|January 23, 2017||AOA University Training Video Library - Member Only|
AOA University is an educational resource for tools that you can implement immediately. Our face-to-face videos deliver first-hand knowledge from experienced AOA members who use these methods and tactics to run successful outdoor adventure businesses.
These fifteen videos were developed and facilitated by subject matter experts and thought leaders from the field, our videos are designed to model best practices, promote engagement, and encourage practical application into the various aspects of running a successful business.
We encourage you to watch and learn from AOA’s best-of-the-best. We also suggest that you share these training videos with your management team, reservation team, and anyone in your company who wants to learn and grow professionally.
|January 09, 2017||Anti-Harassment Policy and Reporting and Sample Form - Member Only|
This document is a sample sexual harassment policy and reporting form. This form can be used as part of an office or company policy manual. Appropriate legal counsel recommending when handling sexual harassment complaints.
Sexual harassment is defined as unwanted sexual advances, or visual, verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. This definition includes many forms of offensive behavior and includes gender-based harassment of a person of the same sex as the harasser. This definition also includes inappropriate conduct by clients or other members of the public as well as co-workers.
|August 16, 2016||Auto and Equipment Leasing - Member Only|
Purchase or lease an auto. This report covers: What’s a Good Lease?, Purchase vs. Lease, Closed-End vs. Open-End Leases, 10 Areas to Cover, Advantages and Disadvantages, Personal vs. Business Ownership, How to Negotiate the Best Deal, Tax Considerations, Interview with a Leasing Expert
|August 09, 2016||Emergency Response Plan Template - Member Only|
Adapted from the WVPRO Emegency Reponse Plan, this template can be used by America Outdoors Association members as a guide for creating their own emergency reponse plan. It is not meant to be a complete or customized plan but a starting point for creation of a plan that is appropriate for your location and business.
|May 18, 2016||White House Expands Overtime to Salaried Employees Earning Less than $47,476 Annually - Member Only|
On May 17, 2016 President Obama previewed the outcome of the rule expanding overtime to previously exempt Executive, Administrative and Professional Employees (EAP). The Department of Labor will publish the rule today (May 18, 2016).
|April 01, 2016||Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know|
Before conducting background checks, you must know the legal issues and constraints related to their use. This Equal Employment Opportunity Commission documents describes your responsibilities under the law.
|March 31, 2016||Cash Flow Statement Spreadsheet - Member Only|
A simple spreadsheet to project cash flow.
|March 31, 2016||AOA Submits Comments on Proposed Sick Pay Rule for Employees of Federal Contractors - Member Only|
Easy Cash Flow Spreadsheet / AOA Submits Comments on Proposed Sick Pay Rule for Employees of Federal Contractors / The Final Rule on the Expansion of Overtime to Previously Exempt Employees
|March 07, 2016||Gross profit model jeep tours - Member Only|
Spreadsheet to calculate trip cost in determining break even point for jeep tours.
|March 07, 2016||Latest Gross Profit Model with New Wage Calculations - Member Only|
This Spreadsheet was developed by Greg Henington, MBA, and contributed to AOA to help oufitters factor in trips costs when determining their potenital for profit. Wage costs have been updated in this 2015 edition.
|November 09, 2015||BLM Permit and Fee Handbook 2014 - Member Only|
The BLM Permit and Fee Administration Handbook details how BLM permits are administered. Revised in 2014.
|July 21, 2015||The new SEO rules: how to create quality and naturally SEO-friendly content|
The key to a well-ranking website isn’t making nifty technical adjustments as perhaps once thought, but creating “the best possible experience for your audience with original and high quality content”.
|July 20, 2015||Risk Management Resources for Outfitters - Member Only|
Various risk management resources 2015
|July 15, 2015||Van regulations Federal Register 2011 - Member Only|
2011 regulation outlines the difference between regulations for 9 to 15 passenger vans for direct and indirect compensation.
|January 21, 2015||2015 Federal Wage and Hour Guidelines for Employers - Member Only|
2015 Federal Wage and Hour Guidelines for Employers prepared for America Outdoors Association.
|December 04, 2014||Hiring Key Employees Part 2 - Member Only|
How to take the guesswork out of hiring key employees. Part 2 of a 2 part presentation by Carol Hacker at the America Outdoors Association conference in Daytona.
|December 03, 2014||Liability in Paddlesports Rental - Member Only|
Critical issues in paddlesports rentals; both non-guided and guided.
|August 01, 2014||Code of Federal Regulations Commercial Motor Vehicles - Member Only|
The operation of commercial motor vehicles designed or used to transport between 9 and 15 passengers (including the driver), not for direct compensation, provided the vehicle does not otherwise meet the definition of a commercial motor vehicle except for the texting provisions of §§ 391.15(e) and 392.80, and except that motor carriers operating such vehicles are required to comply with §§ 390.15, 390.19, and 390.21(a) and (b)(2) Read more...
|August 01, 2014||Background Checks - What Employers Need to Know|
Background Checks - What Employers Need to Know
Employers need to understand how to implement background checks as a hiring tool. This paper provides some guidelines on the use of background checks. States may have their own laws that will apply to the use of background checks. White paper on the implementation of background checks.
|August 01, 2014||The Importance of Using Background Checks - Member Only|
Part of building a successful organization begins with hiring qualified employees and volunteers that fit into your culture. Good hiring decisions help position a company for success. Poor hiring decisions can jeopardize revenue, lead to inefficiency and increase your exposure to risk. Therefore, the pressure organizations face to make correct hiring decisions is increasing
|June 04, 2014||5 Signs Your Website Needs a Makeover, by Dave Davies|
Can you tell if your website needs a makeover? Dave Davies is an SEO expert and the owner and CEO of Beanstalk Search Engine Optimization, Inc. Mr. Davies was a presenter at the 2013 America Outdoors Association meeting in Albuquerque, NM.
|December 12, 2013||Shannon Bell: Hiring Issues - Member Only|
Shannon Bell speaker presentation from AOA conference, December 2013. An Overview of Hiring and Retention Issues and Medical and RecreationalMarijuana Use
|December 12, 2013||10 Signs Your Website Needs a Makeover - Member Only|
Dave Davies presentation for the AOA conference, December 2013: Designing Your Website for SEO.
|November 14, 2013||Revenue and Expense Ratio Study Released - Member Only|
The 2013 America Outdoors Association Operating Performance Report presents a detailed analysis of key operating data from the outdoors industry. Based on confidential surveys completed by 20 respondents, the
Operating Performance Report includes a compilation and analysis of sales and operations data, as well as additional profile information. Additionally, this year’s study includes compensation and benefits information.
|April 16, 2012||9 to 15 Passenger Van Regulations Summary - Member Only|
Overview of Requirements 9 to 15 Passenger Vehicles, from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
|February 02, 2012||NOLS Van Training Protocols 2012 - Member Only|
Van driver training protocols from National Outdoor Leadership School.
|December 22, 2011||Critical Incident Response - Member Only|
Critical Incident Response and Crisis Communications, presented by Tracey Knutson with Skip King, Wednesday December 7, 2011 at the America Outdoors Association Marketing and Management Conference in Reno, NV.
|December 14, 2010||Buying and Selling an Outdoor Recreation Business - Member Only|
Patrick Tabor reviews some of the key issues for consideration when contemplating the buying or selling of an outfitting business: common pitfalls, tax/legal issues, the negotiation process, use of advisors, valuation techniques and methods. Presented at AOA 2010 in SLC.
|December 31, 2009||Marketing Plan Template - Member Only|
This marketing plan template is designed to help companies develop marketing goals and strategies.
|April 25, 2008||Legal Issues in hiring and the use of background checks. - Member Only|
The Fair Credit Reporting Act, FCRA, imposes certain requirements on employers who perform background checks for employment purposes. The purpose of this summary is to address the potential coverage of the FCRA to member organizations and specifically discuss what the Act requires.
|March 13, 2008|| Emergency Action Plan - Member Only|
Emergency Action Plan by Sun Country Tours in Oregon.
|March 13, 2008|| Witness Statement - Member Only|
Template for taking statements from incident witnesses.
|March 13, 2008|| Incident Report Form - A - Member Only|
Incident Report Form Sample
|March 13, 2008|| External Notification Form - Member Only|
Contact list for all response agencies.
|March 13, 2008|| Crisis Contact Form with ICS - Member Only|
Master copy of a Crisis Contacts
|February 22, 2007|| Reasons to Warn of the Effects of Cold Water Immersion - Member Only|
|June 01, 2005|| Risk Management Planning Workbook - Member Only|
Prepared by Ian Wade, Director Adventure Safety International this book is a guideline to risk management self assessment
|April 23, 2004||Overtime Pay Exemptions 2004 - Member Only|
This fact sheet provides general information on the exemption from minimum wage and overtime pay provided by Section 13(a)(1) of the Fair Labor Standards Act as defined by Regulations, 29 CFR Part 541.
|April 01, 2002|| Organizational Checklist for Managing Emergencies - Member Only|
Organizational checklist for managing emergencies with flow chart for key roles.
|December 06, 2001|| Post Critical Incident Response - Member Only|
Post Critical Incident Response presented at the America Outdoors Conference December 6th, 2001 by Dennis Kerrigan, Wilderness EMT-Paramedic, Senior Faculty Wilderness Medical Associates