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Latest Legal Case: Your Duty of Care—Where Does it Begin and End?

Duty of Care is the legal duty to protect another from harm. It is the first element that must be established to proceed with an action in negligence. When you bring a client into your program, you almost always establish some duty of care to that client. But where does this duty begin and where does it end? A recent sexual assault case in Maine where the assualt happened after the program explores this delicate legal issue and raises some critical questions for things that happen outside your program. Now that many programs are using social networking like Facebook pages, discussion forums, and Twitter as follow-up tools after a program, everyone should understand this legal issue. Reb Gregg and Catherine Hansen-Stamp, the legal authorities at the Adventure & Recreation Law Center, review the details of this Maine case. Subscribe now and gain access to the complete library of Legal Cases.

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  • Wilderness Medicine

    WFA Scope of Practice Document Update

    The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course, widely taught by numerous providers, can be burdened with unrealistic expectations of the topics and skills that can be taught in a basic layperson first aid program. In 2010 , sensing a need to clarify what first...
  • Wilderness Medicine

    Hantavirus in Yosemite National Park

    by Paul Auerbach Our National Parks are a treasured heritage, and one of the ways in which we appreciate the outdoors. Millions of visitors flock to the parks in order to camp, hike, climb, swim and most of all, appreciate the wonder and natural beauty...
  • Wilderness Medicine

    Wilderness First Aid Retention Study

    Wilderness First Aid (WFA) courses are taught by multiple individuals and programs. They have become a standard for people working and recreating in the outdoors. Are they effective? Can the participants remember the information? Can they perform the...
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The Way Home: Returning to the National Parks

“You shouldn’t have to convince people to go to paradise,” --Shelton Johnson, Ranger...
Posted to: Films & Documentaries
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Harvard First-Year Outdoor Program Swimming Policies and Procedures

Swimming Policies: Question: What can we do? Wade? Dip? Swim? A Lifeguard is Present Yes Yes Yes No Lifeguard...
Posted to: Aquatic Safety - Media Gallery
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Himalaya Speed PART 2: Climbing Cholatse

Alpinists Ueli Steck and Freddie Wilkinson tackle the north face of Cholatse when the weather takes a...
Posted to: Climbing & Mountaineering
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Injury Rates During Water-Based Wilderness Recreation

by G. Dean Witman This study came about after the author approached several people in the wilderness...
Posted to: Aquatic Safety - Media Gallery
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Good Practice in Adventure Activities within the Education

This report is intended for use by employees of a British regulatory body overseeing adventure activities...
Posted to: Aquatic Safety - Media Gallery
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