March 10, 2015
10. Standard of Care in Recreation
Determining the standard of care is industry specific. So what does it look like in Recreation?
In keeping with the overall theme of this blog, ‘keep it simple’, I’ve distilled the issues down to the ‘5 Key Risk Areas’:
Supervision & Instruction
Facilities & Equipment
In this blog we’ll explore ‘Supervision & Instruction’
As somewhat of a disclaimer – remember the title of the blog (Negligence Simplified)! Thus the focus here is on the KEY issues, and not all the issues!
Key Issues in Supervision & Instruction:
1. Quality of supervision
In short: Hire qualified supervisors/ instructors
2. Quantity of supervision
In short: Establish reasonable supervision ratios that are based on activity type, space size, activity risk level, age and number of participants.
3. Lesson plans and progressions
In short: If you are offering higher risk programs which involve instruction, instructors should follow lesson plans (or standard protocols) which document progressive instruction.
In the next blog, we’ll look at the Key Issues in Training.
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