This unit (SOL1002) focuses on the safe conduct of outdoor education/recreation experiences for individuals and groups. Students will develop skills to identify and assess potential risks for dependant groups, and implement safe practice in various outdoor activities and environments. They will gain an understanding of legal and organisational policy which governs safe outdoor industry practice in Australia, as well as practice incident response skills in remote or wilderness environments. Students are required to complete a nationally recognised wilderness first aid course to pass this unit. Off campus field teaching in this unit may require a levy for incidental fees for accommodation, transport and camping.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate safe practice of outdoor education/recreation activities;  
  2. Identify and assess potential risks to individuals and groups in a range of outdoor activities;  
  3. Enact effective responses to varied incidents in remote areas; and,  
  4. Collate and respond to legal and organisational policy on safe outdoor education/recreation practice.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Other Complete wilderness first aid qualification (hurdle task) 0%
Exercise Completion of multiple choice questions relating to online content 20%
Presentation Incident scenario evaluation and response 20%
Practicum Field teaching 1 practical skills and knowledge 30%
Practicum Field teaching 2 practical skills and knowledge 30%
All unit field practicums are Hurdle Tasks that must be completed in full to pass the unit. Any failure to complete practicums due to ill health, injury or crisis will require that the practicum be made up in a subsequent delivery.

Required reading

Freedom of the Hills 9th edn
Linxweiler, E & Maude, M, 2017
Mountaineers Books, Seattle, Washington

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