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SAFETY & RISK MANAGEMENT PRACTICES WITHIN THE AUSTRALIAN OUTDOOR ADVENTURE INDUSTRY: Inland Water Paddle-Craft Guide

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SAFETY & RISK MANAGEMENT PRACTICES WITHIN THE AUSTRALIAN OUTDOOR ADVENTURE INDUSTRY: INLAND WATER PADDLE-CRAFT

This post is part of a series of related articles on the outdoor adventure tourism industry and also safety & risk management practices

Over the past decade, the Australian outdoors community has been working on developing the ‘Australian Adventure Activity Standards’ (Australian AAS). The Australian AAS and the related ‘Good Practice Guides’ are a voluntary best-practice framework for safe and responsible planning and delivery of outdoor adventure activities with dependent participants.

Whilst the Australian AAS (‘The Standards’) and the related ‘Good Practice Guides’ (GPG’s) provide guidance on safety, risk management, and other aspects of responsible activity delivery, such as respect for the environment, cultural heritage and other users. The Standards are not a full legal compliance guide, nor are they a “how to” guide or even a field manual for outdoor activities. The standards do not provide guidance on providing a high-quality experience over and above safe and responsible delivery.

Currently Outdoors Victoria Ltd acts as the copyright holder as Secretariat for the Australian AAS project and its project partners. You can refer to their website for details of the project partners: http://australianaas.org.au/about/

CORE GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE
The Australian Adventure Activity Standard Core Good Practice Guide has been drafted. However, this is the ‘Public Access’ copy (Sept ’18) – as this one is not the final release version:  Click Here

The Standard and the related ‘Good Practice Guides’ (GPG’s) are specifically designed to help activity providers who are conducting activities involving dependent participants, to provide a safe and responsible experience. It is for each provider to determine based on their own individual circumstances, if they are working with dependent participants or not.

A dependent participant is a person owed a duty of care by the activity provider who is reliant upon the activity leaders for supervision, guidance or instruction to support the person’s participation in an activity. For example, this often includes participants under the age of 18, participants lacking the ability to safely undertake the activity, or participants reasonably relying on the activity provider for their safety. The degree of dependence may vary during an activity.

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INLAND WATER PADDLE-CRAFT – GOOD PRACTICE ACTIVITY GUIDE
The draft activity good practice guide for 'Inland Water Paddle-craft' has also just been released for public comment. Members of the outdoors community can have their say about this activity good practice guide by visiting:  Click Here

The Standard and GPG’s were developed with the input from a wide range of outdoors and adventure activity experts with extensive field experience. They draw heavily on state-and territory-specific standards previously in place across Australia. The development process included work by a range of technical expert working groups, as well as open consultation throughout the community of activity providers and other experts. Further details of the creation of the Standard and Good Practice Guides can be found at: www.australianaas.org

It is intended that the Standard and GPG’s will be regularly updated to reflect changing practice and better understanding over time. Updates will be noted on the website listed above.

The Standard and Good Practice Guides will not cover each and every circumstance of an adventure activity. Even when they are adhered to, they cannot entirely eliminate the risk or possibility of loss or injury. These 'Guides' are just that - a guide (only).

This post is part of a series of related articles on the outdoor adventure tourism industry and also safety & risk management practices. If you would like to chat further, or to find out more information about any of our posts - just send us a pm on Facebook, or e-mail us: info@outdoor-gear.com.au

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