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Montreat College Virtuoso Series 2 Day Outdoor Recreation Management, Insurance & Law Program

2 packed Days with information you can put to use immediately. Information compiled from 30 years in court and 45 years in the field.get_outside_12066-2

Whatever type of Program you have, you’ll find information and answers to your risk management, insurance and legal questions.

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Get these Questions Answered

What has changed in the law Concerning Releases? What states still allow releases and which ones do not. What changes have been made in how releases are written? How can you make sure your release is not as affected by these changes?

Everyone is excited about Certificates of Insurance. Why this excitement is not valid and why most of them don’t work. What must you do to make a certificate of insurance work for your program?

What is an assumption of risk document and why are they important. How can your website be used to prove assumption of the risk.

How should you write a risk management plan that does not end up being used against you in court?

How do you handle an accident so it does not become a claim or a lawsuit.

Put February 24 & 25th on your Calendar Now.

Course Curriculum

1.    Assumption of the Risk

1.1. Still a valid defense in all states

1.2. Defense for claims by minors in all states

1.3. Proof of your guests assuming the risk is the tough part.

1.3.1.   Paperwork proves what they know

1.3.1.1.       Applications

1.3.1.2.       Releases

1.3.1.3.       Brochures

1.3.2.   The best education is from your website

1.3.2.1.       Words

1.3.2.2.       Pictures

1.3.2.3.       Videos

2.    Releases

2.1. Where they work

2.1.1.   Where they work for kids

2.2. Why they work

2.2.1.   Contract

2.2.2.   Exculpatory Clause

2.2.3.   Necessary Language

2.2.4.   What kills Releases

2.2.4.1.       Jurisdiction & Venue

2.2.4.2.       Assumption of the Risk

2.2.4.3.       Negligence Per Se

2.2.4.4.        

3.    Risk Management Plans

3.1. Why yours won’t work

3.2. Why they come back and prove your negligence in court

3.2.1.   Or at least make you look incompetent

3.3. What is needed in a risk management plan

3.3.1.   How do you structure and create a plan

3.3.2.   Top down writing or bottom up.

3.3.2.1.       Goal is what the front line employee knows and can do

4.    Dealing with an Incident

4.1. Why people sue

4.2. What you can do to control this

4.2.1.   Integration of pre-trip education

4.2.2.   Post Incident help

4.2.3.   Post Incident communication

You can decided how your program is going to run!blind_leading_blind_pc_1600_clr

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Put the date on your calendar now: February 24 and 25th 2017 at Montreat College, Montreat, NC 28757

$399 for both days and the book!

For more information contact Jim Moss rec.law@recreation.law.com

To register contact John Rogers , Montreat College Team and Leadership Center Director, jrogers@montreat.edu (828) 669- 8012 ext. 2761

 

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Still Time to Register for my Ski Area Operations Risk Management Course at Colorado Mountain College this Fall

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Whether you’ve been procrastinating or have been too busy to register, we won’t hold it against you. There is still a little time to register for Fall classes. The semester begins Monday, August 29th! Check out class schedules and register today.

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I start teaching tomorrow: Ski Area Operations Risk Management

Hurry and sign up you’ll get 45 hours of me for the price of 3.

Colorado Mountain College Ski Area Operations Risk Management

Program at a Glance

Degree: Ski Area Operation (AAS)

Certificates: Ropeway Maintenance Technician, Ski Patrol Operations, and Slope and Trail Maintenance

Cost: $57/credit-hour (in-district), $373/credit-hour (out-of-state)

Oh you can feel sorry for the 19 & 20 year students will be suffering with me for 45 hours this fall.

Fridays: Leadville, Colorado

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (plus a lunch break)

This also means for the next ten (10) Fridays I’ll be unavailable by phone or email for most of the day. Call or email and I’ll get back to you during a break.

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Every legal problem does not have to have a legal solution. Sometimes you can just think!

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Damned if you do, Damned if you don’t really means you need to think

harder. Don’t make a rule or requirement; create a solution, solve the problem. Incentivize your employees to get training, advanced first aid training, and you avoid the legal problems and create a better work environment. Make a rule live and die by it. Provide training, incentive’s hire right and you don’t need the rule.

An article was posted recently about how outfitters and guides are damned if they do and damned if they don’t.  The issue was whether the outfitter should require their employee/guides to have first aid training. Legally, the answer was a mixed bag; whatever decision you the outfitter made would both increase and decrease your risk. The article was 100% correct………legally.

However, that is not the end of the discussion (it was the end of the article). There are several ways you could have guides who have first aid training without making a rule.

1.   The easiest way is to hire guides with first aid training. It does not have to be a requirement; it is just something you look for in an employee.

2.   You could provide incentives to your employees to go get first aid training. You could provide paid study time, study help or even pay for successfully passing a first aid training course. All are relatively cheap, provide a great benefit to both the guide and the employee, provide your guests with first aid trained guides and not put your neck in a noose.

3.   You can pay guides more who are first aid trained. Simply, the more training you have the more money you can make. Basic first aid provider with an eight-hour card is paid less than an EMT.

4.   You can make first aid training a requirement for promotions or pay raises. If you say that your chances of getting a pay raise or a promotion is greater with first aid training do you think your employees will go get trained?

5.   You can do the training yourself. One ski area I worked at became an EMT instructional organization and twice a week provided free EMT classes to its employees. By the end of the ski season, the number of EMT’s doubled on the ski patrol.

You can take a Red Cross Instructor course and the required first aid courses and quite soon become a Red Cross first aid instructor.

Teaching your guide’s first aid is the best first aid training your guests could ever hope for. Your guides will be trained in the problems your business sees. They will be trained with the equipment you carry and use. (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come across a problem and dug through someone else’s first-aid kit hoping they had a particular item.)

English: First aid training dummies.

English: First aid training dummies. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Your guides trained by you in the real problems they may face with the equipment they will be

using.

Here are five simple solutions to the problem. All solve the problem without creating a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation. More importantly you have created an incentive in your employees without making rules, to help your employees and your business get better!

Do Something

Remember Marketing makes promises that Risk Management has to pay for? Man times outfitters advertise the first aid training of their guides; that is Marketing. What if you have made the promise that your guides do have first aid training? What if they don’t?

An example of how that could occur?

You advertise that each trip will have at least one EMT on the trip. The trip has four guides; one EMT and three basic first aiders.  Halfway through the trip the EMT is evacuated. The trip can go on with three guides. However, what is going to have if someone is injured after the EMT has left the trip?

Have you not broken one of your own marketing rules? Have you not breached the standard of care you advertised to your guests?

You can always answer your quest’s questions. “Yes, we try to have an EMT on every trip, and all of our guides have first aid training.” Answering a question is not something on your website or brochure that will come back to haunt you.

Solve the problem; don’t legally put yourself in a box to become a target.

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Risk Management is Customer Service

Loveland Ski Area 2013

PowerPoint Presentation given to the Loveland Ski Area Management Team in preparation for the 2013-2014 ski season.

Risk Management is Customer Service

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Keep customers and turn possible plaintiffs into PR teams for you

Dealing with a problem or a possible lawsuit is good customer service. Just keep it as customer service.

This article describes a major problem that Zipcar founder Robin Chase discovered and how she dealt with it.

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Zipcar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Basically, she found out that she had screwed up her pricing and had to increase her prices by 25%. She was panicked that she would lose this new company because her customers would leave. She sent out an email carefully explaining that she had screwed up, apologized and waited.

The next day she went to work not knowing if she would have any customers.

When I opened the door to the office, one of the employees flashed me the thumbs-up. We had 21 replies. Nineteen of them said, “You know, we thought it was way too cheap. We love the service–don’t worry about it.” Two people wrote angry letters. I called both, apologized, and explained that the company could not survive at those prices. Neither one quit. One even went on to become one of our biggest champions and did a lot of PR for us.

Think about it, a phone call took a mad customer and turned them into a champion for your business.

Zipcar is a success, now owned by Avis and so is Robin Chase!

This same issue works for injured people at your recreation program. Nothing changes when a guest is injured that they are now plaintiffs. If they have not changed, then why should we change or change how we deal with them.

1.   Immediately deal with the problem.

2.   Immediately solve the problem if you can.

3.   If you can’t solve the problem, solve all the little irritating issues that you can.

4.   Be honest

5.   Don’ run away, don’t hide, don’t pass on the problem.

Deal with it!

See Robin Chase: How I Survived a Huge Screw-up

More ideas on dealing with disasters

10 Signs of Great Risk Management               http://rec-law.us/sUzpHT

7 Mistakes Made by People who are called Defendant       http://rec-law.us/stli09

Crisis Response                                           http://rec-law.us/ul6Nrl

Reasons Why People Sue                              http://rec-law.us/uZ5RKR

Ten Commandments of Dealing with People in a Crisis       http://rec-law.us/KoI8Xo

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News Week of June 3, 2013

Update on what is happening outside with a legal and risk management slant

Legal

Minors and Releases

PowerPoint presentation I gave on the legal issues of minor’s and releases. Where can a parent sign away a minor’s right to sue and where that will not work.

See http://rec-law.us/ZORtCW

 

Good News ASI was dismissed from the lawsuit

Bad news, the post-accident investigation proved the college was negligent according to the court.

This is a follow-up to the article, I wrote Bad luck or about time, however, you look at this decision, you will change the way you work in the Outdoor Recreation Industry. The original article was about a motion to dismiss which the defendant safety audit company lost.

This article is the result of a motion for summary judgment filed on behalf of the defendant auditor which the court granted.

See http://rec-law.us/131HKWH

 

Paddlesports

Chart if you don’t know.

Infographic: How to pick the perfect campsite on a paddling trip. Of course you missed dinner and got attached by bugs by the time you followed this. Memorize it and enjoy the trip.

See http://rec-law.us/18CDJxY

 

Cycling

Cycling v. Smoking

Cyclists don’t get sick, smokers cost employers $5.8 K a year $3K in lost time and $2K in health care costs.

See http://rec-law.us/11l0sHn

 

Infographic title is The complete guide to interval training. Graphic helps you choose which types of training and why.

See http://rec-law.us/ZOQq6f

 

Bike share programs work

Does bike share programs work. This infographic would seem to indicate it does. Although no city has the breath of Paris, it is amazing how successful the program is in many US cities.

See http://rec-law.us/16GCgqW

 

Bike commuting is growing in the US

Infographic of where bike commuting is growing. Portland of course is through the roof, 443%, San Fran at 258% is impressive. There are a lot of places with large growth that the whole concept would seem to be foreign. Looking good.

See http://rec-law.us/11AN80h

 

Whose city is it?

Video of a man who is determined to stop bike theft in NYC. How, he buys and installs his own bike rack on the sidewalk. This is awesome. He dresses up, puts out cones and everyone ignores him because he looks like a city worker.

But he got caught and had to remove it.  This is the stupid part. A perfectly good bike rack has to be removed because it probably is not on some city bureaucrat’s planning map.

See http://rec-law.us/19t3Ia7

 

Cycling saves money

Study out of the #UK shows that people who commute to work by bike have half the sick days. Cyclists have 2.4 sick days per year compared to the national average of 4.5 sick days.

See http://rec-law.us/11EI4rT

 

Bike shop owners are old white males

Bike shop owners are white males

NBDA (National Bicycle Dealers Association) report shows that “89% of bike shop owners are men, 96% are white, 66% are baby boomers (age 48 to 67) and 26% Gen X (age 26-47).”

See http://rec-law.us/131chny

 

Cycling is Growing

However growth is in the women and minorities community! “League of American Bicyclists and the Sierra Club also reports that people of color are playing a key role in shifting transportation demand toward safer, more equitable and more accessible bicycling in their communities.”

See http://rec-law.us/16vPmHn

 

Mountaineering

New National Alpine Club being formed in Kazakh

New Alpine club is being formed, the Kazakh Alpine Club. In most European countries alpine clubs hold a lot of power, some are supported by their governments.

See http://rec-law.us/11GVCZM

 

Environment

Beautiful surf shots….if you can ignore the ocean pollution.

See http://rec-law.us/11hSygR

 

Golf Courses going Green

Golf courses are recognizing they are green oasis and working to be better at protecting our world. They are saving money doing it also.

See http://rec-law.us/13jqqOr

 

Google Street View finds the Galapagos

#Google street view finds the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos are extremely fragile and over run. Will this help or hurt?

See http://rec-law.us/11pkPpV

 

Private effort to create massive park

Money raising is on-going to create the largest park in the US. The 500,000 acre American Prairie Reserve has raised 20% of the funding and received several gifts of land. The plan is to put a large segment of the US prairie back to what it was.

See http://rec-law.us/11mVv3I

 

This a very interesting article on many fronts

The main story is a woman fell hiking in the Pyrenees mountains of France. She fell over 1000’. When rescuers found her body it had been devoured by vultures, Bones, clothes and shoes were the only thing left.

Why is just as interesting. Because of mad cow disease, all dead livestock must be incinerated. Vultures are finding it difficult to feed with no livestock carcasses.

Another result is the vultures are attacking animals now and farmers are saying they should be killed for threatening livestock. As well as the vultures are spreading their range across Europe and being found in areas they did not formerly habitat.

See http://rec-law.us/18Gxycl

 

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