Since 1965, Northwest Outward Bound School has served tens of thousands of students on wilderness expeditions. Safety is a top priority for us. We are proud of our excellent safety record over that time and continuously review and refine our safety policies to maintain that record. While it is important to recognize that there are real risks associated with participating in outdoor activities, learning to manage those risks is also a part of every course. Each student is expected to play a role in their own safety by adhering to the rules, policies, and procedures set up by the instructors and staff members while at Northwest Outward Bound School.
Our risk management efforts include: periodic safety reviews of courses, stringent hiring requirements and annual instructor evaluations, the development of comprehensive program plans and emergency response plans, and the requirement that our instructors be certified as Wilderness First Responders. Even with these measures, risk of serious injury, property damage and death cannot be eliminated. While we cannot completely eliminate these risks, our focus on risk management allows participants to face challenges, to travel into remote areas and to meet success.