DEI Policy

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at ADVbasics

ADVbasics prides itself on creating and delivering experiences by field-tested instructors & guides.  We strive to create environments that are safe for all participants, staff, and sponsors.  We recognize that this type of learning and/or recreational environment is advantageous for some and challenging for others; at the same time, we know that our approach is vital to delivering the experiences that our guests come to us for.  

In ADVbasics trainings, scenarios and anecdotes are utilized to reinforce the lecture topics of the class.  Instructors create simulations that mimic real emergencies so that participants can learn vital skills.  This often is stressful and/or triggering for participants. We understand that mental health and personal safety are of the utmost importance for participants, instructors, and sponsors. Participants are encouraged to opt out from a particular scenario if needed.  We encourage participants to communicate, privately, with an instructor in their class if they are uncomfortable participating in any scenario or topic for their own health.  If that is not possible, please seek out a representative from within your organization so critical information can be relayed to the instructing team. At the same time, it is essential for participants to recognize that they may face the same or similar situations after their training; these simulations are opportunities for participants  to practice and learn how they will respond in a real-life situation and to practice the skills needed. 

Some degree of physical contact is necessary during a course in order to practice and improve techniques, especially during practice sessions. We realize that this can be uncomfortable for participants who may not have practiced being in close contact with others on a regular basis.  Especially during these hands-on situations, rude or illicit behavior will not be tolerated, even if it is in a joking manner.  Participants are not required to be a patient during scenarios and can still successfully complete class if they opt out of being a patient. Please approach an ADVbasics instructor or contact your organization supervisor if you or a peer is not comfortable with the level of physical contact during the course.

Our participants , employees, sponsors, and your future friends will come from diverse political, religious, racial, and economic backgrounds and experiences. We require our instructors and participants to respect this diversity by not making comments that offend or threaten individuals for their beliefs or identity.

ADVbasics has worked to eliminate unneeded gender-specific and binary terminology and references. Within the adventure world, all stakeholders must navigate nuances of gender and the possibilities of pregnancy and other conditions related to gender and sexual function.  Because of this, as responsible Service providers and educators, we must consider all possible medical conditions/implications regardless of a person’s gender identity.  During skill practice and scenarios, ADVbasics encourages individuals to self-select a particular role for scenarios that will best support their personal identity and safety.  At the same time, we ask that participants understand our instructors are continuously learning how to navigate these topics with care and to honor identities.

Similarly, ADVbasics has worked to remove terminology that implies a patient may have a specific skin tone. 

ADVbasics and its instructors/guides make every effort to be aware of and reasonably accommodate participants with specific needs.   Please feel free to speak with your instructor(s)/guides if you feel that they could improve their language or behavior to create a more inclusive and equitable space during your ADVbasics course, trip or ride. We are all learning how to create a space that is safe and inclusive for everyone.

ADVbasics will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, disability, socioeconomic status, veteran status, genetic information, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression.


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