Risk Management

The recognition and management of the inherent risks and hazards of living and traveling in remote wild areas is taught and practiced on every course. RiverSport Adventures is committed to helping promote a positive learning environment and physical and emotional well-being for all students. We are very proud of our excellent record managing the risks of wilderness travel.

The management of our activities with respect to these dangers is a fundamental part of our curriculum. Good physical conditioning and a positive mental attitude are essential. Each student plays an important role in the success of our courses.

You will be responsible for transporting your own gear. You will sleep outdoors, possibly in co-ed tent groups, prepare your own meals and be expected to care for yourself in weather conditions that can be extreme.

Wilderness activity involves hazards: rockfall, wild rivers and freezing temperatures can pose a risk to even the most experienced outdoor leader. Activities ranging from simple day hikes to paddling remote and wild rivers, due to error in judgment or the unpredictable forces of nature, become dangerous and potentially life threatening.

The remoteness of the areas in which we travel can create complex emergency situations that have no simple solutions. It is not uncommon to be days from medical help. RiverSport Adventures has comprehensive wilderness emergency response, evacuation procedures and appropriate field communication technology in remote wilderness locations.

We carry a radio or satellite telephone or other electronic communication devices on each of our courses and expeditions for life threatening emergencies, but this does not guarantee reliable communication from the field to appropriate support services. Radios and portable phones can be unreliable depending on terrain, atmospheric conditions and other variables.

The majority of medical incidents (sprains, flu, diarrhea, etc.) may be treated in the field. A more serious incident, such as a fracture, will require evacuation of the patient to a medical facility.

It is important you understand that there are risks. The risk of injury, even serious injury or death, is unavoidable in the outdoor environment in which we work and travel. Much of the value of our course and expeditions lies in learning how to identify hazards and adapt behavior, not only on the course or expedition, but also for a lifetime of enjoying the outdoors.

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