Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the most frequently asked questions about Gapforce and our projects. Our answers are directly below. If we missed anything, feel free to get in touch with us if you need to know the answers to anything else.
Each participant must…
1. Be able to independently identify and recognise environmental hazards. These hazards may include, but are not limited to, falling objects/rocks, loose rock and unstable surfaces, rugged steep and uneven terrain, cliff edges, snow crevasses, moving water (fast or slow) such as rivers, surf, or tides; and potentially hazardous animals and insects.
2. Recognize and understand the hazards and risks posed by other course members, which include, but are not limited to, fatigue, state of mind, and actions that may influence judgement and decision-making.
3. Recall and understand hazards and risks previously explained by instructors.
4. Be able to effectively alert and warn others of potential or impending dangers such as falling rocks, aggressive animals, or other environmental hazards.
5. Be able to effectively signal or notify course instructors or other course members of personal distress, injury, or need for assistance.
6. Be able to do the preceding warnings and notifications up to a distance of 50 meters and in conditions with limited visibility such as in darkness or inclement weather or with loud background noise, such as high winds or while near roaring rivers.
7. Act reliably around above stated hazards to minimize risk even when not directly supervised.
8. Independently perceive, understand, and follow directions and instructions given by others to be able to successfully execute appropriate and perhaps unfamiliar, techniques to avoid hazards and /or manage risks. These directions may be given before the hazard or risk is encountered or may need to be given during exposure to the hazard/risk and out of necessity and practicality are often given orally.
9. Be able to stay alert and to focus attention for up to several hours at a time while travelling in wilderness terrain, attending classes, or receiving instructions.
10. Be able to respond appropriately to stress or crisis such as when encountering large and/or potentially hazardous animals, severe weather, or a medical emergency.
11. If taking prescription medications, be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from instructors or others(except possibly in emergency situations).
When I travelled the world, I found many people just following the same guide book, visiting the same places, and usually with the same people! So I created Gapforce to enable young people to go one step further. As a parent myself I want Gapforce programs to be safer than independent travel. Also by joining a Gapforce group of similar aged students, we all make a new set of global friends while gaining, maturity, confidence and ultimately employability. It can be difficult to let your child travel alone for the first time, but Gapforce adventure provide an exciting way to bridge the gap between education and experience.Marcus R. Watts FRGS,