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Vehicle safety on expeditions overseas

New Training Expertise Business Manager Matt Ilott has just returned from leading an amazing school expedition to Cambodia with our partners at Wilderness Expertise.  He’s been reflecting on one of the biggest challenges we face when working overseas – vehicle safety.

One of the hardest elements of expedition travel safety – when it can be hardest to control the team and their safety is undoubtedly when using vehicles. Splitting the team to fit into the forms of transport available, be it Tuk-Tuks, taxis or minivans can be a real challenge, with hectic roads and language barriers. 

Cambodia expedition vehicle safety

vehicle safety on overseas expedition in Cambodia

It is crucial to know what to look for when assessing the vehicle safety, the driver and their driving.  So, some top tips:

  • WHO is driving – select trusted drivers, get local recommendations, ensure they are licensed and fit to drive
  • WHAT are they driving – is the vehicle appropriate and in good working order
  • WHEN they are driving – when did the driver last take a break…
  • WHERE are they driving – plan routes and avoid known hotspots, busier times of day where possible
  • HOW are they driving – don’t be afraid to say STOP and get out!

If you’d be interested in discussing any training in dynamic risk assessmentfield safety or vehicle safety on expedition, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

If you know of a school looking for an amazing adventure next year, check out Wilderness Expertise’s outstanding school expeditions.

Travel medicine – useful information on river blindness

Good information is key when planning fieldwork safety and travel safety.  Here is a useful source of travel medicine information we came across on river blindness.  It suggests that short stay travelers will be less at risk but therefore the disease could be a higher risk for expat workers, university fieldworkers, GAP year or VSO volunteers. For full details read the full river blindness article.

Travel medicine - river blindness

Symptoms of river blindness, important field safety issue

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

Exciting Expedition Training partnership with Explorers Connect

We are delighted to announce an exciting new course partnership with Explorers Connect.  This October (5th and 6th) we are launching a joint expedition leadership weekend.  This fun and informative weekend will include our full IOL approved CPD expedition training course with some special added extras from the team from Explorers Connect including a guest speaker on the Saturday evening.

Expedition Training for Remote Environments

Expedition leadership training

The course combines insight into the expedition industry with ideas on how to get into the sector.  It also covers many of the soft skills such as managing groups and facilitation, alongside hard skills such as risk management and field safety.

It is clearly crucial that all expedition leaders have up to date outdoor first aid skills and the ability to navigate and other hard outdoor skills.  However we consider it equally important to learn about managing groups, group facilitation and support for those tricky issues which always rear their head in the middle of the jungle!

We look forward to sharing new skills over a fun and relaxed weekend of expedition training – get in touch for more details or you can book direct via explorers connect.

Managing Field Safety by Managing People

We run many field safety courses each year for university staff and students, for schools and for large commercial organisations, NGOs and charities. A recent four day field first aid and leadership course we were running in Norway got us reflecting on just how much of the content was about managing people.

Field safety in Norway

Dealing with first aid and incident management on field safety course in Norway

The timetable contained “soft skills scenarios”, “giving effective safety briefing”, and “leadership styles”. Even some of the harder skills of risk assessment were dominated by discussion of how to get people engaged with the process, how to share the information on risk assessments and how to get people to follow the control measures you have put in place.

Reading a step by step guide to the company’s overlying field safety policy with this in mind we noticed a little line we’d not really noticed before, “engage participants in a thinking approach to field safety”. It really made us reflect on quite how important this often neglected area is. It can be too easy to get focused on safety policies and paperwork and forget that so much of fieldwork safety comes down to the skill of the organisers and leaders to engage everyone in a thoughtful and common sense approach to risk management.

The course focused on group management skills, delivery styles and options for quality field safety briefings. These are core to any successful safety management and are skills which are crucial to outdoor instructors and commercial exploration managers, to school teachers and field scientists alike.

If you are interested in learning more about field safety and leadership skills, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Expedition Training skills put into practice in Africa

Today we are really delighted to share with you the latest news from our sponsored expedition Bhubesi Pride’s Rugby in Africa 2013. Since leaving our pre-trip and preparation expedition training week in Ascot the team have spent the past 54 days completely engrossed in Africa’s most unique rugby and community development programme… and we want to share with you their progress so far!

OFFICIAL PROJECT VIDEO PART ONE

For the team, Ryan, Juan Pablo, Guillaume, Ben, Jonathan and Mike, their journey started in full when they came together in Ascot [UK] on the 25th January. Training Expertise were really pleased to provide a range of field safety training to prepare them.  We covered advanced outdoor first aid, and 4×4 training to prepare the team for their Year 2 initiative, building on the foundations laid in 2012. Below is the team’s first video update, see the team thrown into project work in Ethiopia and Kenya and how partner communities are continuing to embrace rugby, with the focus to unite, empower and inspire…

Watch Bhubesi Pride’s first official video update from Rugby in Africa 2013

Rugby in Africa 2013 | Official Project Video Part One

ETHIOPIA

For a country with the least knowledge of rugby of the ten countries in which Bhubesi Pride works, it was a humbling and rewarding experience for all team members to witness clear progression and continue to contribute to the development of the game here. Their base was the town of Adama – not far from Addis Ababa and Bhubesi Pride’s third visit to the region since 2011. They worked with three schools, with boys and girls, enthusiastic local staff willing to learn themselves, as well as four hugely passionate player-coaches from Nyalas Rugby Club, who made the journey from the capital everyday, taking advantage of a great community rugby week!

For photos and numbers, read our week’s review

KENYA

After a grueling journey to Nairobi (northern Kenya’s roads make life tricky even for the toughest of 4x4s), Bhubesi Pride’s team engaged in a multi-layered week of sustainably sensitive activities, geared largely around a partner school, Shadrack Kimalel, on the edge of the Kibera Slum.

Knowing the challenges here, work was to be given a huge lift with supporting organisations and individuals, all interested in offering a helping hand, given their growing relationship(s) with the Pride. Brookhouse International School (our hosts for the week) provided us with six rugby scholars to assist with coaching on three consecutive days, the Kenya Sevens set-up spared Chris Brown and five international players …

Get the latest news, stories, stats and photos from Kenya

Unite, Empower, Inspire

See the action now: Our first video update including features from Ethiopia and Kenya

UGANDA

Continuing to strengthen our great working link with the Uganda Rugby Union, daily coaching clinics ran each morning, in the cooler section of the day, together with players from Jinja Nile RFC. Like in Nairobi, G4S [Uganda] sent four excellent Health & Safety [Life Skills] Educators from Kampala on two of the days, which complemented the faster-paced sports sessions perfectly. The tournament at Jinja Nile RFC on International Women’s Day – expertly ran by Juan Pablo – incorporated a 4-pitch competition with close to 300 boys and girls. Players from the Lady Cranes National Rugby Team and Pirates RFC led supporting coaching and rugby-values sessions and also helped to referee. G4S Uganda joined the team with a 30-strong team of security guards, office staff and life skills educators – providing an added opportunity for children to quiz them on career pathways – and organised the most delicious post-tournament lunch a player could wish for. Rwenzori kept staff and pupils watered for the second year in a row; another terrific friend of the Pride and Ugandan Rugby!

You’ll be able to view all the action from this awesome week in Jinja in our next project video – we’ll keep you posted!

A great blog for a hugely successful Jinja visit | The future is very, very exciting

Unite, Empower, Inspire

IREAD ALL ABOUT IT… AND WATCH BHUBESI PRIDE ON TV!

We are thrilled to report on even greater coverage this year, with massive media and press partners, all so keen to share Bhubesi Pride’s work in Africa with their enormous, loyal followings. For more insight in-print, online and on TV, check out the following…

  • SA Rugby Magazine – monthly features; latest update available now in current issue!
  • Rugbydump – online media partner, showcasing our official videos and exclusive team member stories
  • SuperSport – monthly inserts on ‘Boots & All’; the first airs this Thursday on SuperSport 1 at 8pm [SA time]*
  • SA Rugby Legends TV – updates on our partner’s TV show; the first feature airs 26th March on SuperSport 6*

*Subject to change

Would you, or someone you know, like to be a 2014 Expedition Coaching Team Member? Apply now!  Or get your company involved as a key partner; explore the opportunities…

Water Safety – a dynamic environment

Whether on expedition, fieldwork or outdoor programmes,  water safety usually features in some form or another. They constantly change and potentially pose the greatest risk to any activity in the outdoors – they are a key element in field safety!

A well managed and supervised activity near water by well trained leaders and staff is key to good safety practice. Elements of water safety management include considering the following:

  • Location – remoteness and access
  • People – background, experience, fitness, behaviour
  • Environment – climate and weather, moving, still, lake, beach, sea
  • Activity – working near, on or in water, working in groups or on own

The emphasis on good management and access to trained staff and leaders is demonstrated in UK based drowning statistics. 86% of all drownings in the UK occur in outdoor, open water environments where there is little or no access to help or rescue services. Only 3% of drownings occur in a swimming pool where it is well managed and supervised.

The RLSS National Water Safety Management Programme has been designed to address this very problem by providing a pragmatic, principle based training programme for people working near open water in the outdoors. We are an RLSS Centre and now run this course. Our next course will be on 13-14 April 2013. To book please get in touch with the office or see our website.