LEAP 2021: Running Your Challenge Course in the Age of Covid
511 Lions Club Rd
511 Lions Club Rd, Dundas, ON L9H 3L3, Canada
Operating a challenge course during COVID times requires more than wearing a mask and squirting hand sanitiser between participants. This session will present a holistic overview of the large and small changes that organizations need to make in their delivery of group initiatives, low ropes, high ropes, and climbing wall programs to comply with public health guidance. Be prepared to re-consider everything from your staffing model and participant ratios to the activities you do on a whale watch.
Session Date: April 16, 2021
Workshop Leader: Kathy Haras, Ph.D.
Kathy is Vice President and Principal Consultant for Adventureworks! Associates Inc. She has been facilitating outdoor adventure experiences for over 20 years. Kathy has worked with a variety of clientele including; youth, corporate management teams, people with disabilities, and Olympic athletes.
Kathy holds Bachelors’ degrees in Outdoor Recreation and Natural Science, a Masters Degree in Recreation Administration and a Ph.D. in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences from Texas A&M University. Kathy has taught at McMaster, Brock, and Lakehead Universities. Kathy is the former editor of Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education. Kathy is co-author of the textbook Aerial Adventure Environments: The Theory and Practice of the Challenge Course, Zip Line, and Canopy Tour Industry.
Kathy is a TSSA licensed ADMR-Zip Line Mechanic and an ACCT certified Level 2 Inspector. Kathy is former Chair of the ACCT Design, Performance, and Inspection Standards Committee and a current member of the ACCT Technical Information, Research, and Education Committee. She is also a member of the OPHEA Climbing Standards Writing Team. Kathy regularly consults with school boards, camping associations, and regulators on standards related issues.
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