// Royal Geographical Society Off Site Safety Management Course

Our instructors have been running the Royal Geographical Society certified Off Site Safety Management course since 2007.

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).

Off Site Safety Management Students from various courses:

“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"

"...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, teachers, university students, adventure travel companies and operations managers from the exploration and expedition sectors - with consistently excellent feedback. 

// Field safety, Survival, Medical, Specialist Equipment Provision, China

Field Safety, incident and survival training as well as field safety equipment provision for a mineral exploration client in China.

 

Excellent feedback including:

 

"Compared to other... courses I have attended, this course is really outstanding. The scenarios are quite realistic (I think) and I feel a lot more confident about my ... skills.'

 

"Content of the course is very useful. Tutors are very professional."

 

Anglo gold Ashanti 

// Norwegian Arctic Circle Expedition, team building, medical training, environment specific pre departure training and standard operating procedures

Having a medical background, I wanted to ensure that any remote area first aid training was credible and effective. I noted that the R2Ri instructor had undertaken travel health and expedition medical training at Liverpool school of tropical medicine as well as holding qualifications endorsed by the royal college of surgeons Edinburgh. 

 

With previous experience of arctic climes, R2Ri trained our Norway expedition team in effective and relevant first aid and arctic environment safety as well as emergency drills. R2Ri also kitted the team with safety and emergency kit and an R2Ri instructor led the team in Norway. At all times, I felt safe and knew that if anything went wrong, we had practised and practised drills as a team and individually, covering almost all imaginable scenarios. 

 

The arctic training expedition was hard but excellent and we all returned home safely, having learned how to operate in the arctic safely with minimal kit . Several weeks later we saw that two separate groups had perished in that area shortly after we left. From reading the accounts, had they been prepared, trained and equipped as we had been, they would be here today. R2Ri prepared us thoroughly with meticulous attention to detail. The crisis response drills and aide memories were not needed but were fit for purpose. Highly recommended remote area safety experts. The training has proven useful for subsequent outdoor adventures and expeditions.

 

// Safety Training and Equipment Provision

R2Ri gave me invaluable assistance on two travelling expeditions to Namibia and Peru. Their team provided first aid expedition training, travel and field safety expertise for crossing the Namib desert and also gave expert advice on equipment and clothing for trekking in Peru.

 

I would recommend R2Ri as an expert and specialist provider in the field of travel risk advice and safety.

// Safety Training and Equipment Provision

R2Ri gave me invaluable assistance on two travelling expeditions to Namibia and Peru. Their team provided first aid expedition training, travel and field safety expertise for crossing the Namib desert and also gave expert advice on equipment and clothing for trekking in Peru.

 

I would recommend R2Ri as an expert and specialist provider in the field of travel risk advice and safety.

// Safety Training and Equipment Provision

R2Ri gave me invaluable assistance on two travelling expeditions to Namibia and Peru. Their team provided first aid expedition training, travel and field safety expertise for crossing the Namib desert and also gave expert advice on equipment and clothing for trekking in Peru.

 

I would recommend R2Ri as an expert and specialist provider in the field of travel risk advice and safety.

// Lost Person Behavior course

 "Aspects of Lost Person Behavior that can be applied in real life search and rescue."

 

"Good presentation, easy to understand."

 

"I would LOVE to do the two day course!"

 

"Excellent delivery open to questions from studen

 

"Very enjoyable class."

 

"Excellent."

 

"Many thanks for a well run and informative course." 

// Wilderness Medical and First Aid

"R2Ri trained myself and a Search and Rescue Team in remote area first aid, the instructors knowledge in the subject is extensive and the delivery of the course was fantastic".

"Compared to other courses I have attended, this course is really outstanding. The scenarios are quite realistic (I think) and I feel a lot more confident about my skills".

"Fantastic course, covering a good mix of areas of first aid for both outdoor and remote activities (and the home environment). Trainers make the course come to life with realistic outdoor practical scenarios to complement the theory. Will definitely be returning for a refresher."

"Great course delivered by experienced people working in the outdoor industry saving lives as part of their job. I will be returning. Thanks."

"An Excellently run and facilitated course, fantastic value for money and second to none."

"V. Good. Learned a lot!"

"Thank you for the past week. Thoroughly enjoyed the course."

"5 day Remote Area and Wilderness Casualty Care Course with Remote Area Risk International:

 

They say that “practice makes perfect”, and practice is exactly what I got while undertaking a recent 5 day Remote Area and Wilderness Casualty Care Course with Remote Area Risk International, in Snowdonia. The course is not a first aid course - it’s above first aid - a Pre Hospital Care Course. The course included the Faculty of Pre Hospital Care, Royal College of Surgeon’s (Edinburgh) Clinically endorsed First Response Emergency Care Level 3 qualification (the logic behind this is so you also get a well regarded qualification that also works in the non remote area world) with additional evening CPD sessions each night on wilderness related subjects, from stretcher workshop, to altitude illness, Portable Altitude Chamber use, wilderness protocols, water purification, hygiene, snake bites (suction pumps and incisions are bad, finding out what snakes (and hospital based antivenin sources) are in the area in advance and rapid evacuation with a pressure dressing - if suitable - and splinting is good) and more. 

 

The scenarios were wilderness related including an extended Search through a forest, with ongoing comms, ... and then we had to assess, treat what we found - then transport the Casualty to an extraction point notified to us by radio (prompt and appropriate communication was a theme of the course - the outside world doesn’t know you have a problem unless you tell them!) by basecamp.

 

For those of you who don’t know, FREC level 3 is an entry level qualification in the First Response Emergency Care progressive suite of courses and is a step up the ladder towards completing FREC 6 and becoming a registered paramedic. 

 

While I am mainly office based by day, I have been involved in multiple Search & Rescue teams over the years and as a result have attended numerous outdoor first aid and casualty care courses, many of which last only a few days and despite the title, are predominately run inside! Through my connection and involvement with Search & Rescue, being an avid mountaineer in my spare time and involvement in my University Wilderness Medical Society whilst a student, coupled with working overseas in remote environments,  I  have fostered a deep interest in wilderness and remote pre-hospital medicine. I have been keen to develop my skills and knowledge. I had been pondering what courses I could do beyond those offered within Search & Rescue to expand my knowledge without having to go back to University. It was then one of my Search & Rescue colleagues,  who is a medical professional with a plethora of pre-hospital experience suggested I look at the newly introduced FREC Courses. 

 

A simple online search of “FREC 3 course” will present you with numerous companies all offering similar courses with a hefty price tag. It was then I heard (very complimentary) whisperings of a company called Remote Area Risk International from colleague within the Medical and Search & Rescue communities. After much pondering I decided to bite the bullet and attend their Remote Area And Wilderness Casualty Care Course which was being offered at a very reasonable price. I can categorically say, it was not a decision I regretted. 

 

We received detailed pre course information so knew exactly what the content and timings would be.

 

From the outset I was pleasantly surprised to find that the course lasted 5 (full) days and was timetabled for 0900-2100 each day (with plenty of coffee and meal breaks)-  far more than a standard 16-hour first aid course. Excellent, immersive education - and value for money. All backed up by post course literature. Communication with R2RI was speedy, efficient and helpful, including suggestions as to where to stay while attending the course. Soon after booking, I received a rather hefty package containing pre-course reading including the Generic Core Material Prehospital Emergency Care Course Book (from the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh) and Emergency First Aid Made Easy Book (which combined are worth around £50.00). I spend much of my day job reading copious amounts of text, often not written in plain English, but both these texts provided by R2RI were good preparation for the course, accessible to a lay person like myself.

 

Regarding the location of the course, The National Mountain Centre at Plas Y Brenin in Snowdonia, was perfect. We had access to the centre’s facilities meaning we could consume copious amounts of caffeine, water and the odd snack easily. Also due to the centre’s location we were only a short distance from a true wildness setting whether it be wooded flatland, steep ground or water. The cost of accommodation was also kept (very) low by staying in R2Ri’s favoured accommodation option (which I can testify is one of the nicest I have seen - and at a remarkably cheap price.   

 

The course itself blended both the FREC syllabus required by Qualsafe (the awarding body of the FREC course) and unique wilderness elements designed and delivered by R2RI as evening CPD which was exactly how the course was sold. There is no doubt that the course I attended is very content heavy (most of which appear in an exam at the end of the course!), partly due to this course being a shorter duration than usual and therefore an intensive format. The instructors are second to none. They are all experts in their field, with years of experience in their respective fields within the remote area operations sphere. This became clear when they were talking about incidents they had been involved in and research they had conducted rather than second hand information they had read in a book. The instructors delivered lectures and ran workshops which were informative, up to date and expertly delivered; I was also particularly grateful for their handouts, both during and post course which not only covered the course content, but also supplemented it, which for curious individual like myself, was fantastic.

 

Perhaps my favourite lectures were from two very well-known names within the Wilderness Medical and Rescue communities respectively. Firstly a talk by Doctor Jim Duff a legendary expedition medic and mountaineer, now living in Australia, to lecture to us on the effects of high altitude sickness and instruct us on use of the PAC (Portable Altitude Chamber) - which he co invented, plus extremes of heat and cold on another day. Secondly, we also received a lecture from  an offshore medic and leading rope rescue expert (also trauma lead for the U.K. Rescue Organisation) on Crush injuries, Road Traffic Collisions, Suspension trauma (all of which he has published work on) and a Penthrox  Administrator qualification - a great analgesic for remote areas due to its light weight and versatility. Additional sessions were delivered by a Pre Hospital Care consultant to a government body, emergency department nurse with Mountain Rescue and arctic circle experience and a remote area Risk management specialist which has led expeditions overseas including desert and arctic circle experience.

 

While the course had in depth academic elements (namely anatomy and pathophysiology), it also a practical one, giving each of the delegates a chance to develop skill and ultimately test them in remote and pressured environments with detailed feedback at the end. We learned from our mistakes in a supportive environment - and rectified them for the next scenario.  The realism portrayed in the scenarios was astounding. Having been involved in live search and rescue incidents/callouts I can testify, they felt very real; to the point that my significant other (who is a medical professional), after viewing the photos, thought I’d been involved in real incidents! R2Ri utilised the latest (eye wateringly expensive) full body advanced life support simulation manikins and moulage. Even course participants were left wondering whether the manikin was a live actor, the first time we encountered the manikin in a scenario.

 

Overall, I would highly recommend R2RI’s Remote Area and Wilderness Casualty Care course to anyone with an interest in remote or wilderness medicine. I got exactly what I signed up for and exactly what I wanted. 

 

The course is perfect for Search and Rescue (better than the SAR Medical Courses I have attended), overseas expedition leaders, adventure travellers and outdoor instructors. The value of money is unquestionable, not only do they offer a fantastic course and plenty of “freebies” ( they call them “takeaways” - including numerous prompt cards and books,  a reusable casualty card and Jim Duff’s leading mountaineering medicine book for our backpacks), but also access to a wealth of material for post-course CPD online. We were encouraged to do 118 hours post course reading. 

 

R2RI as a company are highly professional, organized and clearly dedicated to providing quality courses, I would not hesitate to use R2RI for my FREC 4 and other courses as the opportunity arises. I definitely feel well equipped to deal with an incident in a remote area - and understand the limitations of what I can do within my skill set - so a big emphasis on planning, safety and early communications, plus getting the basics right - always and every time - is so important.

 

A.W. 2018."

// Pre - Hospital Trauma Life Support

"Excellent and well run course - a credit to NAEMT/WMS and R2Ri."

"The experience and nature of the Faculty was exceptional. This was echoed by their enthusiasm and support in all aspects of the course. I can not recommend these gentlemen higher. Excellent course, venue and overall delivery."

All exceptional.

 

Well impressed by the course itself as well as lecturers. Excellent. 

 

A very enjoyable course, excellent Faculty they provided a highly enjoyable learning environment and made us feel at ease. Thank you !

 

Considerable value added from the Faculty. This gives a context and understanding beyond what is otherwise possible.

 

Very well taught and delivered.

 

Practical scenarios in outdoor environment were excellent teaching tools.

 

Experience of instructors was fantastic.

 

Scenarios run outside the classroom added a huge amount of fidelity.

 

...the staff of R2Ri who were professional in both their teaching and delivery. Would highly recommend.

 

Great use of pressure to make a decision and to justify that decision -clinical or logistical.

 

Great idea for the teams to form and pack their own kit bags.

 

Great to see new and well maintained equipment.

 

All relevant and well run - excellent time keeping.

// Wilderness First Responder.

 

"100% one of the best things I have ever done, I can’t commend the course enough”

“Yep. Totally loved the course.   A MUST for anyone working with groups abroad and / or needing to up-skill themselves above the 16 hour Outdoor First Aid Course. Fantastic instructors, fantastic hands on kit usage and amazing venue.  Well done guys!”

“Incredible course, keep it up, so worth it, perfect”

Testimonials : Excellent ratings and feedback on our 7 day face to face element of our Wilderness First Responder programme. 

Top possible rating for each of: instructors knowledge, ability, training resources and equipment across the board.


“Excellent Knowledge and great practical practice and use”

“Instructors have been incredible”

“It has been perfect”

“Awesome course, huge knowledge base to gain from”

“Loved every moment, the instructors are incredible.”

“Brilliant course. Loads for us to take away”

“Amazing”

“I loved the course”

“Great to see, feel and use real kit”

“Brilliant instructors, obviously knowledgeable both theoretically and practically. This resulted in a very enjoyable and informative experience”

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