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Outdoor Adventure Education Standard of Practice Review

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Outdoor adventure education in Safra Yishun. (SCREEN CAPTURE: Google Maps)

SINGAPORE — Changes are underway for Outdoor Adventure Education (OAE) in Singapore, with a review of its accreditation framework among suggested improvements.

The Association for Outdoor Learning and Adventure Education (OLAE) said in a press release on Tuesday (January 18th) that it was working with various stakeholders to create improvements for the OAE sector.

It invites experts from other disciplines, as well as key stakeholders such as the National Youth Council-Outward Bound Singapore, to participate in discussions on safety and training standards.

Suggestions include a review of OLAE’s standard of practice and its accreditation framework to ensure quality service standards are met among service providers.

The proposed changes come after the tragic death of a 15-year-old Anglo-Chinese (independent) school pupil in Safra Yishun in February last year, after he allegedly lost his footing while taking part in a high level.

According to OLAE, there are about 40 OAE service providers in Singapore, which organize activities for students and adults. In 2019, around 2,000 OAE activities were held in the city-state.

“The number of activities has slowed a lot because of the pandemic, but we expect 2022-2023 to see a rebound. As such, we thought it would be timely to review our industry standards and protocols,” said OLAE Secretary Delane Lim.

The proposals come three years after OLAE launched its first industry practice standard in 2018, to provide operational and competency guidelines as well as technical benchmarks for OAE activities.

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