In the Accreditation Self-Study, Risk Management is listed third in the 9.0 series

9.4 Risk Management. A structured approach to managing actual risk, emotional risk, and perceived risk through risk assessment, utilization of management and instructional resources, and development and execution of emergency protocols.

  • 9.4.1 Understanding and demonstration of the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to engage the process of identifying and implementing plans that control risk in outdoor activities.
    Content to Consider: Hazard awareness, evaluation, and management of physical, emotional and perceived risk.
  • 9.4.2 Demonstrate the ability to design, implement and evaluate an effective risk management plan.
    Content to Consider: Crisis response plan – student, instructor, administrative and external. Protocols vs. guidelines, evacuation considerations, Standard Operating Procedures, Local Operating Procedures, risk management consulting, incident levels and reporting.
  • 9.4.3 Demonstrate proper balance between the potential of risk with the educational benefits of adventure.
    Content to Consider: Outcome-based risk-benefit analysis, participant screening, adventure theory and concepts, actual vs. perceived risk.
  • 9.4.4 Demonstrate the ability to manage group travel by moving a group in a safe manner.
    Content to Consider: Instructor positioning, group movement, site evaluation, role delineation, and delegation.
  • 9.4.5 Demonstrate the ability to organize and implement search/evacuation procedures to locate group members in need of assistance. Content to Consider: fundamentals of search and rescue, Incident Command System components and functions, search tactics, formations and, crew management.

Please note: The Curriculum Committee has included “Content to consider” after some general outcomes. This is provided to aid understanding of the outcome, but it does not constitute a list of content that a program must include to address the outcome.