Risk Management for Outdoor Programs trainings for June through October Now Enrolling

Safety Training for Outdoor Education & Recreation, Travel and Wilderness Risk Management Professionals



Viristar is now enrolling participants in its online Risk Management for Outdoor Programs training course for cohorts beginning in June, July, August, September and October.


Course dates and times currently available are:

  • June 2 to June 30

  • July 7 to August 4

  • August 4 to September 11

  • September 1 to September 29

  • October 6 to November 3

The Risk Management for Outdoor Programs course, which takes 40 hours spread over 4 weeks, provides comprehensive training in best practices for safety management with experiential, adventure, expedition-based and other outdoor learning and recreation organizations.


The course covers theories of risk management and incident prevention, outdoor safety standards, legal considerations, emergency response, risk transfer, risk management plan development, and much more.


The training is designed to be globally applicable. Individuals from over 20 countries have successfully completed the course.


Participants not only learn how to manage risks in the outdoor and experiential education context, but they also learn how to apply best practices to their own specific situation. Enrollees complete detailed self-assessments of their own organization relative to outdoor safety standards. They draft an outline of a systems-informed Risk Management Plan for their organization. And they complete a Strategic Improvement Plan exercise in which they develop an action plan and prioritize improvement projects for their own organization’s risk management systems.


Past participants have found the course to be well-designed, comprehensive and useful. Recent graduates have this to say:


“Amazing course. I came into this course with what I thought was quite a bit of base knowledge in risk management. By the end of this course I feel that I have learned so much on the topic and have much more vast knowledge on the topic that I can take back to my Outdoor Program.”

MacKenzie Holbrook,

Outdoor Program Assistant Coordinator,

Colorado Mesa University Outdoor Program, Colorado



“The Risk Management for Outdoor Programs course is a must for all outdoor recreation executives and leadership.”

Chris Boyer,

Executive Director,

National Association for Search and Rescue


“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,

Outward Bound Vietnam, Binh Dinh, Vietnam


For more information or enroll, click here.