New Zealand Mountan Safety Council

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About Mountain Safety Council

New Zealand Mountain Safety Council (MSC) was formed in 1965 in response to a growing concern over an increasing number of accidents in the bush and mountains. Representatives from a number of government and recreational organisations formed an incorporated society with the goal of enhancing safety in outdoor adventure activities.

The organisation's remit spans from the high tide mark to the peak of Aoraki/Mount Cook and is principally focused on firearms safety, bushcraft (walking, camping, tramping and survival), avalanche awareness, alpine skills, abseil techniques, river safety, outdoor safety and risk management plus outdoor and workplace first aid.

The Council consists of 25 Member Organisations and 1 Associate Member organisation with a vested interest in safety including government agencies, national youth organisations and industry associations; an Executive Committee whose role is to provide governance; a National Office with 27 professional staff; a number of technical advisory committees as well as 28 regionalised branches supporting more than 1500 instructors.

We achieve this by:

  • Undertaking research and evaluation to support the setting of safety standards for individuals and organisations active in the land based outdoor recreation sector.
  • Producing resources containing technical information which promotes self reliance in outdoor safety.
  • Leading public awareness campaigns.
  • Training and developing instructors and ensuring they are available to provide education and training to the public and our member agencies via a nationwide network of MSC branches and other clubs and associations.
  • Working collaboratively with other organisations who are also pursuing outdoor safety outcomes.

MSC area's include:

  • Abseil and Alpine
  • Bushcraft
  • Education
  • Firearms
  • HUNTS (Hunter National Training Scheme)
  • Outdoor First Aid
  • Research
  • Risk Management
  • Snow and Avalanche

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Mountain Safety Council managed websites
Mountainf Safety Council websiteAdventure Smart websiteNew Zealand Avalanche Center

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