Risk Management for Outdoor Programs trainings for September through December Now Enrolling

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




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


Course dates and times currently available are:

  • September 1 to September 29

  • October 6 to November 3

  • November 3 to December 1

  • December 1 to December 29

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 dozens of 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:


“This course was fantastic. As a leader of an experiential program at an independent high school, I felt the course was wildly beneficial…do it!”

Rachel Garrett,

Experiential Education Coordinator,

Jackson Hole Community School



“The course content and its systems approach are simply superb! It is very comprehensive, thorough and well structured—made it easy for me to grasp the various elements of risk management.”

Shantanu Pandit,

Co-Founder,

Maha Adventure Council, Mumbai India



"A must for every outdoor program manager to attend."

Hjh Sofinaz Hj Abd Majid,

Training Officer,

Outward Bound Brunei Darussalam


For more information or to enroll, click here.