If you are in the festival management business like I am, chances are that you will sooner or later have to think about your festival safety and security.
You may likely also know that injuries at festivals are not exactly rare, they can always come about.
One of the best things you can do is to train your staff in first aid. If there is an accident or injury and your staff knows first aid it will be invaluable to cover those critical minutes following an accident until a doctor will be available.
How to have your festival staff trained in first aid
For the purpose of getting first aid training in the UK you can consult with a qualified provider or group such as the Red Cross. The problem with the Red Cross and similar organizations is that you will be dependent on their first aid class schedules and times. Not always is this an ideal solution, this not even taking into account the difficulty to organize that everyone in your team needs to attend those classes.
A better solution is to consult a provider that can come right to you! In the UK, one good provider for first aid training classes is BX Medical. They provide first aid courses for festivals in Cornwall but do also offer other types of first aid training classes.
If you're like me and are always concerned about safety and security on your festival grounds I recommend that you contact them. They can help that your staff gets first aid training without any hassles. In fact, it can be entertaining and you and your staff will likely enjoy the training!
Autumn is always a perfect time to enjoy a good time with a movie featuring the outdoors. What can be better than getting your mind off the dark and wet season than watching the latest movies about surfing, tropical island or one of the many outdoor sports.
In the UK, autumn is therefore also the season for numerous outdoors films festivals. Here in this article I want to list some of them to give you ideas what you can watch and where.
The European Outdoor Film Tour (see http://www.eoft.eu/) will start very early in November. The tour's show features some the world's best outdoors athletes and adventures. Enjoy the freeski movie 'Shades of Winter', climber Will Gadd's winter project on the icy Helmcken Falls in British Columbia and 'Frozen River', a story of four women and their attempt to kayak the 3000-kilometre Amur River in Mongolia.
The tour will be at the Royal Geographical Society (http://www.rgs.org/HomePage.htm) on 1st and 2nd November.
London Surf Film Festival
The London Surf Film Festival is a happening this coming October. This is a perfect place to see many cool feature-length films from around the world. This year, premieres include the story of Irish champion surfer Easkey Britton's visit to become the first woman to surf in Iran, and breaks and wakes off Alaska, Patagonia and New Hampshire. 'Stephanie in the Water' is a nother UK premiere. The feature documentary is about world champion surfer Stephanie Gilmore and reveals the darker side to life on the road.
The festival takes place at The Genesis between the 9th and 12th of October. You can visit their website londonsurffilmfestival.com for more information.
If you like alpine sports, the Banff Mountain Film Festival will definitely be for you!
The Banff Mountain Film Festival covers films from a large variety of alpine sports. The festival will spawn more than 440 venues in over 40 countries during the entire tour - this is easily the largest of all outdoor films events today. The show is on 11th, 12th and 13th March at Union Chapel. Their website is http://www.banff-uk.com/index.htm