Within Outdoor and Adventurous activities, is risk perception a barrier to participation and how can we overcome this to encourage participation as a fundamental part of curriculum?

Faced with teachers who see the risk factor of participation too high and not worth the experience relating to the bigger picture of study, it has seemed that a ‘not on my watch’ attitude has been generated. Students on the other hand are predominantly the ones whose perception of risk is lower and their fear factor isn’t as great. I feel that by educating people within all levels of education about the benefits and extreme safety procedures met by Outdoor professionals, this will encourage further participation and enhance the personal and academic development of young people across the country.