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2021: End Of Year Round - Up

​Mountain Leader/Exped Leader: “More useful than all the other medical courses I have done, combined !”

As the UK’s Centre of Excellence for Operational Remote Area Risk and Remote Area Medical training, with a unique Faculty of genuine subject matter experts, 2021 was a very busy year, operating responsibly under Covid pressures, delivering risk management and remote area medical training both face to face and virtually, to clients across the Globe, from risk management/ remote area fieldwork safety training for jungle fieldwork safety managers in South America Government Agencies, those running Space related projects, Polar Guides based in Canada and Norway, hostile environment media safety training operators based overseas, to NGO senior staff, training security managers in Afghanistan in incident response, to delivering medical training to the U.K. Environment Agency (leading to excellent real world outcomes in a serious RTC - unrelated to EA Operations), Military Medics, those operating in Jungles, Deserts, heading to the Poles and cold and mountainous regions... in addition to our research work in partnership with leading academic institutions.

International Mountain Leader: “Hands down best course I’ve done in my career so far.”

Huge thanks to Clients, Faculty, Partners and supporters for your continued enthusiasm, loyalty, return business and incredibly flattering feedback - 🙏 - what is particularly flattering is the very effusive feedback from those who have attended training with other well known U.K. and overseas providers, who have then come to us for training - and told us how well we compare in comparison. We always strive to go that one step further and the high levels of repeat clients - who are some of the leaders in their field, proves the point.

Medic level programmes include our ‘Core Four’

Non Medic version programmes:

One of the highlights of 2021, was our the formalising of our exclusive partnership in the remote area medical and remote area risk management fields, with the National Outdoor Centre, Plas y Brenin, Snowdonia. This was the culmination of testing and observing our expertise at the highest level (observed over many years), with our services, conferences and courses being trialled by senior (and hugely experienced) staff from PyB.

Expect to see more - and more collaborations in 2022. The new Water Safety for Expedition Leaders course, launched in 2021, is one output from that partnership.

2021 saw us train hundreds of (masked) delegates (with HEPA filters running) on many courses, in all types of weather, training designed to allow delegates and those in their care, to operate safely in remote areas and discharge their Duty of Care.

This saw our team delivering courses including:

Off Site Safety Management : Our very unique delivery of the OSSM course is internationally acclaimed and we’ve taught delegates across the globe with our extremely well received and reviewed online delivery (live by zoom). Clients regularly rate the course as unparalleled and the best risk management course they’ve done. We continue to deliver the majority of OSSM courses as live face to face courses.

Our unique, Medical School accredited Wilderness First Responder - with a visit to our friends in Mountain Rescue. We teach WFR from an up to date perspective. We aren’t in the 1990’s anymore and those responsible for medical provision in the field should be aware of and have access to up to date, simple, lightweight, cost effective and fit for purpose kit… whilst being able to operate without it - and to improvise.

Including the first Shoulder Dislocation Reduction trainer in the U.K. On our WFR courses, we have experienced, multi disciplinary medic level Faculty cycling through delivery, that have real world experience, not simply WFR’s teaching what they have been taught, without awareness of medical good practice and risks. Our delivery is underpinned by experienced medics (experienced AS medics), up to date research - evidence based medicine and experience… and latest delivery adjuncts/simulation/trainers

Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support

Prolonged Field Care

Writing & Testing Emergency Plans

Advanced Wilderness Life Support

Resilient Performance in Remote Areas - Psychologist delivered, with field tools and dejection all feedback …

High Risk/ Hostile Environment Team Leader; ‘Would recommend without doubt. This course is a must have for all Team Leaders/Project Managers & HR Managers in my field.’

‘Absolutely first class’


‘Heavily recommended’

‘Would definitely recommend’

‘Extremely useful … exceeded expectations’ ‘Maximising the mental performance potential for any mentor or participant in small group deployments or expeditions or anyone looking to maximise their own performance’

Risk Assessment

Road Traffic Collisions in remote areas

The UK’s First NAEMT All Hazards Disaster Response course.

Celox Academy

Stop The Bleed


And plenty of other other courses and content - including lecturing on the newly launched ISO:31030 Travel Risk Management standard that team members were involved in … complementing out extensive experience of involvement in other expedition and fieldwork safety standards such as BS:8848.

As clients have come to expect from us, we deliver unique & leading courses, combining top academics, instructors and operational staff.

We also ran a virtual delivery of the C:ORE Risk Conference, with delegates and speakers attending from across the globe.

We provided Consultancy - both in medical fields including to cutting edge medical device and pre hospital equipment manufacturers (including Rigloo, who we have supported with input over several years).

A Rigloo …

Our team of expert remote Area Risk managers also provided audit services against BS:8848 - the standard for overseas expeditions and fieldwork for organisations wanting to achieve compliance with this leading standard.

Team members were also invited to write content for and edit elements of a new edition of the leading text for remote and expedition medics, three were appointed to Wilderness Medical Society Committees - Operational Medicine, Expedition Medicine and Global Health, one more team member made a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and another a member of our the Explorers Club.

We’ve maintained relationships with overseas collaborators, with covid seeing some delays to planned new courses. March 2023 will now see some very organic and complementary collaborations delivered by us on U.K. soil. Other courses, which we are collaborating on, with other partners, in the mental health and incident response field, will launch June 2022.

We’ve supported Ultra High Net Worth exped companies to NGO’s, Veteran’s Charities to space research, Adventure Races to leading U.K. and overseas schools, the Environment Agency to Polar explorers (lots of these !) and many, many more. Those who have come to us for training in 2021 will be operating in jungles, Deserts, under the sea, atop mountains, in Hostile and austere environments as well as polar (some currently there !).

The end of the year saw us finalise a piece of research on Prolonged Field Care (the Paper will be published in 2022), which has relevance for expeditions and space exploration (indeed, we will be training team members for the UK’s First Analogue space mission in early 2022 and running support elements to the mission simulation in the first half of 2022.

Our training and advice is proven, underpinned by experience and qualifications, highly sought after and … it works.

Exceptional testimonials and repeat customer from already very experience and highly respected remote area medics and risk management professionals.

Join us in 2022 for new courses, new experiences and much, much more.. we will be telling you about that in a 2022 look forward post next week :).

2022 course dates are open for booking, with more dates being added soon…

Have a safe day, every day.


From all the team at Remote Area Risk International.


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