Risk Management Courses

Most risk management training is focused on “buy insurance and avoid risk.” This often leads to missed recreation benefits due to exaggerated liability fears.

The following one day courses are delivered by Doug Wyseman.

Five (5) BCRPA Fitness CEC's are awarded to BCRPA fitness leader attendees.

♦  Managing Liability Risks for Pools and Recreation Facilities

8:30 am – 4:30 pm, December 15  |  Richmond Olympic Oval, 6111 River Road, Richmond, BC

Registration Deadline: 4 pm, November 27, 2017.  Register Now

Course Description

In late October the University of Regina was found to be liable for $9.1 million in damages as a result of a diving incident. The university argued during the trial that the pool had been rented to a swim club and depth of the pool and the height of the starting blocks met Swimming Canada guidelines. The decision highlights the importance of sound risk management policies and practices in all recreational facilities. Pools, gymnasiums and arenas should all be aware of lessons learned in this case.

The session will provide information on the Regina case as well as a number of other relevant cases stemming from a variety of parks and recreation facilities. An aquatics industry expert from the City of Richmond, and a municipal lawyer will assist facilitator Doug Wyseman with a case study and a Q & A panel.

To Register, please fill out and submit the registration form no later than Monday November 27th at 4 pm.

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♦ Risk Management — Managing Summer Risks

Most risk management training is focused on “buy insurance and avoid risk.” This often leads to missed recreation benefits due to exaggerated liability fears.

The curriculum in this course will provide the education and hands on training necessary for parks and recreation staff to deal with the majority of risk issues that their department might experience.

Participants will be issued certificates at the end of the course.


♦ Risk Management — BMX on Municipal Lands

Course Description

Bike Parks and BMX tracks are now being developed on municipal lands across North America. While such facilities can provide valuable benefits to the community, it is important to properly manage the liability risk exposures that such facilities place upon the municipality. This training has been developed to explain how to best handle the liability risk associated with such facilities on municipal property.

Some of the information included in the program:

  • Explanation of legal responsibilities for municipality
  • How much of the risk can you really transfer and how?
  • Sample written maintenance and inspection policies
  • Who is qualified to inspect?
  • Effective signs for the property
  • User agreements
  • Step by step guide for development of risk management policy ...and more

Courses benefit all parks management and staff as well as parks and recreation board members and elected officials.


♦ Managing Winter Risks

Course Description

The winter season brings new activitIes and challenges for parks and recreation departments. Participants of this practical workshop will learn about the liabilities and risks associated with winter use of parks and facilities, and the steps that can be taken to improve service delivery and operations.

Topics discussed will include appropriate winter signs, toboggan hills, outdoor/indoor rinks, trail use, ski slopes, frozen ponds, winter golf course use and much more!

This workshop will benefit all staff from parks, community centres and other service providers including directors, commission members, supervisors and volunteers.

A workshop manual, including guidelines, policies and reports will be provided. Participants will receive a certificate after they have completed the course.


If you are interested in hosting a Risk Management course, please contact:

Stephanie Androsoff, Professional Development & Initiatives Coordinator at (604) 629-0965 ext. 229 or education@bcrpa.bc.ca

Registration Fees

Members: $289
Non-members: $339
Member Organizations registering 3 or more: $239 per person
Non-members regstering 3 or more: $289 per person

Hosting a Course

Interested in hosting a course? Hosting communities will receive one free delegate registration.

If you are interested in providing a venue and hosting the course, please download and submit the Course Request Form.


Doug Wyseman

Doug Wyseman has been involved in risk management since 1973. Doug has worked in the public sector as risk manager for a large Canadian municipality and in the private sector for insurers of municipalities and sports organizations. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) where he assisted in the development of the Canadian Playground Safety Institute and served on the CPRA Playground Safety Taskforce. He currently teaches a liability and risk management course at the College of the North Atlantic in St. John’s and at Fleming College in Ontario.

What people have said about Doug:

Doug Wyseman is “knowledgeable and passionate!”

Presenter uses “great stories, and real examples”.

“Gained a lot of valuable information!”