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Excerpt — Aerial Adventure Environments

Goal orientations of aerial adventure experiences

This is an excerpt from Aerial Adventure Environments by Elizabeth A. Speelman,Mark Wagstaff,Scott H. Jordan & Kathy Haras.Potential participants who come to AAEs typically have a particular goal in mind, whether or not they can articulate it. They are seeking an experience that will present something new or change their lives. They want to have a fun experience with friends, learn about the natural environment, improve their group's ability to work with each other, or build confidence in their own abilities. In fact, two participants who come to the same program may not have the same expectations of themselves for...

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Participant evaluation of programs

This is an excerpt from Aerial Adventure Environments by Elizabeth A. Speelman,Mark Wagstaff,Scott H. Jordan & Kathy Haras.One of the best ways to know how well your programs are doing is to implement a participant evaluation process. Participant evaluations allow operators to question people after they have taken part in an aerial adventure experience. The questions can be tailored to meet the needs of the organization. For instance, AAEs with recreational outcomes may explore what participants feel they have gained from the experience. Figure 12.6 presents an example of a participant evaluation used for a recreational zip line canopy tour....

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Professional associations bring together like-minded professionals

This is an excerpt from Aerial Adventure Environments by Elizabeth A. Speelman,Mark Wagstaff,Scott H. Jordan & Kathy Haras.The development of professional associations brings together individuals who want to ensure that the industry is able to grow in an appropriate and healthy manner. These associations provide professional development opportunities such as annual conferences and training workshops. They also tend to offer credentialing through certification and accreditation processes that include the development of standards for holding professionals and organizations accountable. Such credentials also enable organizations in the industry to seek and acquire appropriate levels of insurance, which may be required in their...

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What is an aerial adventure environment?

This is an excerpt from Aerial Adventure Environments by Elizabeth A. Speelman,Mark Wagstaff,Scott H. Jordan & Kathy Haras.Haras (2012) unpacks the term aerial adventure environment by defining each word. Aerial refers to the fact that the experience occurs above the ground, whether by only a few inches or at great height, and therefore requires specialized skills and equipment. The experience also involves adventure (individual or in a group) and is chosen because it poses a challenge and entails at least a perception of uncertainty. Finally, the word environment refers to both the physical structures and the delivery method of the...

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