You see the scene. You hold up your phone. You get ready to smile. And then you slip. What happens next?
Across North America, the selfie phenomenon has been a boon to social media companies, but it’s also been cause for concern for safety organizations, as well as search and rescue professionals and volunteers. As we move into a long weekend, it seems fitting to be talking to AdventureSmart, a national prevention program focused on Canadians and visitors to Canada who participate in outdoor recreational activities.
AdventureSmart is a great organization that, in the words of their strategic plan, helps “outdoor recreationalists significantly improve their ability to make informed decisions, mitigate risk and change their behaviour so they can have a safe and enjoyable outing.”
They offer presentations on safety for all ages and for all seasons, have tips for most outdoor recreational activities, and aim to reduce the need for search and rescue operations.
Sandra Riches, the BC Coordinator for AdventureSmart, joined Defender Radio to talk selfie safety, the basics of being prepared, and what’s led to nearly 1,600 search and rescue operations taking place per year in British Columbia alone.
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