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  • Jeff Baierlein

Viristar and Adventure Qualifications Network Partner to Provide Risk Management Training

Viristar is pleased to collaborate with Adventure Qualifications Network to bring Risk Management for Outdoor Programs training courses to members of the AQN community at a discount.

The Risk Management for Outdoor Programs course offers leaders of adventure guide, wilderness, safari, trekking, and expedition immersion programs a comprehensive training on best safety practices as well as incident prevention and response.

The 40-hour course, which is offered online, provides participants with a theoretical model of incident causation and prevention, designed specifically for wilderness travel, outdoor adventure, and similar programs. The model employs the latest thinking in complex socio-technical systems theory and human factors research to provide a globally leading framework by which to minimize risk in outdoor and adventurous activities.

The course also provides detailed safety standards for a variety of risk management topics, including:

  • Emergency response planning

  • Recruiting, hiring, training and supervising staff

  • Managing subcontractors (providers)

  • Mitigating equipment-based and activity-based hazards

  • Developing risk management plans (safety management systems)

  • Wilderness risk management procedures

  • Accreditation, regulations, and legal considerations

  • Media relations around newsworthy safety incidents

Andrew Friedemann, founder of Adventure Qualifications Network, stated, “Adventure guiding and outdoor professionals in South Africa and around the world understand the importance of safety in adventure tourism and outdoor guided experiences. Viristar’s Risk Management for Outdoor Programs course will add an important resource for managers of safari, trekking, guiding and outdoor adventure programs who wish to have access to in-depth and high-quality training on outdoor safety, and who want to help their programmes achieve excellence in safety outcomes."

Individuals or groups wishing to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in the training at a discount can learn more and enroll at

Participants from the UK and South Africa, where Adventure Qualifications Network is based, as well as dozens of other countries on six continents, have graduated from Viristar’s outdoor safety trainings.

Adventure Qualifications Network, founded in 2004, provides formal vocational training and assessment leading to Adventure Guiding qualifications required for commercial adventure guiding operations in South Africa. AQN is registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and accredited by the Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality, and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA). For over 20 years, AQN has been a leader in education, training and qualifications for the adventure industry in South Africa and beyond.


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