Risk Management for Outdoor Programs, Online/Virtual Training
11/2/2022 - 11/30/2022
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Pacific
Event Type(s)
Risk Management
Event Description


  • Gain critical knowledge of best practices in outdoor program risk management
  • Learn procedures, systems, and plans essential to meeting key outdoor safety standards
  • Understand how to apply successful risk management strategies to adventure programs, experiential education, wilderness expeditions, and outdoor trips


Valuable for
Program Coordinators/Managers, Risk Management officers, Risk Management/Safety Committee members, members of Boards of Directors, executive leadership.


Course Format
The course is composed of five live video-conference sessions and three independent work periods:

  1. Live sessions. Five live, video-conference sessions, occurring the same day and time each week, for five consecutive weeks.  These include structured real-time small-group and large-group discussions and participant project presentations.
  2. Independent work. Between live video-conferences, there are four-week-long independent work periods for individual and remote small-group activity. This work includes:
  • Review of pre-recorded slide presentations with presenter video
  • Completion of readings
  • Participation in online discussion forums
  • Participation in interactive video-based decision-making activities
  • Completion of writing assignments (including writing risk management plan outline and strategic improvement plan content)
  • Peer review of select classmate writing content
  • Completion of organizational self-assessment of risk management
  • Completion of online worksheets
  • Participation in online risk decision-making role-playing scenario
  • Structured analysis of case-study examples
  • Completion of quizzes and final exam

Independent work is anticipated to take a minimum of 7-12 hours per week.

Jeff Baierlein, Director, Viristar; past Executive Director at Outward Bound USA




USD $399 individual enrollment.
Course fee includes five live sessions, materials for independent work sessions, lifetime access to an electronic, online-based copy of the course textbook Risk Management for Outdoor Programs: A Guide to Safety in Outdoor Education, Recreation and Adventure, and certification.

Contact Person
Jeff Baierlein
(phone: +1 206 473 8050)

The course is a combination of five real-time video-conference sessions, spaced one-week part, and independent work periods between live sessions.

Five live online sessions:


Wednesday, November 2, 11:00 am UTC-4
Wednesday, November 9, 11:00 am UTC-4
Wednesday, November 16, 11:00 am UTC-5 (Standard time begins)
Wednesday, November 23, 11:00 am UTC-5
Wednesday, November 30, 11:00 am UTC-5

Independent work occurs between Live Sessions.


The course is divided into two separate cohorts, which meet at different times.

The timing of this cohort is designed to be convenient for participants from the Americas/Europe region. For participants in the Asia/Pacific region, please see the Asia/Pacific training listing.


Live session schedule (AM-EU, timed for Americas & Europe)

  • 8 am Los Angeles (UTC-7)
  • 11 am New York (UTC-4)
  • 4 pm London (UTC+0)
  • 9:30 pm India (UTC+5.30)
  • 12 midnight Singapore/Beijing (UTC+8) (Thursday, the day following)
  • 2 am Sydney AU (UTC+10) (Thursday, the day following)


Note that live sessions will always be at 11:00 am New York time. You may need to adjust due to daylight savings, depending on your region.


Independent individual and group work occur between live sessions.

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11/2/2022 - 11/30/2022  

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