British Standards BS 8848 Compliance Workshop - Reducing Risk in Adventure Travel
Shane Winser - Expeditions and Fieldwork Advisor for the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
BS 8848 is a ground-breaking tool to help organisers of a wide range of ventures overseas to benchmark safety to an agreed standard. Anyone planning or participating in an overseas venture should be aware of its requirements. BS 8848 enables organisers of adventure travel to put in place a system to assess and manage risks, covering both the venture itself and the capabilities and experience of venture leaders and participants. BS 8848 can also provide assurance to participants that venture providers are following good practice to help reduce the risk of injury or illness. This workshop is open to anyone who is interested in BS 8848, complying with the Standard, or using it to benchmark safety management practices within their organisation.
Shane is responsible for providing advice, information and training to over 1,500 scientific, educational, and adventurous expeditions each year. She has sat on a number of national committees concerned with benchmarking good practice, including the BSI technical panel for BS 8848. Shane is a zoology graduate with a postgraduate diploma in Information Science. She assisted in the planning and organisation of the Royal Geographical Society's own research programmes to the tropical forests of Sarawak and Brunei, the mountains of the Karakoram, and the drylands of Western Australia, Kenya and Oman. Shane has also written and edited many books and articles on various aspects of expedition planning, and the history of exploration, and is editor of the Expedition Handbook and one of the editors of the new edition of the Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine.
How should society pay for the public benefits associated with outdoor recreation and adventure activities - a case study of Stanage Edge and the North Lees Estate, in the Peak District National Park.
Professor Lynn Crowe (Sheffield Hallam University), and Rebekah Newman and Andy Farmer (Peak District National Park Authority)
This workshop will explore an increasingly challenging question for managers of the natural environment - how should society pay for the public benefits associated with outdoor recreation and adventure activities? We will explore concepts such as ecosystem services and natural capital, but clearly link these concepts to practical examples of both the benefits and costs to society of properly managing our most protected landscapes to provide these services for all of us. Participants will be encouraged to share their own experiences of different places and facilities, both in the UK and from around the world, in order to reflect on different approaches to funding access to and management of outdoor recreation resources. We will also focus specifically on the world- renowned Stanage Edge - part of the North Lees Estate, owned and managed by the Peak District National Park Authority, and famous for a wide range of adventure activities. As local authorities in the UK face reducing budgets, are there alternative mechanisms for providing adequate funds to properly protect and manage such places to ensure they remain open to all?
Lynn Crowe is Professor of Environmental Management in the Department of the Natural and Built Environment at Sheffield Hallam University. An ecologist and planner by training, Lynn has a particular interest in the development and management of public green spaces and research which explores the public benefits to be gained from enhancing the environment. She believes it is essential to encourage more people to enjoy the natural environment more often, and she is a member of SHU's Outdoor Recreation Research Group.
Lynn has been involved with many different public agencies, including Natural England, the Forestry Commission, the Peak District National Park Authority and the South Yorkshire Local Nature Partnership. She was also responsible for managing the Outdoor Recreation Network when it was based at SHU between 2003 and 2011. The ORN is a network of 29 government agencies and other organisations in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, involved in research collaboration and the dissemination of good practice through professional workshops and a web site (www.outdoorrecreation.org.uk). Lynn also writes regularly through her own personal blog - http://lynncroweblog.wordpress.com, and is a recent convert to Twitter (@LynnCroweSHU).
Expedition Cooking Workshop
Kieran Creevy, International Mountain Leader and Expedition Chef.
A qualified International Mountain Leader, and self taught chef, Kieran has been leading and instructing on the mountains for over eighteen years, and cooking for clients for more than two decades - not only in restaurant and industrial kitchens, but on overnight snowhole camps, Arctic ski tours, alpine climbing trips and Himalayan mountaineering expeditions.
At this year's International Adventure Conference, Kieran will be running an expedition cooking workshop, demonstrating a number of easy to replicate base-camp and one-pot dishes suitable for outdoor adventures.
Incident Management in the travel and expedition Industry
Ed Chard, Head of Operations at Jagged Globe
Using the experience of recent major natural and human disasters, this will be an interactive presentation and workshop around incident management and decision making. The workshop will include real-life situations, managing the media, resource deployment, communications and incident reviewing.
Ed has been working within the outdoor and travel industry for the last 20 years. He has climbed, trekked, paddled and biked to a range of far flung destinations and got away with not having major accidents most of the time.
Ed now works for Jagged Globe, the country’s leading provider of worldwide climbing, trekking and skiing trips. His role is to look after the day to day safety and operations of courses, treks and expeditions from the English Peak District to the highest summits of the Himalaya.
Quality Bushcraft - why take second best?
With suitable materials and know how learn how to effectively make lengths of strong string/cordage from natural materials, Confidently use a knife to shave wood for easy fire lighting and learn how to create fire efficiently without breaking into a sweat, using a bow drill.
Dave Watson, Institute for Outdoor Learning
Dave has been teaching/training people in Bushcraft for 20 years and instigated the Bushcraft Special Interest Group through the IOL which promotes good practice in the field of Bushcraft. He has trained hundreds of Outdoor Professionals over the years and specialises in breaking skills down into easy to understand pieces in order to help people accomplish what they want to achieve. In 2008 he became a Leading Practitioner of the IOL and has written many articles for various magazines on Bushcraft. He is regularly asked to demonstrate various friction fire lighting at events and shows.
Accessible Adventure Tourism
More than 1 in 6 people have an 'activity limiting' health problem or disability, which means that a large proportion of tourists, including adventure tourists, are likely to have specific accessibility requirements (VisitEngland, 2015). This workshop will explore the challenges of accessible adventure tourism from supply- and demand-side perspectives with a series of presentations from leading experts, followed by a panel discussion.
Arnold Fewell, MD of AVF Marketing Limited:
Overview of accessible tourism and unlocking the purple pound.
Arnold is a former hotel general manager with Trusthouse Forte and has been a permanent wheelchair user since 2003. He campaigns regularly on accessible tourism issues and writes in a variety of magazines including The Caterer. He is keen to encourage greater participation in hotels so that they take advantage of an estimated market opportunity of £33 billion.
Tony Potter, CEO of Calvert Trust Exmoor:
Overview of the Calvert Trust and the outdoor adventure holidays provided.
Tony served in the Army for over 35 years and travelled worldwide participating in many 'adventures' across nearly all continents from the Arctic to the edge of the Antarctic and many jungles and deserts and other interesting environments in between! He represented the Army at cross country skiing and biathlon and GB at ski-orienteering. Tony joined Calvert Trust Exmoor as the CEO in November 2012. He strongly believes that a day without learning something new is a day wasted!
Craig Grimes, Director of Experience Community:
Demonstration of a mountain trike.
Craig has worked in disability and tourism since the late 1990s and established Experience Community in 2011 to enable disabled people to access the countryside and other leisure opportunities. Experience Community now makes films to showcase routes that disabled people can undertake in the Great British Countryside and a variety of weekly activities including walks, rambles, cycling and camping.
Suresh Paul, PhD, FRGS, Principal Advocate at Equal Adventure and Post-Doctoral Researcher at Leeds Beckett University:
Rational and standardised approaches to inclusive expedition practice with disabled people.
The content of the session will cover: dilemmas faced by adventure sports coaches, the functional approach to inclusion with disabled people, equipment and resources, current training provision and work with expedition providers to promote inclusion within the framework of BS8848. The above will include case studies from some of the inclusive expeditions with disabled people in which Suresh has been involved over the last 20 years.
Gillian Scotford & Jane Carver, Accessible Derbyshire:
Gillian and Jane are co-founders of Accessible Derbyshire, a charity which aims to improve the lives of disabled people, their families and carers, living in or visiting Derbyshire and the Peak District. At its heart is a 'one-stop' website showcasing the best in accessible leisure and tourism in the area: www.accessiblederbyshire.org
Professional Standards for the Outdoor Industry
Andy Robinson - CEO, Institute for Outdoor Learning
Andy became Chief Executive at IOL in 2009 and steered by a Trustee Board of experienced practitioners from across the sector has sought help build the professional body for outdoor learning in all its forms. Andy's background is a combination of professional services and the outdoors. In addition to the Institute he is the Chief Executive for Lindley Educational Trust, based at the Hollowford Centre, Castleton, Derbyshire.
The Institute is working to develop standards and encourage participation in outdoor learning. As the outdoors’ role in education, sport, health and business continues to grow in the UK, is there a need to ensure that the true value of the sector's potential is recognised? The Institute's work on professional standards and accreditation is aimed at being at least part of an increase in recognition of value. This session will explore that approach and what else may be necessary.