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Sea Kayaking in Norway

Two kayakers make their way through glacial icebergs.

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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Field Safety    Program Management    Outdoor Leadership    
By

OSI Staff

on 10/13/15

MRMC



Midwest Risk Management Symposium

OSI is happy to share the announcement for the 2015 Midwest Risk Management Symposium. OSI attended this great event in its kickoff years and it has proven from the start to be remarkably valuable, especially for the Midwest region leaders of risk management in the outdoor field.

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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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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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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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Program Management    
By

Andrew Leider

on 1/21/15

Andy Leider



5 Keys to Building a Risk Management Culture

Written by organizational consultant Andrew Leider, this important article addresses the foundational role of program culture in fostering effective risk management. Clear steps and key questions help assess and improve your program's environment of safety.

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Field Safety    Program Management    OSI News    
By

OSI Staff

on 8/28/14

WRMC2014



OSI at 2014 WRMC

Outdoor Safety Institute Director Alex Kosseff presents two workshops at the 2014 Wilderness Risk Management Conference. Join us October 1-3 (Pre-Conference Events Sept 29 - Oct 1) in Atlanta, Georgia. This Year's Workshops: "10 Steps to Better Risk Management" and "Grassroots Organizing: A Tool to Shift Your Risk Management Culture." It's always a fun, high quality event bringing together leaders and professionals in the field for learning, sharing, and networking - and ultimately doing all we can to make our programs as safe as they can be. We hope to see you there!

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Program Management    Transportation    
By

Alex Kosseff

on 6/13/13

traffic cones used for driver training



Driver Training Cone Courses

Driving presents one of the greatest risks of catastrophic injury or loss of life on outdoor programs. The vehicles that are most often utilized—15 passenger vans—are not the easiest to handle, especially with trailers. Cone courses are a great way to train drivers and reduce the potential for accidents.

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