Kevin TavarizQueenstown Resort College

Guidelines for other organised outdoor activities

Good Practice Guidelines (GPGs) are for organised outdoor activities that are not currently covered by the Adventure Activities Regulations or the associated Activity Safety Guidelines (ASGs).

They are primarily designed for youth organisations, recreational clubs, schools, outdoor centres and commercial adventure operators and can be used by part-time and volunteer outdoor educators or instructors to help plan an activity. GPGs are particularly useful for programme managers who want to align their procedures and systems with generally accepted good practice.

Guidelines

General Guidance for Organised Outdoor Activities 

General Guidance for Organised Outdoor Activities covers all activity types and gives an overview of common safety considerations.

Overarching Risk Management Guidance

Overarching Risk Management Guidance (v2) covers overarching risk management processes and shows how the risk ratings for each GPG and activity planning template were created (see below).

Use it alongside the safety management system information to guide the development of your safety system and to ensure you understand how the GPGs and activity planning templates should be used. 

Activity Good Practice Guidelines and Activity Planning Templates

These documents are designed to be used together.

Activity Good Practice Guidelines give an overview of safety considerations for specific outdoor activities or sets of activities while activity planning templates are an editable document that can be used to create an activity safety plan. 

Good Practice Guidelines development

Good Practice Guidelines were developed as a collaborative effort led by Recreation Aotearoa and Education Outdoors NZ with help from the following individuals and groups:

Individuals

Fiona McDonald (Editor, EONZ), Fiona Ryder (Recreation Aotearoa Project Management), Working Group Facilitators - David Mangnall, Mark Smith, Liz Penman.

Working Groups

Generic Guidelines and Overnight Camping
David Mangnall, Fiona McDonald, Mark Smith, Rob MacLean

Overarching Risk Management
David Mangnall, Fiona McDonald, Mark Smith, Rob MacLean, Alex Warriner

ABL
Mark Smith and Liz Penman

Archery and Target Shooting
David Mangnall (Facilitator), Gus Johannes, Alex Warriner, Philip Seed, Manu Schijf, Jonathon Hall.

Flatwater
David Mangnall (Facilitator), Liz Thevenard, Joolz Mathews

Inland Waterway Swimming
David Mangnall (Facilitator), Liz Thevenard, Joolz Matthews, Nathan Watson, Lynley Steward

Low ropes and confidence courses
Liz Penman, Mark Smith

Map Based Activities
David Mangnall (Facilitator), Jean Cory-Wright, Russell Higham

River Activity
David Mangnall (Facilitator), Liz Thevenard, Joolz Mathews, Nathan Watson, Lynley Stewart

Sliding Activities
David Mangnall (Facilitator), Gus Johannes, Alex Warriner, Philip Seed, Debbie Wanhill, Manu Schijf, Jonathan Hall   

Tramping
David Mangnell and Bevan Smith

Funding 

Organisations who have funded this project include Education Outdoors NZ, Recreation Aotearoa, Sport New Zealand, Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust, Girls Brigade New Zealand, Scouts New Zealand and Christian Camping New Zealand. 

Template, design and video exemplar links were done by the Mountain Safety Council and web layout on the SupportAdventure website by Tourism Industry Aotearoa.