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'Bob Barton’s balanced and well though out book will help anyone involved with the planning and management of outdoor activities for young people. Bob explores the issues that need to be considered when developing and implementing outdoor policies and procedures, in an interesting and though provoking style, drawing on his wealth of outdoor experience’ - Peter Westgarth, Chief Executive, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award 'This book fills a gap which sorely needed filling. The safety versus adventure debate is discussed in a thoroughly refreshing way and should inspire a new generation of teachers and youth workers to take their charges into the great outdoors. The book should be required reading for every Health and Safety Officer throughout the land to improve their understanding of what Adventure Educators are trying to achieve' - Doug Jones, County Officer, Outdoor Education and Adventure Activities, Bedfordshire County Council 'A distillation of years of experience in adventure activities and an essential guide to getting the proper balance between adventure and safety' - Nick Barrett, Chief Executive of the Outward Bound Trust Providers of outdoor education must strike the right balance between adventure and security. Effective risk management enables providers to deliver lasting educational value without breaching their moral and legal duties of care. This practical guide shows how genuinely adventurous outdoor activities can be provided to acceptable standards of safety. Drawing on the author's own experience as an expert mountaineer, instructor and consultant, the systems and processes of successful outdoor adventure are clearly explained using real life examples and case studies. Bob Barton is Safety Adviser to the Outward Bound Trust and works as a consultant on the management of adventure activities.

People – The Key Influence
People – The key influence

The two great variables in adventure activities are the uncertain environment in which we operate and the behaviour of people. Deeply inspiring or hugely frustrating, neither is ever entirely predictable.

Our capacity to influence the environment is limited and the ways in which we can react to its effect are discussed elsewhere. How the influence of staff and participants on safety is managed to best effect is one of the features that distinguishes top-quality providers from the rest.

Staff
Influence

Some years ago, I was involved in a pilot training event which aimed to help experienced instructors develop an even greater awareness of the processes governing judgement and decision-making in activities. We were seeking to put the group in unfamiliar ...

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