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Mountain safety – enjoy the winter hills and stay safe

We hope you had a great Christmas and New year and are making the most of the holiday period to enjoy some mini-adventures to test your outdoor skills.  Windy, wet and wild seem to be the weather conditions of the Christmas and New Year holiday but we hope you are still getting outside and enjoying the hills.  Winter conditions are certainly setting in and even though much of it is in the wet and windy form at the moment there are plenty of things for the winter walker to look out for in terms of mountain safety.

Helvellyn getting its winter coat

Winter conditions in the Lakes. Credit to @Helvellyn for the photo

So make sure you have simple, flexible plans, fit for the weather and the short days. Pack plenty of warm and waterproof gear and then get out and enjoy the outdoors.  The BMC have produced a really useful ‘ten mistakes’ to avoid – so have a good read before heading into the hills.

The fun to risk ratio

Having heard Dom’s recent talk on practical risk assessment and field safety at the RGS, Rob Mills from Gobi Desserts kindly sent us this link to a chart of fun to risk ratio! Thought we’d share this nice light hearted reflection on how we can look at risk in the context of adventure… //www.adventure-journal.com/2013/07/charting-adventure-the-fun-to-risk-of-injury-ratio/

Congratulations to our Explore 2013 Risk Assessment Winners

What a wonderful and inspiring weekend at the RGS Explore 2013 event – more thoughts on a great event to follow – but just a quick congratulations to the winners of the expedition risk management competition prize.  Two wonderful projects which Training Expertise and Equip-Me are delighted to able to support through the prizes of a Biolite stove and training vouchers.

Have a look at their great websites – both wonderful examples of projects with adventure, science and public engagement at their heart – we wish them all the luck in the world…

Winning Training vouchers: Elsa Hammond – ocean row

And winning the Biolite Stove – a wonderful example of engaging cutting edge science with a wider audience: Volcano files.

Thanks very much to everyone else who entered and the very best of luck to everyone planning their trips – you will get there – keep going and have wonderful expeditions.

Below are the four key top tips on risk assessment from Dom’s talk on Saturday – we hope they help you to enjoy safe and successful travels:

Good risk assessment:

  • Involves the whole team
  • Is specific to the risks of YOUR project
  • Is implemented in the field
  • Is applied dynamically.

If we can be of any help with advice, expedition first aid training, or expedition and fieldwork training, just get in touch.

 

Training Expertise, Driver Training – Winter Driving Preparations

I was driving in to work this morning when I hit a pothole and got a flat tyre. It was so frustrating; the tyre was still in good condition and still had plenty of miles left in it. On the build up to Christmas having to fork out for a new tyre, alignment and balancing etc, etc, etc is definitely an expense that I could cope without.

Do you have everything you need

Make sure you are ready for the bad weather.

So amid the grumbles I changed the tyre feeling grateful that this time it was on the way into work and not at night, in the snow with my 2 year old daughter “patiently” waiting in her car. I felt almost efficient and well-practised, rather than Daddy trying to change the wheel fumbling through the ordeal by the light of the screen of his iPhone; most definitely not an ideal situation.

It really made me think, how prepared for winter am I? When was the last time I checked my tyre pressure, my screen wash and my wiper blades? Do I have jump-leads a jumper or blanket in the car? Where did I put that torch?

When I got into work a friend confessed that he didn’t know how to change a tyre… Do you?

How prepared are you?

Here is the RAC’s list of check that you should make in Preparation For Winter Driving

Here is a video of theirs on Safe Driving Tips for Winter

We can provide training for driving in all conditions and in a wide variety of vehicles:

Training Expertise Driver Training              Training Expertise On-Road Driver Training

For any information or safe driving courses please feel free to contact us:

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Outdoor First Aid for Vehicle Emergencies

For the last ten years Training Expertise has specialised in outdoor first aid training.  In the last three or four years we have also developed a range of driver training including off-road drivingdefensive driving and MIDAS courses.  Throughout we were told by many clients that they struggled to find first aid training really tailored to their needs.

Therefore we are delighted, in association with BORDA, to launch our new vehicle first aid course.

outdoor first aid for vehicle incidents

First aid training focused on vehicle safety

This unique one day practical course covers outdoor first aid for vehicle emergencies. It focuses on first aid skills related to off-road driving & remote areas. It covers the core life-saving skills to deal with an incident through plenty of hands-on practice including vehicle based and outdoor scenarios.

It is built around practical vehicle related scenarios eg burns, falls from vehicle and collapse at the wheel.

Outdoor first aid for vehicle emergencies is for anyone who uses off-road vehicles or drives off-road professionally or in their leisure time. Skills learnt on this course will enable you to provide help in a first aid situation be it at an off-roading event, whilst driving yourself, at work or the first aid incidents you could come across on the road or in your day to day life.

It is certified by REC and run in association with BORDA so meets the needs of off-roaders, or anyone working in and around vehicles needing an emergency first aid qualification for work or simply for their own peace of mind.

If you’d be interested in discussing this course or any of our other driver training or outdoor first aid courses please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

RGS Explore 2013 – Top weekend for all expeditioners

We are delighted that Training Expertise will again be at the RGS Explore conference, the year’s top expedition weekend event.  It is on the 15th to 17th Nov and early bird booking is open NOW! We’re pleased to announce that Business Manager Dom will be speaking on the main stage about practical solutions to risk management in field safety.  He will  also be chairing the tropical forest panel.

We’re really looking forward to it and hope as many of you as possible will be able to join us there. There are lectures, workshops and exhibits to help organise your own expedition or field research projects in a variety of environments and disciplines. Over 90 leading field scientists and explorers to provide inspiration, contacts and advice over the course of this unique weekend.

What’s more there is an early bird booking discount available NOW of just £75 and only £55 for students and under 25s! Full details of the conference and how to book is available at the RGS website.

University field safety training a big hit

As if the day wasn’t sunny enough – this lovely email brought some extra sunny cheer to the office this morning.  Some lovely feedback on our university field safety training carried out recently at Durham University.  We were so pleased with it that we had to share it!

The undergraduate training session went extremely well. We were very impressed, from the first minute, by the professional behaviour of the trainers. Furthermore, we had some amazing feedback from the students. I have to say that in 6 years it is the first time I have seen a large cohort of students who unanimously agree on the quality of teaching/training provided; you always get a few unhappy bunnies, but not this time. It was unanimously recognised that the training provided had significantly enhanced their perception of health and safety in the field. It was also recognised that they now understand better the significance and the importance of the paperwork they have to fill in in advance of their independent fieldwork.

Mountain Biking Outdoor First Aid – World MTB Downhill Championship

Leading Training Expertise Trainer Jon Parry was recently out putting his mountain biking outdoor first aid skills into practice so we thought we’d share his thoughts…

I was recently on the medic team for the downhill World Mountain Bike championship held in Fort William and was struck by how few serious injuries we had to deal with.  Many of the cyclists came off their bike but through their conditioning and training they managed to limit their injuries to just grazes and cuts.  There was the odd serious injury however e.g. a fractured shoulder, a potential spinal injury and a concussion and it was the difference between these serious and the not so serious casualties that caught my attention.

Outdoor first aid for mountain bikers

Outdoor first aid at the downhill World mountain bike championship

In all outdoor first aid and wilderness medical situations, just by slowly and calmly approaching the casualty you get a very clear sense of how bad they are.  That extra minute or two is time not wasted as it provides you with an invaluable sense of the urgency, what you think has happened to the patient and whether it is safe for you to approach.  You arrive at the patient better prepared for what you eventually need to do for them!

Applying this back to our outdoor first aid training it really drives home the emphasis on the ‘Danger’ assessment in the DRABCDE procedure which we apply to all first aid incidents.   It’s the first thing we do and we always say don’t rush into an incident.  Instead take time to assess what is going on and whether it is safe for you to approach.

Next time you’re approaching an incident just think ‘Danger’ assessment; what’s happened to the patient, is it safe to approach, is there anyone else we need to be worried about, absorb the urgency of the situation, decide a rough plan of action and then proceed.  Better to be prepared than to get yourself into a dangerous situation!”

If you would like to find out more about our mountain biking outdoor first aid training, please just drop us an email.

Mountain safety – are your outdoor skills up to spotting bombs!

Well this is a new field safety tip for us as mountain rescuers have warned walkers and runners after dangerous unexploded shells were found on moorland.  We’ve never thought of spotting unexploded shells as a key part of your outdoor skills, but maybe we need to start including it on our outdoor skills training courses!

The discovery on Monday followed a tip-off by a fell runner who noticed the piece of ordnance while running above Langsett in the North-East of the Peak District.

The area was formerly used as a military firing range and has been the scene of various discoveries of unexploded shells in the past.

The moors above Langsett, crossed by the Cut Gate path, were used as a firing range and unexploded ordnance is often found at the end of winter as the shells are forced to the surface from the movement of the peat bogs.

bomb spotting - new outdoor skills

exploded bomb safely detonated by teams in the mountains

Being called out for unexploded shells is an unusual addition to a busy five days for the mountain rescue team, which also helped provide safety cover for the Ten Tors challenge event run by the Army on Dartmoor over the weekend.

Mr Roberts said: “Woodhead members were kept on their toes throughout the event assisting Dartmoor Rescue Group rescue in excess of 14 teenagers from the notoriously inclement Dartmoor weather.”

“The rescues included locating lost teams and taking them to a place of safety. Two competitors were treated for mild hypothermia while another was treated for a leg injury.”

As ever the story is a reminder of the tireless work that mountain rescue teams do in helping out those who get into trouble in the mountains.  For more details read the full story here.

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.