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We are very proud of our sector leading Partnerships, whether that is with leading establishments in our sectors, to academia. It is testament to the quality and international standing of our work, that we have partnerships with The National Outdoor Centre, Plas y Brenin, as their exclusive partner in the remote area medical and remote area risk management fields and also leading academic establishments in their respective fields such as the Institute for Disaster Risk Reduction at UCL and the Institute for Applied Human Physiology at Bangor University.




Plas y Brenin and Remote Area Risk International Join Forces to Deliver Specialist Training for Outdoors Professionals



National Outdoor Centre, Plas y Brenin and remote area medical, risk and travel risk experts Remote Area Risk International are partnering to provide professional level, sector leading training solutions for individuals and organisations operating in the outdoor sector.


Together they will support one another in the delivery of technical outdoor skills, remote area medical, risk and water safety training, in an initiative that will bring a unique and market leading offering to their respective specialist sectors.


As leaders in their fields, the partnership enables them to bring to market exciting educational initiatives for the benefit of individuals and organisations operating in the   outdoor activity, adventure travel, expedition, education and remote area operations fields.


The first course following the initiative, will be a Wilderness First Responder delivered by Remote Area Risk International, run from Plas y Brenin’s iconic base in Snowdonia 10-16 May.


Under the exclusive partnership, Plas y Brenin becomes the sole provider of technical skills in mountain and water safety to Remote Area Risk International and in turn Remote Area Risk International becomes the sole provider of remote area and expedition wilderness medical and risk management training to Plas y Brenin. 


Plas y Brenin Director of Learning and Development, Loel Collins coments: “As a leading training organisation in the outdoor sector known for our high calibre, sector leading training, we have worked closely with Remote Area Risk International over the last four years and know them to have the same high standards as ourselves. As a result, we have firsthand experience of their capabilities and we are delighted that an opportunity has arisen for us to work closely together. Remote Area Risk International is the right organisation to work alongside us to deliver high quality, cutting edge sector leading training.”


Matthew Davies FRGS, Director at Remote Area Risk International commented: “As recognised centres of expertise in our respective fields, we are delighted to be working closer with Plas y Brenin. We understand each other’s ethos and motivations and have the same desire to deliver best in class training. In the longer term, the working arrangement will allow us to identify and develop new training offerings, where sector gaps exist to ensure we are at the forefront of delivering the most current, relevant and effective training.”


“It is an exciting and innovative collaboration and we look forward to bringing the combined efforts of our expertise for the benefit our staff, respective clients and sectors.”


Plas y Brenin will continue to provide two and three-day Rescue Emergency Care First Aid courses, and Remote Area Risk will provide more advanced Pre Hospital Care and medical level training opportunities.


The first joint collaboration is an expedition/fieldwork specific water safety course, which has been developed to fill a gap between existing water safety courses (where participants are not intending to enter the water but do, for a variety of reasons) at one end of the scale and Swift Water Rescue training (for professional responders) at the other end of the spectrum. 


Those in the field may need to operate in or cross rivers, for instance, which this training seeks to address. This course will also form a module on Remote Area Risk International’s new Wilderness Risk Technician/Remote Area Risk Technician Programmes. Plas y Brenin will deliver the water module and be involved in the delivery of a number of other modules in those programmes.


More high level qualifications are in the pipeline between Remote Area Risk International and Plas y Brenin experts on courses and modules relevant to remote area, fieldwork, expedition, remote area media/ TV, education and exploration sectors (and more).


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About Plas y Brenin 


Plas y Brenin National Outdoor Centre was founded in 1955 and is a world-renowned provider of adventure sports training. From a base in the scenic heart of Snowdonia, Plas y Brenin’s work is focused on developing inspiring coaches, instructors and leaders in adventure sport, be they volunteers or working professionally in the sector, to better support people, from all backgrounds, to get active in the outdoors.


The centre also offers an extensive programme of personal skill development courses in rock climbing, hillwalking and mountaineering, kayaking, canoeing, sea kayaking and mountain biking. The centre also delivers a diverse and vibrant events programme, with adventure talks, environmental lectures, mountain safety lessons and sector-leading conferences. 


Owned by Sport England, Plas y Brenin is operated on their behalf by the educational charity, the Mountain Training Trust (MTT); a not-for-profit charity founded by the British Mountaineering Council, Mountain Training UK and Mountain Training England. The charity was formed specifically to run the centre and ensure delivery of world-class training and encourage more people to get active in the outdoors, regardless of their abilities or experience. 


To find out more about Plas y Brenin’s comprehensive course programme, facilities, business and educational services please visit    


Remote Area Risk International 


Remote Area Risk International is a leading provider of remote area pre hospital care, medical, risk and travel risk training and services. Their team have expertise delivering risk management training and services widely across the globe. Their medical training courses run from 7 day Wilderness First Responder (for non-medical professionals) courses, to courses for medical professionals, including Advanced Wilderness Life Support, Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support, Prolonged Field Care, Ultrasound and bespoke courses, through to expedition and remote area risk management training and support to organisations across the globe. 


Recent training recipients include delegates from Polar Guides, to remote area tv/media safety staff from leading organisations, undertaking pre deployment training, expedition leaders, government agencies, medical professionals  and more, with individuals attending from Canada, Norway, Spain, France, Kenya, Senegal, New Zealand, Sweden, Singapore, UK and further afield. Clients include TV/media, expedition, adventure travel, adventure racing companies, through to government agencies and exploration sector clients.


Remote Area Risk International medical include numerous highly experienced and operational remote area medics, drawn from diverse and highly relevant backgrounds. Faculty members sit on a number of Wilderness Medical Society (the global leader in wilderness medicine) committees including Operational Medicine (military), which includes Environmental Medicine and Prolonged Field Care, as well as on Global Health and also Expedition Medicine committees. Team members also sit on committees responsible for writing and updating a number of key safety standards related to expeditions, fieldwork, adventure travel, educational visits and travel risk management – both UK and international standards. R2Ri team members have delivered medical, risk, field safety and travel safety training for numerous NGO’s government bodies, Universities, schools, media safety specialists, through to risk managers, expedition leaders and Operations staff from leading adventure travel and expedition companies.

Press release: 16.03.21

Bangor University joins forces with remote area medical care specialists to make a difference in field emergency and disaster situations

Press release 25.10.23


































'Bangor University are partnering with medical training company Remote Area Risk International and the Institute for Remote Area Risk Management and Medicine, to improve medical care in emergency situations that occur in outdoor and remote areas, such as expeditions, military operations, and humanitarian disasters.

A key focus of the partnership is to develop effective, practical, evidence-based methods that responders can use to limit body temperature cooling during field care and other resource-limited settings.

Staff from Bangor University’s Institute for Applied Human Physiology will attend professional-level remote area medical courses run by Remote Area Risk International at the National Outdoor Centre, Plas y Brenin in Eryri/Snowdonia, North Wales. Further research and testing of prolonged field care techniques and equipment will follow, including within a specialist thermal environmental chamber at Bangor University.

Remote Area Risk International is a leader in the field of remote area medical training and risk management, whilst Bangor University has a long track record in world-class research in sport and exercise science.

The research will take place thanks to a Bangor University Innovation and Impact Award, funded by Research Wales Innovation Fund.

" We are delighted to be working with Remote Area Risk International to help develop the practical methods and training they teach in their UK-leading remote medicine and prolonged field care courses. The work is particularly rewarding, knowing that course graduates go on to apply the knowledge and technical skills learned, to improve prehospital care and reduce mortality in resource-limited settings, like expeditions and disaster zones."


Professor Sam Oliver, Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, and Director of the Institute for Applied Human Physiology, Bangor University


" We were introduced to Sam by a trusted and very experienced contact within Mountain Rescue. The team at the Institute for Applied Human Physiology have huge experience in the subject matter in question. As with everything we do, the focus is on making a positive difference to those who need it, in extremis. "


Matthew Davies FRGS, Director at Remote Area Risk International.

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