• Jeff Baierlein

Viristar and Australia’s Inside The Outhaus Discuss Risk Management for Outdoor Programs



Viristar was pleased to talk about risk management in outdoor education with the Australia-based Inside the Outhaus community during a May 16 webinar session.


Viristar’s Director, Jeff Baierlein, talked about the evolution of incident causation models from the 1930’s to today.


David Chitty, the Director of Adventure Guides Australia, raised the question of how outdoor safety in Australia differs from how it’s approached in other countries.


Alan Champkins, Head of Centre of Zambia’s Ndubaluba Outdoor Centre, discussed safety standards in South Africa and Zambia.


A big challenge for the outdoor industry in Australia is accessing affordable insurance, as Paul Davenport of Affinity Insurance Brokers pointed out.


The group of some 15 participants, plus Inside the Outhaus facilitators, talked about Australia’s UPLOADS Project and how it can be a model for systems-informed risk management worldwide.


Colin French, Owner of Kinglake Forest Adventures Camp, provided insight on outdoor accreditation frameworks in Australia, following up on earlier comments from Lori Modde, CEO of Outdoors NSW & ACT, and Board member of the Outdoor Council of Australia, who shared information about a call to provide an Australia-wide adventure activity accreditation, and to address other outdoor industry challenges, as she also described in a recent open letter.


The conversation was informal and widely ranging. And it exemplifies one of the things that Inside the Outhaus does best—bringing together outdoor education professionals from Australia and beyond to connect about important issues and build a supportive community that uplifts outdoor and experiential educators and the entire nature-based learning sector.


Watch the discussion here.



ITOH provides twice-a-month community discussion forums, a podcast, and extensive written and video-based educational resources.


Inside the Outhaus also partners with Viristar to provide outdoor risk management training to experiential professionals at a discount. Outdoor, wilderness, travel, experiential and adventure professionals can learn more and access the discount by using code ITOH22 at https://courses.viristar.com/.