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Managing Risk - A New Way of Thinking
“This book lays out an excellent understanding of effective risk management within the outdoor adventure industry.” – Ken Phillips, Grand Canyon National Park more testimonials
Managing Risk: Systems Planning for Outdoor Adventure Programs

This book introduces the next generation of risk management thinking to the adventure industry. Managing Risk guides you through building and integrating The Seven Systems of Outdoor Adventure Risk Management Planning into your existing experiential and adventure-based operations or programs.

Written, reviewed and adopted by adventure, education and business professionals, this book is required reading for program managers, owner/operators, senior staff and anyone looking to make a career in the adventure industry. It will change the way you think about managing risk.

Topics Include
•  Risk Management vs. Safety Planning
•  Risk Tolerance and Acceptable Exposure
•  Decision Making and Leadership
•  Industry Standards
•  Participant Information Exchanges
•  Legal Releases and Waivers
•  Equipment Management
•  Emergency Response Planning
•  Public Information Management
•  Staff Training
•  Contracted Service Providers
•  Implementing and Managing Systems
•  Evolving Risk Management Thinking


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Chapter Preview - Risk, Risk Management and Safety

It would be exceedingly difficult to find a professional who is not familiar with risk management in the outdoor or adventure field, education or the not-for-profit sector. Indeed, risk management has been the buzz word in these quarters since the 1990s. While the term “risk management” is linked to everything from falling rocks to insurance policies, the term is widely misapplied and misunderstood...
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Jeff Jacksonbrings a business management perspective that spans adventure tourism, economic development, health care and education. Specializing in organizational change, professional development and project management, Jeff is an award winning educator whose strength lies in implementation and systems planning. Jeff is a professor and coordinator of Algonquin College’s Outdoor Adventure Program, a professional adventure guide training diploma program in Pembroke, Ontario.



Jon Heshkabridges the real world of risk management with the rigour of academia. He has worked as a climbing guide, trained and coordinated search and rescue, worked in senior management with Petzl America, advised recreation programmes on their exposure to legal risk, and earned Master of Education and Master of Laws degrees specializing in adventure education and sports law respectively. He is an assistant professor at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia.


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ISBN 978-0-9781025-2-4

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