Essays on Real Adventure Recreation Tragedy, Outdoor Adventure Risk Management Coursework

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The paper "Real Adventure Recreation Tragedy, Outdoor Adventure Risk Management" is a perfect example of business coursework.     Risk management as far as the issue of outdoor adventure is involved is very important. This is because some of the risks cannot be predicted and so the participants must be fully equipped to deal with any risk that may arise during such moments. This paper entails two parts. The first part entails a discussion on research involving a real adventure of a recreation tragedy while the second session entails the management of some outdoor adventure risk management.

The paper focuses in detail on the two areas of recreation adventure management. It draws together the so many aspects from the researched areas in the literature combined with some sessions in class as well as the class trips involved. There are also some aspects of comments from the media as well as some personal experiences. Real adventure recreation tragedy It has not been easy for the researchers to come up with a realistic estimate of the percentage of the probability of people being involved in outdoor tragedy during education adventures programs.

It should be noted that there is great evidence that people are usually and even most often involved in such tragedies depending on the outdoor activity involved, the organization involved, the participants, the instructors and the environment. Some of the media records have reported that such injuries and tragedies occur less often and due to that, many people have taken for granted the responsibility of taking caution against such effects (Priest & Gass, 2005). This is why some of the schools and colleges even though their students are always involved in outdoor activities, do not have a department to deal with the risks that may be involved.

The lowest fatality statistics were reported in the project adventure done for twenty years for safety which stated that its occurrence is approximately four for every million hours. This is the same as the aspect of working in insurance and real estate (Uitenbroek, 1996). The highest degree of risks is associated with the expedition which is mainly in the outdoor activities and the wilderness experiences but the rate is very low as compared to the school activities like the sports, physical education.

The rate has been minimized since the introduction of the outdoor formal education but this does not mean it has been completely eradicated. The professionals in the organization of the outdoor education activities have not been able to weigh and come up with the solution on how to eliminate the risks. This is evident by the experience we encountered on a class outdoor activity recently in Australia. Risk refers to the probability of losing a very valuable resource to a person or organization.

Two months ago the school had organized an outdoor adventure whereby all of the students were to be involved. We were basically meant to have a visit to one of the beaches in Australia. As usual, we were all ready and especially due to the fact that we were going to the beach, it was obvious many of us planned to swim and sail in the ocean. In such time due to the great excitement people have, the issue of risk management is least considered. The activity was to take a whole week since we needed to study some aspects of aquatic life.

We have always known that there are some of the risks which are inherent as far as people are concerned like the lightning strike or even contracting an illness. Thus, they may even be uncontrollable depending on some personal locus of control (Thomas, 2003). One of the mistakes we did during that activity was taking the wrong risk because we did not consider very well the risk that could be involved in the ocean.

We had a challenge which was to overcome any fear and have an outdoor class activity which was to help us to learn practically on aquatic life. This meant that we were to be involved in diving and swimming. On arrival, all was well. The first day was set aside for orientation. This is whereby we were introduced to the areas where we were to visit and the parts of the ocean we were allowed to explore all of the personal protective equipment we were to use and finally the rescue team.

Rules were also stipulated such as; it was not acceptable for any person to dive into the ocean on their own. The rule was that at least we needed to be in a group of five so that in case of anything we can be able to help each other to come out of a situation. The first three days ended without any incident. All was going well on the fourth day when all over sudden the weather changed. It was exactly at midday and we were all in different places.

I was not personally on the water but I was getting ready with four of my classmates to get in when the tides began rising and the ocean was seriously roaring (Stark, 2001). It was already scarily because the situation was helter sceptre. People were running for their lives. Within a few minutes, the situation was serious because the waves were very strong in the ocean. It is very unfortunate that even the weather forecast had not predicted that kind of happening on that day or even in the near future.


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