Risks are inherent on any outdoor or cultural immersion program. Managing and mitigating these risks are of paramount importance to the Moondance administrative staff and on any Moondance trip. It is one of our top priorities. We want to create an atmosphere where we can allow our students to stretch their limits within our acceptable risk tolerance. Risk management is taught and practiced throughout every course, and students play integral roles in our commitment to risk management. While safety is not something that we, or any other organization, can guarantee, we strive to provide programs that are carefully designed, examined, and run with risk management at the forefront of our minds.
We work hard to provide a well-planned, quality experience for our students. This is a direct reflection of our well-designed courses, outfitter selection, and our low student to staff ratio. We monitor and evaluate the risks of each trip and make managing these risks a year-round responsibility. We use only the finest outfitters and guide services for technical activities, such as rock climbing, mountaineering, or whitewater rafting.
Our leaders are integral to running a well-managed trip. Prior to the start of our programs, our trip leaders participate in an intensive 11-day training where policies and procedures are discussed. All of our leaders are certified as Wilderness First Responders, an 80-hour course in wilderness medical training, or Wilderness First Aid, a 16-hour course in wilderness medical training. All leaders always carry an extensive first aid kit and are familiar with the emergency safety support systems in the areas we travel.
Participating in outdoor adventure activities involves inherent risks and dangers that can lead to injury, property damage, or even loss of life. These risks cannot be predicted and can include forces of nature and the possibility of accidents. Almost any activity can be dangerous. We must learn to manage risks daily while living in the wilderness or abroad.
We discuss how to respect and evaluate risks throughout each trip. We want to teach each participant that responsible behavior, good judgment, and a concern for group safety are the most valuable commodities in the outdoors.
Moondance Adventures has invested in the quality of its risk management practices by participating in a Risk Management Training offered by NOLS, an organization with over 50 years of experience managing risk in wilderness environments. We also attend the Wilderness Risk Management Conference annually and strive to keep up-to-date with industry standards related to risk management We have invested time and resources in these practices because the health and wellbeing of our participants is one of our highest priorities. Please call us to discuss our risk management in more detail if you have any questions.