uniquely suited to delivering tailored first aid training for your school.

Early Bird Booking: £50 off bespoke first aid courses booked before the October Half term.

outdoor first aid for schools

tailored first aid training for schools

To create you truly bespoke course please contact us to discuss your needs, be it for a field trip, sports tour or adventurous activity week.

Here is a taste of what we can provide;
Introduction to Outdoor First Aid
4 hour unit designed to complement our other training modules such as Introduction to Field Safety, Personal Security, SVC training.
Outdoor First Aid REC1
8 hour (1 day) core life saving skills applied in the outdoor environment  Recently updated to cover the new DofE expedition first aid syllabus.
Outdoor First Aid REC2
16 hours (2days) of intense practical and theory sessions.  The industry standard course for outdoor instructors, mountain leaders and those working in the outdoors- perfect for PE teachers, geography teachers or anyone running school excursions away from the urban environment
HSE First Aid at Work & HSE Emergency First Aid at Work
Courses following the HSE guidelines focused on keeping you safe in and around the workplace.  We can also provide AEDs and training in their use as these vital pieces of life saving equipment become more and more accessible.

Mountain safety – beware bad mountain in the ‘summer’

A timely report of incidents attended by Welsh mountain rescue teams emphasises how important it is for people to plan carefully and be prepared for the worst when heading up into the mountains.  A reminder that the British ‘summer’ weather is far from predictable and as ever good mountain safety would do well to follow the old adage, “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst”.  Thankfully all down safely but a reminder of the importance of good field safety planning and worth a quick read of the full story from UKC of how a group of nine people had to be rescued from Crib Goch in bad weather.


Mountain safety on crib goch

© Sonny Bennett, Sep 2010

The importance of quality training in field safety


A few weeks back in Johannesburg we ran a field safety course with a difference.  Instead of our more regular courses in hard skills like outdoor first aiddriver training or outdoor skills, this course looked at training skills.

improving quality field safety training

train the trainer for field safety

The course was for health and safety managers as well as camp managers and geologists.  Over three days the course focused not on their technical health and safety skills but on their training abilities.

Even as an organisation priding ourselves in quality and innovative training and with a team of highly experienced trainers, the course gave us chance to reflect on the powerful results effective training can have.

Many of the attendees managed health and field safety in remote areas.  They recognised training as a key part of their role but the more we discussed the day to day briefings, meetings and interactions with other staff, the more they saw the wider implications of fully understanding learning styles, adapting training to suit your audience, using alternative training aids and innovative ideas.

Training plays an absolutely critical role in all field safety.  It is so often the link between high level policy and the realities of what happens in the field.  With poor quality training comes lack of understanding, lack of engagement and ultimately less safe ventures.  Conversely quality training engages staff and participants, ensures they understand and remember the key points that you are wanting to get across and makes a massive contribution to safety be it in a school, on an expedition or in remote geology field camps.

We really enjoyed the chance to contribute to the training quality of one of our clients and as ever it gave us a valuable chance to reflect on new ways to improve and develop our own training.  If you are interested in running train the trainer courses in your organisations, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.