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  • Jeff Baierlein

Viristar and Outdoor Council of Canada Bring Outdoor Safety Trainings to Canadian Outdoor Community

Viristar is pleased to partner with the Outdoor Council of Canada / Conseil Canadien de Plein Air (OCC) to bring Risk Management for Outdoor Programs training courses to OCC members at a special discount.

The Risk Management for Outdoor Programs certificated training is a 40-hour online course that occurs over four weeks. The rigorous and intensive class is offered each month, and features five live video-conference sessions (generally 90 minutes each), and independent work periods with individual study and small group projects in between.

Course topics include:

  • Outdoor Safety Standards

  • Liability and the Law

  • Safety Culture

  • Human Factors in Incident Causation

  • Subcontractors

  • Incident Reporting

  • Systems Thinking

  • Incident Management

  • Media Relations

  • Documentation

  • COVID-19

  • Risk Management Plans

  • And much more

Franz Plangger, Executive Director of OCC, stated, “We’re very pleased to make these training opportunities available OCC members. The national outdoor community in Canada is committed to excellence in safety and quality, and these courses will further support our members in providing high-quality outdoor experiences with the highest levels of risk management.”

OCC members wishing to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in an outdoor risk management training at a discount can learn more at

Viristar has a special relationship with the outdoor sector in Canada. Viristar’s Director, Jeff Baierlein, who studied in Canada during college, led wilderness paddling expeditions for many years in Ontario’s Quetico Provincial Park, as well as outdoor education sailing trips in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia. Viristar provides instructional staff for an outdoor safety course at Thompson Rivers University’s Adventure Guide training program held through TRU’s Keilir affiliate.

About OCC: The Outdoor Council of Canada / Conseil Canadien de Plein Air, founded in 2008, is dedicated to promoting and enabling accessible education and recreation in the outdoors. As the umbrella organization for the Canadian outdoor sector, OCC brings the national outdoor community together, advocating for and increasing leadership capacity in the sector at a national level.

OCC provides networking opportunities, Field Leader and technical skills training courses, a variety of research and other informational resources, support for provincial coalitions, and a collective voice advocating for increased funding, improved access to affordable insurance, and greater awareness of the many benefits of outdoor activities.

OCC members should click here for more information or to enroll.


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