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  • Jeff Baierlein

Graduates from Viristar's March Risk Management for Outdoor Programs Training Share Impressions

This week, participants in the month-long Risk Management for Outdoor Programs course completed the class and received their certificates. Congratulations, graduates!

Outdoor and experiential professionals from Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, the USA, the UK and China took part in the class.

The course took place over the month of March, with a mix of live video-conference sessions and independent work. Participants watched online video lectures, participated in role-play scenarios, reviewed current research in risk management, and completed a strategic plan to improve outdoor safety in their experiential program.

After their in-depth look at all aspects of outdoor safety, and how to apply best practices to their own organization, recent graduates of the 40-hour online training had these comments:

"This is a concise yet profound course that teaches participants more than just the foundations of risk management in outdoor safety settings. It allows participants to bring knowledge gained from the course back to their organisations and immediately identify areas for improvements where required. The systems-led approach to many of the concepts in the course is bound to provide something for staff at all levels of an organisation, providing a basis for safer, and therefore a higher quality of, outdoor programs."

Ross McHenry, Program Coordinator

The Hutong, Beijing China

"An excellent course. It combines theory with practical elements. Really made me think about how we assess and manage risk within our organisation."

Sue Azam-Ali, Group Scout Leader

1st Kuala Lumpur, British Scouting Overseas, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

“The course provided a detailed and simple explanation of risk management to guide you through assessing your workplace.”

Emma Bartlett, Administrator--Overseas Trips and Resource Management

United World Colleges South East Asia, Singapore

"I have found this course to be both thorough and engaging in the scope of the subjects covered. I have obtained a detailed knowledge of risk management which will now allow me to move forward and over time embed best practice within the risk management arena for my organisation. The course provides a global overview of adventure risk management and is relevant to an individual or a large company with a number of employees."

Paul Reeve, Director,

Sky Blue Adventures, Coventry UK

Upcoming courses are scheduled for May, June, July and August. Managers and other leaders in wilderness, adventure, travel, outdoor and experiential programs are welcome. Additional information is available at


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