Outdoor Education - Where safety fits in
Where safety fits in
The Risk Management Equation.
The equation balances benefit against risk; if the aims of the adventure
can be met in a safer environment, then the degree of risk is unacceptable.
Safety relates directly to the need for sound judgement, there are many
exmaples of the effects of poor judgement during the adventure activities.
These range from death, to a person never wishing to be involved in
adventure activities again. It is important to begin to develop an
understanding of the importance of planning in the safety equation. Safety
considerations directly affect the experience we have during adventure
activities. Some of the considerations include:
* aims and ofjectives of the activity
* ethical practice
* accreditation and certification
* risk management
* need for sound judgement
* safety reviews
* legal considerations
* ratios of instructors
* access food and nutrition
* first aid
This is not a definitive list; however, it does illustrate the complexity
safety plays in the adventure experience. During your experiences in PAKs
and PRACs, watch for safety aspects of the activity. What steps have been
taken? Have all of the above considerations been reviewed? How do safety
considerations affect your experience?
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