“The most well informed, skilfully delivered course I’ve done in 20 years. Excellent course that will allow me to do my job better. Excellent, in depth, experience based delivery.”

"Having several years’ experience of expedition management and delivery that have been learned ‘on the job’ in international youth development, this course consolidated that practical learning, provided me with a clear framework and really enhanced my understanding of the policies and legal contexts in which it is imperative to operate."



// Off Site Safety Management


The Off-Site Safety Management course (OSSM) is a two-day course certificated by the Royal Geographical Society** and is considered to be THE foundation level Risk and Safety management course for those undertaking expeditions and fieldwork. It was designed in response to concerns about safety in off-site activities. It addresses the content of legislation in this area and provides an opportunity for attendees to explore the application of the legislation and Risk Management in practical situations. The course also heavily influenced the design of British Standard 8848: the standard for overseas expeditions and fieldwork (one of the R2Ri team is on the Drafting Committee for BS:8848).

The course is one of the 'Further Professional Development' qualifications indicated in the Expedition Provider's Association's 'Matrix of essential and desirable skills for an Expedition Leader.'

The course is approved for two CPD points by Mountain Training.

Please contact us in advance of booking if you want FAWM Who is the course for?: The OSSM course will be appropriate for those working in a range of different situations where they are responsible for taking anyone from young children on a school trip through to those leading adult (or running their own) expeditions and fieldwork around the globe. The themes and concepts are universally applicable to any off-site visit or activity. It aims to equip attendees with the ability to apply knowledge, understanding and problem-solving skills in a range of contexts. The courses delivered by R2Ri can be tailored including for schools, expedition/ adventure/exploration sectors albeit that the course will cover all aspects of off-site visits. We regularly have teachers, expedition leaders, remote area medics, remote area tv safety, remote area medics, exploration geologists, those involved in fieldwork, operations managers and more, attending this course. We have delivered this training to delegates in the UK, Canada, Norway, France amongst others.

R2Ri instructors approach the course from a perspective of “If you are going to be responsible for someone’s safety, check them out as you would like your own child” and so the course begins with considering the issues running simple trips for young people, developing the safety and group management themes building up to outdoor, adventurous and expeditionary activities, complete with numerous case studies from the sector. Given the expertise of the lecturer, there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and for group discussion.

The course is taught lecture style with the small group break out and discussion sessions, case studies worked on in groups then discussed as a class and plenty of opportunity for questions.

The instructors:


We have several instructors delivering the course, based both in the North and South of the UK.

The course is limited to 16 attendees to meet the certification criteria.


We can also deliver this course outside the UK.

Matthew Davies is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and has been an instructor for the course since 2007, when the course was a level 3 certified course (with a 3-hour exam! - there is no longer an exam) certified by OCR. Matthew has delivered the course to a wide range of organisations and individuals, ranging from expeditions, teachers, field teams, University Students, survival instructors, outdoor activity and adventure travel instructors, through to Search and Rescue teams.


Matthew was also one of the authors of BS:8848, has been an expert lecturer to members of ABTA, the British Mountaineering Council, Mountain Training Association and leading expedition and adventure organisations. He has trained teams (both in the UK and overseas – from Asia to North America) for operations in most environments, has prepared teams for and led desert (vehicle dependent) and Arctic Circle (foot) expeditions as well as undertaking jungle expeditions, has lectured at the RGS including on preparation for desert expeditions and has worked as a specialist remote area safety lecturer, trainer, advanced first aid instructor.

Matthew has experience of advising, representing (in legal proceedings) and assisting well-known organisations in the outdoor activity and adventure travel sector in the aftermath of major incidents and will discuss many of these case studies during the course.


The Course - Aims:

  • To develop knowledge and understanding of off-site safety management procedures and the ability to apply this to a range of different contexts.

  • To develop the ability to plan, manage and evaluate off-site activities to ensure the safety of the participants.

  • To develop skills that are relevant to the workplace and which can be adapted to meet different circumstances

  • To encourage further study and promote the value of continuing professional development.


Origins of the OSSM course:


The Off-Site Safety Management course was originally developed in partnership with the British Association of Advisers and Lecturers in Physical Education and the College of St Mark and St John by OCR. The management and administration of the Off-Site Safety Management course was passed to the Royal Geographical Society with IBG in 2008.**


Course Content/Structure of the Course:


The Off-Site Safety Management course is designed to assist the delegates to develop sufficient knowledge and understanding manage groups going off-site safely. The content is divided into three sections each representing a vital stage in managing an off-site activity/event. Increasingly complex scenarios will be considered and addressed via case studies, videos and workshops throughout the course to address the themes of the course.


The three sections are:


Planning for the event:

This section addresses those aspects of planning which must be completed before the group departs to ensure the safe management of the activity. It includes assessing the needs of the group, arranging the necessary staffing and undertaking risk assessments. At R2Ri, we also consider Travel Risk Assessments as part of the course.


Managing the event:

This section addresses the key management requirements relating to group safety during an activity including appropriate actions and procedures required when dealing with both minor and major incidents and contingencies. The course will include real life case studies relevant to the client’s sector of operation. The course will also include minor and major incident response at a practical level in the field and what should be in place at home base to assist. Research has shown that those who undergo mock incident scenarios perform better when real life situations arise.


Evaluating the event:

This section addresses the essential review of the whole event that must be carried out to effectively improve future planning and practice.

Assessment Pattern and Certification.

The course is not currently assessed, but delegates who successfully complete the course will be issued with a certificate by the Royal Geographical Society.



09.00 – approximately 18.00 each day with coffee breaks and a lunch break each day.


The course is delivered in lecture style, with groupwork and audio-visual sections,  in a fairly laid back style with opportunities for questions and group discussion throughout.

The mandatory contact time of 16 hours is necessary for the course to be certificated. Full attendance is needed throughout the course to receive a certificate.


Notes: Delegates are responsible for providing their own food and refreshments from locally available options.

*Drinks and food to be provided by the delegates at their own cost. These are not provided as part of the course cost unless stated on the joining instructions as facilities vary from venue to venue.

** As an absolute pre-requisite for attending the course, delegates will need to consent to their names and contact details being provided to the Royal Geographical Society for the course certificates to be processed. Delegates must also provide a completed feedback form to receive a certificate.


We charge £190.00 per person. Discounts are available for group bookings at client venues. Terms and Conditions apply.

Progression/complementary training:

Our one and two day risk assessment courses are natural choices to add to the deliver of the Off Site Safety Management course to provide a formal risk assessment qualification once the details of what should be in a risk assessment have been studied on the Off Site Safety Management course.

Course Dates:

Our next Off Site Safety Management courses which are open to the public are:

27/28  February 2021 (Saturday and Saturday). This will be delivered by Zoom. 04 Places available. Zoom links will be sent 24.02.21

27/28  March 2021 (Saturday and Saturday). This will be delivered by Zoom. 11 Places available. Zoom links will be sent 24.03.21

22/23 May 2021 (Saturday and Sunday). This will be delivered face to face at Plas Y Brenin. 


How to book:

Click the link below to access the booking course pack for the course you are interested in. Download the pack, save it your computer and you can complete the booking form electronically and email to us. Alternatively, print off the pack, complete and scan the booking form back to us. Only submit the booking form if you intend to attend the course, intend to enter into a contract and agree to our booking terms and conditions, which can be found by following the link below for the course you wish to book on to. A contract will be formed once we issue an invoice.






Online attendees by Zoom:

"An excellent and informative course delivered well throughout the two days. The IT worked fantastically. Thanks Matt and the Team."

"Awesome Faculty with real world knowledge of the subject. Well presented and thorough. Worth every moment spent. Seminar ... delivered online was really good. No issues with quality of sound nor video, everything was nice and crisp. Well impressed by delivery method."

"Yes, very good. The content was excellent and put across in a very good way...I was a bit unsure of what to expect at first as it is the first time I have done a live seminar via Zoom but found it very user friendly. The breakout rooms worked very well. It also made the group feel more inclusive as no one was at the back or the front of the classroom and also you could see the slides easily...I would definitely recommend colleagues to this course as it would develop their knowledge of outdoor safety and risk even further."

“Thanks for the last couple of days- brilliant course and I thought the Zoom delivery worked really well. It’s certainly changed my practice for the better!”

“Thank you for a very informative and well delivered course this weekend... it was incredibly valuable to spend a concentrated period of time discussing case studies and formalising processes related to risk management. I’m surprised that this course isn’t required by more organisations for expedition leaders - it’s an excellent foundation.”

“I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for the course at the weekend. I learnt so much and as you say I now know what I don’t know and can dig more into these areas.”

“Really enjoyed the course, it really makes you think.
If you want to setup any business that involves being off site you need to do this course first.”

“Thoroughly enjoyed the course, extremely informative and useful, loads of relevant experience, very well delivered. Thank you.”

UK University - Off Site Safety training courses and qualifications for degree level and masters degree level students operating in the field and in remote areas:

"The professionalism from R2Ri, from initial correspondence, planning the pre-delivery (discussions checking participants background experience in relation to course content) was excellent.  The two-day course - Off Site Safety Management - was delivered and tailored specifically for the students - with reference to the context of (student) remote expedition based training.  The specific background, experience and expertise that the trainer had was evident and greatly enhanced currency of essential areas of knowledge for the course participants’.  It is evident that the trainer is involved at consultancy level for a variety of aspects that relate to outdoor expeditions and remote area operations.  Feedback from the ...  students was very positive, which has led the university to utilise the skills of delivery and expertise of the trainer over the past two years. The specialist training and case studies from the intructors extensive personal and professional experience will assist the course students in meeting their legal, professional and duty of care obligations to clients and staff in their careers going forwards and adds to and enhances other Risk Management modules that the students undergo as part of their course. Highly recommended."


Course Leader, BA (Hons) degree course (leading University degree course in its field).

Testimonials from individuals attending various OSSM courses delivered by R2Ri instructors:

“The most well informed, skilfully delivered course I’ve done in 20 years. Excellent course that will allow me to do my job better. Excellent, in depth, experience based delivery.”


"Professionalism behind the experience was outstanding"

"Awesome faculty with real world knowledge of the subject. Well presented and thorough. Worth every moment spent."

"Having several years’ experience of expedition management and delivery that have been learned ‘on the job’ in international youth development, this course consolidated that practical learning, provided me with a clear framework and really enhanced my understanding of the policies and legal contexts in which it is imperative to operate."

"I thought the content was great and covered everything I had wanted/expected from the course with lots of useful pointers for further resources and accreditation to follow up on."

"I will be recommending this course to other expedition professionals I have worked with overseas, including my previous employers in (South East Asia) who I believe would benefit greatly from this information if it could be delivered online (factoring in time zone differences)."

"...really enjoyed the course and the way you delivered it...Thank you once again."


"Good looking at case studies other than usual ‘headliners’.


"Enjoyed lecture format, good opportunities for discussion. R2Ri PowerPoint was very useful and well put together."


"Very useful and informative...excellent knowledge with real experience."


"Eye opening ... Feel better equipped for future projects."


"Fantastic!""Very good and appropriate."


"Massive learning on every aspect off offsite safety delivered in an extremely accessible way."


"Efficient, thorough, personable, clear."


“Learned lots.”


“All excellent.”


“Very good.”


“...very helpful for understanding what to consider for expedition/activity risk assessments.”


“ I would recommend this course as I have found it very helpful.”


“...huge expansion of knowledge.”


“Directly related to degree and future work”


“...I now have lots of useful info for the future.”


“Very informative and broken up well... I would recommend it.”


“Everything included was very relevant and fundamental within the outdoors - it covered all the aspects I needed.”


“Loved the applied case examples !”


“It provides info you wouldn’t have considered before. Puts you in best possible position.”


“It expanded my knowledge in leading groups and what legal and safety processes need to be in place... it was very easy to follow with a chilled out approach.”


“Very clear delivery and good, appropriate use of the presentation. Thought all the content was necessary and appropriate.”


“It opened my mind on what to consider going forwards.”


“...it was was extremely interesting and has given me more knowledge regarding risk management.”


"The Course was 300% better than I expected."


"Fantastic Course."


"The Course was very interesting and taught in a good way to understand."


"Objective achieved."


"Good pace with plenty of relevant info."


"Great Course. Great Instructor."


"Very effective teaching."


"You have one excellent teacher there."


"The presentation was brilliant, clear and easy to understand. The delivery was also fantastic, clear, knowledgeable and easy to listen to. there were also pictures, handouts, and useful equipment provided throughout, enhancing our learning and understanding."


"Extremely worthwhile, it gave me the tools and knowledge to understand how to protect myself while working outdoors, and improve my understanding of correct protocols to follow to get myself and the group out of dangerous and potentially hazardous situations. The use of direct examples, and extensive knowledge of the man running the course helped cement the information, and give the information more meaning."


"R2Ri presented an OSSM course I attended recently. Their instructor has an engaging manner and wealth of key experience, making the course informative, approachable and enjoyable. Highly recommended."


We have trained expedition leaders, search and rescue teams, survival instructors, field workers, project managers, conservation organisations,  charities, teachers, university students, adventure travel companies and operations managers from the exploration and expedition sectors - with consistently excellent feedback.

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