Aspiro’s Approach to Risk Management
“It’s a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” JRR Tolkien
At Aspiro, our number one priority is keeping your child safe. Outdoor activities always have an element of inherent risk and Aspiro’s trained professionals are skilled at creating an unforgettable experience providing your child with the appropriate challenge for his or her abilities while mitigating risk factors. They will develop the skills necessary to identify and confront their own risky behaviors through the constant guidance and support of their staff.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you keep my child safe?
Because safety is our priority, we have all students in line of sight at all times. We have developed group dynamics that ensure students move as a group and are together 24 hours a day. Our professionals are trained to deal with any medical emergency that may come up while on the trail. They are supported by an emergency response team, local law enforcement, emergency medical services, and Life Flight helicopter services. All staff are required to have First aid and CPR certifications and teams are supported by Wilderness First Responders and/or EMT while on the trail with your child. With our emphasis on safety, we train our staff in all aspects of risk management and the skills necessary to facilitate all high adventure activities in the safest and most impactful manner. Our Risk Management team regularly reviews and updates procedures while providing training and oversight to ensure your child is in the most capable hands.
How often are staff trained?
All Aspiro staff are required to pass a Criminal Background Check before employment. After becoming employed, staff receive intense one on one and group training in high adventure facilitation and risk mitigation. This initial training is supplemented by weekly in-service training specific to the itinerary they will embark on in addition to updates and refreshers of current protocol. All First Aid and CPR certifications are updated annually.
What type of gear is used in high adventure activities?
At Aspiro, your child will be involved in many exciting and therapeutic adventures. They will learn about themselves through the challenge of rock climbing, mountain biking, canyoneering, paddling, skiing, and expedition backpacking. All climbing and canyoneering gear meets or exceeds standards set out by the UIAA Safety Commission (International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation), the certification body for all mountaineering and climbing equipment. Mountain bikes and safety equipment are inspected before and after each use; repairs or replacements are made by qualified professionals as needed. All boating equipment adheres to regulations set out by the US Coast Guard and all gear is inspected for safety and replaced when necessary. When arriving at Aspiro your child will be outfitted with all the clothing and equipment required to make their journey safe, as well as inspiring.
What happens if there is an emergency? How does staff contact help?
All groups are outfitted with state of the art communication equipment. All group leaders carry cell phones, satellite phones, and SPOT Tracker GPS systems with them at all times. Regardless of their location, whether front or back country, our staff have the tools to get the job done. Along with this equipment, groups call in twice daily to our on call staff to communicate the location, health, and safety of their group. The risk management team and field leadership team always have contingency plans in place in the event of an emergency.
How does Aspiro ensure proper nutrition while my child is on the trail?
Each student is equipped with their own personal stove when they arrive at Aspiro. They are required to cook two hot meals a day and drink enough water to stay properly hydrated. Food intake and hydration are monitored by staff. The Aspiro diet consists of a high quality mix of backpacking food, supplemented with fresh fruits and vegetables at least twice a week, as well as vitamins offered daily. The total caloric intake is 3,000 calories per day minimum. All students receive a weekly health check from our qualified RN or EMT. Most students find that after leaving Aspiro they are healthier and stronger than before their experience.