Monthly Archives: October 2013

Risk Management for Adventure – top tips

Dom was recently asked to write an article about risk management for adventure, we thought we’d share his thoughts:

Even amongst the general public the words risk assessment are enough to create a range of reactions from a scowl, a yawn or even an angry growl.  So trying to use the words amongst the fun loving, live and let live, freedom and self-determining adventure world can be a real challenge. At best it can be seen as a paper pushing nuisance and worse still as a barrier to people’s passions and dreams or even to their safety.

On the other hand, most of us accept that if you want to plan an adventurous expedition to a remote mountain range it would be pretty fool hardy to set off with no prior planning, to jump on a plane, with no kit or equipment, no idea what to expect, what the conditions are likely to be like etc. As soon as you start to consider these kind of issues you are risk assessing – long before you go near a form or a spreadsheet.

So how do we make risk assessment and field safety simple, practical and easy:

  • A written risk assessment is important proof that you made sensible and reasonable steps to do things safely
  • But remember it is just that – sensible and reasonable things – don’t try to write down every possible eventuality or reams of paperwork, it should be a usable, practical and most importantly flexible document
  • Think of practical and simple ways to build dynamic risk assessment into your every day activity, keep your eyes open for changing circumstances, use team meetings to discuss changing plans, or keep an expedition diary or log
  • Involve everyone in practical solutions for risk management – it is a culture and not a piece of paper.

We run field safetyrisk management and outdoor first aid throughout the year, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss your plans.

You can read the full article at the Adventure Medic website to see more tips at advice on adventure risk management.

Expedition Leadership Weekend

Last weekend we ran our first expedition leadership weekend in partnership with Explorers Connect. It was a great success with attendees coming with plans ranging from a new take on the three peaks challenge (an overseas version!) to getting into working in the expedition industry, to cycling from Land’s End of John O’Groats and all manner of other ideas and plans.

Expedition training weekend

Expedition Leadership Weekend with Explorers Connect

Dom headed the course covering everything from expedition soft skills, leadership styles, risk management and emergency planning. Belinda Kirk from Explorers Connect also added a valuable session giving her insight into media and fundraising and we were lucky to be joined in the evening by Ken Hames who added his own perspective of invaluable lessons learnt from his expedition career.

It was a great fun weekend and everyone left enthused and ready to take the next step to make their expedition plans a reality. Plans are already afoot to run more dates as this course was already oversubscribed, so if you are interested in getting your name down early get in touch or drop Belinda an email at Explorers Connect belinda@explorersconnect.com

First aid training and CPR saves lives – it is official

Really interesting study shows the value of more people being trained in first aid skills.

Goes to emphasize what we have always taught – that the more people who have the basic skills and confidence to deliver CPR, the greater the chances of survival… read the full story of the results they found after an extensive campaign in Denmark, courtesy of USA today.