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COVID-19 poses extraordinary challenges for experiential, outdoor, travel, and adventure programs. Jeff Baierlein, the director of Viristar, a consultancy providing risk management and other services...
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Activities in the outdoor and austere environments often involve exposure to bodies of water. With this exposure, especially if by way of water sports and recreation, comes the risk of drowning. In...
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Elevate your Risk Management Practices to a whole new level with the IncidentAnalytix Platform
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Well-run wilderness programs rarely experience serious illness, injury, or other major loss. The overwhelming majority of participants find their lives enriched by successfully overcoming group...
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Boating
An underage teenager signs an adult release form to access a motocross race and suffers catastrophic injuries. If a participant misrepresents his minority status or forges a parent’s signature in...
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Teen Adventure Program
In a recent case, a California appellate court refused to enforce a release because it did not properly describe the activity from which the wrongful death action arose.
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Do you provide equipment for people to participate in your programs? Do you hold used or new gear sales for the general public?  Do you rent gear in your gear shop to folks in the community?  Do you...
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Recreation and adventure education providers are often reluctant to review their insurance coverage—and even hesitant to contact their insurance representatives to inform them of new activities, for...
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Gniadek v. Camp Sunshine of Sebago Lake, Inc., 11 A.3d 308 (Me. Sup. Ct. January, 2011).
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Crace, et al.  v. Kent State University, 2009 Ohio App. LEXIS 5785 (December, 2009)
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2016 Wilderness Risk-Management Survey Results

By Lisa Meerts-Brandsma, James Sibthorp, Shannon Rochelle, Drew Leemon, John Gookin
This study was a replication of the original Wilderness Risk-Management Survey that was completed by the University of Utah and NOLS in 2003. At that time, NOLS wanted to conduct a study that would...
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This is the PowerPoint from a presentation from the 2016 Wilderness Risk Management Conference. 
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Organizations must make choices between how to characterize an individual they engage for work. Is the individual an employee or independent contractor? As you’ll see in this Connecticut case, the...
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After years spent churning around the corporate buzzword blender, the phrase “risk management” has too often become associated with lengthy legal documents filled with useless jargon and stale...
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Risk Management in the Outdoors: Beyond the NOLS Course

By Logan Claytor, NOLS Admission Officer, Sarah Zimmerman, NOLS PR and Marketing Intern
At NOLS, we believe in the value of spending time in wild places. We also know there is risk involved in what we do. We strive to practice and teach thoughtful risk management that emphasizes the...
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Epinephrine, it’s one of outdoor education’s ‘unspoken secrets.’ Something you don't like to talk about outside your program, lest you raise red flags about how your program operates. And that...
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