There was a very interesting article in the Guardian last week with some interesting implications for field safety and outdoor skills training. Not a new topic but quite an in-depth discussion of outdoor adventure for kids and if it is a reality or even a possibility in the modern world.
It contained the rather scary calculation based on an example family where the grandmother at the age of 11 roamed across 50 square miles. The father, in the 1970s, roamed within 1 square mile. His children wander freely only as far as their 140-square-metre garden permits. Whilst it is always good to maintain a healthy dose of cynicism of the rose tinted glasses view on the past, it does seem to ring true with much of our experience.
Is outdoor adventure for kids a thing of the past
There is some wonderful work done in outdoor education centres and schools in getting kids out to do outdoor and adventurous activities. We’d like to think that some of these opportunities are wider and more accessible than they have been in the past.
At the same time there is still more work to be done in encouraging parents to be less risk averse and more adventurous with their children and indeed creating opportunities for kids to explore by themselves. Training such as the RGS off-site safety management course and the new RLSS Water Safety Management Program has made headway in arming parents, teachers and activity coordinators with the skills to manage safety and carry out dynamic risk assessment which looks to manage but not eliminate risk. However there is clearly far more which can still be done.
If you’d be interested in discussing any training in dynamic risk management, field safety or safety in outdoor adventure for kids, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
To read the article in full see the Guardian online.
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.
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.