Risk Management in the Outdoors


The module is aimed at professionals managing,  supervising and teaching people in an outdoor or activity focused environment. These professional require a deep appreciation of health, safety and well-being for those in their care. Carrying out dynamic and written risk assessments in play activities and adventure sports in addition to analysis of case studies of accidents and incidents in activities form a core part of the module. A basic introduction to Irish law, especially Health and Safety regulation provides a framework for the module. The regulation of adventure activities both nationally and internationally is considered as well as Children First 2015 and Child Care (Preschool Regulations) 2016. The psychology of risk taking in addition to the societal and personal benefits of risk taking are debated. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and prioritise  the legislation, safety requirements and regulations associated with supervising activities, outdoors and indoors.

  2. Assess and manage risk associated with outdoor activities

  3. Manage risk-rich environments to support children’s well-being, play and resilience

  4. Design and implement a child protection policy

  5. Work professionally with a proactive approach to safety in the outdoors and indoors

% Coursework 40%
% Final Exam 60%