Outdoor Education - Charcteristics of Adventure: Physical and Emotional
Physical and emotional safety
Each of these factors directly affects the relative physical and emotional
safety of the people involved in the activity. In planning an adventure,
the leader can deliberately increase or decrease the risk of an activity in
order to manipulate the experience. An example of this may be rock climbing
where a person can increase the risk of a climb by going solo without a
rope, thus reducing the safety and increasing the gamble.
Increasingly, teachers and leaders are becoming accountable for the safety
of the people under their care. Teachers must adhere to "in loco parentis",
which means that they have a higher duty of care than actual parents. Also,
the emergence of litigation for negligent practices means leaders need to
be careful to plan to reduce the amount of risk in any given activity.
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