Here’s an interesting blog we came across this morning. Some very interesting thoughts on insurance, the realities of risk and the importance of risk benefit analysis in outdoor adventures for kits: //rethinkingchildhood.com/2013/07/10/rope-swings-insurance/
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 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.
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 aid, driver training or outdoor skills, this course looked at training skills.
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.
The idea that perhaps children are becoming closeted, protected from all risk is not new but it is great to see more conversation about the value of risk appearing in lots of places. We have always believed that developing outdoor skills and getting people out into the field with appropriate and pragmatic field safety skills is not only a benefit in terms of the activities themselves but in terms of the wider benefits of giving people the ability to be self sufficient and manage risk for themselves. We recently wrote about this in an earlier blog post about safety in the mountains but I really liked this article about kids and knives to give us a very down to earth and day to day example.
Anyone who has been on one of our field safety or risk assessment courses recently will have discussed at length the merits of various different activities and how we can start to look constructively at risks and benefits, severity and likelihoods. I often like what I thought was a hypothetical example of roller skating and stilt walking, on Striding Edge – well maybe that example is not so far from the truth – off-road unicycling is here…