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  • Jeff Baierlein

Dirty Boots and Viristar Partner to Bring Outdoor Safety Training to South Africa

Dirty Boots and Viristar have joined together to make outdoor program risk management courses available to outdoor adventure providers in South Africa, Eswatini and Lesotho in southern Africa.

Dirty Boots, a clearinghouse for information on southern Africa’s best adventure providers, publishes a widely distributed adventure guide book, a periodic newsletter, and a 4,000-page website with comprehensive details on adventure activity, adventure holiday, team-building, outdoor education, and outdoor skills training opportunities in the region.

Through a special arrangement between Dirty Boots and Viristar, professionals in the outdoor, wilderness, travel, experiential and adventure fields can access Viristar’s acclaimed 40-hour Risk Management for Outdoor Programs training course at a 20 percent discount.

South Africa is one of the top adventure destinations in the world. The country offers a great selection of activities and experiences for the novice to the experienced adventurer. South Africa enjoys superb weather and has a variety of geographical features including deserts, forests, mountains, plains, oceans, lakes and rivers.

An active member of SATSA (Southern Africa Tourism Services Association), Dirty Boots connects outdoor adventurers to the leading adventure operators in South Africa, Eswatini and Lesotho. Dirty Boots also provides resources on outdoor education organizations and training organizations, and organizes the periodic South African Adventure Summit. Dirty Boot’s connection to Viristar helps round out the connections and opportunities Dirty Boots provides in support of a robust, high-quality outdoor adventure sector in southern Africa.

Outdoor professionals interested in enhancing their ability to provide outdoor and adventure experiences with world-class risk management can take advantage of the Dirty Boots discount opportunity by going to and entering the “DirtyBoots2021” coupon code. The course is available to administrators and leaders of outdoor programs in South Africa, Eswatini, and Lesotho, as well as elsewhere in Africa, and from around the world.

The Risk Management for Outdoor Programs course takes place over four weeks. There are five live video-conference sessions, generally 90 minutes each, one week apart. In between, course participants engage in readings, video-based lecture presentations, online discussion forums, role-plays, quizzes, and small group projects.

Course topics include:

  • Outdoor safety standards and laws

  • Risk management models and risk assessments

  • Emergency response planning

  • Heuristics, cognitive biases, judgment and decision-making

  • Current safety science research on incident prevention and response

  • Risk management plan development

  • And much more.

A certificate good for three years is offered at course completion.

Here’s what a recent Risk Management for Outdoor Programs course graduate had to say:

“This course has been an eye-opener for me...the way risk management is taught in this course is easy to understand, at the same time giving practical examples.”

Calvin Maguu,

Senior Instructor & Chief Instructor (former), Outward Bound Zimbabwe

Senior Outdoor Instructor (current), Outward Bound Vietnam

For more information on the training course or to enroll, click here.


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