Courtesy of B.C. AdventureSmart Natasha Penner and PJ Richards are two of B.C. AdventureSmart’s summer staff members.

Outdoor recreation safety workshop coming to Parksville on July 5

AdventureSmart will host a ‘lunch & learn’ course to educate public about safety outdoors

Community members of Parksville-Qualicum Beach and surrounding areas are invited to a free workshop about outdoor recreation safety on July 5 at Sunrise Ridge Resort.

The workshop is hosted by AdventureSmart, an organization dedicated to helping Canadians and visitors to Canada “get informed and go outdoors!”

The 90-minute course will focus on the “Three T’s” – trip planning, training, and taking the essentials.

READ MORE: Don’t become a Search and Rescue statistic this long weekend

AdventureSmart aims to take the pressure off of Search and Rescue volunteers in British Columbia by helping individuals make responsible choices when playing in the outdoors.

“The main focus is to have everyone increase awareness so we help reduce the number and severity of rescue calls in the province of B.C.,” said co-ordinator Sandra Riches.

“We have more Search and Rescue calls in BC than the rest of Canada put together.”

The workshop is geared towards people who work in hospitality, tourism, and outdoor recreation industries, but anyone with an interest in outdoor recreation safety is welcome. Riches hopes that by getting community leaders involved, they can act as ambassadors of outdoor safety in their interactions with guests, customers, and others.

“It’s kind of passing the baton, so to speak, so that they can share that responsibility and increase the public’s awareness about being safe outdoors,” said Riches.

READ MORE: Fatalities take their toll on volunteers as Search and Rescue calls climb

The short workshop will be theory focused and take place in a classroom setting. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch, as well as a laptop or smartphone, wear comfy clothes, and get ready to learn.

Sunrise Ridge Resort is located at 1175 Resort Dr. in Parksville. The workshop will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. To register contact Sandra at bccoordinator@adventuresmart.ca.

The B.C. AdventureSmart is funded by the B.C. Search and Rescue Association. They work together with BCSARA and Emergency Management B.C.

emily.vance@pqbnews.com

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