Stay safe at home and abroad

From the business traveller visiting a foreign capital for the first time to the war correspondent reporting from a combat zone, everyone can benefit from personal awareness, incident survival and medical training. With the 100% rise in kidnapping over the last six years netting criminals an estimated $500m per year, understanding and reducing risks is a core skill for any traveller.

There are more routine threats too. Motor accidents account for a death every 25 seconds globally, so driving and road-awareness training could be life-saving. Should the worst happen, such as accidental or deliberately inflicted injury, the victims’ chances of survival are significantly increased if they or their colleagues have simple medical response skills.

The Institute of Diplomacy and Business provides comprehensive personal security and safety courses to give you the skills necessary to create positive outcomes from unwanted situations. The courses, run by former UK Special Forces personnel, are of the highest standard and include modules on ‘Avoiding Kidnap’, ‘Surviving Disasters’ and ‘Drive to Survive’.

The Institute’s security partner, Pilgrims Group, is a British based international security organisation with more than 13 years experience of operating in high risk security zones throughout the world.

Pilgrims provides a fully comprehensive range of services to companies and individuals, from close protection and safety training to  consultancy services.

The most important course for Institute clients is the unique ‘Hostile Environment Awareness Training’ (HEAT) package, that provides all the essentials an individual (and if required, their family) needs for safe corporate travel. It teaches personal awareness and how to avoid unwanted situations, how to react in a crisis and how to apply effective life saving treatments – something that can be as important in the home as many miles away.

Based on dramatic, fast-moving, real life scenarios and detailed e-learning that embed the skills needed in crisis situations, the HEAT course covers a wide variety of scenarios and situations, ranging from basics such as how to identify the safest hotel room and knowing how not to get noticed by muggers, to how to handle high end threats, like kidnapping, riots/civil disturbances and terrorist attacks, and how to deal with situations during natural disasters.

The shortened HEAT course can be built into a day of varied tuition or as the standard, two-day experience that covers everything needed by those travelling abroad, including to high risk countries. For those who have completed the course, top up refresher training is also available.

Knowing how to behave and what to do in high risk situations can help you avoid criminal encounters, survive major incidents and medical emergencies. Whether at home or travelling long haul, training for confrontation and crisis situations helps you to prevent them escalating, and possibly, avoid them completely.