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By

OSI Staff

on 5/26/16

OSI Team



Meet the OSI Team!

At OSI we are grateful to work with an incredible team, including some of the most qualified risk management consultants with decades of experience in the outdoor field. We had the opportunity for a few interviews at the Wilderness Risk Management Conference in October 2015 to give voice to the consultants you are likely to work with on your risk management review or other project supporting your program's risk management needs.

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Field Safety    Program Management    Outdoor Leadership    
By

Gennifre Hartman

on 11/10/15

Classroom Teaching



International Programming

Thinking about broadening your program to international destinations? Already venturing beyond national borders? There's much to consider, and OSI consultant and international program specialist Gennifre Hartman helps steer you in the right direction.

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Program Management    Outdoor Leadership    
By

Andrew Leider

on 9/14/15

Rope Team



Do We Have a Risk Management Culture?

Andrew Leider is back! Here, he expands on the basics of building a risk management culture. What is risk management culture anyway? Andrew helps define it and explains how it's essential for programs in the outdoor industry, where risk management efforts—and their successful implementation—are an absolute priority. How does your program's risk management culture add up? The included self-assessment tool gives you a fantastic opportunity to find out. 

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OSI News    Outdoor Leadership    
By

OSI Staff

on 9/6/15

WRMC 2015



WRMC 2015

This year's Wilderness Risk Management Conference is October 14-16 in Portland, Oregon. OSI's Alex Kosseff and Andrew Leider will co-present "10 Steps to Better Risk Management,"  and you will have an opportunity to meet OSI's new Director, John Fair. We look forward to seeing you there!

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By

Eric Bonin

on 6/17/15

Wheelchair in Sun



(Dis)Ability Awareness

Ever wonder how to interact/work with people with disabilities? Eric Bonin, Program Manager at Splore, shares four key concepts for doing just that. Called the Four Pillars of Ability Awareness, they are so straightforward they will give you the confidence (and respect) to get out there and play with your (dis)abled fellow human beings with ease.

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Program Management    Outdoor Leadership    
By

Brad Beggs

on 5/18/15

Young Hiker



New Leaders and Confidence

East Carolina University Director of the Adventure Program Brad Beggs shares a fresh perspective on the Conscious Competence Model. Working with new leaders takes keen awareness of not only their consciousness and competence of skills, but also the interplay of these with confidence.

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Field Safety    Program Management    Incidents    
By

Dani Engmark

on 4/22/15

Camp Kitchen



Kitchen Safety: Don’t Get Burned!

Camp Manito-Wish Program Director Dani Engmark shares an all-too-common backcountry water burn story and presents a simple outline for kitchen safety. Burns are easily preventable and no program should overlook these standard steps.

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Outdoor Leadership    
By

Chad Laflamme

on 3/25/15

Backpackers Group



Emotional Safety in Adventure Programming

Senior Outward Bound staff and Masters in Education candidate Chad Laflamme talks emotional safety. Beyond physical safety, easy-to-overlook (yet essential) emotional safety must be met to reach our goals. After laying the groundwork, Chad gives some great options for setting and maintaining an inclusive tone for an entire trip, including fantastic ways to create and implement a group contract.

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Field Safety    Program Management    
By

John Fair

on 3/8/15

John Fair SUP



Whitewater SUP Risk Management

Long-time outdoor leader John Fair guides us through essential elements of the newly emerging whitewater SUP arena: planning, outfitting, safety briefing, and progressions. If your program has plans to offer SUP (or already does), this clear outline will no doubt be of great value. John tells us safety and success are dependent upon both skill and solid judgment - particularly with this activity around which industry standards are still developing.

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