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  • Jeff Baierlein

Viristar and Black Raven Solutions Wilderness Academy Partner to Provide Risk Management Training

Viristar is pleased to collaborate with Black Raven Solutions Wilderness Academy to bring Risk Management for Outdoor Programs training courses to members of the Black Raven Solutions Wilderness Academy network at a discount.

The Risk Management for Outdoor Programs course offers leaders of wilderness survival, expedition, experiential, and environmental 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, nature immersion, bushcraft, outdoor education, 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

  • COVID-19 precautions

Miha Berčič, the founder and Director of Outdoor Programs for Black Raven Solutions Wilderness Academy, stated, “Wilderness experiences bring healing, joy, community, and serenity. But immersion in nature requires us to think about safety. Viristar's comprehensive outdoor risk management trainings will help professionals managing wilderness and nature exploration programs ensure 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 Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Kosovo, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and dozens of other countries on six continents have enrolled in Viristar’s outdoor safety trainings.

Black Raven Solutions Wilderness Academy, founded in 2009, provides wilderness survival and bushcraft events in Slovenia; international expeditions to jungle, desert and arctic destinations; outdoor team-building courses; multi-week wilderness survival and re-wilding challenges, and nature-based summer camps from their base in Ljubljana as well as in wild places around the world. The organization aims to help individuals strengthen their physical, emotional, and spiritual connection to nature, themselves and each other through immersive experiences in beautiful natural settings.


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