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Releasable Rappel Practice

Practicing releasable rappel setups with a backup belay. At the
Tiger Cage near Courtright Reservoir in the Sierra Nevada.

Image © Alex Kosseff, Outdoor Safety Institute


"The training was informative, engaging and most importantly set our staff up to understand the seriousness of their driving responsibilities and perform them to a high standard when working in a professional capacity."
                                                              — Ellen Sagmyr, former Director of Programs
                                                                  Montana Yellowstone Expeditions (renamed REACH)

The Outdoor Safety Institute offers custom training program on a contract basis. These training services range from conference workshops to comprehensive multi-day staff training programs. Broad areas of focus include risk management, outdoor leadership, technical skills, and driver training.

Risk Management Training

Training on safety and liability management for:

  • Boards of directors
  • Management
  • Field instructors

OSI also offers conference workshops and presentations on these topics.

Outdoor Leadership Training

AMC Guide to Outdoor LeadershipExperiential classroom and field training curriculum building on the AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership by OSI's Alex Kosseff.

  • Past courses have ranged from 4 hours to two weeks
  • Focus on group dynamics, decision making, teaching, facilitation, and much more
  • Role playing scenarios & case study are key training tools
  • Option to include technical skills training components

Technical Skills TrainingAlex Kosseff teaching climbing technical skills

Training programs can include:

  • Backcountry travel and safety skills
  • Mountaineering and backcountry skiing
  • Rock climbing : professional certifications available
  • Wilderness medicine certification : working in partnership with Aerie Backcountry Medicine
  • Whitewater safety and rescue : with help from our friends at the Whitewater Rescue Institute

Driver and Transportation Training

15 passenger van rolloverOn site training or curriculum materials for delivery of your own training.

  • Be proactive in the face of the most significant risk most outdoor programs face
  • Training customized to the staffing and operating environments of outdoor programs

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