How do you keep my child safe?
How often are staff trained?
All Aspiro staff are required to pass a Criminal Background Check before employment. After becoming employed, staff receive intense one on one and group training in high adventure facilitation and risk mitigation. This initial training is supplemented by weekly in-service training specific to the itinerary they will embark on in addition to updates and refreshers of current protocol. All First Aid and CPR certifications are updated annually.
What type of gear is used in your outdoor education program activities?
At Aspiro, your child will be involved in many exciting and outdoor education program adventures. They will learn about themselves through the challenge of rock climbing, mountain biking, canyoneering, paddling, skiing, and expedition backpacking. All climbing and canyoneering gear meets or exceeds standards set out by the UIAA Safety Commission (International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation), the certification body for all mountaineering and climbing equipment. Mountain bikes and safety equipment are inspected before and after each use; repairs or replacements are made by qualified professionals as needed. When arriving at Aspiro your child will be outfitted with all the clothing and equipment required to make their journey safe, as well as inspiring.
What happens if there is an emergency? How does staff contact help?
All groups are outfitted with state of the art communication equipment. All group leaders carry cell phones, satellite phones, and SPOT Tracker GPS systems with them at all times. Regardless of their location, whether front or back country, our staff have the tools to get the job done. Along with this equipment, groups call in twice daily to our on call staff to communicate the location, health, and safety of their group. The risk management team and field leadership team always have contingency plans in place in the event of an emergency.
How does Aspiro ensure proper nutrition while my child is on the trail?
Each student is equipped with their own personal stove when they arrive at Aspiro. They are required to cook two hot meals a day and drink enough water to stay properly hydrated. Food intake and hydration are meticulously monitored by staff. The Aspiro diet was specifically designed in conjunction with the University of Utah’s Health Department to ensure that our student’s are not only consuming enough calories for our outdoor education activities, but that the calories they are consuming are of high quality. All students receive a weekly health check from our qualified RN or EMT. Most students find that after leaving Aspiro they are healthier and stronger than before their experience.