risk management

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.

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