Outdoor safety program tours China

Updated:2017-06-12 09:43:11

Outdoor safety program tours China

Some of outdoor enthusiasts and practitioners take a group photo after a safety seminar, organized by the Chinese Mountaineering Association (CMA), ends in Hefei, East China's Anhui province, June 10, 2017. Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn

  Nearly 300 people involved in outdoor activities on Saturday attended a seminar on outdoor safety and environmental ethics in Hefei, capital city of East China's Anhui province.

  As the second leg of this year's safety seminar tour, the event was part of the Chinese Mountaineering Association (CMA)'s Outdoor Safety Educational Program initiated in 2013. It aims to train field leaders and enable people to enjoy their outdoor recreation like hiking, mountain biking and mountaineering safely across the county.

  Four certified senior trainers gave lectures on topics including wilderness first aid and environmental protection.

  The seminar was open to the public, to encourage more people to learn how to mitigate risks and make less impact on nature.

  The attendees left with free safety materials including the Outdoor Safety Handbook compiled by the CMA.

  Trainer Shi Jian said it was the third time he shared his outdoor knowledge and experience with other practitioners and enthusiasts.

  Shi, who works as a field guide and founded a local outdoor club, said he was pleased with the seminar.

  "It gives outdoor practitioners a chance of face-to-face communications to promote the same value and necessity of safe outdoor activities."

  China has seen a surge in popularity of outdoor activities in recent years. About 130 million people participate in activities like hiking, rock climbing and mountain climbing each year, according to statistics issued by the Chinese Alliance for Outdoors and Explorations in 2016.

  This made the issue of safe participation in outdoor activities a priority for the CMA, as an increasing number of outdoor accidents were reported each year. In 2016, 64 people were killed in outdoor activities, an increase of 45.4 percent compared to 2015.

  Wang Yunlong, the acting head of CMA's training department, said the move to initiate the national Outdoor Safety Educational Program is to raise safety awareness.

  "Since the program was carried out in 2013, we have developed an amount of safety educational materials and manuals in digital, audio and paper forms," he said. "But one of the problems we faced is how to get these safety tips to reach the outdoor enthusiasts and enable more people to see them."

  The touring seminars have became one of the most effective ways to solve the problem, as most attendees are guides, leaders and club founders who can then spread their advanced professional knowledge to the public, according to Wang.

  From 2013 to 2016, 56 seminars have been held in 26 provinces and municipalities in China. More than a dozen are scheduled this year.

  Apart from touring seminars, the CMA also organized safety training courses for outdoor recreation practitioners. These courses, based on industry standards, provide comprehensive information focused on the roles and responsibilities of outdoor leaders.