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  • Jeff Baierlein

Association for Experiential Education & Viristar Partner on Outdoor Safety Trainings

Viristar is pleased to partner with AEE to bring Risk Management for Outdoor Programs training courses to AEE members at an attractive discount.

The Risk Management for Outdoor Programs certificated training is a 40-hour online course that occurs over four weeks. The rigorous and intensive class is offered each month, and features five live video-conference sessions (generally 90 minutes each), and independent work periods with individual study and small group projects in between.

Course topics include:

  • Outdoor Safety Standards

  • Liability and the Law

  • Safety Culture

  • Human Factors in Incident Causation

  • Subcontractors

  • Incident Reporting

  • Systems Thinking

  • Incident Management

  • Media Relations

  • Documentation

  • COVID-19

  • Risk Management Plans

  • And much more

AEE Membership and Marketing Manager Anna Miano says, “AEE is proud to partner with Viristar to provide outdoor risk management training to our membership. We are always looking for ways to help our members grow, and by partnering with Viristar, we have been able to offer valuable training to our community. Jeff and his staff are truly a pleasure to work with, and we look forward to continuing this mutually beneficial partnership.”

Participants have this to say about the course, which is now available to AEE members at a special discounted rate:

"Great course full of useful information. Very practical view on how to develop and manage risk in the outdoor industry."

Dr. Christian Bisson,

Professor of Adventure Education & Adventure Education Program Coordinator,

Plymouth State University, New Hampshire USA

“A great risk management course with a comprehensive structure and practical exercises. Recommended for managers of any outdoor program.”

Jenny Huang,

Founder and Executive Director,

International Outdoor Leadership School

"Viristar's Risk Management for Outdoor Programs course is intensive, thought provoking, and designed to make one critically think about the adequacy of the existing risk management...useful for both novices as well as seasoned practitioners."

Syed Ismail,

Assistant Director (Training) & Master Instructor,

Outward Bound Singapore

Individuals wishing to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in an outdoor risk management training at a discount can learn more at

AEE and Viristar have a history of connection. Jeff Baierlein, Viristar's principal, has been involved with AEE for over 20 years, as a conference presenter, regional treasurer, experiential adventure program accreditation reviewer, and member of AEE's Board of Directors. Viristar's online Risk Management for Outdoor Programs was a very successful and well-enrolled component of AEE's first-ever remote annual conference in 2020, and many other AEE members are expected to find significant value in Viristar's training and consulting services.

About AEE: AEE, founded in 1977, is nonprofit international professional membership organization composed of experiential educators, practitioners, inquirers, researchers, and students with the shared goal of elevating the field of Experiential Education. The association’s mission is to elevate and expand the global capacity of experiential education. With over 1,600 members from 29 countries, AEE provides regional and annual conferences and other networking and professional development opportunities, defines professional standards, accredits experiential adventure programs, and disseminates research and industry news through newsletters, publications, and the Journal of Experiential Education.

AEE members should click here for more information or to enroll.


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