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Safety, Risk and Adventure in Outdoor Activities

  • Bob Barton - Mountaineer and Mountain Guide, Scotland


December 2006 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'Bob Barton's balanced and well thought 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 thought 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.


'"Bureaucracy is the reason for the decline in school trips". A statement often quoted. But it is a myth that there is a decline in school visits... It's competent people, not paperwork, that make visits safer' - Ian Park, ex-Chairman, Outdoor Education Advisers' Panel

'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


A book that provides an effective overview of the issues relating to risks in the outdoors. A worthwhile read for those entering the industry or studying on an Outdoor Adventure course.

Mr charlie whewell
Sport & the Public Services Department, Bedford College
July 20, 2017

This book breaks the topic down into sections that are easy to understand for the staff and the students, but covers all of the information needed about Safety and Risk.

Mr Michael Smith
Public Services , sgs college
May 18, 2015

A great in depth book looking at the important area of risk relating to adventure and the outdoors.

Mr Richard Tomkins
Public Services , Filton College
May 6, 2015

Some of the text is at a level well above the BTEC syllabus, but there is still a lot that is of direct relevance to our course.
As such, copies will be put in the library and the text will be added to the recommended reading list for the relavnat modules.

Mr Karl Bungey
EASO, Holme Lacy College
June 12, 2012

This is a very comprehensive and appropriate book for the outdoor courses I oversee; linking to two core units (Health and Safety + Coaching). I am in the process of stocking 4 copies within the library, for the start of the new academic year.

Mr Simon Brent
FBSE, Southampton Solent University
May 2, 2012

An excellent introductory book that touches on all of the key themes current within outdoor education theory (with the notable exception of environmental/sustainability issues).

Mr Graham Harvey
School of sport, health and outdoor education, University of Wales, Trinity St David
December 12, 2011

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