Loel Collins & Dave Collins, Institute of Coaching and Performance, School of Sport, Tourism and the Outdoors, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, United Kingdom
Risk management is an essential element of a coach’s skill set (Ferrero, 2007) and, reflecting this central role, the topic plays a small but significant part in the vast majority of coach education programs (cf. British Canoe Union, 2007). For the outdoor professional, however, risk management is a more subtle and wider ranging skill (Collins & Collins, 2012). This distinction presents challenges for the Adventure Sports Coach (ASC) who must optimally manage the inherent risks associated with Adventure Sports (AS), such as rock climbing, mountaineering, sea kayaking, white water kayaking, canoeing and caving, against the longer term developmental needs and shorter term stated goals of clients.